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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.
The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently awarded a $1,300 grant to Jackson County Emergency Medical Services (JCEMS) to assist in providing paramedic training for local citizens. This grant supports area residents pursuing paramedic training offered by Mountwest Community and Technical College, which combines classroom work with online instruction. Last year, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund awarded a $6,000 grant that enabled six students to pursue training. This year, one student is pursuing training, resulting in seven individuals trained over two years.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ritchie, parents of Dr. David M. Ritchie, presented the grant to Steve McClure, of the JCEMS, at the Jackson County Commission meeting on November 29.
“With the paramedic shortage that is spread across West Virginia, this grant money has allowed JCEMS to send more EMTs to Paramedic Training than what we could budget for,” said McClure. “This, in turn, has assured JCEMS the ability to provide advanced life support on almost 100% of the calls we make. Hats off to the Ritchie family for providing this funding!”
Established in 2001, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund honors Dr. Ritchie’s caring presence and commitment to the care of others, particularly in the area of emergency services. In addition to this grant to the JCEMS, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund has historically granted support to students from Jackson or Kanawha counties who are pursuing certification in paramedic, EMT, EMTI, or nursing degrees. Since the Fund’s inception, in addition to the grants to JCEMS this year and last, nine scholarships have been provided to train paramedics and nursing students.
The grant support to JCEMS reflects the importance of the Ritchie family’s commitment to honoring the legacy of Dr. David M. Ritchie in the field of emergency medicine and their concern for quality emergency medical care for their community. Growing up in Ravenswood, West Virginia, David Monroe Ritchie served his community in many different ways. In addition to his family practice, he maintained a strong interest in emergency medicine, working in the emergency rooms in Ripley, Charleston and Parkersburg. Dr. Ritchie graduated from Ravenswood High School and received his undergraduate and medical degree from West Virginia University. He became an Emergency Medical Technician while he was still a student at WVU and participated in ambulance runs and assisted the squads while also attending classes. David has two younger siblings, S. Douglas Ritchie of Ravenswood and Shelley Ritchie of Chicago. He was married to Dr. Caroline Williams at the time of his passing; he and Caroline have four sons.
Dr. Ritchie’s family recall his great love of his patients and note that he was sincerely interested in them as individuals. The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund was created to commemorate his special interest in the field of emergency medicine and his compassionate care for others.
Donations to support the important work of the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund in the field of emergency medicine and nursing may be made by check in the Fund name to the PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 or online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate-Now. Please call 304.428.4438 for more information.
Dennis O’Callaghan of Lowell, Ohio passed away August 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of immigrant parents, O’Callaghan had a very high regard for hard work and entrepreneurial efforts. He was the progenitor of several business endeavors during his lifetime, beginning in his teens. In 1991, he started Gaskets, Packings and Seals in Parkersburg with his business partner, Tom Houck, serving the needs of local chemical and power plants. The business started as a very small company with only a few employees, but by the time of his death, Gaskets, Packings and Seals was a thriving enterprise with more than a dozen employees. O’Callaghan believed in rewarding hard work and was dedicated to his team of employees.
“Dennis was also a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother,” said his wife, Tammy O’Callaghan “He had tough standards for those who worked for him and for those who lived with him, but his great love and loyalty to both made everyone want to live up to his high standards.”
To forever honor O’Callaghan’s entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic, his family established the Dennis M. O’Callaghan Memorial Scholarship with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). This fund is designed to forever provide scholarship support to graduating senior students residing in Washington County, Ohio or Wood County, West Virginia. Recipients of this scholarship shall be selected on the basis of character, academic performance, work ethic, and community involvement. Preference shall be given to a qualified homeschool student. If there is not a qualified homeschool student, then a graduating high school senior with a grade point average between 3.0-3.5 on a 4.0 scale shall be considered.
The Dennis M. O’Callaghan Memorial Scholarship will help support the region’s youth forever and continue to honor an influential local entrepreneur. Persons who wish to help honor Dennis O’Callaghan are encouraged to make a charitable gift to the Dennis M. O’Callaghan Memorial Scholarship by mailing a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762, or donate online here. Other forms of donations may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.
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