Nelson County Community Fund Update Summer 2022 #3
We hope you’re enjoying NCCF’s quarterly newsletters! In our 3rd issue of Engage!, we spotlight one of NCCF’s newer grantees: Fight Like a Grrrl Club, show appreciation for a small business donor, and share some good news.

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The Cover Story
Fight Like a Grrrl Club Teaches How to ‘Walk Without Fear’
Fierce Warriors -- Workshop participants become empowered at Rockfish Valley Community Center.
We’ve all been there. Pulled into an unwanted hug or touched without warning in a crowd. Perhaps even survived an attack, or a dispute that turned physical. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Thanks to a group of committed young martial artists in Nelson County, anyone—regardless of age, gender, or physical ability—can learn how to “walk without fear” by mitigating such situations and reacting swiftly and safely when the need arises.
The nonprofit Fight Like a Grrrl Club (FLAG) was born out of a need to address the growing violence against young women, including the abduction of five young women in 2009-14 from the “U.S. Route 29” corridor through Nelson County and neighboring jurisdictions.
“FLAG’s goal is to make self-defense training accessible to all community members,” said local musician Sally Rose Monnes, who co-founded the nonprofit in 2017 with martial arts instructor Josh Copson. Using a grant from the Nelson County Community Fund, FLAG held two nonviolent self-defense workshops at community centers in Nelson County in May. The workshops were free and open to the public.
FLAG focuses on techniques for de-escalating and avoiding violence, first, then if needed, skills for self-defense and survival. The group has done workshops across Virginia for everyone from the Girl Scouts to roller derby clubs. The workshops are not restricted to girls and women. “Anyone can be a target,” said Monnes. “Regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identification, they deserve to know how to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
What about those who are older? Two members of the NCCF Board of Directors got an exclusive hands-on demonstration of FLAG’s avoidance/self-defense instruction recently at Copson’s martial arts studio, Blue Dragon Dojang, in Lovingston.
“Learning that it’s not impolite to say, even to an acquaintance, that you don’t want to be hugged, or to firmly block an unwanted touch is powerful,” said Sue Klett, a NCCF Board member. “Not to mention that I now know how to roll a 210-pound assailant who’s grabbed me over my back, without hurting myself.”
There were many take-aways from the workshop, agreed former NCCF board member Linda Hughes. For instance, “If you’re being attacked, it’s much better to yell ‘Fire’ or ‘No’ — instead of ‘Help.’ That will attract more attention and quicker action,” said Hughes.
If two 60-somethings can spend a couple of hours learning how to better “walk without fear,” and react quickly and safely when the need arises, anyone can—and should.

Linda Hughes (L) practices a block/hit defense sequence against FLAG instructor Megan Schultz.
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Good News
Celebrating Our Community
You've Got Mail
In April, Nelson County Community Fund’s all-volunteer, nonprofit mailed out its twice-a-year Appeal Letter highlighting some of the challenges facing many of our neighbors. They range from access to health/dental care and substance abuse treatment; to emergency housing support, and help with home repairs; to school readiness, and supplemental food programs for children.
With your help, NCCF helps fund other local nonprofits providing critical services and support to the most vulnerable of our community residents. Since 2001, NCCF has awarded $1.9 million in grants to 72 local agencies and programs.
If you missed NCCF’s Appeal Letter, it’s not too late to give!
  • Make your tax-deductible donation quickly and securely online:
  • Or write a check made payable to NCCF, Inc. and mail it to PO Box 253 ~ Nellysford, VA 22958                
If you’ve already contributed, thank you! We appreciate your support and hope you’ll continue donating.
NCCF to Review Grant Requests, Conduct Site Visits
Nelson County Community Fund called on other local nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to support our work helping Nelson County residents in need. The deadline for applying for a grant was June 30 (for an August decision). 
This month (July), the NCCF board will review all applications to determine if the grant application meets with NCCF’s mission and organizational objectives, among other requirements. Consideration is given to the potential impact of the project and to particularly imaginative, collaborative, and sustainable approaches to solving community needs. Categories of support include human services, education, environment, health, community needs and development.
After application review, board members will team up to conduct a site visit to look at the prospective grantee organization in its entirety, interview board members or staff, assess their facility, and evaluate its finances.
For information on grant eligibility and to apply for a future NCCF grant, visit NCCF awards grants twice a year.
Heritage Center Gets Gussied Up
The Nelson Heritage Center in Arrington, one of NCCF’s Summer 2021 grant recipients, has made great progress! With our help, the center has renovated the gymnasium’s floors (see before and after photos below), installed new windows and air conditioning, and renovated the bleachers. A tip o’ the hat to the Millennium Group/Nelson Heritage Center for your persistence.

Goat Snuggle Donation
Caromont Farm, a small, family-owned business in Esmont (on the Nelson County border) is one of NCCF’s special benefactors. Two years ago, they donated one of their popular "Snuggling with Kid Goats" sessions at NCCF’s last Opportunity Ball silent auction. Finally in a calmer COVID time, the winner (NCCF Board Member Sue Klett) got her chance. Besides the cutest goats ever, Caromont Farm sells AMAZING goat cheese at the Nelson Farm Market on Saturdays.

Friends and local businesses large and small have contributed to the NCCF mission over the years! Some of our valued supporters include Bold Rock, Devil's Backbone, Virginia Distillery, Nelson 151, Pharsalia, Veritas Winery, Blue Mountain Brewery, and Valley Road Winery. We value everyone’s support. But more help is always needed to reach Nelson’s most vulnerable. Contact us at All ideas are welcome!

Sue Klett is all smiles getting her goat cuddles.

NCCF Hits the Airwaves
Have you heard Nelson County Community Fund’s 60 second Public Service Announcement that aired on Charlottesville’s WINA 1070 AM & 98.9 FM? Thank you, Jay James, of WINA and The Bridge Ministry for making it happen!

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Board Kudos

Congratulations to NCCF Board Member Kevin Walker, upon his promotion to principal of Nelson County High School! Since 2009, Kevin served the school as teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant principal. The students, faculty, and staff at NCHS are in great hands. Meet all NCCF’s Board of Directors here → 

Principal Walker
Fleetwood Community Center Hosted Trail Ride Fundraiser
In May one of NCCF’s newest grant recipients, the Fleetwood Community Center in Massies Mill, attracted more than 100 riders to its twice annual trail ride. Fleetwood has sponsored this fundraiser for nearly 30 years. Community outreach is important to NCCF so Sue Klett, board member, attended the trail ride and answered questions on our mission.
NCCF grant monies, reaching underserved populations in Nelson County, will go toward a disk golf course (alongside the Tye River) and improved outdoor basketball courts.
Photo by Samantha Martineau
Giving a Reason to Smile
Nelson County Community Fund received this heartwarming letter further proving your donations do make a difference!
“…I am writing this letter in gratitude…to know that you would help me with the dental treatment for my son, since it was very difficult for me to be able to do it because I am a single mother, and it is very difficult for me to be able to afford all the treatment for my son so I feel very happy with this organization. Thanks for everything." -- From a mom of pediatric dental patient at Blue Ridge Dental Center
The Bottom Line
How You Can Help
Nelson County Community Fund, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that makes grants available to diverse nonprofits serving health, educational and humanitarian needs in Nelson County. Grants are made possible through generous donations and partnering with area businesses to sponsor fundraising events.
With your help, we can continue to deliver assistance right here at home. If you’re able, please make a tax-deductible donation to help us reach even more Nelson County residents.
  • Or, write a check made payable to NCCF. Mail to:
    Nelson County Community Fund, Inc.
    P. O. Box 253
    Nellysford, VA, 22958
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  • Donate a car you’d like to offload. Go here to start the donation process; or call our partner at CARS to make it happen -- (855) 500-7433.
  • Leave a legacy of hope to our community. Ask your tax advisor about making a charitable bequest to the Nelson County Community Fund, Inc. 
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