About Us


The Life Ring Foundation is a direct impact public charity. We operate with a fraction of the administrative and infrastructure expenses of other comparable public charities. We pride ourselves on constructing the shortest distances possible between means and needs. Whether partnering with other charities or taking up our own causes, Life Ring is committed to having a direct impact on the lives of those in the southwest Virginia community. We put hundreds of Christmas presents under trees and we help put advanced lifesaving equipment in Carilion’s Roanoke Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive care Unit. Life Ring is busy helping to teach our community’s children to read while helping provide a safe haven for our community’s victims of domestic violence.

We challenge you to learn more about us and, more importantly, to help us help our community. Look more closely at us and you will find us hard at work helping to educate, protect, maintain well-being and nurture the children, men and women of our community that need us most. If you believe in and love your community as much as we do, then let us show you what we are doing to help. Let us convince you to help us help them. Together with you, and our other partners, we hope to play a strong role in helping the Roanoke Valley and the surrounding areas reach the incredible potential they have.

Our Mission:

“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, President, Life Ring Foundation