The Rapp for Aug. 18

The PATH to $500,000

The PATH Foundation has announced up to $500,000 in available funds for general operations grants for qualifying nonprofits in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. The funds, according to PATH, will offer unrestricted funding for nonprofits to use towards general expenses such as rent, utilities and equipment.

Christy Connolly, the foundation’s president and CEO, referenced philanthropy studies as the motivation for the latest round of PATH’s funding, “We’ve seen a trend within charitable foundations of making sure to not only fund the programmatic efforts of nonprofits, but also to help fund their day-to-day operations. Many nonprofits operate with a very small staff with multiple responsibilities. These general operations grants are designed to ease the burden of funding these regular expenses, allowing the nonprofits to do what they do best — help our community.”

Criteria for the general operations grants is rigorous, with the goal of rewarding strong nonprofits. Areas that will be evaluated include governance, finance, programs and public disclosure. Organizations that currently meet or are working toward a majority of the best practices outlined in the guidelines are encouraged to apply for funds.

“Our purpose for offering these grants is twofold,” Connolly added. “We want to empower exceptional nonprofits so they can expand the good work they’re doing in our area, as well as establish a shared standard of best practices that can be a goal for all nonprofits, no matter their size or scope.”

The deadline for applying for the general operations grants is Sept. 16. For information on grant guidelines and principles of best practice, visit

Biz Link on Gay Street

Businesses of Rappahannock’s next quarterly Biz Link Networking Social is 5 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 18) at Gay Street Gallery in Washington. The gallery and Flint Hill Public House are hosting the event, and several businesses are sponsoring and will be on hand to tell you about their operations. If you are not yet a Businesses of Rappahannock member, you can join at the event — during which the yearly election of the business organization’s officers will be held. For more information, call Jan at 540-675-1373.

A game, and other benefits, for Gary Jenkins

Friday's RCHS football contest is a benefit for alumnus and Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue member Gary Jenkins Jr., who was badly injured in an accident last month while responding to a call. WVFR's and others' fundraising efforts continue.Courtesy photo
Friday’s RCHS football contest is a benefit for alumnus and Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue member Gary Jenkins Jr., who was badly injured in an accident last month while responding to a call. WVFR’s and others’ fundraising efforts continue.

Rappahannock County High School’s varsity football team meets the Mountaineers of Madison County on the RCHS field at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 19), and while the best team will win, there’s another potential winner of the contest — originally scheduled as a free-of-charge scrimmage but changed to a benefit game to help out a former player.

Per Virginia High School League rules for benefit games, the gate revenue is split three ways between the competing schools and the VHSL. For this Friday’s game, the RCHS athletic department will be donating its share of the gate revenues to the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, with the intent that those funds be earmarked for the WVFR fund that has been set up for RCHS alumnus Gary Jenkins. Additionally there will be other fundraisers for Gary Jenkins throughout the night.

Jenkins, a 2014 graduate of RCHS and three sport varsity athlete, was badly injured in an auto accident while on his way to an EMS call this past summer. All fundraiser proceeds are designated to offset the family’s mounting medical expenses.

The night includes a show by the award-winning Panther Marching Band, who will conduct a dress rehearsal of their “Bohemian Rhapsody” halftime show. Gates open at 6 p.m.

WVFR’s chief, Ann Spieker, meanwhile reports this week that Gary Jenkins is gradually improving, and has regained some upper right leg control, as well as the left thigh. “Gary has adapted to his ability and is doing extremely well,” Spieker reports. “He is in great spirits and is scheduled to come home Thursday.”

Outpatient therapy, which Jenkins starts in a few weeks, will likely rely on the funds collected by the fire department and others in the community. Amy Hitt set up a bank account in Gary Jenkins’ name at Union Bank & Trust, so checks can be deposited at any Union Bank made out to the Gary Jenkins Jr. Fund.

A car wash by Gary’s coaches, former teammates and their families this weekend raised more than $8,000, Spieker said, and others, including Racer Construction, Habitat for Humanity and Terry Robey, have donated time and materials to make Gary’s house accessible by wheelchair. Hitt has also organized donation boots at local stores and restaurants, and the Flint Hill Public House this weekend raised $600 with a special dinner.

“I am so proud of the community support in helping this young man,” Spieker said.

Being instrumental

Rappahannock schools’ music instructors have openings in a variety of instruments, including trumpet, French horn, piano, flute, guitar, low brass, clarinet and sax, according to Kathryn Treanor. Whether your son or daughter is taking up a new instrument, working to improve musical skills and sight reading — or you have found a clarinet in the closet and would love to be able to make beautiful music with it — contact Kathryn at to find a day and time for lessons. Limited scholarship funds are available if needed.

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