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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) celebrated the successful completion of its sixth year of its Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. A celebratory gathering was held at the Foundation’s office – Vasan Center for Philanthropy – with members of the community, PACF Board of Directors, Civic Leader Hosts, Civic Leaders, and program funders in attendance.
This summer, twenty-five students were placed with host employers throughout the PACF service region to gain meaningful work experience in their respective fields. During the seven week Program, first-year Civic Leaders spent their Mondays engaging with one another, learning about the community’s needs and issues, and exploring personal and professional development opportunities. Second-year Civic Leaders used their Mondays to further their leadership studies, visiting area nonprofit organizations and assessing community needs, and learning about community grantmaking. Third year students participated in shadowing activities and developed networking skills in preparation for work following graduation.
Katie Hoover, a recent West Liberty University graduate from Mineral Wells, received her bachelor's degree in human biology and plans to attend optometry school.
“I participated in this Program to gain experience in my field of interest and to learn more about what my community has to offer,” said Hoover. “This Program introduced me to the different opportunities this area can offer for a young person, the nonprofits that serve our community, and how civic engagement can lead to a better community. I also learned more about the optometry field and how an optometry office operates with my placement at Vision Care Associates.”
During the reception, a few participants in the Program spoke regarding their experiences. First-year Civic Leader, Emily Athey, shared about her experiences with Mountain River Physical Therapy. Jacob Daley discussed his second year with Program and his placement with Wood County Schools. Tiffany Harvey, who was placed with the Wood County Extension Office, spoke on behalf of the third year class.
The seven second year Civic Leaders visited many different area nonprofit organizations over the course of the summer evaluating where to award $5,000 in grant funds. After much deliberation, the second year Civic Leaders announced that they are awarding a $5,000 grant to Calhoun County Family Resource Network to purchase outdoor playground equipment, picnic tables, toys, a greenhouse, and other supplies for their new Family Education Center. The new center will offer child care for children ages 0-5, before and after school care, and family programming.
“The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program is the Foundation’s deliberate effort to address our community’s out-migration of educated young people,” said Judy Sjostedt, the PACF’s Executive Director. “This is a highly collaborative effort involving many different funders, private individuals, and business leaders who recognize the importance of investing in our region’s next generation. We have had some great success stories from this Program over the past six years and I know this year’s graduates will go on to do great things in our area”.
Students completed the summer inspired to contribute to their communities and more knowledgeable about their fields of interest. Those wishing to learn more about this Program are to call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation recently produced a 100-second video highlighting its history and impact on the community. Click here to view the video, which has been entered into a competition being hosted by the Council on Foundations in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the nation's first community foundation.
The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced $5,900 in grants to support charitable projects benefitting Ritchie County. RCCF presented the grants during the Ritchie County High School music concert on Monday, December 12.
Founded in 1999, the RCCF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Ritchie County. The RCCF family of funds includes 25 named funds, representing $1.3 million in assets. Each fall, the RCCF awards grants to benefit community projects. Grants awarded this fall are made possible through the Ritchie County Community Endowment Fund, which supports charitable projects that benefit the residents of Ritchie County; the Lowell and Wilda Jackson Community Fund, a Donor Advised Fund with a particular interest in support the needs of Ritchie County; and through the support of an anonymous donor.
The following agencies received grants from the RCCF:
“We are pleased to support the needs of our Ritchie County youth through these grants” said Alan Haught, RCCF Advisory Board Chair. “We are proud of our high school band and its recent growth, and we know that Packs of Plenty and the physical fitness equipment will make a difference in the health and wellness of our students.”
Current RCCF Advisory Board members, in addition to Haught, include Jean Freeland, Scott Windom, Noah Hinzman, Theresa Cowan, Dan Fissel, Richard Kerns, and Ron Nutt.
Picture Caption: Members of the RCCF Advisory Board present grants to representative of the Ritchie County High School and Regeneration, Inc. Pictured left to right: RCCF Advisory Board Chair – Alan Haught, RCCF Advisory Board Member – Dan Fissel, Ritchie County High School’s Jim Flesher, Regeneration, Inc.’s Gail Holleron, RCCF Advisory Board Member – Scott Windom.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is excited to launch its 2016 Scholarship Application! The Foundation administers more than 175 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).
Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application. To apply, students must visit www.pacfwv.com/scholarships to review the full list of available scholarships and their eligibility criteria. Students must then proceed to the online application form available at www.pacfwv.com/applications-forms. This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 3, 2016.
During the PACF’s 2015 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded 308 scholarships totaling over $320,000 to our region’s students. These awards were made possible by many generous donors who established scholarship funds with the Foundation to help our local students fulfill their educational goals. Each year, more than 215 community volunteers residing throughout the PACF’s service area assist the Foundation in reviewing the submitted scholarship applications.
“With hundreds of applications, we are very grateful for the volunteer support that we receive each scholarship season,” said PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler. “It is awe-inspiring to work with donors who are passionate about our region's next generation and helping them achieve their post-secondary education goals.”
To learn more about the 2016 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing email@example.com.
Rebecca Mangus was a young and spirited individual who brought happiness and displayed compassion to everyone she met. Following a battle with breast cancer, on January 30, 2013, Rebecca received her ultimate healing and “found her resting place in the arms of God,” said Rebecca’s friend and colleague, Tammy Parker.
A caring daughter, cousin, friend and teacher, Rebecca will forever be remember in the Mid-Ohio Valley thanks to a recently established fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was established by Rebecca’s aunt, Julia Thomas, and cousin, Janelle Thomas. The mission of this fund is to provide monetary support to educators teaching at either the kindergarten or 1st grade-level at either Martin, Mineral Wells or McKinley Elementary Schools. The distributions from this fund will aid in the establishment of a Teachers Reimbursement Program at each of the three schools.
Rebecca was born in Parkersburg, WV to Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Mangus. She was a 1992 graduate of Parkersburg South High School. After completing her undergraduate education at Marietta College, Rebecca received her Masters from Marshall University. She then returned to the area and was a kindergarten teacher for the Wood County Board of Education.
Known to family and friends as an incredibly caring and passionate teacher, Rebecca will forever be missed. As an active member of her church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, Rebecca found peace and courage through her fight with breast cancer. When not dedicated to her teaching or faith, Rebecca was very active with supporting the Cancer Society and was passionate to help others with this disease.
Individuals that knew her both personally and professionally could easily recognize that Rebecca held a special place in her heart for her students and their well-being. Rebecca went above and beyond to ensure that her students had an enjoyable and educational experience in her classroom and cared for them as if they were her own.
The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was created to help other educators make their classrooms an enjoyable and unique educational experience for its students. Rebecca’s memory will live on through this Fund and for generations to come, recipients of this fund’s distribution will know how impactful Rebecca’s life was to her family, friends and students.
Individuals wishing to make a charitable gift to the Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762. Individuals wishing to make another form of donation can call the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.
Auburn, once a bustling community, is a historic town which was first settled in 1834, before West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the American Civil War. Like many other communities throughout the state, Auburn is experiencing a population decline which has affected the monetary support available to the Auburn Community Cemetery Committee. This Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Auburn’s first settlers including the family names of Sommerville, Tharp, Hall and Watson with the earliest known grave being that of a young child, Robert Collins, who died in August, 1842. The Auburn Community Cemetery Committee provides maintenance and upkeep of the Cemetery located within the town limits.
Concerned and forward-thinking individuals with loved ones interred in the Cemetery recently established a permanent charitable fund, the Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Fund, with the Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). The Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Fund will forever provide an annual monetary distribution to the Cemetery Committee to support the public maintenance and upkeep of the Cemetery. Current members of the Auburn Community Cemetery Committee include Jim Lowther, Dave Crouch and Robert Lowther.
“It is not our intention for this new fund to hinder annual contributions to the Cemetery Committee,” said Bob Sommerville. “My family and some friends started this fund to encourage others to plan for the future of our Cemetery and to provide a long-term option for other concerned citizens to include a donation to the fund through their estate plans and wills, or to use qualified retirement plans and IRA benefits to make a donation. By doing so, they are ensuring that this Cemetery is taken care of long after we have passed.”
“The fund is permanent in nature so that the fund’s principal, which includes all donations to the fund, is never invaded,” said Julie Boyce, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer. “This means the fund will forever invest and issue an annual distribution for the benefit of the Cemetery. PACF’s prudent spending-policy helps to ensure that the fund continues to grow. Annually, the Cemetery Committee spends between $3,000 and $5,000 on upkeep of the Auburn Community Cemetery. A fund valued at $100,000 could potentially issue about $3,000 each year! The fund is off to a great start to that goal. The early supporters have pledged to help raise at least $100,000 in the next ten years to help grow this fund. They are already a tenth of the way to their goal with $10,000 in gifts to date. If others in the community likewise come forward, I’m sure their goal will be met.”
Persons who wish to make a charitable gift to the Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Fund can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762 or give online by clicking here. Other forms of donation may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438. The “Friends of Auburn (WV) Community Cemetery” has its own Facebook page; more details may be found on it. Annual gifts to the Auburn Community Cemetery Committee (for ongoing maintenance, rather than investment for the future) can be mailed to PO Box 92, Auburn, WV 26325.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced today its grant awards for fall 2016. Grant recipients gathered at the Foundation’s office on Tuesday, December 6, to celebrate their grant awards. A total of $180,000 in grant support was awarded region-wide through the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.
“We addressed a number of crucial community needs through these grants including support for services that assist area youth, seniors, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and children who have been abused or neglected,” said PACF’s Senior Program Officer, Marian Clowes. “Both hunger and food insecurity are real problems in our region. To help address this need, we provided a $15,000 grant to Old Man Rivers to assist with delivering meals to the homebound in Wood County through the purchase of a new food deliver truck. Additionally, a grant to Catholic Charities of WV will enable food to be delivered to those in need in Doddridge, Calhoun, Roane, and Wirt counties through the Wellness Works mobile food pantry. Grant support also will assist several organizations that provide food to school children on weekends and school holidays.”
In addition to Tuesday’s grant distributions, the Foundation’s regional affiliates in Doddridge County, Ritchie County and the Little Kanawha Area are also providing county-centric grant support.
Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals/businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF. The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region. The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients. Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program.
To learn more about the Foundation and its Community Action Grants Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants
Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $10,000 for operating support to provide services to seniors;
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