News - 2021

December: 'A new year always brings hope'

Dec 16, 2021 - It’s the end of 2021, and the new year is upon us. A new year always brings hope. Hope’s been battered about quite a bit over the past 20 months. - Read More

Governor Northam congratulates future SEED Fund students

Dec 16, 2021 - Gov. Northam said to this year’s kindergarten class, “We believe in you. We want to be with you every step of the way and help you make your dreams come true." - Read More

EDC continues positive growth for jobs, tax base in Martinsville-Henry County

Dec 9, 2021 - Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation will invest a total of $7 million over the next four and a half years at the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to continue MHC’s upward trajectory of job creation and wage growth. - Read More

November: A time for reflection and gratitude

Nov 24, 2021 - November, in all its color and change of season, is the perfect time for reflection and gratitude. We have all been through so much change and instability for much of the past two years, that maybe this practice might get lost. - Read More

Local commission creates new housing position in partnership with The Harvest Foundation

Nov 23, 2021 - Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation is funding a three-year investment of $75,000 at the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) to support its Regional Housing Initiative by adding a housing planner to the organization. - Read More

Coalition taking over the operation of Community Dental Clinic

Nov 18, 2021 - The Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation is turning over the operation of the Community Dental Clinic to the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin Letter to the Editor: Crabtree -- Dental Foundation appreciates support

Nov 18, 2021 - Over the past 16 years, the Community Dental Clinic, operated by the Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation, has provided more than $12.6 million in dental services to low-income and uninsured adults and children. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Major Apparel Company to Invest $10.2 Million in Henry County, Create 82 New Jobs

Oct 28, 2021 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories, will invest $10.2 million to grow their operation in Henry County. - Read More

October: We need a community narrative

Oct 28, 2021 - A community narrative is important. It’s the story we tell ourselves about our history, our present, and possibly our future. It’s the story we tell others, those who are passing through, and those who are coming here to stay. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation announces appointment of three new board members

Oct 28, 2021 - Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors welcomes three new members: Travis Hodge of Martinsville, Sharon Ortiz-García of Critz, and Anne Smith of Martinsville. - Read More

Uptown Partnership receives $90K Community Business Launch Award

Oct 20, 2021 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that local business owners and community organizations will benefit from more than $4.4 million in grants for 33 investment projects across the Commonwealth. The grants will support entrepreneurs and boost l - Read More

Governor Northam Announces $2 Billion Public-Private Broadband Investment

Oct 19, 2021 - RICHMOND—Governor Northam announced that Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state broadband investments, putting the Commonwealth on track to become one of the first states to achieve universal broadban - Read More

Harvest announces $10.3 million grant to P&HCC guaranteeing SEED for today’s kindergarten students

Sep 30, 2021 - Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation today announced a 13-year, $10.3 million grant to Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) to support the SEED Fund, which will ensure a college education is available at no cost to every high school graduate. - Read More

September: Community survey - what we learned

Sep 30, 2021 - Thank you to all that participated in Harvest’s Community Survey last month! We are grateful for your participation in the survey and the community’s engagement all along the journey of our next strategic plan. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces German Manufacturer to Establish First U.S. Operation in Virginia

Sep 28, 2021 - HENRY COUNTY—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SCHOCK GmbH, the inventor of quartz composite sinks, will invest $85 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Henry County. Virginia successfully competed with Florida, Georgia - Read More

August: Oh, how time flies — A year in MHC

Aug 26, 2021 - I’m an optimist by nature, so I tend to see the world in a glass-half-full kind of way. When I came to Martinsville in May 2020, I could already see a community that cared and a community that was ready to move into its future. - Read More

July: We need to hear from you

Jul 29, 2021 - We’re now at the point in our strategic planning process where it’s crucial to get feedback from you: the members of our community. - Read More

June: A Roadmap to a More Equitable Harvest

Jun 28, 2021 - Our board and staff undertook an intensive learning experience in the Fall of 2020. The conclusion of that process was the creation of our Equity Roadmap — the plan for us to integrate and institutionalize equity into our work. - Read More

Harvest supports SPCA expansion in Martinsville-Henry County

Jun 22, 2021 - Martinsville, Va. — The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA received a $15,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation to expand its services to operate a spay and neuter clinic designed to provide basic veterinary care for shelter animals. - Read More

Creating Workforce Foundations in Martinsville-Henry County

Jun 9, 2021 - Martinsville, Va. — Building a strong childcare system in Martinsville-Henry County affects more than just the lives of parents and their children — it’s a Workforce Foundation for the community. - Read More

School board approves new contract for superintendent

Jun 3, 2021 - The Henry County School Board unanimously voted this morning during its monthly board meeting to waive the 30-day notice requirement for votes related to the superintendent’s contract and extend the contract of Division Superintendent Sandy Strayer. - Read More

May: 'What we are learning'

May 21, 2021 - As we progress through our strategic planning process, Harvest is assessing the impact of our current plan. There are several pieces of data Harvest President Kate Keller would like to share with you that caused her to pause and reflect deeper. - Read More

Hodges to Be Patrick Henry Community College New President

May 21, 2021 - RICHMOND – Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that Dr. James “Greg” Hodges has been selected to become the next president of Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: New executive director wants to lift up Uptown Martinsville

May 12, 2021 - A new executive director and funding are poised to bring Uptown Martinsville back as the destination people want to be. - Read More

Harvest issues RFP for new website build

May 3, 2021 - The Harvest Foundation has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a new website that is visually compelling and simple to navigate for end-users and easy to update for system administrators. - Read More

April: 'We're listening and we want to hear from you'

Apr 21, 2021 - Kate Keller talks about the Harvest Foundation's strategic planning process in this month's newsletter, and why community input is needed. - Read More

Section of Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail named for former Harvest president

Apr 20, 2021 - A portion along the newest section of the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail, known as 6B, was named for a former president and a founding employee of The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Apply now to join the Harvest Youth Board

Apr 8, 2021 - Area students are invited to apply to join the Harvest Youth Board, a high-impact organization focused on issues that affect young people in Martinsville-Henry County. - Read More

March: Our light at the end of the 'COVID-19 tunnel'

Mar 17, 2021 - This month marks the first anniversary of when our lives changed. A year ago we went from going about our daily lives without a thought to a world where we reluctantly leave our homes and no longer have guests over. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Marcus Stone new head of Coalition for Health and Wellness

Mar 5, 2021 - Marcus Stone is the new executive director of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, succeeding Barbara Jackman, the coalition’s founder, who is retiring. - Read More

HCPS Administrative Appointments Approved by School Board

Mar 4, 2021 - The School Board of Henry County approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to fill two administrative positions at the Feb. 4 meeting. - Read More

February: Building On Our Accomplishments as We Move Towards Equity

Feb 24, 2021 - We all know 2020 was a year of challenge and crisis, but as I reviewed Harvest’s 2020 Annual Report, it struck me how much we were able to accomplish in the midst of so much crisis. - Read More

Healthcare marketplace reopens today

Feb 15, 2021 - Enroll in health insurance at starting today. Marketplace plans include free preventative services, like shots and screening tests. - Read More

Henry County Department of Public Safety Receives PUP! Grant

Jan 28, 2021 - The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $15,000 PUP! Grant to the Henry County Department of Public Safety (HCDPS) to assist in the purchase of three iSimulate REALITi Simulation Training Kits. - Read More

January: A New Year

Jan 19, 2021 - We typically enter a New Year full of hope, optimism, and reflection. But as we begin 2021, the problems of the past year are not disappearing overnight. The year 2020 changed and challenged every one of us... - Read More


Jan 18, 2021 - The newly formed Uptown Partnership (UP) received a two-year $350,200 planning grant to support the organization’s development. - Read More


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