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A convener. A strategic thinker. An action-oriented, disciplined team player who wants to reduce the stigma and adverse impact associated with substance use disorder (SUD) for individuals and families in the Mid-Ohio Valley and its surrounding communities. Does this sound like you?
If so, you may be the candidate that the Sisters Health Foundation, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and The Bernard McDonough Foundation are seeking to create cross-sector partnerships and programs that address SUD community supports, treatment, and prevention as a SUD Collaborative Coordinator.
A successful candidate will have working knowledge of:
Follow this link for the full job description.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by January 23. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references to:
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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced that $324,175 was raised through Give Local MOV, the May 1st fundraising event hosted by the PACF.
Nonprofit partners in Give Local MOV 2018 included 47 groups with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development. Organizations invited to participate were those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.
Nonprofits raising the most funds included: FaithLink, Parkersburg High School Foundation, Parkersburg Art Center, YMCA of Parkersburg, and the United Way Alliance of the MOV.
A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 1st was the availability of 1:1 matching funds and incentive prizes. Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota, supplied matching funds that made the day even more exciting. In addition, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations and $7,000 in hourly prize incentives encouraged giving.
The PACF takes no fee to organize and host the Give Local MOV campaign. The PACF supplies the secure online giving platform and also covers credit card processing fees, allowing 100% of each donor’s gift to go to its intended agency. This year, some donors that gave on May 1st opted to help cover the credit card processing and transaction fees with their donation and the Foundation is very grateful for their support.
“Our event sponsors and the local donors who contribute are the critical factors in the success of Give Local MOV,” said Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer. “Our local businesses once again stepped up and enabled us to make an incredible impact region-wide. And, local businesses are only able to support positive initiatives, such as Give Local MOV, if they themselves have support from local residents. By supporting local businesses and shopping local, you can help provide for the greater good of our community. We urge everyone to give local and to shop local!”
“Since the founding of Give Local MOV in 2014, more than $1.26 million has been raised for the region’s charitable groups,” said Posey. “It’s amazing how much can be achieved when we work together. The Foundation’s Board and Staff are proud to be part of such a giving community.”
The Foundation plans to host Give Local MOV again. Businesses, nonprofits or individuals interested in having a significant impact for their investment and want to get involved in Give Local MOV 2019 should contact Posey at 304-428-4438 to learn more.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) and the Sisters Health Foundation (SHF) are partnering to help local agencies respond to community needs related to COVID-19. The SHF recently awarded $25,000 to the PACF’s Safety Net Fund to enable joint response to priority needs in the region. The PACF will match this gift 1:1.
This funding will be used to address food access and distribution, the needs of the senior population, and needs related to mental health and addiction. Agencies addressing these needs and who serve individuals impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Marian Clowes at the PACF to discuss their need for support.
“We are grateful to be able to work smarter together in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation,” said Renee Steffen, SHF’s Executive Director. “It is great to see so many organizations working together during this time and this partnership is an extension of that community spirit.”
The PACF’s Safety Net Fund is designed to support the basic and emergency needs of our region’s citizens. Individuals who would like to help the Foundation respond to both the short-term and long-term needs of our community are encouraged to donate to support the Foundation’s Safety Net Fund. Donations may be made online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate or by mailing a check payable to “PACF” to PO Box 1762, Parkersburg WV 26102-1762. The PACF will be proactively distributing these funds in our community to meet priority needs as they arise.
“We are fortunate here in the Mid-Ohio Valley to have long-term partnerships among foundations that have enabled us to respond more effectively to community needs,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director. “This new partnership between the PACF and the SHF will enable both foundations to respond more efficiently in this time when it is critical to deploy resources quickly and flexibly.”
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced that more than $460,000 was raised through its exciting 24-hour online giving campaign held on Tuesday, May 5.
Nonprofits participating in Give Local MOV 2020 included 54 area groups with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development. Organizations invited to participate were those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.
Organizations raising the most funds included: FaithLink, Parkersburg YMCA, and Parkersburg Art Center. Organizations with the most online donors included: Parkersburg Art Center, FaithLink, and the Children’s Home Society of WV – Parkersburg.
A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 5 was the availability of 1:1 matching funds and incentive prizes. Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota and Williamstown Bank, supplied matching funds that made the day even more exciting. In addition, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations and hourly prize incentives encouraged giving.
“We had an extraordinary 24-hours yesterday in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer. “On behalf of the 54 participating organizations this year, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation wishes to express its profound gratitude to everyone who supported this year’s outstanding Give Local MOV campaign. We are truly humbled and inspired by the outstanding generosity of so many people. To have a record-breaking event during a pandemic is just awesome.”
While final numbers are still being confirmed, the FaithLink organization is the apparent winner of the Top Online Fundraiser award for the event with nearly $44,000 raised, and the Parkersburg Art Center, the apparent winner of the Top Number of Online Donors award, with 128 donors. The PACF will be adding an additional $1,000 to each of their award checks in recognition of their achievements. The PACF invites the public to check out the final Give Local MOV leaderboards at www.givelocalmov.org/leaderboards
The Foundation also extends a special note of appreciation to everyone who supported its late-breaking “add-on” campaign to aid its regional COVID-19 response funds, the Hunger and Safety Net Funds. Philanthropy WV, a state-wide philanthropic organization presented a special challenge campaign to the PACF in recent days as part of a state-wide $250,000 challenge campaign called “Take Five to Give Five” that benefitted 18 different emergency relief funds operated by community foundations and United Way organizations in West Virginia. By using its Give Local MOV platform yesterday, the PACF raised $46,255 for it to distribute to relieve local hunger and emergency needs.
“What a wonderful day for everyone,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director. “Thank you to all of this year’s supporters. And, congratulations to all of the organizational recipients. The Mid-Ohio Valley is a great place in which to live, work, and raise our families. We take care of each other here.”
Rebecca Mangus was a young and spirited individual who brought happiness and displayed compassion to everyone she met. Following a battle with breast cancer, on January 30, 2013, Rebecca received her ultimate healing and “found her resting place in the arms of God,” said Rebecca’s friend and colleague, Tammy Parker.
A caring daughter, cousin, friend and teacher, Rebecca will forever be remember in the Mid-Ohio Valley thanks to a recently established fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was established by Rebecca’s aunt, Julia Thomas, and cousin, Janelle Thomas. The mission of this fund is to provide monetary support to educators teaching at either the kindergarten or 1st grade-level at either Martin, Mineral Wells or McKinley Elementary Schools. The distributions from this fund will aid in the establishment of a Teachers Reimbursement Program at each of the three schools.
Rebecca was born in Parkersburg, WV to Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Mangus. She was a 1992 graduate of Parkersburg South High School. After completing her undergraduate education at Marietta College, Rebecca received her Masters from Marshall University. She then returned to the area and was a kindergarten teacher for the Wood County Board of Education.
Known to family and friends as an incredibly caring and passionate teacher, Rebecca will forever be missed. As an active member of her church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, Rebecca found peace and courage through her fight with breast cancer. When not dedicated to her teaching or faith, Rebecca was very active with supporting the Cancer Society and was passionate to help others with this disease.
Individuals that knew her both personally and professionally could easily recognize that Rebecca held a special place in her heart for her students and their well-being. Rebecca went above and beyond to ensure that her students had an enjoyable and educational experience in her classroom and cared for them as if they were her own.
The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was created to help other educators make their classrooms an enjoyable and unique educational experience for its students. Rebecca’s memory will live on through this Fund and for generations to come, recipients of this fund’s distribution will know how impactful Rebecca’s life was to her family, friends and students.
Individuals wishing to make a charitable gift to the Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762. Individuals wishing to make another form of donation can call the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.
Maybe you’ve never thought of our region’s nonprofits as our “hometown team?” Nearly 1,300 people stepped up for the team recently with their gifts to 43 different causes through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF)’s Give Local MOV 2017 online fundraiser.
Many of us regularly support our State’s colleges and universities, having attended them for a relatively brief time. What keeps us linked long past graduation is often our ongoing allegiance to their teams. As we cheer the team on, we reinforce that connection. Our communities could be incredibly strengthened if we adopted the same connective mindset toward our own hometowns—if we thought of these places where we’ve lived for twenty or thirty or more years, as being similarly worthy of cheering on with our support.
Consider our local nonprofits as making up our “team.” They’re the groups that connect with people to give hope, food or shelter to folks in need; create safe and caring places for children; build homes for families and improve lives for vulnerable individuals; ensure stray animals receive humane care; provide great community facilities; and bring arts, culture and meaning into our lives. Their team uniform is service to others. Our communities are better—more economically, culturally and socially vibrant places—because they exist.
And, as we build our hometown team, let’s remember to add our local businesses, many which are already cutting their margins pretty tightly to stay in business in our small communities that don't offer the sales volume or capacity of big cities on which to base prices. When we buy outside of our area and drop these vendors from our team, we undercut the local market, making it even more difficult to remain in business here. Does anyone really think Amazon’s going to step in to replace local businesses in supporting our youth recreation and school teams, local food pantries, or arts groups and other good things that make this a great region in which to live and raise families? Or that some Columbus dealer will sponsor our local fundraisers? It’s not likely.
When we remove our sales dollars from local merchants whether buying online or out of area, we are also sending the profits elsewhere. While we may save something, we short-change our own community in the long run. Any extra amount we may pay should be considered a small price to help our hometown team. When we buy local, businesses can give local—it’s that simple.
Give Local MOV 2017 gave us a great start to building an even stronger hometown team. Going forward, let’s each buy a season ticket and cheer the team on. We’re going to spend a lifetime here so it’s time to join and support the team that’s working to make our region a place where our citizens will have greater opportunities to thrive.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates
At the Foundation's 2019 annual meeting, Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader spoke about the complexity of the substance use disorder (SUD) crisis facing West Virginia; Rader emphasized that SUD impacts not just individuals, but families and communities, employees and employers, first responders and health care providers. At the 2020 annual meeting, the Foundation further explored the impact of this issue on our community, as keynote speaker Kathy Szafran, President and CEO of Crittenton Services, spoke about the collateral damage that the SUD crisis is having on West Virginia's children.
Szafran shared research about the long-term negative impact on health and well being for individuals who have faced adverse childhood experiences, or ACES. ACES are traumatic experiences that an individual has experienced before adulthood, including experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect or growing up in a home where families members have substance use disorders or mental health concerns or who are in jail or prison. ACES are linked to chronic physical and mental health problems and substance use disorders in adulthood.
Szafran explained how children with adverse experiences react in what she referred to as "survival mode" when making decisions - they go straight to "fight, flight, or freeze." Understanding why children might react in this way is a first step in providing support; implementing trauma-informed care practices in our schools, healthcare facilities, and social service organizations is a key to promoting a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing for children who have experienced ACES.
Local organizations also spoke at the meeting about the ways in which ACES are affecting the children that they serve. Cathy Grewe with Wood County Schools shared how teachers have been trained in trauma informed care and how schools are implementing programs including counseling, yoga, and calming rooms to help children learn to self- regulate.
Foundation Executive Director Judy Sjostedt encouraged attendees to consider ways in which they can positively impact the lives of children in our region, through engaging with schools, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based institutions in programs that support the needs of children. In addition, the Foundation is building a "Fund for Recovery" to support initiatives related to substance use disorder, including ACES. Contributions to the Fund for Recovery can be sent to PACF, P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV, 26102 or made online here.
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