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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
  • Foundation Awards $173,500 in Spring Grants

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently announced that it awarded $173,500 in grant support to area nonprofits through its competitive Community Action Grants Program. These grants are in addition to the approximately $115,000 that the PACF has awarded to date in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and its impact on the region.

    Through the Foundation’s bi-annual Community Action Grants Program, area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address community needs.  To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization 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.

    • Actors Guild of Parkersburg - $5,000 in operating support to address revenue loss from cancellation of performances.
    • Adolescent Health Initiative, Region V - $8,800 to support programs to engage students in developing leadership skills.
    • Cairo Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000 to upgrade personal protective equipment for firefighters.
    •  Clover Public Service District - $8,500 to provide water to residents in Roane County by installing a water filling station.
    • Coplin Health Systems – $4,500 to expand its “Farmacy” program to provide fresh fruits and vegetable to clients at the clinic site in Elizabeth, WV.
    •  Doddridge County Humane Society - $1,000 to assist with a new outdoor cat enclosure.
    •  Family Crisis Intervention Center of Region V, Inc. - $9,000 to assist the agency in becoming a recognized Rape Crisis Center.
    •  Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $5,500 to provide transportation to clients with substance use disorder to and from treatment facilities.
    •  Harrisville Woman’s Club - $3,200 to purchase a new commercial stove.
    •  Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $2,000 to purchase turnout gear and equipment.
    •  Humane Society of Parkersburg - $5,000 to purchase commercial laundry equipment for the shelter expansion.
    •  Lubeck United Methodist Church - $7,000 to support the Lunch SAK program, which provides food to students at Lubeck Elementary School and Blennerhassett Elementary and Middle Schools.
    •  Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia - $1,000 to support a wish experience for a West Virginia child.
    •  National Church Residences Transportation Services - $5,000 to provide transportation support for individuals with substance use disorder in Wood County, WV.
    •  Parkersburg High School/Wood County Health Services - $12,500 to renovate space at the high school annex to create a school-based health center in partnership with Coplin Health Services.
    •  Ritchie County Integrated Family Services - $4,000 to replace the roof on the agency’s business office.
    •  SW Resources - $12,000 to start a substance use disorder transitional employment and training program for individuals in recovery programs.
    •  The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $15,000 to support the new Community Outreach Coordinator position to support students and parents with Individualized Education Plans.
    •  The Children’s Listening Place - $7,500 to assist with outfitting a mobile unit to provide child-friendly forensic interviews for children in rural counties.
    •  The iBelieve Foundation - $1,000 to provide online summer workshop experiences for area youth.
    •  United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $8,500 to add an executive coaching arm to the existing Striving Towards Excellent Programming (STEP) program to build capacity among the area’s nonprofit community.
    •  Waverly Volunteer Fire Company - $3,000 to purchase additional protective gear for firefighters.
    •  West Virginia University Extension Family Nutrition Program - $8,000 to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for Wood County students.
    •  Williamstown Elementary School PTA - $3,000 to support the purchase of t-shirts to promote unification between Williamstown and Waverly families.
    •  Wood County 4-H Camp - $4,250 to support capital improvements at the camp.
    •  Wood County Christian School - $2,000 to offer summer camp opportunities to students in the community.
    •  Wood County Schools, Office of Early Learning - $14,750 to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Wood County, providing books monthly to children from birth to age five.

    Doddridge County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the PACF, spring 2020 grants:

    •  Doddridge County Parks and Recreation Commission - $1,500 to support the pool renovation project.
    •  Nazareth Farm – $1,500 to support the home repair loan program for Doddridge County residents and to purchase tools and a work vehicle to transport materials and equipment to work sites.

    Ritchie County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the PACF, spring 2020 grants:

    •  Ritchie County High School Band - $2,700 to purchase instruments and equipment.
    •  Harrisville Woman’s Club - $1,800 to purchase a new commercial stove.

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity.  The 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 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.  For more information about the PACF, visit or call 304-428-4438.

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