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“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.
Charles “Skip” Fox IV, one of the nation’s leading estate planning and taxation attorneys, is coming to Parkersburg! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Mid-Ohio Valley Estate Planning Council (MOVEPC), Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Marietta Community Foundation, local financial planners, bankers, attorneys, accountants and insurance agent will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long, educational seminar presented by Mr. Fox.
Fox is a partner in McGuireWoods of Charlottesville, VA and chairs the firm’s private wealth services team. He lectures nationwide, providing seminars on estate planning and trust administration, for many audiences including the prestigious Heckerling Estate Planning Institute of the University of Miami. His extensive experience also includes audits of estate tax returns involving unique assets, trust and estate litigation, and the formation and operation of public and private charities, as well as providing counsel to corporate fiduciaries on a variety of issues. Skip is a member of the faculty of the National Trust School and National Graduate Trust School, where he has taught for over twenty-five years and the author of numerous field publications. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School.
The seminar will be held May 25 at the Parkersburg Country Club from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and focus on the current issues in estate planning. Continuing education credit for the day-long event will be offered (up to 7 hours, depending on profession) for lawyers, accountants, insurance and financial planning professionals, and banking staff in Ohio and West Virginia.
"This is a great opportunity for local advisors to benefit from a first-class presentation by a key instructor at a very modest cost,” said Chip Ferrell, Trust Legal Counsel with United Bank, and President of the MOVEPC. “Thanks to generous sponsorships from Peoples Bank, WesBanco, United Bank and Bowles Rice, the cost of the event, which is all-inclusive, is only $250 to the public and $200 for MOVEPC members. Given that we're approaching the end of the current reporting period, this is a particularly good opportunity for local attorneys to obtain their continuing legal education."
To register to attend the seminar or to learn more, contact PACF by phone at 304.428.4438 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe you’ve never thought of our region’s nonprofits as our “hometown team?” Nearly 1,300 people stepped up for the team recently with their gifts to 43 different causes through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF)’s Give Local MOV 2017 online fundraiser.
Many of us regularly support our State’s colleges and universities, having attended them for a relatively brief time. What keeps us linked long past graduation is often our ongoing allegiance to their teams. As we cheer the team on, we reinforce that connection. Our communities could be incredibly strengthened if we adopted the same connective mindset toward our own hometowns—if we thought of these places where we’ve lived for twenty or thirty or more years, as being similarly worthy of cheering on with our support.
Consider our local nonprofits as making up our “team.” They’re the groups that connect with people to give hope, food or shelter to folks in need; create safe and caring places for children; build homes for families and improve lives for vulnerable individuals; ensure stray animals receive humane care; provide great community facilities; and bring arts, culture and meaning into our lives. Their team uniform is service to others. Our communities are better—more economically, culturally and socially vibrant places—because they exist.
And, as we build our hometown team, let’s remember to add our local businesses, many which are already cutting their margins pretty tightly to stay in business in our small communities that don't offer the sales volume or capacity of big cities on which to base prices. When we buy outside of our area and drop these vendors from our team, we undercut the local market, making it even more difficult to remain in business here. Does anyone really think Amazon’s going to step in to replace local businesses in supporting our youth recreation and school teams, local food pantries, or arts groups and other good things that make this a great region in which to live and raise families? Or that some Columbus dealer will sponsor our local fundraisers? It’s not likely.
When we remove our sales dollars from local merchants whether buying online or out of area, we are also sending the profits elsewhere. While we may save something, we short-change our own community in the long run. Any extra amount we may pay should be considered a small price to help our hometown team. When we buy local, businesses can give local—it’s that simple.
Give Local MOV 2017 gave us a great start to building an even stronger hometown team. Going forward, let’s each buy a season ticket and cheer the team on. We’re going to spend a lifetime here so it’s time to join and support the team that’s working to make our region a place where our citizens will have greater opportunities to thrive.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates
George Penn was affectionately known throughout the community for his volunteering and commitment for many local organizations. Born in Alexandria, VA, George moved to the Parkersburg area in 1992 where he worked for UPS and Dover Products. A devout Christian, Penn was a United States Marine, a disabled Army veteran, and a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Menelik Lodge #74 Free and Accepted Masons. In 2010, George Penn and his wife, Josepha “Chris” Penn, opened the doors to Voices of the Streets – Essentially Yours.
“Essentially Yours was created to fulfill a basic human need that George and I identified in our community,” said Mrs. Chris Penn. “The need to provide the essential home good items required to improve the quality of life for referred families and individuals transitioning from homelessness into a dwelling. Currently, the referring organizations that provide housing and furniture vouchers to homeless individuals do not provide the basic living essentials necessary for establishing a ‘home’.”
After George Penn died on March 1, 2017, an anonymous donor established the Voices of the Streets Endowment Fund in his memory. This permanent support fund becomes one of more than 350 component funds of Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and will forever provide monetary support to allow Voices of the Streets – Essentially Yours to continue to serve its mission.
“Through Essentially Yours, we raise our clients’ self-esteem and their desire to do better for themselves,” said Penn. “We are so thankful for this anonymous donor who thinks so highly of what we are doing that he or she has established a permanent source of funding for our cause. We are extremely dependent on charitable donations to continue to provide this important service for our community.”
Persons who wish to honor George Penn and to support the long-term efforts of Voices of the Streets – Essentially Yours are encouraged to make a donation to the Voices of the Streets Endowment Fund online or to mail a gift by check to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 (made payable to PACF, memo Essentially Yours).
The Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund was recently created at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) to forever honor the late Douglas E. McLain. McLain was a well-loved Parkersburg native, devout Christian, Air Force veteran, and retired police officer. Above all, he was a dedicated husband, father, and Papaw. McLain unexpectedly passed away on June 24, 2017. Hundreds of friends, family members, and local citizens attended his memorial service to say goodbye to a dedicated local citizen and hardworking public servant.
“Doug McLain was well known as a true servant leader and a man of high integrity,” said the PACF’s Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt. “He lived his life as an example for others. Doug's contributions to public safety and the shaping of young lives through his work as the first Prevention Resource Officer in Wood County, assigned to Parkersburg High School, will be forever remembered with gratitude through this new scholarship. We encourage gifts to help build this memorial for Doug.”
McLain retired after forty-one years of honorable service from the Parkersburg Police Department in 2016. For four decades, while serving on the police force, he was also an EMT for the St. Joseph Ambulance Service. The new scholarship fund, established by McLain’s family and friends, is designed to continue his caring legacy and honor his dedicated service to the Parkersburg region.
The Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund will award annually one scholarship to a graduating senior from either Parkersburg Catholic High School, Parkersburg High School, or Parkersburg South High School who plans to pursue a public service field of study. The fund will make its first scholarship award in spring 2018.
Persons who wish to help honor Doug McLain are encouraged to make a charitable gift to the Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund by mailing a check (payable to “PACF” with the fund name on the memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762, or by donating online here. Other forms of donations may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.
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