September: Who We Are – Exploring Our Values

Values Word Cloud

From the desk of Harvest President Kate Keller Values are our guardrails that help us navigate the world. They are no different for an organization as they are for us individually. An organization’s values make a statement to the world about what they believe in and how they behave. As Harvest wrapped up its strategic […]

Regional news nonprofit to add Martinsville-based reporter

Cardinal News 2022

Martinsville, Va. — Cardinal News, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization covering Southwest and Southside Virginia, is expanding its footprint in Martinsville-Henry County (MHC) by hiring a local reporter. The Harvest Foundation made a three-year investment of $300,000 to fund the new position. Harvest Program Officer DeWitt House said with more than 150 years of combined […]

Henry County moves closer to universal broadband access

Henry County Broadband Grant 2022

Martinsville, Va. — Henry County is one step closer to ensuring access to broadband for homes and businesses previously unserved by high-speed internet capability. The Harvest Foundation invested $1,491,500 in matching grant funds that leverage state and federal funding to achieve universal broadband in Martinsville-Henry County. DeWitt House, senior program officer, said broadband access is […]

FAHI works to expand museum, explore potential for growth

Fayette Area Historical Initiative Grant 2022

Martinsville, Va. — Building a sustainable organization to collect and preserve the history of Martinsville’s Fayette Street Neighborhood, and African-American history throughout the community is essential for one Martinsville-based nonprofit. FAHI (Fayette Area Historical Initiative) received a three-year grant of $254,468 from The Harvest Foundation to grow the capacity of the museum to develop and implement […]

Harvest Foundation marks 20 years of progress, hope in Martinsville-Henry County

2021 Annual Report Cover

Martinsville, Va. — Marking 20 years of serving Martinsville-Henry County, The Harvest Foundation officially celebrates its anniversary by releasing a special annual report and encouraging community members to bring hope to their neighborhoods. Bill Kirby, chairman of The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors, remarked on Harvest’s growth over the past two decades during the Aug. […]

August: Marking 20 years of progress and hope in MHC

Bill Kirby, Harvest Foundation President

From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller This month we mark the 20th Anniversary of The Harvest Foundation. We’ve been celebrating all year internally, but this month our community celebration begins with the launch of our 20th Anniversary Report and the big announcement of Project Hope. Both of these help us to see […]

Uptown Partnership Appoints Tim Hall as Interim Executive Director

Uptown Partnership Interim Executive Director Tim Hall

Martinsville, VA (Tuesday, August 30, 2022) – Uptown Partnership announced today that Tim Hall has been named interim executive director and will succeed Kathy Deacon, who recently announced plans to step down from the role in September. Hall will lead the organization as the board conducts a search for a permanent director. “We could not […]

UP Executive Director Steps Down After Successful First Year, Search for New Leader Underway

Former Uptown Partnership Executive Director Kathy Deacon

Martinsville, VA (August 26, 2022) – Uptown Partnership announced today that Kathy Deacon, executive director has announced plans to depart the organization in September and a search for Deacon’s replacement is underway. “We cannot thank Kathy enough for her leadership and dedication to Uptown Partnership and the City of Martinsville,” said Liz Harris, board president of Uptown […]

A Community Conversation

community conversation

Pictured: 2022 Nonprofit Breakfast at The TAD Space From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller We are busy working with community partners to plant seeds of Hope throughout MHC. One way we are doing this is by hosting a community summit. In June, Harvest convened a group of some of our Hope Builders […]

Celebrating Virginia Intern Day

harvest intern Zariah Scales

Pictured: Harvest Summer Intern Zariah Scales The Harvest Foundation celebrated Virginia Intern Day on July 28th with summer intern Zariah Scales. Here’s more from Scales about her work and how it ties back to her love of Martinsville-Henry County. Why choose Harvest for your internship? “When I was on the Harvest Youth Board in high school, I […]