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With help from a $5,000 PACF grant, Horizons Center of Independent Living in Parkersburg installed a ramp to their facility. Horizons serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing a safe residential facility and encouraging them to be active in all aspects of daily life.
Board member Jane Burdette notes, "Not only do our residents benefit from an accessible facility, but residents, families, and board members can now more freely participate in our activities."
One resident's family member expressed gratitude for the new ramp, stating, "I am so glad to be able to come to my son's home for a visit now."
The grant was made possible through the Michael Eddy Memorial Fund and the Galbraith Fund for Mental Health, two funds that were designed to be flexible and are used each year to support community needs.
The Washington Bottom Community Building has a new floor and new lighting, thanks, in part, to a $4,500 PACF grant. The Community Building serves as a focal point for the area and is the meeting place for the local Lions Club.
"Thanks to generous support of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the McDonough Foundation, and volunteer help, we were able to complete the originally proposed work - and more!" said Sam Tanner, with the Community Building.
A local Boy Scout took on the flooring project and painted the kitchen as an Eagle Scout project.
"Since an Eagle Scout project involves the whole troop, all of the Scouts learned that hard work pays off in the job well done," said Tanner.
With the help of a retired electrician and State Electric, the organization also was able to rewire all the lights in the front of the building and add new kitchen lighting. Rentals of the building have increased since the improvements have been made.
Ted McPherson, one of the charter members of the Lions Club, said, "the building looks the best it has in years."
Students from throughout the PACF service area developed their leadership skills over the past year through participation in the Super Teens Achieving Regional Success (STARS) program, led by the Adolescent Health Initiative, Region V, based at Westbrook Health Services. STARS promotes youth development in sixth through twelfth grade students.
A $7,000 PACF grant supported STARS CAN, a local workshop that introduces leadership themes and helps teens plan service projects, and Developing STAR Leaders, a regional leadership event held annually at West Virginia University at Parkersburg that features a variety of hands-on workshops.
Amy CottrelI, Calhoun County Middle School counselor and STARS Advisor, shared how her school's STARS Team benefited from participation: “I have watched our STAR students grow in confidence, leadership, and integrity as a result of attending these events. They in turn reach out to help their peers and fellow students with things like support, education, and resources. They show the compassion and confidence to really make an impact on others. They also have become avid volunteers and seem to enjoy altruistic work that can benefit the lives and environment of their fellow community members.”
Two local organizations working to serve area seniors recently received grant support from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Little Kanwaha Area affiliate.
Calhoun County Committee on Aging (CCOA) serves seniors and veterans by providing educational, health, fitness, and advocacy programs. A recent $7,990 grant from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund and the Walter E. and Marie Ausenheimer Fund enabled the agency to update its computer network hardware and software, improving the reliability and security of their system. Executive Director Rick Poling indicates that this grant will "enhance our operations for over a decade." The new equipment, says Poling, "will assure that we can continue doing what we do - be it providing nutrition services, transportation, or social programs to benefit the seniors and veterans of Calhoun County." Seniors benefit greatly from the social interaction, support, and programs provided through CCOA. As program participant Alta Mae Richards notes, "What would the seniors of Calhoun County do if this place didn't exist."
Roane County Committee on Aging (RCOA) provides services to seniors ranging from home-delivered and congregate meals, to transportation, to in-home care services. RCOA is housed in a former county school building, which is heated and cooled by a number of separate units, several of which are more than 25 years old. A $6,500 grant from the PACF's Walter E. and Marie Ausenheimer Fund helped the agency to replace the heating/cooling unit that serves the agency's kitchen. Monday through Friday RCOA serves 60 meals to home-bound seniors and feeds another 45-85 in their dining room, for a total of 100-150 meals served from the kitchen each week day. These nutrition programs are critical to area seniors. "Nearly every day we get phone calls from home-bound seniors thanking us for the meals that we deliver to their homes, says RCOA Executive Director Julie Haverty. "And, every day, seniors thank the staff for meals served in the dining room."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The music program at Madison Elementary School in Wood County received a big boost through a recent $10,400 grant from the PACF, enabling the school to purchase ukuleles, an Orff set (xylophones, glockenspiels, and a metallophone), and a portable sound system for music performances.
The new instruments provide students with opportunities to explore melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, dynamics, and tone. In addition to being integrated into the music curriculum, instruction using these instruments has been connected to other school programming. For example, in March, the school held its first Leadership Day program, to which they invited parents and community members. Students prepared special performances for the program using their ukuleles and Orff instruments.
The school's music teacher started an extra ukulele class prior to the start of the school day, which was very well attended, and the school's third grade teacher joined her class during their music class (her planning period) to learn the ukulele. The program has been so successful that plans are underway to replicate it at another Wood County elementary school next year.
**This grant was made possible by a variety of PACF funds and we thank each of our Fund Founders for their support!
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