Impacting lives in Southwest Virginia

What We Do

What We Do

The LifeRing Foundation can be best described as a “bridge charity”. We are smaller, leaner and more nimble than most impactful charities. In other words, we can respond more quickly and more specifically than most. Many larger charities are restricted by charter, size, etc. …

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If you provide someone with a fish, they will eat for the day. If you teach someone how to fish, they will eat every day. The LifeRing Foundation is in the process of funding a scholarship to one of Virginia’s leading State universities. Each year one qualifying student from a …

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Salvation Army

Salvation Army

All you may know of the Salvation Army is what you see at Christmas time, a red bucket on a stand and a person with a bell. Christmas is what they are known most for. Every year the Salvation Army “adopts” no less than 1500 families who can’t afford to buy presents for their kids. …

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  • Thanks from Turning Point
  • Thanks from Children’s Miracle Network
  • Thanks from Saint Francis Service Dogs

“Dear Friends,

Thank you all so much for the bicycles for our children here at Turning Point for Christmas! You all have helped to make sure that their Christmas season is merry & bright! God bless you all, and have a wonderful & Happy New Year!

…You will never know how much we appreciate all your foundation does for the Turning Point. We needed the food … Thank you!”

Residents & Staff of The Turning Point

“Thank you for your sponsorship of the Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon held August 24th & 25th on Star Country 94.9FM. Your gift is valuable to the care these children receive and directly benefits the Pediatric Oncology Clinic of Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.

We can’t change the fact that children are diagnosed with cancer, but we can change the experience they have while fighting it. Our mission is to keep children at home during treatments. Your gift supports local access to quality care so families don’t have to travel long distances to fight this disease. Children fighting cancer face difficult hospitalizations and treatments.

Your contribution will help meet the complex medical, emotional, developmental and social challenges which these young patients face when fighting cancer. It provides the services of a professional Child Life Specialist to help children through difficult hospitalizations and painful procedures.

Your donation provides medical equipment, teaching material for parents, educational courses for our medical staff, and support groups for children and families. Even further, your donation helps support a weekend retreat summer camp so families can have a safe “vacation” once a year. We also purchase toys, books, games and videos to occupy children during chemotherapy and hospitalizations.

… Thank you again for making a difference in the life of our local champions.

Many Thanks,

Erin E. Hildreth

Executive Director”

“Thank you so much for your sponsorship of our fall fundraiser, DogtoberFest 2011. We have received your check for the Weimaraner Wags sponsorship level. We are so grateful for your support of this outstanding fundraiser.

Through your generosity, we will be able to continue our mission of training dogs to serve children and adults with disabilities. Not only do these highly trained dogs perform important daily tasks for their partners, they also provide independence and unconditional love. Your sponsorship of DogtoberFest 2011 will help to make this happen.

At Saint Francis Service Dogs, we are privileged to see daily miracles. It is because of generous support from people like you that we are able to continue this important work. We are grateful for your belief in our missions.

Thanks so much!


Niki Voudren

Development Director”

“The Life Ring Foundation is rooted first and foremost in a true love for Southwest Virginia, particularly the Roanoke Valley. I want to give back to the place that helped shape me into who I am today. Stronger, healthier and happier citizens will help us make sure that our Valley is a place we will be proud of for generations to come. When we see our neighbors trying with all their might to help themselves but need a hand, we are there with urgency and no red tape. When we see neighbors who cannot help themselves, we reach out our hand to help lift them up.”

Kelly Woolwine Kelly Woolwine

President, Life Ring Foundation