Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund Supports Operation New Hope’s Response to COVID-19

Operation New Hope is honored by the tremendous community support being offered to us during these difficult times. Delores Barr Weaver, a long time supporter and advocate of our work, recently made another generous grant to support our COVID-19 response efforts. Because of this $25,000 grant, Operation New Hope can continue our mission to help people as they transition back home from incarceration during a time when support is critical.

The Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida was created by Delores Barr Weaver in 2015 as the natural evolution of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, which has awarded more than $86 million in grants since she created it in 2012. She also provides separate, annual support to 20 local, nonprofit organizations for their annual fundraising events through the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund. Like the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund’s purpose is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten, and advance our community.

“Thank you for the good work you do to build a better community,” says Nina Waters, President of The Community Foundation. “Together we will make a difference.” The Community Foundation is committed to its mission of stimulating philanthropy to build a better community.

Operation New Hope is so thankful for the generous gift and continued support of The Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund. The past six months have impacted every aspect of our lives and every level of our organization. But despite the many challenges associated with the pandemic and current social unrest, we remain full of hope. Our Operations Team swiftly adapted programming to keep our staff, clients, and community safe through the development of Ready4Work-Light, serving over 80 new clients since May. We have continued to provide safe, transitional housing, transportation, and other supportive services and connect clients with full-time, living-wage work. To get more information about our work, please email

Operation New Hope staff and clients celebrating safely at a recent Ready4Work graduation.

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