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Maybe you’ve never thought of our region’s nonprofits as our “hometown team?” Nearly 1,300 people stepped up for the team recently with their gifts to 43 different causes through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF)’s Give Local MOV 2017 online fundraiser.
Many of us regularly support our State’s colleges and universities, having attended them for a relatively brief time. What keeps us linked long past graduation is often our ongoing allegiance to their teams. As we cheer the team on, we reinforce that connection. Our communities could be incredibly strengthened if we adopted the same connective mindset toward our own hometowns—if we thought of these places where we’ve lived for twenty or thirty or more years, as being similarly worthy of cheering on with our support.
Consider our local nonprofits as making up our “team.” They’re the groups that connect with people to give hope, food or shelter to folks in need; create safe and caring places for children; build homes for families and improve lives for vulnerable individuals; ensure stray animals receive humane care; provide great community facilities; and bring arts, culture and meaning into our lives. Their team uniform is service to others. Our communities are better—more economically, culturally and socially vibrant places—because they exist.
And, as we build our hometown team, let’s remember to add our local businesses, many which are already cutting their margins pretty tightly to stay in business in our small communities that don't offer the sales volume or capacity of big cities on which to base prices. When we buy outside of our area and drop these vendors from our team, we undercut the local market, making it even more difficult to remain in business here. Does anyone really think Amazon’s going to step in to replace local businesses in supporting our youth recreation and school teams, local food pantries, or arts groups and other good things that make this a great region in which to live and raise families? Or that some Columbus dealer will sponsor our local fundraisers? It’s not likely.
When we remove our sales dollars from local merchants whether buying online or out of area, we are also sending the profits elsewhere. While we may save something, we short-change our own community in the long run. Any extra amount we may pay should be considered a small price to help our hometown team. When we buy local, businesses can give local—it’s that simple.
Give Local MOV 2017 gave us a great start to building an even stronger hometown team. Going forward, let’s each buy a season ticket and cheer the team on. We’re going to spend a lifetime here so it’s time to join and support the team that’s working to make our region a place where our citizens will have greater opportunities to thrive.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates
It is more important than ever that nonprofit organizations are able to translate their worthy missions into lasting positive impacts for the people and communities they serve, and arguably it has never been more difficult to do so. To help nonprofits address these challenges, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is bringing national consultant David Grant to the area to provide training for nonprofit staff and board members on Wednesday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Parkersburg Country Club. The program is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) and Nonprofits Lead, a nonprofit capacity building program based at Marietta College.
This interactive workshop, Leadership for Nonprofit Success, will explore how effective nonprofit leaders think about organizational development; measuring success in areas that resist quantification; forming strategic partnerships, building effective boards; overcoming resistance to change; and creating cultures of reflection and learning.
“I heard David Grant speak at the West Virginia Nonprofit Association conference last year and, ever since then, I have been wanting to bring him here to share his expertise,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer. “David’s perspective on the sector, which he re-frames as the “social profit sector,” and his methods for assessing success are impactful. I encourage nonprofit organizations from through the region to attend and to bring a team of staff and board members to get the most out of the workshop.”
David Grant served as President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey from 1998 to 2010. Now based in Vermont, he consults with people and organizations around the world that have a social or educational mission. He is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, a group of over 150 people nation-wide who support nonprofit leaders in creating high-performance organizations. His book The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations was published in March 2015.
Cost to attend is $20 per person ($15 for WVNPA Members), or $50 for teams of three or more. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9b9as93. Online registrations must be made by credit card. For those unable to pay by credit card, contact Marian Clowes at the PACF to register, 304-428-4438 or email@example.com. The first fifty to register for the workshop will receive a free copy of The Social Profit Handbook.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced its grant awards for spring 2018. The Foundation awarded a total of $209,056 region-wide through its 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. Of this total, the Foundation’s Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate awarded $2,890; the remainder of grants came from PACF funds.
Grant recipients gathered at the Foundation’s office on Monday, May 21, to celebrate their grant awards. Among the grants awarded in this cycle, several support programs designed to address food insecurity and to provide healthy food choices for area residents. The West Virginia University Extension Service - Family Nutrition Program, will use a $10,000 grant to provide “pop-up” farmers markets for school children in Wood County in an effort to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by children and families with limited income. A $5,000 grant will enable the Doddridge County Farmers Market to offer the “Double Up Bucks” program to SNAP beneficiaries, enabling individuals who benefit from SNAP to double the amount of produce that they can purchase at the market. In Calhoun County, the new “Nourishing Networks” coalition, led by the Calhoun County Family Resource Network, will improve access to healthy, whole foods for youth, resource-limited families, and seniors. Lubeck United Methodist Church is receiving a $6,650 grant to expand its Lunch SAK program, which provides food to children in need for weekends, school holidays, and in the summer, to students at Blennerhassett Elementary School and Lubeck Elementary School.
“At our annual meeting this past January, several speakers highlighted the problem of food insecurity in our state,” said Senior Program Officer Marian Clowes. “Hunger is a real issue, as is access to healthy foods. We are excited that these grant-funded programs will help bring healthy food to children, families, and seniors on our region.”
Other grants in this cycle supported area parks and recreational facilities, programs addressing substance abuse and access to oral health care, equipment needs of volunteer fire departments, and a variety of projects in education, arts, and human and youth services.
Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals and businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF. The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s general grantmaking 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants
· Adolescent Health Initiative, Region 5 - $7,000 to support the “Developing Star Leaders” program, which engages students from the Mid-Ohio Valley in developing individual and team leadership skills.
· Calhoun County Family Resource Network - $7,120 to support the Calhoun County Nourishing Network’s efforts to improve access to healthy, whole foods for youth, resource-limited families, and seniors.
· City of Parkersburg - $10,000 to purchase and install an aquaflex surface for the new splash park at the City Park pool.
· Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $5,000 to support a series of financial education programs across the Mid-Ohio Valley.
· Doddridge County Elementary School - $600 to plant trees and to teach students about the life cycles of plants.
· Doddridge County Farmers Market - $5,000 to enable the market to participate in the SNAP “Double Up Bucks” program and to promote the market to the public.
· Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $7,250 to purchase new turnout gear for firefighters.
· Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $5,183 to repair and replace downspout at the facility.
· Faithlink/Community Resources - $2,150 to support the purchase of a vehicle for the new Senior Ride Link program.
· Family Crisis Intervention Center - $10,000 to support operating expenses for the Kids First Program.
· Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $4,000 to support the cost of transportation for clients admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities.
· Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $1,210 to purchase new firefighting nozzles and a fire hose.
· Horizons Center for Independent Living - $5,000 to build an ADA compliant ramp to the facility.
· Little Hocking Fire and Rescue, Inc. - $6,396 to purchase scuba diving masks for the rescue diving team.
· Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation - $2,000 to purchase security cameras to be placed in Wirt County to combat an increase in crime.
· Lubeck Elementary School - $4,845 to purchase playground equipment for Pre-K students.
· Lubeck United Methodist Church Lunch SAK Program - $6,650 to help supply, on weekends, school holidays, and summer break, food for children from Lubeck Elementary School, to expand service to Blennerhassett Elementary School, and to assist Blennerhassett Middle School with their food and hygiene pantry.
· Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council - $2,300 to repair and/or replace sewing machines used by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program to sew items that they donate to agencies throughout their communities.
· Minnie Hamilton Health System - $11,600 to assist with the purchase of medication carts.
· NFS Ministries – Latrobe Street Mission - $7,500 to purchase new bed frames and mattresses for the women’s dorm.
· Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department - $7,000 to assist with the replacement of rescue tools.
· Ritchie County Family Resource Network - $1,000 to create a Necessity Closet, to provide hygiene items for those in need.
· Roane County Commission - $7,200 to purchase bunk beds with safety railings for the Roane County 4-H Camp.
· Rotary Club of Parkersburg - $1,500 to support the Drug Free Clubs of America program at Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School.
· Schrader Youth Ballet - $4,000 to purchase a vinyl marley floor to be used at performances.
· Smithville Elementary School - $610 to create hands-on science experiments for the Pre-K through 5th grade classes.
· Town of Reedy - $7,500 to purchase and install a coin-operated bulk water machine to serve citizens who must haul water for use in their homes in Roane, Wirt, and Jackson counties.
· United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $2,500 to install a security system.
· Voices for Children – CASA Program - $9,000 to provide operating support.
· Voices of the Street/Essentially Yours - $1,000 to provide operating support.
· Washington Bottom Community Building Association - $4,500 to provide new flooring and upgraded lighting in the community building.
· West Virginia Health Right - $2,500 to purchase dental supplies for the mobile dental clinic serving Roane County.
· West Virginia University Extension Service – Family Nutrition Program - $10,000 to provide pop-up farmers markets at schools in Wood County to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by children from families with limited income.
· West Virginia University School of Public Health - $1,500 to provide students with practical learning experiences by undertaking community health projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
· West Virginia University Foundation/Energy Express - $3,552 to provide take home books to children enrolled in Energy Express in Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, and Wirt counties.
· West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $5,000 to support operations and programming.
· Wood County 4-H Leaders Association - $12,000 to purchase a new stove and kitchen equipment for the Wood County 4-H Camp.
· Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $15,000 to replace the roofs on cabins at the park.
Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants
· Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $1,650 to purchase new firefighting nozzles and a fire hose.
· Smithville Elementary School - $1,240 to create hands-on science experiments for the Pre-K through 5th grade classes.
Several local funding organizations and community agencies are teaming up to provide assistance to individuals facing financial hardships due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will help impacted individuals pay one month’s rent or mortgage costs. In special circumstances, some aid may be supplied toward utility costs. Individuals seeking support should call 211 to begin the intake and application process.
To be eligible for assistance, individuals must demonstrate that their need is related to:
The program is open to individuals whose income is at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines and who reside in the following counties:
For residents of Washington County, OH, support is limited to individuals in in the food service and/or hair dresser/spa/salon industries. For all other counties, individuals from any profession facing COVID 19 impact may be supported.
Initial funding for the program is being provided by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation through its Safety Net Fund and the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley through its COVID-19 Response Fund. Additional funding is expected in the coming weeks from other area funding sources.
“Our United Way (UW) is thrilled to be able to work together with such strong community partners to address these critical needs in the community,” said UW Executive Director Stacy Decicco. “We are proud of the collaboration that has been formed and we recognize the impact that it will certainly make for those who are facing hardship and challenge in our community as a result of COVID-19.”
“This program represents a unique partnership between local funding agencies and local service providers,” said Marian Clowes, PACF Associate Director for Community Leadership. “By joining together, we are able to do so much more than we could on our own. Together, we will deliver needed support to individuals facing hardship at this critical time.”
The program will be administered through a partnership with Community Resources, Inc. and Consumer Credit Counseling Services. Future collaboration also is planned with the City of Parkersburg’s Family Relief Program.
“Community Resources, Inc. is proud to be a part of this community collaboration and administer the Financial Hardship Assistance Program, which will provide critical support to ensure residents in our communities can stay housed,” said Michelle Barber, Executive Director/CEO of Community Resources, Inc.
By combining the expertise of Community Resources and Consumer Credit Counseling Services, individuals in need can benefit not only from financial assistance but also from counseling. “Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley (CCCS) is pleased to partner with these sincerely dedicated community partners to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shelene Shrewsbury, Executive Director of CCCS. “Our certified and experienced financial counselors will assist those who have been affected by helping them create a workable spending plan so that their budget is kept intact. We are fortunate to be a part of this collaborative endeavor while we continue our mission of encouraging financial freedom.”
Charles “Skip” Fox IV, one of the nation’s leading estate planning and taxation attorneys, is coming to Parkersburg! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Mid-Ohio Valley Estate Planning Council (MOVEPC), Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Marietta Community Foundation, local financial planners, bankers, attorneys, accountants and insurance agent will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long, educational seminar presented by Mr. Fox.
Fox is a partner in McGuireWoods of Charlottesville, VA and chairs the firm’s private wealth services team. He lectures nationwide, providing seminars on estate planning and trust administration, for many audiences including the prestigious Heckerling Estate Planning Institute of the University of Miami. His extensive experience also includes audits of estate tax returns involving unique assets, trust and estate litigation, and the formation and operation of public and private charities, as well as providing counsel to corporate fiduciaries on a variety of issues. Skip is a member of the faculty of the National Trust School and National Graduate Trust School, where he has taught for over twenty-five years and the author of numerous field publications. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School.
The seminar will be held May 25 at the Parkersburg Country Club from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and focus on the current issues in estate planning. Continuing education credit for the day-long event will be offered (up to 7 hours, depending on profession) for lawyers, accountants, insurance and financial planning professionals, and banking staff in Ohio and West Virginia.
"This is a great opportunity for local advisors to benefit from a first-class presentation by a key instructor at a very modest cost,” said Chip Ferrell, Trust Legal Counsel with United Bank, and President of the MOVEPC. “Thanks to generous sponsorships from Peoples Bank, WesBanco, United Bank and Bowles Rice, the cost of the event, which is all-inclusive, is only $250 to the public and $200 for MOVEPC members. Given that we're approaching the end of the current reporting period, this is a particularly good opportunity for local attorneys to obtain their continuing legal education."
To register to attend the seminar or to learn more, contact PACF by phone at 304.428.4438 or by email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants
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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