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Grants in Action: Washington Bottom Community Building Gets Upgrades

The Washington Bottom Community Building has a new floor and new lighting, thanks, in part, to a $4,500 PACF grant. The Community Building serves as a focal point for the area and is the meeting place for the local Lions Club.

"Thanks to generous support of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the McDonough Foundation, and volunteer help, we were able to complete the originally proposed work - and more!" said Sam Tanner, with the Community Building.

A local Boy Scout took on the flooring project and painted the kitchen as an Eagle Scout project.

"Since an Eagle Scout project involves the whole troop, all of the Scouts learned that hard work pays off in the job well done," said Tanner.

With the help of a retired electrician and State Electric, the organization also was able to rewire all the lights in the front of the building and add new kitchen lighting. Rentals of the building have increased since the improvements have been made.

Ted McPherson, one of the charter members of the Lions Club, said, "the building looks the best it has in years."

  • 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

     

  • EQT Foundation Partners with Doddridge County Community Foundation

    The EQT Foundation is partnering with the Doddridge County Community Foundation to make a lasting and meaningful investment in Doddridge County.  With a gift of $92,000 to the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), the EQT Foundation is investing in the Foundation’s skill and expertise in growing community endowment, supporting community improvement projects, and providing scholarship assistance to area students.

    A portion of the EQT Foundation’s gift will be used to grow the Foundation’s unrestricted community endowment fund, the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund.  This Fund enables the DCCF to address community needs and invest in new opportunities for Doddridge County residents.  The EQT Foundation’s gift will allow the DCCF to make a larger impact through its bi-annual grant cycle, including in spring 2020.  Organizations interested in applying for grant support can visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants, to review grantmaking guidelines and access the online application form. The next application deadline is February 15.

    Ellen Rossi from EQT with Rick Oyler from the Doddridge County Community Foundation

    The remainder of the EQT Foundation gift will create the EQT Scholarship for Doddridge County graduating high school seniors.  Through this gift, the DCCF will award five $1,000 one-year scholarships and one renewable scholarship (with an annual value of up to $18,000) to Doddridge County students.  To be considered for an EQT Scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors at Doddridge County High School, or an equivalent home school program, must be Doddridge County residents, and must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the oil & gas industry (for example, computer science/information technology; chemical, civil, or petroleum engineering; energy or land management; environmental science, geology, or safety science).  To see the full scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply using the Foundation’s consolidated scholarship application form, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships.

    ”The EQT Foundation strives to identify opportunities that impact the communities we serve in powerful ways.  What better way to shape the future than by supporting community needs, as well as the education of tomorrow’s leaders and innovators,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager.  “We are thrilled to award the community-building grant as well as the scholarship program to the Doddridge County community through the assistance of the Doddridge County Community Foundation.  We look forward to learning more about the exceptional achievements and professional aspirations of this year’s recipients.”

    “We are excited to partner with the EQT Foundation and we are grateful for their support for our community improvement efforts,” said Rick Oyler, DCCF Advisory Board Chairman. “This gift from the EQT Foundation will enable us to address critical community needs now, to build long-term resources to meet future needs, and to invest in our community’s next generation.  We applaud EQT Foundation’s commitment to Doddridge County.”

    Ellen Rossi from EQT pictured with members of the Doddridge County Community Foundation Advisory Board

     

     

    About Doddridge County Community Foundation:

    Celebrating 20 years of serving the community, the Doddridge Community Foundation (DCCF) works with charitable individuals 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). The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 360 funds amounting to more than $43 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or nonprofit organization. The PACF works in partnership with local level organizations (affiliates) to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of our 11-county service district. Since 1999, the Doddridge 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 the PACF and its affiliate, DCCF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

     

    About EQT Foundation:

    The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, one of the nation’s premier natural gas producers, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions.  The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen.  The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation   

  • Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Awards More Than $50,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Funding to Date

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is actively partnering with its local donors and other area funders to address the critical needs of local citizens who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing funding to a wide variety of area nonprofit organizations that are delivering essential services for their clients and families.

    To date, the PACF has awarded more than $50,000 in COVID-19 emergency funds to help local nonprofits continue their critical services and programs.  Food, rent and utilities assistance, and purchase of hygiene and school supplies are just a few of the things that these grants have supported and will continue to support as the PACF provides additional grants in the coming weeks.

    “Many of the requests we are receiving are to support food access for area residents,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Associate Director for Community Leadership.  “Through the quick action of the Foundation and with the help of our donors, we’ve responded swiftly to support agencies working on the front lines through this pandemic.”

    One local nonprofit organization that received support recently wrote to the PACF regarding its grant support saying, “Thank you for coordinating support for our families.  As the person working directly with the recipients, I want to say that it was a real lifeline for some families who were caught in the unemployment limbo.”

    Grants thus far include:

    • Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg:  $5,000 for direct food assistance, in partnership with Piggly Wiggly, to club member families impacted by COVID-19.
    •  Calhoun County Schools :  $3,000 to purchase hygiene and school supplies to distribute to families in need, awarded in partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation (SHF).
    •  Children's Home Society:  $4,620 to supply food boxes for youth in their Transitional Living Program who lack access to food due to COVID 19, awarded in partnership with SHF.
    •  Community Resources:  $5,000 to buy food and provide operating support for their Thrive food pantry to meet significantly increased demand.
    •  Friendship Kitchen:  $2,000 to purchase food to meet greatly increased demand for their meal program, awarded in partnership with the SHF.
    • Mountaineer Foodbank:  $6,000 to support food purchases and operations at the food bank that serves feeding programs in all PACF service counties.
    • Normantown Historical Community Center:  $1,000 to purchase food to stock their food pantry to meet increased demand in the Gilmer County community.
    • Old Man Rivers:  $5,000 to buy food to meet increased demand for home meal delivery and food pantry services, awarded in partnership with the SHF.
    •  Parkersburg Urban Ministries:  $5,000 to purchase food and hygiene products to supply this pantry to meet increased demand, awarded in partnership with the SHF.
    • SW Resources:  $7,500 to help clients who are facing financial hardships to meet their basic needs (including rent and utility assistance), awarded in partnership with SHF.
    • The Gathering Church:  $1,000 to secure food for home food box deliveries to individuals impacted by COVID-19.
    • Wood County Senior Citizens Association:  $5,000 to purchase food and related supplies to expand its home meal delivery program.

    “Children’s Home Society (CHS) is extremely grateful for the emergency funds received from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the SHF during the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Shelley Plauché-Adkins, Children’s Home Society of WV’s Regional Director.  “Many of the formerly homeless youth served through our Transitional Living Program have lost employment and are struggling with food insecurity.  These funds will enable Children’s Home Society to provide food boxes to 22 youth and their children over the next 12 weeks, which will ensure that our youth are being fed and greatly reduce their stress and worries during this difficult time.”

    Funding to support these programs is made possible by generous donations from individuals and businesses to the PACF’s Hunger Fund (addresses food insecurity for local people) and Safety Net Fund (supports basic and emergency needs).  These two response funds concentrate on relief efforts in the Foundation’s 11-county service area. 

    “We are very thankful for our community’s continued support of the Hunger and Safety Net funds,” said Clowes.  “These significant grants are only possible because of our great community support.  We anticipate making more distributions soon and we encourage the community to continue supporting these important charitable funds. We are very grateful for our donors’ help, enabling us to meet needs in our community.”

    The PACF is actively contacting regional nonprofits to assess COVID-19 impact on their clients and communities and identifying ways to respond to the needs.  Agencies seeking assistance should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438 or by email to marian.clowes@pacfwv.com.

    Donations to support the PACF’s Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible.  To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.



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