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Community Foundation Awards Spring Grants

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced today its grant awards for spring 2016.  The Foundation awarded a total of $143,740 through its Spring 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.

 The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) awarded grants totaling $142,740 to 36 different organizations, and its Ritchie County affiliate, Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate (RCCF), awarded $1,000 in grant support.  On Thursday, June 2, representatives of organizations receiving grants from the PACF and RCCF and other supporters of the Foundation attended a Spring Grant Award Program at the Foundation’s central office location in Parkersburg. Grant recipients had an opportunity to discuss their grant-funded projects with the attendees.

 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 Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email info@pacfwv.com.

  Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

  •  American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia - $6,400 for veteran outreach through the Services to Armed Forces program
  • Arnoldsburg Elementary School - $3,900 to assist with construction of a parking lot to provide parking for community events
  • Children’s Home Society of West Virginia - $7,500 to provide direct support for basic needs for youth enrolled in the Parkersburg Transitional Living Program
  • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $1,700 to provide stipends as incentives for individuals and families in poverty to attend training classes
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $4,500 to provide equipment and resources to implement a student loan counseling program
  • Creed Collins Elementary School - $2,400 to provide renovations for safe access to a restroom at the school playground
  • Doddridge County Community Educational Outreach Service - $4,000 for the development of a heritage art quilt trail to encourage tourism and preserve Appalachian heritage
  • Doddridge County High School - $4,790 to encourage lifetime recreation habits by providing archery and Frisbee golf equipment for high school physical education classes
  • Doddridge County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of a weatherproof yurt at the Park’s campground
  • East Wood Volunteer Fire Company - $4,125 for the purchase of air cylinders
  • Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $2,500 to assist with start-up costs for new pre-school program
  • Friends of Charles Fork Lake - $6,000 to construct a disc golf course
  • Humane Society of the Ohio Valley - $1,500 for the acquisition of the ShelterPro Records Management System
  • Julia-Ann Historical Community Association - $4,700 for the restoration and preservation of Riverview Cemetery
  • Lubeck Elementary School - $2,500 for the purchase of playground equipment for Pre-K students
  • Martin Elementary School - $2,000 to provide books for students for the summer to improve literacy
  • Middle Island VFW Post 3408 - $5,000 for the construction of a picnic pavilion at the Doddridge County Park to honor veterans
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society/West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $600 to purchase a laptop computer to improve ticketing at concerts
  • Parkersburg High School - $2,000 to equip the Moderate MI Apartment Classroom to teach life skills
  • Parkersburg High School Foundation - $2,000 to purchase equipment and software to support fundraising efforts
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic - $1,000 to install a security system at the Vienna health center
  • Pleasants County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 for ADA upgrades to the aquatic center
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - $5,000 to develop an economic impact report for the North Bend Rail Trail
  • Ritchie County Schools - $7,500 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school
  • Roane County 4-H Leaders Association - $3,500 to construct a roof over a picnic shelter at the Roane County 4-H Camp
  • Schrader Youth Ballet Company - $2,000 to support the production of “Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream”
  • TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc. - $5,000 to support the Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Hospital and Home Visitation Program
  • The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the AmeriCorps on the Frontline student mentoring program in Doddridge, Pleasants, and Wood County schools
  • West Virginia Health Right, Inc. - $4,000 to provide oral health care and education
  • West Virginia University Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program - $3,975 to support mentoring program for students with visual impairments
  • West Virginia University School of Public Health - $3,000 to support a student-led community health project
  • Westbrook Health Services - $4,500 to assist women who have completed the Genesis Residential Substance Abuse Program by providing them with items needed for new housing
  • Wirt County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000 to support the meals-to-go program, which provides food for Wirt County students during holiday breaks
  • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $8,150 to replace the original roofs on three restrooms at Mountwood Park
  • Wood County Senior Citizens Association, Inc. - $2,500 to purchase computers for an educational lab for seniors
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $6,000 to assist with the Center for Early Learning’s summer camp program

Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

  • Ritchie County Schools - $1,000 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school

 

  • 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.

  • Recognizing the Impact of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

    During the week of November 12-18, 2018, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) will join more than 800 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week.  For nearly 30 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

    Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H. W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

    Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director.  As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems here in the Mid-Ohio Valley region.”

    Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits, agencies, churches, civic groups, etc. that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities.   The local PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our region. 

    The PACF currently manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets and works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Last year, the PACF awarded $2.3 million in grants and scholarships for the benefit of that service area.  Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. 

    Sjostedt noted, “These grants and scholarships are made possible by individuals living right here in our communities.  This week and every day, the PACF celebrates the generosity of local people and the impact that their giving has on improving our Mid-Ohio Valley area’s quality of life.  With the year-end fast approaching, it’s a tremendous time for citizens to make an investment to advance their communities by supporting their local community foundation.”

    To learn more about the PACF visit its website or stop by its office at 1620 Park Avenue in Parkersburg during regular business hours.

  • RCCF Awards Grants Totaling $5,900

    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:

    • Ritchie County High School Band Program - $5,000 to assist with the purchase of new band uniforms;
    • Regeneration, Inc. /Packs of Plenty - $650 to provide food for weekends and school holidays for Ritchie County students who face food insecurity at home;
    • Ritchie County High School Physical Education Department - $250 to purchase fitness equipment to enhance student fitness and for use in afterschool fitness classes.

    “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.

  • Foundation Announces Fall 2018 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 more than $164,840 in grant support to area nonprofits.  A reception was held at the Foundation’s office on Wednesday, December 5 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 2018 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients are:

    • Actors Guild of Parkersburg - $10,000 to upgrade lighting equipment
    • American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia - $2,500 for the Sound the Alarm Campaign to install smoke alarms in at-risk households in Wood and Wirt counties
    • Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department –  $7,500 to purchase updated radio and communications equipment
    • Blennerhassett FFA Alumni - $4,000 to purchase tools for antique tractor restorations to enhance fundraising efforts
    • Building Bridges to Careers - $2,500 to support marketing efforts for the Epicenter and Makerspace
    • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $5,990 to update computer network hardware and software
    • Circles Campaign - $7,500 to provide operating support for services to low-income families in the Mid-Ohio Valley
    • Community Resources - $7,000 to support Thrive: A Community Empowerment Center that hosts a food choices market and hydroponics garden and provides household goods and baby items to those in need
    • Community Spirit of Williamstown - $5,000 to support a mentoring program for at-risk youth and families
    • Gilmer Public Library - $2,000 for replacement of flooring in the facility
    • Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theater Association - $5,000 to address air conditioning issues
    • House of Hope - $1,400 to support the “Art of Recovery” program
    • Kootaga Indian Dancers - $3,000 to repair the roof on the organization’s facility
    • Little Kanawha Chapter of West Virginia Archeological Society - $2,000 for radiocarbon dating for artifacts excavated at two Wood County sites
    • Madison Elementary - $10,400 to enhance music education programs through the purchase of Orff musical instruments, ukuleles, and a sound system
    • Minnie Hamilton Health System - $4,100 to update physical therapy equipment
    • Mountaineer Food Bank - $7,000 for a scissor lift for the Food Bank warehouse
    • Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library - $3,500 to enable the library to become a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Access Partner
    • Parkersburg Academy - $2,500 to implement the Destiny Library Manger system for the school library
    • Parkersburg Art Center - $12,000 to address renovation needs for the second floor space above a portion of the center’s facility
    • Parkersburg Woman’s Club - $5,000 to support the Brown Bag program which provides nutritious food on weekends for students at Emerson and McKinley Elementary Schools
    • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $3,974 for lighting of the quarter-mile track that surrounds the school’s playground
    • Reedy Senior Citizen Center - $6,476 to purchase a generator to provide power in the event of a natural disaster or electrical outage
    • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $5,000 to provide nutritious foods to send home with Ritchie County Students on weekends and school holidays
    • Ritchie Regional Health Center - $7,500 to assist with renovations to the school-based health center at Ritchie Middle/High School
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities - $4,500 to support the Hoss Lodging Fund to defray the costs for lodging for families from the Mid-Ohio Valley
    • The Children’s Listening Place - $6,000 to support training for children on body safety and empower children to stay safe from abuse
    • The Salvation Army - $15,000 to purchase furniture for three transitional living apartments which provide an opportunity for families to regain financial independence
    • Wirt County Primary Center - $2,000 to purchase equipment to meet the needs of children with autism and sensory disorders
    • Wood County Christian School - $6,000 to purchase a double convection oven for the school’s cafeteria

    In addition to the grants announced above, the Foundation’s Ritchie County, Doddridge County, and Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliates recently announced an additional $10,700 in grants to organizations providing services in Ritchie, Doddridge, Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties. 



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