Virginia Quality Life

"This is not a field of dreams. It is a field of promise." Colin Powell

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Virginia Quality Life

Rural life is popularly believed to be idyllic, healthy, and free of stress. But the truth is that that poverty rate in rural America is higher than in urban areas, unemployment is higher, and rural residents have poorer health.

Fewer rural residents are completing college and other education that is increasingly necessary for success in today's economy.

Virginia Quality Life is a multi-faceted health, recreation, and education center that will improve the health and lives of all residents on the rural Lower Northern Neck and adjacent Middle Peninsula in Tidewater Virginia. It's a partnership of the Lower Northern Neck YMCA, the American Red Cross - Lancaster County, the Northern Neck Free Heath Clinic, and Rappahannock General Hospital. Through VQL, all four organization will gain the new facilities they need - without expensive duplication.

Located in Kilmarnock, VQL has brought to our community:

  • A Rehabilitation Center
  • A Gym and Indoor Track
  • An Adult Fitness Area
  • A Day Care Center
  • A Teen Center
  • A Computer Lab for Educational Instruction
  • A Community Meeting / Education Room
  • An Indoor Swimming Pool
  • A Free Health Clinic

Please read how VQL helped a community to meet it's dreams in the Spring 2011 "Chesapeake Currents" publication (click here)

VQL is the most important opportunity for our region in a lifetime! It will bring all of us closer together and give our young people better chances in life. To continue realize the dream of Virginia Quality Life, we need your help.

Please be generous and lend VQL your support. VQL is a model program that can be replicated by rural counties and towns across the nation. Help us bring quality life to rural America!

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Virginia Quality Life
P.O. Box 2277• Kilmarnock, VA 22482 • email: