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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
  • Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Awards Another $101,570 in COVID-19 Emergency Funding

    While the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is best known for partnering with local citizens to build permanent long-term charitable funds for the betterment our region, the PACF is also flexible and uniquely positioned to serve as a strong community partner in emergencies.  When the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order became effective for West Virginians on March 24, the PACF’s Board of Directors quickly made provisions for its existing Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund to serve as emergency need funds for COVID-19 relief.  Despite low virus infection rates in our region, unemployment soared and the financial future for many area families was suddenly put in jeopardy.

    The PACF’s leaders immediately began working with the area’s nonprofit community and other local funding organizations to determine how best to allocate resources among local needs and to raise additional funds to address community concerns.  With the PACF’s commitment to grant 100% of the proceeds raised back into the region, generous local citizens and area corporations responded with donations to boost the PACF’s Hunger and Safety Net Funds.

    The PACF recently awarded $101,570 in its fourth round of COVID-19 pandemic response grants, bringing the total awarded to date to more than $263,868, a total which includes many PACF Donor Advised Fund grants. Several of the recent grants were awarded through partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation (noted with an *).  Agencies that received funding during the PACF’s fourth round of grants include:

    • Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg  -  $6,750 for operating support to address revenue loss and to assist with re-opening of summer programs for children and youth.*
    • Calvary United Methodist Church  -  $1,000 to purchase food to stock their food pantry, awarded in partnership with Star Plastics.
    • Camden Clark Medical Center  -  $5,000 to help purchase a Xenex Ultra-Violet disinfection system.
    • Children's Home Society of Parkersburg  -  $7,500 of operating support to address increased demand for services and loss of fundraising revenue for their programs that address child welfare (foster care, adoption and emergency shelter services).  *
    • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc.  -  $5,000 for operating support to address fundraising event revenue loss and to ensure the continuation of programs designed to help families transition out of poverty and $700 to provide food assistance to families in need. *
    • Colonial House  -  $1,000 to purchase tablets to enable seniors to access information and communicate with families and to purchase art therapy supplies.
    • Community Resources  -  $10,000 to support program to provide rent and mortgage assistance to individuals impacted by COVID-19.  *
    • Epworth United Methodist Church  -  $700 to support its food pantry, awarded in partnership with Star Plastics.
    • Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley  - $7,500 of operating support to continue its work of providing safe housing and address revenue loss due to temporary closure of its ReStore.  *
    • No Hunger Food Pantry  -  $1,700 for food pantry support awarded in partnership with the Star Plastics.
    • Normantown Historical Community Center - $500 to stock its Gilmer County food pantry to meet increased demand.
    • Racine United Methodist Church  -  $200 to aid its food pantry, awarded in partnership with Star Plastics.
    • Recovery Point  -  $4,200 to assist with increased costs of hygiene products and cleaning services due to COVID-19.  *
    • Roane County Committee on Aging Inc.  -  $3,420 for operating support to sustain satellite centers in Reedy and Amma, WV. *
    • Rural Action  -  $2,500 to support social enterprises and local businesses as they re-start and/or adapt to safe operations due to COVID-19 impact. 
    • Salvation Army of Washington County  -  $200 to its food pantry, awarded in partnership with Star Plastics.
    • SW Resources  -  $7,500 of operating support to continue vocational rehabilitation and employment services to individuals with disabilities, meet increased demand for cleaning services, and address revenue loss.  *
    • The Council of Senior Citizens of Gilmer County, Inc.   -  $7,500 in operating support to address increased demand for home meal deliveries and loss of revenue from canceled fundraising events.
    • The Salvation Army of Parkersburg  -  $5,000 of operating support to address basic needs (food and shelter), provide emergency aid and address revenue loss from the temporary closing of the Family Store.  *
    • Voices of Children - CASA  -  $4,000 of operating support to address increased demand for services for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.  *
    • Westbrook  -  $10,000 to purchase of Naloxone to be distributed to regional Quick Response Teams and via Westbrook's Peer Expansion Program to address the increase in overdoses during the COVID 19 pandemic.  *
    • Williamstown Welfare League  -  $200 to stock its food pantry, awarded in partnership with Star Plastics.
    • Wirt County Committee on Aging & Family Services  -  $2,500 in operating support for senior nutrition programs.  *
    • Wirt County Ministerial Alliance  -  $2,000 to purchase food for the Hope Shop Food Pantry to meet increased demand.
    • Wood County Society  -  $5,000 in operating support to address loss of revenue and support the reopening of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  *

    The PACF is actively contacting nonprofits to assess COVID-19 impact on their communities and identifying ways to respond to these needs.  Agencies seeking assistance should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438 or by email to Marian Clowes.

    Donations to support the PACF’s Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible.  To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.

  • Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Awards Another $25,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Funding

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has awarded $25,256 in its second round of its COVID-19 pandemic response grants bringing the total awarded to date to $75,376.  With these most recent grants, the Foundation is providing funding for the purchase of much-needed supplies and support for twelve area organizations.

    “We are very thankful to the PACF’s donors and supporters across our region who have already contributed and to those who continue to step forward to support our COVID-19 response funds,” said Judy Sjostedt Ritchie, PACF’s Executive Director.  “We’re working swiftly, using our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Funds, to address our community’s needs and communicating closely with the nonprofits that are providing essential services during this crisis.” 

    Agencies that received funding during the PACF’s second round of grants include:

    • Bi-County Nutrition Program - $2,500 to meet increased demand for home meal delivery services for seniors in Doddridge County.
    • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $7,500 to support increased demand for senior nutrition program and home meal delivery. Awarded in partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation.
    • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $4,000 to help Circles participants address financial hardships and meet basic needs (e.g. food, housing, utilities). Awarded in partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation.
    • Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $1,156 to secure handwashing stations to assist with safely reopening home construction sites.
    • House to Home (Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless) - $600 to purchase of food and supplies to provide meals to individuals experiencing homelessness.
    • Patch 21 - $2,500 to provide childcare services for the children of essential workers in Roane County.
    • Williamstown Welfare League - $2,000 from the Williamstown Fund for Excellence to buy food for the food pantry which serves the Williamstown and Waverly areas.

    The PACF also has issued special challenges to several organizations participating in its Give Local MOV campaign.  A $1,000 1:1 matching “Hunger Challenge” has been offered to the Salvation Army, Old Man Rivers, and Wood County Senior Citizens Association, and a “Health Challenge” has been offered to Minnie Hamilton Health Services and Westbrook.  These organizations are challenged to raise an additional $1,000 through Give Local; those who meet the challenge will receive the $1,000 match.

    “As the pandemic continues and unemployment increases, we continue to hear about increased demand for services from area agencies that are working to address basic needs,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Associate Director for Community Leadership. “Support for our Hunger and Safety Net Funds has enabled the PACF to respond quickly to provide assistance to these agencies, who are on the front line every day helping members of our communities.”

    The PACF is actively contacting regional nonprofits to assess COVID-19 impact on their clients and communities and identifying ways to respond to the needs.  Agencies seeking assistance should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438 or by email to marian.clowes@pacfwv.com.

    Donations to support the PACF’s Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible.  To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.

  • Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Awards More Than $50,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Funding to Date

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is actively partnering with its local donors and other area funders to address the critical needs of local citizens who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing funding to a wide variety of area nonprofit organizations that are delivering essential services for their clients and families.

    To date, the PACF has awarded more than $50,000 in COVID-19 emergency funds to help local nonprofits continue their critical services and programs.  Food, rent and utilities assistance, and purchase of hygiene and school supplies are just a few of the things that these grants have supported and will continue to support as the PACF provides additional grants in the coming weeks.

    “Many of the requests we are receiving are to support food access for area residents,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Associate Director for Community Leadership.  “Through the quick action of the Foundation and with the help of our donors, we’ve responded swiftly to support agencies working on the front lines through this pandemic.”

    One local nonprofit organization that received support recently wrote to the PACF regarding its grant support saying, “Thank you for coordinating support for our families.  As the person working directly with the recipients, I want to say that it was a real lifeline for some families who were caught in the unemployment limbo.”

    Grants thus far include:

    • Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg:  $5,000 for direct food assistance, in partnership with Piggly Wiggly, to club member families impacted by COVID-19.
    •  Calhoun County Schools :  $3,000 to purchase hygiene and school supplies to distribute to families in need, awarded in partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation (SHF).
    •  Children's Home Society:  $4,620 to supply food boxes for youth in their Transitional Living Program who lack access to food due to COVID 19, awarded in partnership with SHF.
    •  Community Resources:  $5,000 to buy food and provide operating support for their Thrive food pantry to meet significantly increased demand.
    •  Friendship Kitchen:  $2,000 to purchase food to meet greatly increased demand for their meal program, awarded in partnership with the SHF.
    • Mountaineer Foodbank:  $6,000 to support food purchases and operations at the food bank that serves feeding programs in all PACF service counties.
    • Normantown Historical Community Center:  $1,000 to purchase food to stock their food pantry to meet increased demand in the Gilmer County community.
    • Old Man Rivers:  $5,000 to buy food to meet increased demand for home meal delivery and food pantry services, awarded in partnership with the SHF.
    •  Parkersburg Urban Ministries:  $5,000 to purchase food and hygiene products to supply this pantry to meet increased demand, awarded in partnership with the SHF.
    • SW Resources:  $7,500 to help clients who are facing financial hardships to meet their basic needs (including rent and utility assistance), awarded in partnership with SHF.
    • The Gathering Church:  $1,000 to secure food for home food box deliveries to individuals impacted by COVID-19.
    • Wood County Senior Citizens Association:  $5,000 to purchase food and related supplies to expand its home meal delivery program.

    “Children’s Home Society (CHS) is extremely grateful for the emergency funds received from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the SHF during the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Shelley Plauché-Adkins, Children’s Home Society of WV’s Regional Director.  “Many of the formerly homeless youth served through our Transitional Living Program have lost employment and are struggling with food insecurity.  These funds will enable Children’s Home Society to provide food boxes to 22 youth and their children over the next 12 weeks, which will ensure that our youth are being fed and greatly reduce their stress and worries during this difficult time.”

    Funding to support these programs is made possible by generous donations from individuals and businesses to the PACF’s Hunger Fund (addresses food insecurity for local people) and Safety Net Fund (supports basic and emergency needs).  These two response funds concentrate on relief efforts in the Foundation’s 11-county service area. 

    “We are very thankful for our community’s continued support of the Hunger and Safety Net funds,” said Clowes.  “These significant grants are only possible because of our great community support.  We anticipate making more distributions soon and we encourage the community to continue supporting these important charitable funds. We are very grateful for our donors’ help, enabling us to meet needs in our community.”

    The PACF is actively contacting regional nonprofits to assess COVID-19 impact on their clients and communities and identifying ways to respond to the needs.  Agencies seeking assistance should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438 or by email to marian.clowes@pacfwv.com.

    Donations to support the PACF’s Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible.  To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.



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