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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.

  • Grants Support Area Charities

    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 info@pacfwv.com.

     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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     


  • 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.



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