April: We all deserve an MHC filled with hope and positivity

Project Hope 2023 Community Listening Session at Bassett High School

From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller I’m inspired by the hope builders in our community who’ve shared their dreams and ideas with us in our Project Hope Community Listening Sessions this week. We’ve heard from school administrators, teachers, parents, retirees, and other members of our community who are concerned about their neighborhoods […]

Martinsville-Henry County residents encouraged to attend community listening sessions

Project Hope 2022 Grant Recipients

  The Harvest Foundation will host a series of listening sessions to invite community members to brainstorm potential projects, programs to build hope in their neighborhoods Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation is hosting a series of Community Listening Sessions to hear directly from Martinsville-Henry County residents about potential projects and programs that can build […]

Drug Court program growing in Martinsville-Henry County

Special Note: This news release contains information about an individual’s experience in the Drug Court program and his sobriety journey. He has asked that his last name be omitted for privacy. The Harvest Foundation will invest $336,480 over the next three years to support startup costs for the Piedmont Adult Drug Court program Martinsville, Va. […]

Uptown Partnership Appoints Spencer Koger as New Executive Director

Spencer Koger

Martinsville, VA (Friday, April 7, 2023) – Uptown Partnership announced today that Spencer Koger has been named its new executive director. Koger succeeds Tim Hall, who recently served as interim director and vacated the post earlier this year. Koger’s first day on the job was Monday, April 3. “We could not be more thrilled to […]

The Harvest Foundation announces investment for Bassett Library renovation project

Harvest to contribute $396,184 toward capital campaign for library renovations Martinsville, Va. — The Bassett Library Steering Committee and the Blue Ridge Regional Library system today launched a $2.25 million capital campaign supporting an extensive renovation and expansion of the Bassett Library. The Harvest Foundation will invest $396,184 toward the renovation project. “Libraries are at […]

Harvest Youth Board plans second-annual community Books & Bunnies Event


Free event combines fun activities, egg hunts, and books to promote literacy to children ages 0-12 Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Youth Board invites local youth and their families to a fun event combining Easter egg hunts and interactive activities with books! On March 25 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Smith River […]

February: Celebrating the rich history of African Americans in Martinsville-Henry County

Moment's in MHC's Black History

From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller Throughout the month of February, we had the opportunity to celebrate — to celebrate love and the rich history of African Americans in our community, recognizing how well they go together.  This week we are partnering with the Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) to tell stories […]

Henry County Schools Superintendent Sandy Strayer to retire July 1

Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Sandy Strayer

For Immediate Release January 19, 2023 Henry County Public Schools’ superintendent Dr. Sandy Strayer has announced her upcoming retirement after 31 years as an educator. Dr. Strayer will retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year in July to focus more time on her family. She plans to pursue avenues to continue to support […]

United Way receives $143K VERP grant for housing stability services

Stock Photo Housing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2023 CONTACTS: Office of the Governor Macaulay Porter Email: Macaulay.Porter@governor.virginia.gov   Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Contact: Alexis Carey Email: alexis.carey@dhcd.virginia.gov Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces More Than $2.9 Million in Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot Program Grants Investment will support eviction prevention and diversion services   RICHMOND, VA – […]