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RCCF Awards Grants

The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently awarded two grants: $1,000 to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department to support public safety efforts and $700 to the Harrisville Women’s Club to assist with the holiday lighting project in Harrisville.

The grants were made possible through the Harrisville Civic Club Improvement Fund, created in 2011 by the former Harrisville Civic Club, to provide support for charitable programs or projects undertaken in Harrisville.

The Harrisville Civic Club was formed in 1950 for the purpose of constructing a facility to house the Myles Manufacturing Company, a garment manufacturing business. In 1966 the Harrisville Manufacturing Company purchased the building from the Civic Club after Melvin May had acquired the business. Proceeds from the Civic Club’s first business venture were utilized multiple times to attract and aid other businesses in the area which provided hundreds of jobs for area residents. The Civic Club also made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community by purchasing and donating the property for the Harrisville Town Park; providing donations to the area’s fire departments and emergency squads; and providing the funds for the town mural in downtown Harrisville. When the Civic Club disbanded, it used funds remaining in its treasury to make a lasting impact on the Harrisville community through the creation of the Harrisville Civic Club Improvement Fund.

“This fund continues the commitment of the Harrisville Civic Club to improve the lives of residents of Harrisville,” said RCCF advisory board chair Alan Haught. “The volunteer fire department works hard every day to help our residents, and the lighting project, which is made possible through the Women’s Club and many volunteers, beautifies our town for the holidays. The Ritchie County Community Foundation believes support for both organizations helps to carry on the mission of the Harrisville Civic Club.”

Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, are Noah Hinzman, RCCF advisory board member; Craig Mullen, Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department; Mayor Alan Haught, RCCF advisory board chairman; Mary McElroy, Harrisville Women’s Club; and Jean Freeland, RCCF advisory board member.

  • LKACF Awards Grants Totaling $2,750

    The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), announced $2,750 in grants to support charitable projects benefitting Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties.

    Founded in 2000, the LKACF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties. The LKACF family of funds includes 8 named funds, representing $650,000 assets. Each fall, the LKACF awards grants to benefit community projects. Grants awarded this fall are made possible through the LKACF Community Support Fund, which supports charitable projects that benefit the residents of Calhoun and Wirt counties; the Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund, which provides funds to address the needs of Gilmer County; and the Larry D. and Margaret D. Brown Advised Fund, which supports charitable projects in the region.

    The following agencies received grants from the LKACF: 

    • CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit - $535 to assist with expansion of child advocacy services to Roane and Calhoun counties. CASA recruits, trains, and supports court-appointed volunteer advocates who work with abused and neglected children to make recommendations to the court and to provide them a clear and powerful voice while seeking safe and permanent homes.
    •  Gilmer Elementary School PTO – $400 to promote unity within the school and throughout the county by purchasing t-shirts for teachers.
    •  Normantown Christian – $1,815 to purchase art supplies for the “One Child’s Time” program, where students will create and frame paintings to be sold in arts/crafts shows to generate a donation to The Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    “These grants are all focused on the children in our communities,” said Ron Blankenship, LKACF Advisory Board Chair. “We loved that the Normantown Christian project involved children in a project that will give back to others in need. We also know that CASA plays an important role in helping to protect the most vulnerable children in our community, and the role of our local schools and teachers in educating our children is critical to our future. We are pleased to be able to provide support for these three child-focused grants.”

    Current LKACF Advisory Board members, in addition to Blankenship, include Martha Haymaker, Bob Radabaugh, Kyle Pierson, Jean Simers, Andrew Matheny, and Leslie Maze.

  • DCCF Awards Grants Totaling $10,350

    Representatives and participants in the Mountaineer Creative Arts Council receive a $3,500 grant from the DCCF.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:

    • Bonnie’s Bus/West Virginia University Foundation - $500 to assist Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit in providing mammograms to Doddridge County residents during visits to Doddridge County.
    • Catholic Charites of WV - $4,000 to purchase food for distribution in Doddridge County through the Mobile Wellness Works Food Pantry and to provide “Try It’ tasting kits and a recipe collection to Doddridge County residents.
    • Doddridge County Board of Education - $2,350 to bring the Carnegie Science Center’s mobile science lab to Doddridge County Middle School and Doddridge County Elementary School to present a day-long STEM-related demonstration.
    • Mountaineer Creative Arts Council - $3,500 to support the 2017 children’s musical program for Doddridge County students, grades 2 – 12.

    “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.


  • RCCF Honors Cynthia Torbeck Haught

    Left to Right – Cynthia Torbeck Haught, Alan Haught, Marie CaltriderThe Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently honored retiring board member Cynthia Torbeck Haught for her three years of service on the RCCF advisory board. The PACF’s Board Chairman, Marie Caltrider, presented Torbeck Haught with a resolution thanking her for her commitment to RCCF and her service to the community, and RCCF Advisory Board Chairman Alan Haught presented her with a clock in gratitude for her dedication and support.

    Left to Right – Cynthia Torbeck Haught, Alan Haught, Marie Caltrider

     About Ritchie County Community Foundation:

    The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Ritchie County, West Virginia. RCCF is an affiliate collection of funds of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) which are permanently dedicated for the benefit of Ritchie County.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 2000, RCCF 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, RCCF, visit or call 304-428-4438.

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