VersAbility Receives Grant from The Wawa Foundation to Support Able Acres Market Garden

Wawa helps customers fuel their days with food, beverages, coffee and gas.

Now the nationwide convenience store is also helping to fuel our mission here at VersAbility Resources.

VersAbility is proud to announce it recently received a $1,000 grant from The Wawa Foundation to use as fuel for its Project Independence program.

Project Independence offers people with disabilities support, skill development, tools and resources to help them reach their highest level of independence.

The grant funds will specifically allow VersAbility to expand the program offerings by creating inclusive community events that nurture self-determination, independence, sense of belonging and authentic community integration. Specifically, this grant will support the nonprofit’s Able Acres Market Garden.

VersAbility helps ensure people with disabilities enjoy dignified, productive lives of their choosing. As part of that mission team members helped start its own market garden, Able Acres. Able Acres Market Garden is primarily led by adults with disabilities attending the Day Support program.

Four raised beds are filled with young vegetable plants and edible flowers.

The adults in VersAbility’s Day Support programs who have identified an interest in gardening and plants completed the initial planting and are responsible for sowing and harvesting. Participants in the program engage with the community every Thursday as part of Peninsula Farmers Market held at the Jewish Community Center in Newport News.

The Wawa Foundation’s purpose is Fulfilling Lives Every Day, by Building Stronger Communities. The foundation has contributed more than $135 million to support organizations making a difference in the lives of so many in the areas of Health, Hunger and Everyday Heroes. VersAbility is one of the more than 6,000 nonprofit partners that the foundation supports.

VersAbility is a leading provider of comprehensive services for people with disabilities of all ages. VersAbility provides early childhood, residential, day support and diverse employment programs throughout Hampton Roads and beyond.

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