"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~Margaret Mead
Our History

The Rappahannock Benevolent Fund was founded during the financial crisis of 2008 by an individual anonymous donation. This donation helped to establish a committee of church and lay people ready to assist Rappahannock County families and individuals in need of emergency services during the financial crisis.


Three churches; Trinity Episcopal, Washington Baptist, and Reynolds Memorial Baptist joined with a representative of the Department of Social Service and another lay Rappahannock resident to work together to provide these emergency services. Later The Blue Ridge Unitarian Universalists and St. Peter Catholic Church joined the Benevolent Fund as board members and financial support to the Fund. Trinity Church acted as its fiscal agent until 2016, when RBF became a stand-alone 501(c)3 organization. In 2017 RBF hired its first staff person to handle requests and services.  With the first staff person came an understanding to assist with critical home repairs.  RBF works in partnership with Fauquier Habitat for Humanity to provide this service throughout Rappahannock.


The Fund is governed by a board consisting of the ministers of five churches as well

as representatives from the Rappahannock community.

Board of Directors 

The Rev. Kevin Beres, St. Peter Catholic Church

The Rev. Walt Childress, Washington Baptist Church

The Rev. Jon Heddleston, Reynolds Memorial

The Rev. Elizabeth Keeler, Trinity Episcopal Church

Mr. Harold Beebout

Ms. Jessica Burleson

Mr. Bernie Cieplak

Mr.  Kees Dutilh

Mr. Van Carney

Mr. Len McGill


Ms. Berni Olson, Executive Director


Rappahannock Food Pantry

Rapp at Home

Rappahannock Senior Center at Scrabble School House

Rappahannock Dept. of Social Services

Rapp CE

Northern Piedmont Community Foundation

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity

PATH Foundation