2021 Charity Providers

Below are the Charity Providers selected for the 2021 Charity Home Tour. 

Adult Care Center

The Adult Care Center of Central Virginia is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services. They provide a broad therapeutic program of daytime activities to frail adults while giving their caregivers a break from their full-time responsibilities and/or makes it possible for working caregivers to go to work knowing their loved ones are well cared for and safe. They also provide free public education for the community, fee assistance to families needing services, but can’t afford them and are known in the community as a resource for professional care and support.

Charity Pairing: Pecoraro Home

Agape Center

The Agape Center Inc. is a God-directed outreach ministry. They provide many services including food, clothing and household needs along with financial assistance for emergency needs, such as funds for utility bills, rent and medical needs. Agape also provides emotional support through its mentoring program and offers a course to help their clients get out of poverty.

Charity Pairing: English Home

Bedford Pregnancy Center

The Bedford Pregnancy Center cares for women in pregnancy related situations by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They offer free and accurate pregnancy tests with immediate results, information and educational resources, prenatal referrals, support throughout the pregnancy, postpartum and post-abortion counseling and an Earn While You Learn curriculum and Baby Boutique providing items through size 2T. These programs empower their clients to be the best parents possible.

Charity Pairing: Mele Home

Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy

The Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy is a therapeutic riding center in Henry, Virginia. Its mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding and other activities to persons with disabilities, giving them an opportunity to improve their physical, mental, emotional and social lives. Therapeutic riding offers children and adults with disabilities a chance to enjoy an “able body activity,” reaching achievements in ways they thought were impossible.

Charity Pairing: Long Home

Faith Network of Franklin County

The Faith Network was formed in July 2017 to serve people experiencing homelessness in Franklin County. They assign each individual or family a mentor who works with them for a 3-6 month period. Mentors provide support as the mentee strives to complete goals on their service plan. The Faith Network promotes self-sufficiency by addressing emergent financial needs, coordinates access to available resources, and facilitates lasting connections to a supportive community.

Charity Pairing: College Home

Franklin County Family YMCA

As a charitable, volunteer-driven, community-based organization, the Franklin County Family YMCA derives its strength from its community roots and strong volunteers. Whether it’s through their second grade safe swim program, Parkinson relief program, summer camp, Arthritis relief class, preschool or youth mentoring, the Y provides opportunities that improve the community’s health and well-being, activities that bring families closer together and programs that empower young people to find success.

Charity Pairing: Waro Home

Helping Hands of Franklin County

Helping Hands of Franklin County’s mission is to provide financial assistance to help the emergency needs of the citizens of Franklin County.  Typical emergency needs include electric bill termination or overdue notices, rent or mortgage issues, heating fuel, prescription medication and other emergency needs. In addition to emergency financial assistance they provide budget counseling to their clients and referrals to other appropriate agencies.  Their volunteers provide this assistance with care and dignity to each of their clients.

Charity Pairing: Howlett Home

SML Good Neighbors

Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors provide out-of school programs for rising 1st-8th grade students. They offer a 4-week summer enrichment program focusing on reading, writing, communications, math, science, art and physical education. The middle school children also participate in team building activities, nutritional support and fieldtrips to help them succeed in high school. Also, they have a weekend backpack program and an afterschool program to help with homework and provide enrichment activities.

Charity Pairing: Walker Home


Kid’s Haven – Alternate Charity

Kids’ Haven serves grieving children and their families through support and education.

Their philosophy is built on the belief that grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one. They provide a safe and supportive environment that allows children to learn about grief and to participate fully in their own journey to recovery. They provide peer-to-peer support groups, school counselor support and resource packets specifically designed to the families loss and ages of the children. Annual training is also available to professionals working with grieving children in the community. Kids’ Haven supports approximately 25 SML families and is continuing to expand in the area.