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Doddridge County, WV – EQT Corporation is providing support for charitable projects in Doddridge County through a contribution to the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), an affiliate of Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). Funds will be used to help build the Doddridge County Community Support Fund, providing an ongoing source of support for charitable needs in the county, and to make grants in fall 2016 in response to the current needs of Doddridge County and its residents.
“EQT plays an important role in developing the region’s abundant source of natural gas – and Doddridge County is an essential part of that,” said Linda Robertson, EQT Spokeswoman. “But for us, it’s not about ‘just doing business.’ Many of our employees live here or grew up here. And we all have great respect for our neighbors here. Supporting the Community Foundation is just one way we’re making a positive investment in the wellbeing of Doddridge County.”
“These funds will make a difference in Doddridge County both in the present, through grants made to support important projects that meet the immediate needs of residents, and in the future, by building a permanent fund that will perpetually support Doddridge County. We are grateful to EQT for this gift, which we know will make a difference here in our county,” said Tom Whaling, DCCF Advisory Board Chairman.
Organizations interested in applying for grant support through DCCF can complete the Foundation’s online Community Action Grants Program application, available beginning July 15 through PACF’s web site, www.pacfwv.com. The grant application deadline is September 15. For questions about grants, contact Marian Clowes at 304-428-4438 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Caption: Ellen Rossi, with EQT, presents the EQT donation to DCCF Advisory Board members. Pictured, from left to right, Matt Alexander, Marian Clowes (PACF), Zona Huston, Ellen Rossi (EQT), Tom Whaling, Brad Wilt, and Rick Oyler.
About EQT Corporation: EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, and transmission. With more than 125 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work.
About Doddridge County Community Foundation: The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Doddridge County, West Virginia. DCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which is a single 501(c)(3) public charity. PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1999, DCCF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, DCCF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
The EQT Foundation is partnering with the Doddridge County Community Foundation to make a lasting and meaningful investment in Doddridge County. With a gift of $92,000 to the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), the EQT Foundation is investing in the Foundation’s skill and expertise in growing community endowment, supporting community improvement projects, and providing scholarship assistance to area students.
A portion of the EQT Foundation’s gift will be used to grow the Foundation’s unrestricted community endowment fund, the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund. This Fund enables the DCCF to address community needs and invest in new opportunities for Doddridge County residents. The EQT Foundation’s gift will allow the DCCF to make a larger impact through its bi-annual grant cycle, including in spring 2020. Organizations interested in applying for grant support can visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants, to review grantmaking guidelines and access the online application form. The next application deadline is February 15.
The remainder of the EQT Foundation gift will create the EQT Scholarship for Doddridge County graduating high school seniors. Through this gift, the DCCF will award five $1,000 one-year scholarships and one renewable scholarship (with an annual value of up to $18,000) to Doddridge County students. To be considered for an EQT Scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors at Doddridge County High School, or an equivalent home school program, must be Doddridge County residents, and must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the oil & gas industry (for example, computer science/information technology; chemical, civil, or petroleum engineering; energy or land management; environmental science, geology, or safety science). To see the full scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply using the Foundation’s consolidated scholarship application form, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships.
”The EQT Foundation strives to identify opportunities that impact the communities we serve in powerful ways. What better way to shape the future than by supporting community needs, as well as the education of tomorrow’s leaders and innovators,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager. “We are thrilled to award the community-building grant as well as the scholarship program to the Doddridge County community through the assistance of the Doddridge County Community Foundation. We look forward to learning more about the exceptional achievements and professional aspirations of this year’s recipients.”
“We are excited to partner with the EQT Foundation and we are grateful for their support for our community improvement efforts,” said Rick Oyler, DCCF Advisory Board Chairman. “This gift from the EQT Foundation will enable us to address critical community needs now, to build long-term resources to meet future needs, and to invest in our community’s next generation. We applaud EQT Foundation’s commitment to Doddridge County.”
About Doddridge County Community Foundation:
Celebrating 20 years of serving the community, the Doddridge Community Foundation (DCCF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Doddridge County, West Virginia. DCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 360 funds amounting to more than $43 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or nonprofit organization. The PACF works in partnership with local level organizations (affiliates) to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of our 11-county service district. Since 1999, the Doddridge Community Foundation has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about the PACF and its affiliate, DCCF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
About EQT Foundation:
The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, one of the nation’s premier natural gas producers, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation
With over 250+ acres of land and many amenities including a recreation complex with a swimming pool, a tennis court, basketball courts, a volleyball court, baseball fields, playground structures, picnic shelters, hiking trails and numerous camping areas, the Doddridge County Park has something for everyone! With all of these features and with multiple acres to maintain, the Doddridge County Parks & Recreation Commission has taken a proactive step for their financial future by establishing a permanent charitable fund with the Doddridge County Community Foundation affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
The new Friends of Doddridge County Parks & Recreation Commission Endowment Fund is a long-term permanent source of funding for the park. This fund will make an annual distribution to the Doddridge County Parks & Recreation Commission for the preservation and maintenance of the park.
“This permanent support fund enables us to focus our attention on providing an excellent venue for recreational and educational opportunities for visitors,” said Greg Cottrill, Director of the Doddridge County Parks & Recreation Commission. “We have been very fortunate to receive grant support from the Foundation. Recently, we received a $5,000 grant to build the park’s first-ever Yurt. The Commission’s decision to partner with the Foundation to establish this fund was an easy decision and one we know will prove beneficial for years to come. Once the fund reaches a minimum fund value set by the Foundation, it will annually generate a distribution to the park. The beauty of this setup is that the principal of the fund is never invaded, meaning the fund will forever invest and issue a distribution to the park. Over a few years, our initial investment will be paid-back and some”.
Persons who wish to support the future of the park are encouraged to make a charitable donation to the fund and can mail a check (payable to the Friends of Doddridge County Park Fund) to: PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762. Other forms of donation may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304-428-4438.
Born in 1886 in Doddridge County, Walter Blaine Swentzel was a teacher by profession, and after a long career in the classroom, retired as the last Doddridge County, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools to be elected by the voters of the county. Mr. Swentzel passed away in 1968 at the age of 81.
In 1983, two of Walter B. Swentzel’s children, June Swentzel Stout and Kipling Clark Swentzel, met with representatives of two banks, Cornerstone Bank (formerly First National Bank of West Union) and West Union Bank, and the administration of the Doddridge County High School with the goal of honoring their father’s memory by creating a scholarship in his name to support students excelling academically who wished to pursue post-secondary education. Their initial contributions to establish the scholarship were met with community support and the first Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship award was made in 1984.
A nonprofit organization, the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, Inc. was formed by and led by a group of local citizens. Between 1984 and 2018, the Swentzel Scholarship produced nearly $190,000 in awards. To ensure the perpetual existence of the scholarship and to provide support for its selection process, the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, Inc.’s Board of Directors recently partnered with the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), a regional affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).
“The Foundation has more than fifty-five years of history and a long-standing positive reputation of professionally managing charitable funds, including scholarships,” said Josh Weekley, Treasurer of Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, Inc. “They already manage many scholarships for our local students -- including the Janice Michels Scholarship and the Cathy McClain Nursing Scholarship -- and they have the administrative and investment resources to ensure that the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship will continue to provide meaningful, renewable scholarships for students graduating from Doddridge County High School forever.”
The Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, now administered by the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), is currently open to applications. Graduating seniors from Doddridge County High School are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/scholarships, and complete the Consolidated Scholarship Application to apply to this fund and more than 160 other scholarship funds administered by the Foundation. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. An additional benefit of completing the Foundation’s Consolidated Scholarship Application is that students need only complete one form to be eligible for many different awards within the Foundation.
“We are very honored to manage this significant scholarship fund that has already made a meaningful impact for 167 Doddridge County High School students. We greatly appreciate the trust that the Swentzel Scholarship Board has shown in DCCF with its partnership,” said Julie Posey, DCCF’s Development and Communications Officer. “We look forward to continuing to engage with local citizens to annually award this scholarship and to share and highlight Mr. Swentzel’s legacy of commitment to education.”
Individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship may send a check (made payable to “PACF” with the fund name in the memo line) to: PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102. To learn more about the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship or to make an online donation, please visit www.pacfwv.com/Swentzel.
Picture Caption: Walter Swentzel and his wife, Lovie, during their 50th wedding anniversary in 1959.
West Union, WV - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) has awarded a $4,000 grant to Doddridge County Community Educational Outreach Services (CEOS) for the development of a heritage art quilt trail in Doddridge County. The PACF’s Senior Program Officer, Marian Clowes, recently spoke to the CEOS about the grant and the philanthropic work that the community foundation undertakes in Doddridge County though the Doddridge County Community Foundation.
The grant will enable the CEOS to design and implement a quilt trail consisting of 10 hand-painted quilt blocks on 8’ by 8’ sign boards to be installed on or near historically significant buildings or sites in Doddridge County. The first block has been installed at the Doddridge County Park. The heritage art quilt trail will encourage tourism to the area and help preserve the county’s Appalachian heritage.
The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) has a strong tradition of education, service, and community development, dating back to 1914 when the first club was established. Doddridge County initiated their first club in 1925. The primary purpose of the CEOS is education. The vision of CEOS is to be leaders in strengthening individuals, families, and communities to become productive contributors to meet the needs of a changing and diverse society. Doddridge County has seven community clubs dispersed throughout the county, with an open membership of 138 individuals. Current programs include community service, family, health, leadership, personal development, heritage, environmental, and literacy programs.
The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) recently awarded a $400 grant to Gilmer County Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to help purchase staff t-shirts that will help promote school unity and spirit. LKACF advisory board members Martha Haymaker and Bob Radabaugh attended the April 24 PTO meeting to present the grant.
The role of the Gilmer County Elementary School’s PTO is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school to maximize student’s experiences. Having recently opened its doors for the first time, the new school’s PTO recognizes that now is the time to unify and celebrate.
“The staff members really appreciate the unity the t-shirts have created,” said Shelly Mason, Assistant Principal and PTO member. “Staff wear the t-shirts on Fridays and the students’ haven taken note. Recently, a first grade student happily said, ‘All the teachers are dressed the same -- everyone is a twin!"
The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia. LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds amounting to nearly $34 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, area Vickie Allman, Tanya Stewart, Bob Radabaugh, and Sharon Jones.
The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced $10,350 in grants to support charitable projects benefiting Doddridge County. Grant recipients, along with friends and supporters of DCCF, gathered at the Doddridge County Public Library on November 30 for a reception to celebrate the grant awards and the work of the DCCF.
Founded in 1999, the DCCF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Doddridge County. The DCCF family of funds includes sixteen named funds, representing $457,000 in assets. Each fall, the DCCF awards grants from the Doddridge County Community Support Fund, created to respond to the charitable needs of the county, and the Doddridge County Educational Foundation Fund, established to support the academic needs of Doddridge County Schools. This year, a significant donation from EQT Corporation enabled DCCF to have additional funds for community grantmaking.
The following agencies received grants from the DCCF:
“We want to particularly thank EQT Corporation for their generous gift, which enabled us to make additional grants this fall,” said Tom Whaling, DCCF Advisory Board Chair. “I’d also like to thank our DCCF Advisory Board Members, who have been working hard to revitalize the DCCF over the past year.”
Current DCCF advisory board members, in addition to Whaling, include Zona Hutson, Derek Webb, Brad Wilt, Matt Alexander, Rick Oyler, Jeff Harvey, and Ronald Travis.
Marian Clowes, Senior Program Officer with the PACF, also announced that the PACF recently awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to the Doddridge County Dropout Prevention Committee to provide monthly educational experiences to at-risk students to expand their knowledge of future employment and career opportunities.
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