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Foundation Receives National Award

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) is among ten nationwide winners of an award recognizing innovative partnerships between foundations and government that have been critical in transforming communities and improving the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across the country.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations announced the 2019 winners of the Secretary's Award for Public- Philanthropic Partnerships on Tuesday, April 30.  Awards were given to place-based funders for initiatives executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency, according to the release.

"Congratulations to our award winners for their efforts to bridge the gap between government and philanthropy," HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a prepared statement. "These awards celebrate what we can achieve together and the drive that unites us all to expand opportunity so more Americans can succeed and thrive."

HUD highlighted the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, which provides summer employment and civic leadership development for college students who reside in the PACF's service area.  Founded in 2011, the PACF's Civic Leaders Fellowship Program builds area students’ personal skills and ability to find meaningful employment in our region upon college graduation.  Area nonprofit organizations, government entities, and businesses are given the opportunity to meet hard-working students eager to stay in the Mid-Ohio Valley and are given the opportunity to work collectively to improve our region’s potential workforce for the future.

"This award places West Virginia on the national map, and the Mid-Ohio Valley region, in particular, as a place where many good people, working in partnership with the PACF, are creating a brighter future for our next generation,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director.  “It's a true testimony to the efforts of our donors, employer partners, board leaders and others to their great work to ensure that our next generation of citizens has opportunities to thrive.”

The other award winners were: California Community Foundation, Citi Foundation, Community Foundation of Utah, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, The Home Partnership Foundation, Medtronic Foundation, National Church Residences Foundation, Puerto Rico Community Foundation, and The Cleveland Foundation.

"This year's honorees embody the true spirit of philanthropy and the power of collaboration," Kathleen P. Enright, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, said in a prepared statement. "With a common goal to serve the community, these award recipients are working to improve the lives of citizens around the country. Their accomplishments illustrate what can be achieved with dedication, strategic vision and innovative partnerships."

 

Photo:  (left to right) Judy Sjostedt, Executive Director, PACF;  Cynthia Campbell, Director for International & Philanthropic Affairs, HUD;  David Byrd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD;  Megan Hardway, Civic Leaders Fellowship graduate;  Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations

  • Foundation Announces Fall 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 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.

  • 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
  • Recognizing the Impact of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

    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.

  • Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship Joins Doddridge County Community Foundation

    Walter Swentzel and Lovie SwentzelBorn in 1886 in Doddridge County, Walter Blaine Swentzel was a teacher by profession, and after a long career in the classroom, retired as the last Doddridge County, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools to be elected by the voters of the county.  Mr. Swentzel passed away in 1968 at the age of 81. 

    In 1983, two of Walter B. Swentzel’s children, June Swentzel Stout and Kipling Clark Swentzel, met with representatives of two banks, Cornerstone Bank (formerly First National Bank of West Union) and West Union Bank, and the administration of the Doddridge County High School with the goal of honoring their father’s memory by creating a scholarship in his name to support students excelling academically who wished to pursue post-secondary education.  Their initial contributions to establish the scholarship were met with community support and the first Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship award was made in 1984.  

    A nonprofit organization, the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, Inc. was formed by and led by a group of local citizens. Between 1984 and 2018, the Swentzel Scholarship produced nearly $190,000 in awards.  To ensure the perpetual existence of the scholarship and to provide support for its selection process, the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, Inc.’s Board of Directors recently partnered with the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), a regional affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).   

    “The Foundation has more than fifty-five years of history and a long-standing positive reputation of professionally managing charitable funds, including scholarships,” said Josh Weekley, Treasurer of Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, Inc.  “They already manage many scholarships for our local students -- including the Janice Michels Scholarship and the Cathy McClain Nursing Scholarship -- and they have the administrative and investment resources to ensure that the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship will continue to provide meaningful, renewable scholarships for students graduating from Doddridge County High School forever.”

    The Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship, now administered by the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), is currently open to applications.   Graduating seniors from Doddridge County High School are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/scholarships, and complete the Consolidated Scholarship Application to apply to this fund and more than 160 other scholarship funds administered by the Foundation.  The application deadline is March 1, 2019. An additional benefit of completing the Foundation’s Consolidated Scholarship Application is that students need only complete one form to be eligible for many different awards within the Foundation.

    “We are very honored to manage this significant scholarship fund that has already made a meaningful impact for 167 Doddridge County High School students.  We greatly appreciate the trust that the Swentzel Scholarship Board has shown in DCCF with its partnership,” said Julie Posey, DCCF’s Development and Communications Officer.  “We look forward to continuing to engage with local citizens to annually award this scholarship and to share and highlight Mr. Swentzel’s legacy of commitment to education.”  

    Individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship may send a check (made payable to “PACF” with the fund name in the memo line) to:  PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.  To learn more about the Walter B. Swentzel Scholarship or to make an online donation, please visit www.pacfwv.com/Swentzel. 

    Picture Caption:   Walter Swentzel and his wife, Lovie, during their 50th wedding anniversary in 1959.



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