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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.

  • Foundation Announces Spring Grants

    PACF Spring 2019 GranteesThe Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is once again making an investment in our region by providing $243,171 in grant support to area nonprofits.  A reception was held at the Foundation’s office on Wednesday, May 15 to highlight the grant recipients and the good work they are doing in the community.

    "We had a really strong, and also diverse, pool of grant applicants this cycle,” said Marian Clowes, PACF Associate Director for Community Leadership. “When I look at the grants we have awarded, the word that keeps coming to my mind is service. Our grantees are all deeply dedicated to serving our community and especially to serving those in need.”

    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 spring 2019 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients, including those organizations receiving support from the Ritchie County and Doddridge County Community Foundation affiliates, are:

     

    • Adolescent Health Initiative, Region V - $8,000 to support leadership development programs for area teens.
    • Alzheimer’s Association - $6,500 to expand services in Wood and surrounding counties through recruitment and training of volunteer educators.
    • Artsbridge - $4,000 to support the expansion of the ArtCart program, an in-school art program for Wood County 4th graders.
    • Blennerhasset Historical Foundation - $1,500 to install guttering on the front of the 1802 Putnam Houser House.
    • Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office - $2,300 to install Calming Corners at Pleasant Hill and Arnoldsburg Elementary Schools to provide a safe and calming space for trauma-affected students.
    • Catholic Charities West Virginia - $15,000 to support the operations of the Mobile Wellness Works Food Pantry at sites in Calhoun, Doddridge, Ritchie, Roane, and Wirt counties.
    • Children of Promise in Action - $2,000 to support costs of using the facility and equipment at the Harrisville Gym for youth sports programming.
    • City of Ravenswood - $2,600 to purchase and install accessible stairs in the city swimming pool.
    • City of Vienna - $7,700 to purchase equipment related to the construction of an outdoor adult fitness area at Jackson Park.
    • Coplin Health Systems - $5,000 to create a “farmacy” program where physicians distribute vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables that patients can purchase at on-site farmers markets.
    • Doddridge County Starting Points Center - $7,500 to support Doddridge County Prevention Partners and prevention outreach activities.
    • Dora B. Woodyard Memorial Library - $3,600 to expand the makerspace station by creating a separate area for school-aged children.
    • Elizabeth Baptist Meals to Go - $2,000 to support the purchase of food provide to Wirt County students during school breaks.
    • EVE Incorporated - $5,000 to install flooring on the lower, accessible level of the facility, which was previously removed due to foundation repairs.
    • Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $5,000 to provide safe, effective, affordable transportation for clients with substance use disorders to and from treatment facilities.
    • Gilmer County Family Resource Network - $3,000 to develop a safe walkway and bridge to adjoin the Gilmer County Elementary School and Geneses Health Care, promoting opportunities for intergenerational activities.
    • Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $11,200 to launch a pilot “Aging in Place” minor home repair program to serve low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
    • Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $7,500 to purchase personal protective gear for firefighters.
    • Health Access, Inc. – $5,000 to purchase dental supplies to support the addition of on-site dental services, benefitting Doddridge County residents.
    • Heartwood in the Hills - $1,000 to purchase a human flexible skeleton for use in class instruction.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Drug Court - $12,750 to purchase dentures for those who are successfully completing drug court programs.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company - $1,000 to support rental costs for performances of the Nutcracker Ballet.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home - $9,750 to replace 25 bedroom chests of drawers in the organization’s men’s and women’s facilities.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department - $15,000 to support the oral health program, which provides services to children and adults.
    • Mountaineer Creative Arts Council - $1,750 to support the spring production of the play “Shrek, Jr.” at the Doddridge County High School auditorium.
    • Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, House to Home - $1,821 to purchase four security cameras for the organization’s facility.
    • Project Yoga MOV - $2,500 to provide instruction and yoga mats for veterans, enabling them to benefit from yoga classes.
    • Ritchie County High School - $1,150 to support teacher professional development.
    • Ritchie County Integrated Family Services - $3,200 for paving repairs at the organization’s facility.
    • Roane County Committee on Aging - $6,500 to replace a heating/cooling roof unit.
    • The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $7,500 to install new carpeting and paint offices, enabling the organization to move and reduce rental costs.
    • The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the Americorps on the Frontline program, which provides mentors to help at-risk students in Pleasants, Ritchie, and Wood Counties improve attendance, behavior, and course performance.
    • Voices of the Streets, Essentially Yours - $1,500 to purchase hygiene items and cleaning products to provide to those transitioning from homelessness to a permanent residence.
    • Washington County Career Center - $15,000 to purchase equipment needed to complete the second phase of an Outdoor Training Facility used to prepare students for employment as operators, mechanics, and welders.
    • Waverly Volunteer Fire Department - $5,350 to replace an outdated portable tank and personal protective equipment used for emergency response.
    • West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition - $1,500 to purchase a new commercial stove.
    • West Virginia University Extension Service, Wirt County - $4,000 to provide STEM enrichment activities for school-aged youth served by extension.
    • West Virginia University Extension Service, Family Nutrition Program - $6,000 to support the Kids Koupon project, which enables school children to purchase produce at pop-up farmers markets at schools in Ritchie and Wood counties.
    • Williamstown Elementary School - $7,500 to support the construction of a track, soccer field, basketball court, outdoor learning center, and playground at the new elementary school.
    • Williamstown High School - $10,000 to develop a robotics program for students.
    • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission, Mountwood Park - $15,000 to replace roofs on cabins in the White Oak Village Section of the park, which houses a treatment and recovery center for individuals with substance use disorders.
    • WVU Foundation on Behalf of Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program – $5,000 to support the mentor program, which provides services to students from the Mid-Ohio Valley who have visual impairments.
  • PACF's Affiliates Award Fall Grants

    The Doddridge County Community Foundation, the Ritchie County Community Foundation, and the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliates of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) recently announced their fall grants to support charitable organizations in their service areas.

    Doddridge County Community Foundation awarded $1,000 to the following organizations:

    • Mountaineer Food Bank - $500  from the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund to assist with the purchase of a scissor lift for use in the Food Bank’s warehouse; the Food Bank provides support to food pantries and feeding programs in Doddridge County.
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities - $500 from the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund to support lodging costs for Doddridge County families through the Hoss Lodging Fund.

    Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation awarded $3,500 to the following organizations:

    • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $2,000 from the Little Kanawha Grantmaking Fund  for computer upgrades, enabling the organization to better serve clients and meet reporting needs from funding sources.
    • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $1,050 from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund and the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for lighting the quarter-mile track at the school used by students for physical education classes and by the public for fitness.
    • Gilmer Public Library - $450 from Gilmer Support Fund to replace carpeting in the library’s main rooms.

    Ritchie County Community Foundation awarded $6,200 in grants to the following organizations:

    • Harrisville Woman’s Club - $2,000 from the Harrisville Civic Club Community Improvement Fund and the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to purchase a new commercial refrigerator.
    • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $1,200 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to support the purchase of nutritious food to provide to Ritchie County students in need for weekends and school holidays.
    • Ritchie County Primary Care Association - $3,000 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund for the renovation of the school-based health center at Ritchie County Middle/High School.

    The Foundation’s affiliates held a reception at Doddridge County Park on Wednesday, November 27, to announce grants and present the awards to recipients. At the reception, the PACF also announced additional grant awards to many of the projects supported by its affiliates. The PACF awards include the following amounts:

    • Mountaineer Food Bank - $7,000
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities - $4,500
    • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $5,990
    • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $3,974
    • Gilmer Public Library - $2,000
    • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $5,000
    • Ritchie County Primary Care Association - $7,500


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