2020 Wrap Up

Kate Keller

Pictured above: Kate Keller, President of The Harvest Foundation 2020 has been a challenging year, one that brought added hardships and hard conversations. Like many of you, the Harvest Foundation had plans for 2020, many of ours focused on effecting long-term change for our community. We had goals we believed would support our vision of […]

From the President: November – The month of giving thanks and being grateful

Kate Keller

Pictured above: Kate Keller, The Harvest Foundation President November.  The month of giving thanks and being grateful.  Research shows that individuals who regularly express gratitude are happier, less depressed, more rested, and with reduced inflammation.  In the workplace, the practice of expressing gratitude strengthens relationships, increases job satisfaction, and increases employee effectiveness. In a year […]

Applications are open for new homes in Martinsville

Five Points Townhomes

Martinsville, Va. — Applications are underway for a new neighborhood coming to Martinsville-Henry County that will include affordable housing with low-interest loans available through USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and Rural Development. The Five Points neighborhood will be located at the five-way intersection in Martinsville of Fayette Street, Memorial Boulevard South, and West Church […]

‘We’re starting our Equity Journey at Harvest’

Kate Keller

Pictured above: Kate Keller What goes through your mind when I say “Life’s not fair?”  For me, it’s my mom saying that when I wanted Guess jeans or a sweater from the Limited because “all of the other girls have them.”  Or today, when my kids complain that they don’t have the newest iPhone or […]

Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre receives $1.5 million ARC POWER grant award

Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre

The iconic Commonwealth Crossing water tank is pictured here. Martinsville, Va. — Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC) was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to build out full utilities at the business park. Funding for today’s award was made via the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce […]

Harvest Youth Board, Harvest Foundation partner to support local foster care program

keller agee rice taylor gardner lawrence

Pictured from left to right are Kate Keller, Sheryl Agee, Amy Rice, Harvest Youth Board Members Taylor Gary, Chairman Will Gardner, and Susanna Lawrence, fiscal assistant supervisor at Henry-Martinsville DSS. Martinsville, Va. — The Henry-Martinsville Department of Social Services (DSS) is enhancing its foster care program with the installation of a new playground and visitation […]

Kate Keller’s First Two Months at Harvest

Kate Keller

By Kate Keller It’s hard to believe that two months have gone by since I came to Harvest.  It’s been a whirlwind in many ways and a slow entry in others (due to the pandemic).  For the past two months, I’ve been meeting, mostly virtually, with many of the community’s leaders to learn about them, […]

New resources available for local childcare needs


Martinsville, Va. — A new website, located at ChildcareMHC.org, is available for parents, caregivers, and providers to help navigate childcare resources in Martinsville-Henry County. The website, developed by a local childcare task force, identifies available slots at each childcare facility in the area and provides resources for existing childcare providers. The group also developed an Emergency […]

COVID-19 and Record Unemployment Leave Many Virginians Without Health Insurance

physician and child

Martinsville, VA – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused the greatest loss of health insurance in American history. According to recent reports from the Urban Institute and Families USA, over 5.4 million workers lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs between February and May. In Virginia, an estimated 525,208 adults have lost both their […]