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PACF Staff Member Receives Award

More than 300 members of the community and faculty of Marietta College gathered Thursday evening for the College’s Founders Day celebration.  The College, celebrating its 185th birthday, has been an integral part of the Mid-Ohio Valley community.  During the celebration, Marietta College recognized faculty, staff, and community members for their partnership and collaboration with the College.  Marian Clowes, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Associate Director for Community Leadership received a Linsley Community Partner Award for her continued partnership and advocacy of the College’s Nonprofits LEAD program.

Nonprofits LEAD works to build a strong, sustainable nonprofit community in the Mid-Ohio Valley in which every organization can effectively and efficiently achieve its mission.  By working in partnership with other area funders, Nonprofits LEAD’s vision that every nonprofit will have the tools, resources, knowledge, and support they need to meet the needs of their community is coming to fruition.

“One of the Foundation priorities is to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our region; there is no better way to do that than by supporting Nonprofits LEAD,” said Marian Clowes.  “Nonprofits LEAD's programs, services, and technical support are highly impactful for nonprofits, and it has been great to partner with Nonprofits LEAD and to support their work.”

Photo caption:  Marian Clowes (center) is presented the Linsley Community Partner Award from representatives of Marietta College.

  • 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
  • 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

     

  • Jackson County EMS Receives $6,000 Grant

    The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently awarded a $6,000 grant to Jackson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to assist them in providing paramedic training. This significant grant supports six area residents in pursuing paramedic training through a new program offered by Mountwest Community and Technical College, which combines classroom work with online instruction. The program enables students to complete the course in a shorter time-frame, and at a lesser cost, than traditional paramedic training. The training expands the number of qualified and trained emergency medical services personnel serving the region. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ritchie, parents of Dr. David M. Ritchie, presented the grant to Steve McClure, of the Jackson County EMS, at the Jackson County Commission meeting on November 9.

     Established in 2001, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund honors Dr. Ritchie’s caring presence and commitment to the care of others, particularly in the area of emergency services. In addition to this specific major grant to the Jackson County EMS, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund has historically granted support to students from Jackson or Kanawha Counties who are pursuing certification in paramedic, EMT or EMTI or nursing degrees. Since the Fund’s inception, in addition to this grant, nine scholarships have been provided to train paramedics and nursing students.

    This is the largest grant that the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund has made to date and reflects the importance of the Ritchie family’s commitment to honoring the legacy of Dr. David M. Ritchie in the field of emergency medicine and their concern for quality emergency medical care for their community.

    Growing up in Ravenswood, West Virginia, David Monroe Ritchie served his community in many different ways. In addition to his family practice, he maintained a strong interest in emergency medicine, working in the emergency rooms in Ripley, Charleston and Parkersburg.  Dr. Ritchie graduated from Ravenswood High School and received his undergraduate and medical degree from West Virginia University. He became an Emergency Medical Technician while he was still a student at WVU, and participated in ambulance runs and assisted the squads while attending classes. David has two younger siblings, S. Douglas Ritchie of Ravenswood and Shelley Ritchie of Chicago. He was married to Dr. Caroline Williams at the time of his passing; he and Caroline have four sons.

    Dr. Ritchie’s family recall his great love of his patients and note that he was sincerely interested in them as individuals. The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund was created to commemorate his special interest in the field of emergency medicine and his compassionate care for others.

    "I'm extremely grateful to the Ritchie family for establishing this charitable fund,” said Steve McClure.  “As a personal friend of David, I know he would be proud that other people can have a means to assist in the provision of emergency care for the citizens of Jackson County."

    The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund is a part of the Jackson County Funds of PACF, Inc.  Donations to support the important work of this Fund in the field of emergency medicine and nursing may be made by check in the Fund name to the PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 or online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate-Now.  Please call 304.428.4438 for more information.

  • DCCF Awards Grants Totaling $10,350

    Representatives and participants in the Mountaineer Creative Arts Council receive a $3,500 grant from the DCCF.The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced $10,350 in grants to support charitable projects benefiting Doddridge County. Grant recipients, along with friends and supporters of DCCF, gathered at the Doddridge County Public Library on November 30 for a reception to celebrate the grant awards and the work of the DCCF.

    Founded in 1999, the DCCF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Doddridge County. The DCCF family of funds includes sixteen named funds, representing $457,000 in assets. Each fall, the DCCF awards grants from the Doddridge County Community Support Fund, created to respond to the charitable needs of the county, and the Doddridge County Educational Foundation Fund, established to support the academic needs of Doddridge County Schools. This year, a significant donation from EQT Corporation enabled DCCF to have additional funds for community grantmaking.

    The following agencies received grants from the DCCF:

    • Bonnie’s Bus/West Virginia University Foundation - $500 to assist Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit in providing mammograms to Doddridge County residents during visits to Doddridge County.
    • Catholic Charites of WV - $4,000 to purchase food for distribution in Doddridge County through the Mobile Wellness Works Food Pantry and to provide “Try It’ tasting kits and a recipe collection to Doddridge County residents.
    • Doddridge County Board of Education - $2,350 to bring the Carnegie Science Center’s mobile science lab to Doddridge County Middle School and Doddridge County Elementary School to present a day-long STEM-related demonstration.
    • Mountaineer Creative Arts Council - $3,500 to support the 2017 children’s musical program for Doddridge County students, grades 2 – 12.

    “We want to particularly thank EQT Corporation for their generous gift, which enabled us to make additional grants this fall,” said Tom Whaling, DCCF Advisory Board Chair. “I’d also like to thank our DCCF Advisory Board Members, who have been working hard to revitalize the DCCF over the past year.”

    Current DCCF advisory board members, in addition to Whaling, include Zona Hutson, Derek Webb, Brad Wilt, Matt Alexander, Rick Oyler, Jeff Harvey, and Ronald Travis.

    Marian Clowes, Senior Program Officer with the PACF, also announced that the PACF recently awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to the Doddridge County Dropout Prevention Committee to provide monthly educational experiences to at-risk students to expand their knowledge of future employment and career opportunities.

     




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