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A recent donation from Erie Insurance® to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) will help boost the region’s "Hunger Fund” that provides a permanent and dedicated source of monies from which grants can be made to support our communities’ backpack feeding programs, summer and after-school feeding programs, and other related needs for children, senior citizens, and other vulnerable populations.
“Food insecurity is a significant issue regionally; too many individuals and families experience hunger,” said Judy Sjostedt, the PACF’s Executive Director. “Our area's data shows a great need to improve the Foundation’s grant resources, so we can better meet essential human needs and improve family and economic stability to relieve conditions of poverty. Our broad service area's overall poverty rates exceed the West Virginia State average and are well beyond the national rate, but statistics for children under 18 are even more compelling. Looking at the seven counties for which the PACF is the only community foundation funder -- Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood – poverty rates in five far exceed the State's rate for young children.”
Created a year ago, The PACF’s Hunger Fund began with generous support from many donors in response to a challenge grant from the Ketelsen family. In addition to building this important charitable fund, the PACF has held partnership meetings since 2016 with the various area organizations working to address this need, to help identify gaps in service and new resources, and identify ways in which its leadership can be applied to address this critical community issue.
“This gift to the PACF is to build the Foundation’s permanent charitable fund specifically to help address hunger-related projects in our communities,” said Kam Lawson, Erie Insurance’s West Virginia Sr. Business Support Specialist. “We are honored to support the Foundation with this initiative and thankful to know that more individuals experiencing hunger can be helped through this Fund”
To support the PACF’s regional Hunger Fund, mail a check (made payable to PACF, with “Hunger Fund” on memo line) to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Or give online here.
Representatives from Erie Insurance present a check for $10,000 to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Left to right, Ben Rucker, Dan Hurley, Jay Simon, Greg Hoffman, Julie Posey - PACF, Kam Lawson, and Carolyn Reger
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.
Doddridge County, WV – EQT Corporation is providing support for charitable projects in Doddridge County through a contribution to the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), an affiliate of Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). Funds will be used to help build the Doddridge County Community Support Fund, providing an ongoing source of support for charitable needs in the county, and to make grants in fall 2016 in response to the current needs of Doddridge County and its residents.
“EQT plays an important role in developing the region’s abundant source of natural gas – and Doddridge County is an essential part of that,” said Linda Robertson, EQT Spokeswoman. “But for us, it’s not about ‘just doing business.’ Many of our employees live here or grew up here. And we all have great respect for our neighbors here. Supporting the Community Foundation is just one way we’re making a positive investment in the wellbeing of Doddridge County.”
“These funds will make a difference in Doddridge County both in the present, through grants made to support important projects that meet the immediate needs of residents, and in the future, by building a permanent fund that will perpetually support Doddridge County. We are grateful to EQT for this gift, which we know will make a difference here in our county,” said Tom Whaling, DCCF Advisory Board Chairman.
Organizations interested in applying for grant support through DCCF can complete the Foundation’s online Community Action Grants Program application, available beginning July 15 through PACF’s web site, www.pacfwv.com. The grant application deadline is September 15. For questions about grants, contact Marian Clowes at 304-428-4438 or email@example.com
Photo Caption: Ellen Rossi, with EQT, presents the EQT donation to DCCF Advisory Board members. Pictured, from left to right, Matt Alexander, Marian Clowes (PACF), Zona Huston, Ellen Rossi (EQT), Tom Whaling, Brad Wilt, and Rick Oyler.
About EQT Corporation: EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, and transmission. With more than 125 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work.
About Doddridge County Community Foundation: The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Doddridge County, West Virginia. DCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which is a single 501(c)(3) public charity. PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1999, DCCF 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, DCCF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) recently awarded a $400 grant to Gilmer County Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to help purchase staff t-shirts that will help promote school unity and spirit. LKACF advisory board members Martha Haymaker and Bob Radabaugh attended the April 24 PTO meeting to present the grant.
The role of the Gilmer County Elementary School’s PTO is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school to maximize student’s experiences. Having recently opened its doors for the first time, the new school’s PTO recognizes that now is the time to unify and celebrate.
“The staff members really appreciate the unity the t-shirts have created,” said Shelly Mason, Assistant Principal and PTO member. “Staff wear the t-shirts on Fridays and the students’ haven taken note. Recently, a first grade student happily said, ‘All the teachers are dressed the same -- everyone is a twin!"
The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia. LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds amounting to nearly $34 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, area Vickie Allman, Tanya Stewart, Bob Radabaugh, and Sharon Jones.
As competition for funding increases, many nonprofit organizations face challenges with securing support for their ongoing programming. In addition, when organizations face a financial challenge, or are going through a growth period, general operating support can be of great assistance to ensure that resources are in place to maintain programs and services.
Recognizing this, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation offers operating support grants to nonprofit organizations through its Community Action Grants Program, a bi-annual competitive grant application process. A number of local organizations have received operating support through this important program of the Foundation, but the need continues to grow.
A $15,000 operating support grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg helped them to provide programs for 946 members in 2018. The Club's services are particularly critical on days of unexpected school closings, such as snow days.
"Thank goodness you're here today.," said one mother of a Club member at the recent closing of schools for the Day of Mourning in honor of President Bush. "I don't know what I would have done today if the Club wasn't open."
According to Ben Shuman, Executive Director, "Providing programs on the days schools are closed is unusual for a program like ours - more than half of Clubs across the country close their programs on those days." Operating support helps to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg can remain open on those days, providing critical support to children and families.
To learn more about how you can partner with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support your favorite area nonprofits with operating support needs, please call us at 304-428-4438.
“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.
During the week of November 12-18, 2018, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) will join more than 800 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For nearly 30 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H. W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems here in the Mid-Ohio Valley region.”
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits, agencies, churches, civic groups, etc. that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. The local PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our region.
The PACF currently manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets and works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Last year, the PACF awarded $2.3 million in grants and scholarships for the benefit of that service area. Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.
Sjostedt noted, “These grants and scholarships are made possible by individuals living right here in our communities. This week and every day, the PACF celebrates the generosity of local people and the impact that their giving has on improving our Mid-Ohio Valley area’s quality of life. With the year-end fast approaching, it’s a tremendous time for citizens to make an investment to advance their communities by supporting their local community foundation.”
To learn more about the PACF visit its website or stop by its office at 1620 Park Avenue in Parkersburg during regular business hours.
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