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LKACF Awards Grants Totaling $2,750

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), announced $2,750 in grants to support charitable projects benefitting Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties.

Founded in 2000, the LKACF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties. The LKACF family of funds includes 8 named funds, representing $650,000 assets. Each fall, the LKACF awards grants to benefit community projects. Grants awarded this fall are made possible through the LKACF Community Support Fund, which supports charitable projects that benefit the residents of Calhoun and Wirt counties; the Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund, which provides funds to address the needs of Gilmer County; and the Larry D. and Margaret D. Brown Advised Fund, which supports charitable projects in the region.

The following agencies received grants from the LKACF: 

  • CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit - $535 to assist with expansion of child advocacy services to Roane and Calhoun counties. CASA recruits, trains, and supports court-appointed volunteer advocates who work with abused and neglected children to make recommendations to the court and to provide them a clear and powerful voice while seeking safe and permanent homes.
  •  Gilmer Elementary School PTO – $400 to promote unity within the school and throughout the county by purchasing t-shirts for teachers.
  •  Normantown Christian – $1,815 to purchase art supplies for the “One Child’s Time” program, where students will create and frame paintings to be sold in arts/crafts shows to generate a donation to The Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“These grants are all focused on the children in our communities,” said Ron Blankenship, LKACF Advisory Board Chair. “We loved that the Normantown Christian project involved children in a project that will give back to others in need. We also know that CASA plays an important role in helping to protect the most vulnerable children in our community, and the role of our local schools and teachers in educating our children is critical to our future. We are pleased to be able to provide support for these three child-focused grants.”

Current LKACF Advisory Board members, in addition to Blankenship, include Martha Haymaker, Bob Radabaugh, Kyle Pierson, Jean Simers, Andrew Matheny, and Leslie Maze.

  • RCCF Awards Grants

    The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently awarded two grants: $1,000 to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department to support public safety efforts and $700 to the Harrisville Women’s Club to assist with the holiday lighting project in Harrisville.

    The grants were made possible through the Harrisville Civic Club Improvement Fund, created in 2011 by the former Harrisville Civic Club, to provide support for charitable programs or projects undertaken in Harrisville.

    The Harrisville Civic Club was formed in 1950 for the purpose of constructing a facility to house the Myles Manufacturing Company, a garment manufacturing business. In 1966 the Harrisville Manufacturing Company purchased the building from the Civic Club after Melvin May had acquired the business. Proceeds from the Civic Club’s first business venture were utilized multiple times to attract and aid other businesses in the area which provided hundreds of jobs for area residents. The Civic Club also made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community by purchasing and donating the property for the Harrisville Town Park; providing donations to the area’s fire departments and emergency squads; and providing the funds for the town mural in downtown Harrisville. When the Civic Club disbanded, it used funds remaining in its treasury to make a lasting impact on the Harrisville community through the creation of the Harrisville Civic Club Improvement Fund.

    “This fund continues the commitment of the Harrisville Civic Club to improve the lives of residents of Harrisville,” said RCCF advisory board chair Alan Haught. “The volunteer fire department works hard every day to help our residents, and the lighting project, which is made possible through the Women’s Club and many volunteers, beautifies our town for the holidays. The Ritchie County Community Foundation believes support for both organizations helps to carry on the mission of the Harrisville Civic Club.”

    Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, are Noah Hinzman, RCCF advisory board member; Craig Mullen, Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department; Mayor Alan Haught, RCCF advisory board chairman; Mary McElroy, Harrisville Women’s Club; and Jean Freeland, RCCF advisory board member.

  • Foundation Announces Fall Grants

    “By working together, we can do so much more good for our region,” said Marian Clowes, the Senior Program Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates.

    The Foundation is once again making an investment in our region by providing over $220,000 in grant support to area nonprofits!  A reception was held at the Foundation’s office on Wednesday, December 6 to highlight the grant recipients and the good work they are doing in the community.

    Through the Foundation’s bi-annual Community Action Grants Program, area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address organizational needs and programs.  To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.  Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).  Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the Foundation that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region.

    The fall 2017 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients are:

    ·         Auburn Community Association - $1,280 to repair the roof on the Auburn community building;

    ·         Actors Guild of Parkersburg - $20,000 for the installation of a sprinkler system as part of a multi-year capital renovation project for the theatre.

    ·         Arnoldsburg Elementary School - $6,500 to support the development of a community garden to serve Calhoun County schools and residents.

    ·         Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department - $9,000 toward the purchase of breathing apparatus;

    ·         Belpre Area Multi-Use Trail Committee - $1,200 to provide matching funds for an Ohio Department of Highways Transportation Alternatives Program grant to purchase abandoned CSX railways to expand area trails.

    ·         Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg - $15,000 to provide operating support for educational and recreational programs and services to benefit area youth.

    ·         Building Bridges to Careers - $1,000 to support marketing efforts related to the organization’s move to a larger facility in order to reach new audiences for youth and entrepreneurial programs.

    ·         Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $1,300 for staff training through attendance at the Circles Annual Conference.

    ·         Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders - $7,824 to purchase new bedframes for the County Park, the site for community residential camps including 4-H camp;

    ·         Doddridge Board of Education - $4,300 to support the backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and holidays to Doddridge County students in need.

    ·         Friends of the Gilmer County Public Library - $2,000 to purchase equipment and materials for a new maker space at the library.

    ·         Hope, Inc. - $5,000 for renovations to the shelter’s children’s activity room.

    ·         Jackson County Commission - $2,500 to support the purchase and storage of a mobile cattle unit to be used regionally for 4H and agricultural programming.

    ·         Jefferson Elementary Center - $11,000 for new playground equipment to provide students with a safe place for recreation and physical activity.

    ·         Marietta Community Foundation - $2,500 to support publications and publicity efforts to market the Mid-Ohio Valley’s assets to attract new businesses and jobs to the area through the Shale Crescent initiative.

    ·         Normantown Historical Community Center - $8,000 to help with facility renovations, including a stair-lift and restroom renovations.

    ·         Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless – House to Home - $1,200 to purchase laptop computers to assist the homeless with job and housing searches.

    ·         Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library - $10,240 to construct computer stations as part of the library’s capital renovation project.

    ·         Parkersburg Art Center - $8,020 to provide matching funds to replaces fire-suppression sprinkler heads and the HVAC unit that serve the third floor of the center.

    ·         Regeneration - $3,780 to support the Packs of Plenty backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and school holidays to Ritchie County students in need;

    ·         Ritchie County Integrated Family Services - $1.095 to support the purchase of a security system;

    ·         Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, Inc. - $4,000 to support the Hoss Lodging Fund, to defray the costs of stays for families from the Foundation service area whose children are receiving medical care in the Morgantown area.

    ·         Smithville Community Resale Shop - $1,800 to replace the roof on the thrift shop building.

    ·         SW Resources - $20,000 to expand their facility to provide additional employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities.

    ·         The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $5,012 to purchase audio and video equipment, related technology applications, and telecommunications devices to strengthen and extend opportunities for training on issues that impact children and adults with disabilities.

    ·         The Salvation Army - $15,000 to purchase new bed frames for the emergency shelter, which houses families and individuals who are homeless.

    ·         Washington County Career Center - $5,000 to complete the construction of Phase 1 of an outdoor industrial training facility.

    ·         Waverly Elementary School - $1,900 to purchase slides for the school playground.

    ·         Wesley United Methodist Church - $1,550 to support the Snack Pack Ministry, which provides food for weekends for students in-need at Neale Elementary School in Vienna.

    ·         West Central Beekeepers - $3,000 for purchase of bees and treatments to expand the bee population.

    ·         West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $9,875 to upgrade the sound system serving the multi-purpose room on campus.

    ·         West Virginia University Foundation - $5,000 to support the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program, which provides support and mentoring to students with visual impairments in the Foundation’s service area.

    ·         Wirt County Solid Waste Authority - $2,600 to rebuild a loading dock, which is the link between processing recyclables and loading them for transportation to processing stations.

    ·         Wood County Historical and Preservation Society - $4,000 to stabilize the stucco surface on the historic Phelps-Tavenner House.

    Since 1963, the Foundation has served as a model of grantmaking and philanthropic giving in our region. To ensure that the Foundation is best meeting the needs of its eleven-county service area, it has three affiliates that focus their efforts on local fund development and grant making to strengthen their defined communities.   

    The Foundation’s Doddridge County affiliate, the Doddridge County Community Foundation, awarded $12,000 in grants to the following organizations:

    ·         Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders - $1,500 to purchase new bedframes for the County Park, the site for community residential camps including 4-H camp;

    ·         Doddridge Board of Education - $9,500 to support the backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and holidays to Doddridge County students in need.

    ·         Hope, Inc. - $1,000 for renovations to the shelter’s children’s activity room.

    The Foundation’s Ritchie County affiliate, the Ritchie County Community Foundation, awarded $4,260 in grants to the following organizations:

    ·         Auburn Community Association - $1,220 to repair the roof on the Auburn community building;

    ·         Regeneration - $1,520 for the Packs of Plenty backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and school holidays to Ritchie County students in need;

    ·         Ritchie County Integrated Family Services - $300 to support the purchase of a security system;

    ·         Smithville Community Resale Shop - $1,220 to replace the roof on the thrift shop building.

    The Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate, serving Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties, awarded $2,950 in grants to the following organizations:

    ·         Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department - $1,000 toward the purchase of breathing apparatus;

    ·         Normantown Historical Community Center - $400 to help with facility renovations, including a stair-lift and restroom renovations.

    ·         Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $550 for playground improvements;

    ·         West Central Beekeepers - $1,000 for purchase of bees and treatments to expand the bee population.



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