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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. 

  • 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.



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