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Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

2018 PACF Civic LeadersAttention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities!  Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on May 31, 2019 and ending on July 19, 2019.  The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns.  Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation. 

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one year of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio.  The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 8, 2019. 

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

Wood County resident Megan Hardway participated in the Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program 2014 - 2016.  Through the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, she was introduced and placed at the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, where she was actively engaged in the day-to-day operations of the Chamber preparing releases, planning events, and serving as liaison for Chamber members.  A 2016 graduate of West Virginia University, Hardway returned to the area to join the Chamber as a full-time staff member! 

“The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program was a wonderful way to gain knowledge and experience in my field, as well as explore volunteer opportunities available close to home,” said Hardway.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2019.  Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost.  In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment.  Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students.  The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.  Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Mindi Line, at Mindi.Line@pacfwv.com.  

  • Community Foundation Awards Spring Grants

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced today its grant awards for spring 2016.  The Foundation awarded a total of $143,740 through its Spring Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

     The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) awarded grants totaling $142,740 to 36 different organizations, and its Ritchie County affiliate, Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate (RCCF), awarded $1,000 in grant support.  On Thursday, June 2, representatives of organizations receiving grants from the PACF and RCCF and other supporters of the Foundation attended a Spring Grant Award Program at the Foundation’s central office location in Parkersburg. Grant recipients had an opportunity to discuss their grant-funded projects with the attendees.

     Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals/businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF.  The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region.  The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients.  Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program.  To learn more about the Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email info@pacfwv.com.

      Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

    •  American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia - $6,400 for veteran outreach through the Services to Armed Forces program
    • Arnoldsburg Elementary School - $3,900 to assist with construction of a parking lot to provide parking for community events
    • Children’s Home Society of West Virginia - $7,500 to provide direct support for basic needs for youth enrolled in the Parkersburg Transitional Living Program
    • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $1,700 to provide stipends as incentives for individuals and families in poverty to attend training classes
    • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $4,500 to provide equipment and resources to implement a student loan counseling program
    • Creed Collins Elementary School - $2,400 to provide renovations for safe access to a restroom at the school playground
    • Doddridge County Community Educational Outreach Service - $4,000 for the development of a heritage art quilt trail to encourage tourism and preserve Appalachian heritage
    • Doddridge County High School - $4,790 to encourage lifetime recreation habits by providing archery and Frisbee golf equipment for high school physical education classes
    • Doddridge County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of a weatherproof yurt at the Park’s campground
    • East Wood Volunteer Fire Company - $4,125 for the purchase of air cylinders
    • Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $2,500 to assist with start-up costs for new pre-school program
    • Friends of Charles Fork Lake - $6,000 to construct a disc golf course
    • Humane Society of the Ohio Valley - $1,500 for the acquisition of the ShelterPro Records Management System
    • Julia-Ann Historical Community Association - $4,700 for the restoration and preservation of Riverview Cemetery
    • Lubeck Elementary School - $2,500 for the purchase of playground equipment for Pre-K students
    • Martin Elementary School - $2,000 to provide books for students for the summer to improve literacy
    • Middle Island VFW Post 3408 - $5,000 for the construction of a picnic pavilion at the Doddridge County Park to honor veterans
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society/West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $600 to purchase a laptop computer to improve ticketing at concerts
    • Parkersburg High School - $2,000 to equip the Moderate MI Apartment Classroom to teach life skills
    • Parkersburg High School Foundation - $2,000 to purchase equipment and software to support fundraising efforts
    • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic - $1,000 to install a security system at the Vienna health center
    • Pleasants County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 for ADA upgrades to the aquatic center
    • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - $5,000 to develop an economic impact report for the North Bend Rail Trail
    • Ritchie County Schools - $7,500 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school
    • Roane County 4-H Leaders Association - $3,500 to construct a roof over a picnic shelter at the Roane County 4-H Camp
    • Schrader Youth Ballet Company - $2,000 to support the production of “Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream”
    • TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc. - $5,000 to support the Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Hospital and Home Visitation Program
    • The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the AmeriCorps on the Frontline student mentoring program in Doddridge, Pleasants, and Wood County schools
    • West Virginia Health Right, Inc. - $4,000 to provide oral health care and education
    • West Virginia University Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program - $3,975 to support mentoring program for students with visual impairments
    • West Virginia University School of Public Health - $3,000 to support a student-led community health project
    • Westbrook Health Services - $4,500 to assist women who have completed the Genesis Residential Substance Abuse Program by providing them with items needed for new housing
    • Wirt County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000 to support the meals-to-go program, which provides food for Wirt County students during holiday breaks
    • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $8,150 to replace the original roofs on three restrooms at Mountwood Park
    • Wood County Senior Citizens Association, Inc. - $2,500 to purchase computers for an educational lab for seniors
    • West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $6,000 to assist with the Center for Early Learning’s summer camp program

    Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

    • Ritchie County Schools - $1,000 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school

     

  • Nonprofit Leadership Workshop – November 15

    It is more important than ever that nonprofit organizations are able to translate their worthy missions into lasting positive impacts for the people and communities they serve, and arguably it has never been more difficult to do so.  To help nonprofits address these challenges, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is bringing national consultant David Grant to the area to provide training for nonprofit staff and board members on Wednesday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Parkersburg Country Club. The program is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) and Nonprofits Lead, a nonprofit capacity building program based at Marietta College.

    This interactive workshop, Leadership for Nonprofit Success, will explore how effective nonprofit leaders think about organizational development; measuring success in areas that resist quantification; forming strategic partnerships, building effective boards; overcoming resistance to change; and creating cultures of reflection and learning.

    “I heard David Grant speak at the West Virginia Nonprofit Association conference last year and, ever since then, I have been wanting to bring him here to share his expertise,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer. “David’s perspective on the sector, which he re-frames as the “social profit sector,” and his methods for assessing success are impactful. I encourage nonprofit organizations from through the region to attend and to bring a team of staff and board members to get the most out of the workshop.”

    David Grant served as President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey from 1998 to 2010.  Now based in Vermont, he consults with people and organizations around the world that have a social or educational mission. He is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, a group of over 150 people nation-wide who support nonprofit leaders in creating high-performance organizations.  His book The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations was published in March 2015.

    Cost to attend is $20 per person ($15 for WVNPA Members), or $50 for teams of three or more. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9b9as93. Online registrations must be made by credit card. For those unable to pay by credit card, contact Marian Clowes at the PACF to register, 304-428-4438 or info@pacfwv.com. The first fifty to register for the workshop will receive a free copy of The Social Profit Handbook.



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