Since the COVID school closure in March, HEF has provided funding for HCPS teachers, students and their families. This has included food and basic necessities for Henrico’s most vulnerable students, and WiFi hotspots for students and teachers without internet access. This support has expanded to include virtual summer camps for nearly 100 disadvantaged students with packets delivered to students’ homes including all resources needed for virtual lessons. HEF’s Learning & Discovery program offered safe childcare for essential workers during the months of June and July. Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the program followed all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines established for childcare providers.

Over the summer, when it became apparent that the 2020-21 school year would include some element of virtual learning, we secured funding for teacher training. A grant from The Community Foundation will provide resources to support teachers in virtual learning best practices. With the decision by the HCPS school board to start the year in a fully virtual format, HEF will continue to raise funds to support the needs of teachers, students and families in our community. You can help us prepare for the upcoming school year by donating to the Building Strong Schools Fund. To make your gift, click the button below.

How is Henrico Education Foundation supporting HCPS virtual learning this fall?

  • 625 additional WiFi hotspots for students and teachers without internet access
  • iPads to assist exceptional education students
  • E-books to expand the number of books students and teachers can access electronically
  • Staff training to assist with remote learning:
    • Training for principals and instructional coaches in supporting teachers in virtual learning
    • Curriculum writing support for HCPS Virtual Learning Modules
    • Guest Educator Webinars for virtual teaching strategies
    • Distance Learning Playbook K-12 professional resource
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COVID-19 News

CLC Summer Programming
How do we reach summer camp students during COVID?
It’s easy, we bring the program to them! Through HEF’s Community Learning Center (CLC) initiative, working in partnership with HCPS, we’re delivering programming to nearly 100 students in the safety of their own homes. Site Supervisors from Ratcliffe Elementary, Glen Lea Elementary, Wilder Middle, and HEF’s CLC Program Officer created a virtual learning plan featuring…
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Dominion Club
Thank you Dominion Club!
Thank you so much to The Dominion Club and their generous members for the fabulous $25,500 donation to HEF’s COVID-19 response fund. This support continues to ensure that vulnerable families have the support they need, including meals and access to materials for remote internet-based learning. We’re all in this together and we’re thankful to have amazing partners…
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COVID-19 Update
Thank you to all of the generous donors who have given to HEF’s COVID-19 Response Fund. HEF has raised $640,905 since March, 2020 to ensure vulnerable families have the support they need, including meals and access to materials for remote internet-based learning. While the impact of the COVID-19 crisis will be felt for months and…
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Facebook Grant Enables HEF to Strengthen COVID-19 Response
The Henrico Education Foundation is expanding the impact of its COVID-19 Response Fund supporting vulnerable children and families in Henrico County, thanks to a $280,000 grant from Facebook. The tech company’s Henrico Data Center is located in eastern Henrico’s White Oak Technology Park. The foundation has partnered with the center as part of Facebook’s COVID…
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Thank You!
  Today we’d like to say thank you to all of the generous donors who have given to HEF either as a part of #GivingTuesdayNow or who have given to our COVID-19 Response Fund during this difficult time. We are so thankful for your support, and because of you our work will continue as we…
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Giving Tuesday Now
Today is #GivingTuesdayNow!
Check out our #GivingTuesdayNow Q&A video to learn more about HEF, and please donate to our COVID-19 Relief Fund. Donate Securely
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We are so grateful
Tomorrow, May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow! Today we are sharing how grateful we are at HEF. We’re thankful for our generous donors, supporters, the organizations, individuals and our partners who support HEF’s mission which is to “strengthen public education by advancing innovative programs and initiatives designed to improve student achievement”. This unwavering support allows HEF to…
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HEF is so very grateful to all of our amazing partners, especially during COVID-19!
The staff and volunteers of the HCPS Family and Community Engagement team are on the front lines providing meals and assistance to children and families living in poverty. Their work is fueled by the community’s generous donations to HEF’s COVID-19 Response Fund. On Tuesday, May 5th, you can assist HEF’s efforts to make certain that…
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Robins Foundation's Family Crisis Fund
Check out this encouraging update on the Robins Foundation’s Family Crisis Fund
We are proud to partner with the Robins Foundation to ensure individual checks are making it into the hands of our area’s most vulnerable families. Working hand in hand with the HCPS Family and Community Engagement team we have identified approximately 200 families so far who will have benefited from this service. If you’d like…
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Giving Tuesday Now – May 5th
Join us next Tuesday, May 5th, for #GivingTuesdayNow and watch our video to learn more!
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How we’re responding to COVID-19
We’ve been busy the last month! On behalf of the thousands of students, teachers and families served by Henrico Education Foundation (HEF), thank you for your continued support! These are confusing and uncertain times for all of us. But this doesn’t mean the important work of the foundation and our public schools has stopped. Our…
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Wawa Foundation
Thank you Wawa Foundation for supporting our COVID-19 relief efforts
HEF received a $1,000 grant from the Wawa Foundation to support “grab and go” packaged meals for HCPS students in Henrico County. Thank you Wawa for this generous donation!
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We have exceeded our matching goal of $15,000
Your Help is Still Needed Thanks to your generosity we have exceeded our matching goal of $15,000 for the COVID-19 response fund! Thanks to the Robins Foundation who matched that $15,000, we now have $30,000 more to support HCPS students and their families during this challenging time. While we have reached our matching goal, your…
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$15,000 Robins Foundation match aims to fuel donations for the items Henrico families need most
Press Release re-posted with permission from Henrico County Public Schools The Henrico County community always steps up in a big way during trying times, and the coronavirus emergency has been no different. Now, a matching grant as part of the Robins Foundation’s strategic partnership with the Henrico Education Foundation will build on that generosity and channel…
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COVID-19 Updates from Henrico County Public Schools: