Community Support
Is Our Foundation

The Better Living Foundation was formed in 1988 to help fulfill Better Living’s mission to give back to the Charlottesville-Albemarle community where they first began business in 1893. Contributions are made to nonprofit organizations based on an annual review of applications for assistance. According to Richard Nunley, Chairman of Better Living, Inc., The Foundation has enabled the local retailer to continue supporting charities that depend on donations to do their work, especially when times are tough.

Compassion and caring for those in need extends from Better Living through their employees and vendors. Year-round activities include partnerships with the American Cancer Association, Golden Apple Awards for Teachers, Habitat for Humanity, Heart Association, MDA and others. The company expresses admiration for the many volunteers and administrators of nonprofit organizations who serve Central Virginia.

Golden Apple Awards (Click here to see winners.)
Richard L. Nunley, Chairman, is pleased to announce that Better Living Building Supply & Cabinetry is sponsoring the 2017-2018 Golden Apple Awards for outstanding teachers in our community’s school systems. These awards are presented to faculty members from the public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City, including CATEC. Eligible private schools are those that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

The Golden Apple Award is a means of selecting and honoring some of our outstanding teachers. Teachers are most important in nurturing our children’s inquisitive minds and preparing them for the challenges of the future.

One winner will be selected from each school. Award recipients receive a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses. As a “Golden Apple” teacher, each recipient is eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Grants are awarded to eight candidates: three elementary, two middle, and two high school candidates, and one from the schools that are members of the VAIS. The grant award is used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s continued professional development. Golden Apple Award recipients will be announced in May.

Nominate a teacher and show your appreciation and support!

Nomination forms are available here or from the local schools or www.k12albemarle.org.

Feed the Hungry
Better Living Foundation has been a major sponsor of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank an emergency food assistance agency that serves more than 114,000 people each month, a near record in the Food Bank’s history. Last year, they distributed 18 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge.

Support for Salvation Army
Better Living Building Supply and Furniture assisted the Salvation Army Kettle Drive with two days of bell ringing in Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads. Better Living thanks these employees for serving the Salvation Army in their most important fund raising event of the year. All funds raised in local Kettle campaigns are used to support local programs of the Salvation Army. Thanks to volunteers and the generosity of our community the Salvation Army is able to reach out and help those in need.

How We Give
Better Living, Inc. is committed to giving back to our community through our employees, in-kind and surplus donations, and cash contributions. We believe our role as a community investor extends beyond writing checks to actively participating and leading local fundraising efforts that have a measurable impact on the people and community where we live.

Better Living is also proud to sponsor the annual Golden Apple Awards in recognition of exceptional local teachers and we remain committed to working side by side with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to provide low-income families with their own homes.

In 1988, Better Living formed the Better Living Foundation for the sole purpose of continuing our mission of local philanthropy. As part of our process, the Foundation conducts an annual review of all non-profit applications for financial assistance, in-kind donations, or community partnership and makes contributions with these in mind.

2017 Contributions
AFRICAN AMERICAN TEACHING FELLOWS
A.H.I.P.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY POLICE FOUND.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN RED CROSS
BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS
BLUE RIDGE AREA FOOD BANK
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
BRIDGE MINISTRY
BUILDING GOODNESS FOUNDATION
CAMP HOLIDAY TRAILS
CHARLOTTESVILLE FREE CLINIC
C’VILLE-ALB.  RESCUE SQUAD
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
EMERGENCY FOOD BANK
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
FLUVANNA COUNTY SPCA
GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA
GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS TO TEACHERS
HOSPICE OF THE PIEDMONT
INNISFREE
JEFFERSON AREA BOARD FOR AGING
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS
LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY
LOUISA EDUCATION FOUNDATION
MADISON HOUSE
MEALS ON WHEELS
MEALS ON WHEELS - FLUVANNA
MONTICELLO AREA COMM. ACTION
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
PACEM
PIEDMONT CASA
PIEDMONT FAMILY YMCA
PIEDMONT VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
READYKIDS
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
S.A.R.A.
SALVATION ARMY
SENIOR CENTER
SHELTER FOR HELP IN EMERGENCY
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
THE HAVEN
THE SOHO CENTER
UNITED WAY
VA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
VA INSTITUTE OF AUTISM