The Virginia Pond and its Puddles support many local charities through service and fundraising activities, and have contributed tens of thousands of dollars in recent years. Below is a list of some of the Virginia charities we support on a regular basis. Click on the logo to visit a charity’s website.
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network is an organization comprized of survivors, advocates, medical and research professionals. Their goal is to provide support services to individuals and families affected by bladder cancer, advance research, and raise awareness about the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.
Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) is an organization that helps kids who have experienced the death of an immediate family member or primary care giver through week long camps and other support activities. The Virginia Pond has raised tens of thousands of dollars for CZC through its annual fall Shuckin’ & Jivin’ event. (See photos)
Edmarc Hospice for Children provides home healthcare, hospice care and bereavement support to families in the Tidewater area who are dealing with the a child’s illness and death. In addition to fundraising, the Tidewater Puddle does annual service projects for Edmarc, including gardening, painting, etc.
The Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment Endowment is a volunteer led organization that collects used mobility equipment, refurbishes it, and gifts it to uninsured and underinsured adults in Virginia. In addition to the Pond’s financial support, Virginia Pond members volunteer regularly – picking up and delivering equipment.
Laticia’s House Foundation is an organization that restores the lives of young ladies who fall victim to the sex trafficking industry. Founded in Virginia and by the wife of a Blue Goose member, it is a holistic program that provides safe housing, medical care, counseling, education and job training to women from all over the United States.
Serve Our Willing Warriors has established the Bull Run Warrior Retreat in beautiful Haymarket, VA. Situated on 44 acres on the edge of the Bull Run Mountains, our 11,000 square foot house will provide “a home away from home” for our outpatient Warriors + Their Families currently residing at the nearby hospitals, where they stay as our honored guests at the retreat that was created just for them.
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides support to U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide. A USO Center was opened at the Richmond Airport in 2010. The Virginia Pond annually donates funds and snack items during the USO’s busy holiday season.