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Raising Appalachia

Lifting Up Virginia's Extra Needs Families

Raising Appalachia is a community support program designed to supplement services and funding exclusively for families of children with disabilities.  Unlike Medicaid  & other state/federal subsidies, Raising Appalachia serves Virginia's disadvantaged & rural families with help for specific urgent needs.  Through the help of generous benefactors, church and civic groups, community champions, and aggressive fundraising, we hope to be a light of hope for these families in need.


WHAT:   Material & financial aid for struggling local special needs families in rural Virginia.    Raising Appalachia  assists with urgent health, home repair, & well-being needs gaps.  Founded by the FARIS family of Batesville/Afton.   CLICK HERE for a list of other local resources.

 WHO:  Families caring for children and adults with medical, emotional,  or developmental disabilities.   Families caring for the elderly and infirm are also welcome to apply.  Eligible:  all rural Virginia counties EXCEPT Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Henrico.

The need is great throughout Virginia.  

  • Clothing

  • Food

  • Medication

  • Financial help with utilities

  • Home improvements for health & safety purposes

  • Guidance for education & social service paperwork

  • Attendance at educational & medical family conferences

  • Transportation to specialist and doctor appointments

  • Holiday meals & fellowship

  • Grants for respite retreats

HOW: We  partner with private benefactors, local churches, businesses, civic groups, and foundations to support our private efforts.  Our goal is to improve quality of life for these children and alleviate the financial burdens of their families,

WHEN:  Requests are taken year-round.   Grants provided for qualified needs as available.  There is no guarantee of funding.  Application required.   Contact us via email

Do you know a family in rural Virginia who is struggling financially in the care of their disabled child or adult at home?  

Do you know families who might benefit from special needs fellowship several times a year? 

Appalachia : Shenandoah Valley : Blue Ridge:

Highlands : Piedmont : Northern Neck:

 South Central : Eastern Shore



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