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Civic Leaders Award Grants to Thrive and EVE

Each summer, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) offers college-aged students the opportunity to work in career-related internships through the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. Civic Leaders work four days a week at area businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies, gaining meaningful work experience related to their career interests. In addition, they spend one day a week with the PACF, engaging in activities that help them to learn about the community and the importance of civic engagement. Students can participate in the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program for up to three summers.

In the second year of the program, Civic Leaders visit nonprofits in the region to understand better the ways in which these organizations are working to meet the needs of the communities that they serve. During these visits, the second year CivicLeaders ask about unmet needs, and they have the opportunity to award $5,000 in grant funds to address needs that they identify over the course of the summer.

This year's Civic Leaders visited more than a dozen organizations, and after research and assessment, they awarded grants to support Community Resources for its Thrive food pantry program and EVE, Incorporated, a Washington County, OH based organization that provides services, including housing, to victims of domestic violence. 

The $2,966 grant to EVE will enable the organization to purchase 2 new beds, along with new sheets and mattress covers for all of the beds in their facility. Organizations like EVE run on tight budgets and often run short of funds to replace items such as this, which are critical to making their facility comfortable and welcoming for the individuals that they serve. 

Thrive is receiving a $2,034 grant to support its "Hope Grows" greenhouse project, an effort to grow fresh produce to include in their food pantry. Thrive is designed as a choice-style market, where individuals and families can choose the specific food that they receive, reducing food waste and helping to eliminate stigma. "Hope Grows" will enable Thrive to provide more healthy choices in the market. The new greenhouse project also has space for other nonprofits and food pantries to grow additional produce.

  • RCCF Awards Grants

    The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently awarded two grants: $1,000 to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department to support public safety efforts and $700 to the Harrisville Women’s Club to assist with the holiday lighting project in Harrisville.

    The grants were made possible through the Harrisville Civic Club Improvement Fund, created in 2011 by the former Harrisville Civic Club, to provide support for charitable programs or projects undertaken in Harrisville.

    The Harrisville Civic Club was formed in 1950 for the purpose of constructing a facility to house the Myles Manufacturing Company, a garment manufacturing business. In 1966 the Harrisville Manufacturing Company purchased the building from the Civic Club after Melvin May had acquired the business. Proceeds from the Civic Club’s first business venture were utilized multiple times to attract and aid other businesses in the area which provided hundreds of jobs for area residents. The Civic Club also made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community by purchasing and donating the property for the Harrisville Town Park; providing donations to the area’s fire departments and emergency squads; and providing the funds for the town mural in downtown Harrisville. When the Civic Club disbanded, it used funds remaining in its treasury to make a lasting impact on the Harrisville community through the creation of the Harrisville Civic Club Improvement Fund.

    “This fund continues the commitment of the Harrisville Civic Club to improve the lives of residents of Harrisville,” said RCCF advisory board chair Alan Haught. “The volunteer fire department works hard every day to help our residents, and the lighting project, which is made possible through the Women’s Club and many volunteers, beautifies our town for the holidays. The Ritchie County Community Foundation believes support for both organizations helps to carry on the mission of the Harrisville Civic Club.”

    Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, are Noah Hinzman, RCCF advisory board member; Craig Mullen, Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department; Mayor Alan Haught, RCCF advisory board chairman; Mary McElroy, Harrisville Women’s Club; and Jean Freeland, RCCF advisory board member.

  • 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
  • Affiliates Award Fall Grants

    The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), the Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), and the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF), affiliates of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently announced their fall grants to support charitable organizations in their service areas.

    DCCF awarded the following grant:

    • Doddridge County Family Resource Network - $1,950 grant from the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund to provide bedding, blankets, and pillows to youth through the annual Good Shepherd Tree Program, which provides Christmas wish list items to children newborn through age 18.

    LKACF awarded the following grants:

    •  Calhoun County Schools - $1,250 from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund for suicide prevention programs.
    •  Harmony Mental Health - $1,250 from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund to help renovate the organization’s new facility in Elizabeth, where they provide counseling services to area residents, including trauma-informed care to children and youth.
    • Normantown Historical Community Center - $500 from the Gilmer County Grantmaking Fund to help replace a roof on their facility.
    • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $500 from the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for Education to bring the West Virginia Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab to the school in January, where students will explore the importance of agriculture in everyday life, conduct experiments, and learn about nutrition and health lifestyles.

    RCCF awarded the following grants:

    • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $1,000 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to provide food to Ritchie County students on weekends and school holidays.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Foster Grandparent Program - $1,000 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to support seniors placed in Ritchie County schools and nonprofit organizations to assist children and youth with learning activities.
    • Ritchie County Family Resource Network - $1,000 grant from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to purchase hygiene and cleaning products to be distributed to low-income families in need.
    • American Red Cross - $500 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to install smoke alarms in Ritchie County residents' homes and assist families impacted by house fires.

    DCCF, RCCF, and LKACF held a reception at Calhoun Banks on November 12, to announce grants and present the awards to recipients. “We appreciate the generosity of Martha Haymaker and Calhoun Banks for hosting us for our grant reception,” said Marian Clowes, PACF Associate Director for Community Leadership. “We are pleased to be able to support these great organizations as they work to help improve the lives of youth, seniors, and families in our region.”



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