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May 15, 2018

Local high school seniors steer $20,425 to nonprofits

Photo/Fauquier SPCA
Critters win big, as local high seniors chose animal welfare organizations to received a total of $7,100 in the recent Give Local Piedmont campaign. The Fauquier SPCA ranked first among the county seniors’ selections.
Thanks to the decisions of high school seniors in Fauquier County, area non-profit organizations will receive $20,425 in donations.
The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation recently conducted a program designed to have high school seniors think about giving back to their communities. The program offered each high school senior $25 to donate to a nonprofit registered with Give Local Piedmont, the May 1 fundraising campaign that the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation organizes each spring.
A total of 817 high school seniors from public and private schools in Fauquier participated in the program.

The PATH Foundation extended the same offer to high school seniors in Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, with their votes adding $11,625 to the effort.  In total, the high school senior program gave $32,050 in donations to 122 organizations registered with Give Local Piedmont.
“The idea behind the program is to encourage high school seniors to think about giving back to their communities as they’re looking toward their futures,” PATH President Christy Connolly said. “Having the program support Give Local Piedmont gives students a glimpse of how many nonprofits are working to make this a great place to live. We’re so glad to have all public and private schools join us in making this project successful.”
High school seniors watched a video explaining the program’s premise, then received ballots to select one apiece of more than 150 organizations registered to participate. Organizers encouraged each student to pick an organization important to him or her.

Overall, animals garnered the most support from the students, with the 12 animal welfare organizations receiving $7,400 (more than 25 percent of the seniors’ support), with top selection Fauquier SPCA receiving 133 votes (124 from Fauquier County students).
For the fifth consecutive year, the PATH Foundation also contributed $100,000 to the Give Local Piedmont campaign, in addition to the high school senior program. Participating nonprofits represent arts and culture, animal welfare, community improvement, education, environment, health, housing, human services, public safety and crime prevention, and youth development.
Top 20 Fauquier County high school senior selections

• Fauquier SPCA: $3,100 from 124 votes

• Fauquier Free Clinic: $1,000 from 40 votes

• SDG (recovery services): $1,000 from 40 votes

• Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier: $800 from 32 votes

• SAFE - Service for Abused Families: $800 from 32 votes

• Toys for Tots: $675 from 27 votes

• Paws for Seniors: $625 from 25 votes

• Fauquier Community Child Care: $575 from 23 votes

• Fauquier FISH: $550 from 22 votes

• Mental Health Association of Fauquier County: $550 from 22 votes

• Fauquier Habitat for Humanity: $525 from 21 votes

• Middleburg Humane Society: $475 from 19 votes

• Fauquier Community Food Bank & Thrift Store: $425 from 17 votes

• Salvation Army: $425 from 17 votes

• Fauquier 4-H: $400 from 16 votes

• Fauquier Family Shelter: $375 from 15 votes

• Fresta Valley Christian School: $375 from 15 votes

• disAbility Resource Center: $350 from 14 votes

• Allegro Community School of the Arts: $325 from 13 votes

• Cold War Museum: $300 from 12 votes

• Community Touch Inc.: $300 from 12 votes
Participating seniors by school

• Fauquier High – 236

• Fresta Valley Christian — 13

• Highland — 57

• Kettle Run — 246

• Liberty — 234

• Wakefield — 31
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Middleburg Humane Foundation · May 22, 2018 at 9:49 am
Middleburg Humane Foundation would like to thank all of the Fauquier County seniors who donated to MHF via the PATH Foundation. We are so proud of your accomplishments this past year and wish you all the best in your future endeavors! Stop by to see us in Marshall some time.
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