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Affiliates Award Fall Grants

The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), the Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), and the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF), affiliates of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently announced their fall grants to support charitable organizations in their service areas.

DCCF awarded the following grant:

  • Doddridge County Family Resource Network - $1,950 grant from the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund to provide bedding, blankets, and pillows to youth through the annual Good Shepherd Tree Program, which provides Christmas wish list items to children newborn through age 18.

LKACF awarded the following grants:

  •  Calhoun County Schools - $1,250 from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund for suicide prevention programs.
  •  Harmony Mental Health - $1,250 from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund to help renovate the organization’s new facility in Elizabeth, where they provide counseling services to area residents, including trauma-informed care to children and youth.
  • Normantown Historical Community Center - $500 from the Gilmer County Grantmaking Fund to help replace a roof on their facility.
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $500 from the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for Education to bring the West Virginia Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab to the school in January, where students will explore the importance of agriculture in everyday life, conduct experiments, and learn about nutrition and health lifestyles.

RCCF awarded the following grants:

  • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $1,000 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to provide food to Ritchie County students on weekends and school holidays.
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Foster Grandparent Program - $1,000 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to support seniors placed in Ritchie County schools and nonprofit organizations to assist children and youth with learning activities.
  • Ritchie County Family Resource Network - $1,000 grant from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to purchase hygiene and cleaning products to be distributed to low-income families in need.
  • American Red Cross - $500 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to install smoke alarms in Ritchie County residents' homes and assist families impacted by house fires.

DCCF, RCCF, and LKACF held a reception at Calhoun Banks on November 12, to announce grants and present the awards to recipients. “We appreciate the generosity of Martha Haymaker and Calhoun Banks for hosting us for our grant reception,” said Marian Clowes, PACF Associate Director for Community Leadership. “We are pleased to be able to support these great organizations as they work to help improve the lives of youth, seniors, and families in our region.”

Philanthropy Through Preparedness

Volunteer firefighters must be ready for anything: car accidents, structure fires, missing persons, gas leaks.  They may need to cut a tree out of a road or triage a six-vehicle accident on U.S Route 50.  When someone has an emergency in a small town, in many instances, the Volunteer Fire Department is expected to take care of it.  “What is routine to us is life-altering to someone else,” said Craig Mullens, President of the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department and a second-generation firefighter.  “We are expected to do our best on someone’s worst day.”

Up-to-date equipment is critical for a fire department.  The Department has received many grants from the PACF and its Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate.  Over the years, these grant awards have enabled the Department to purchase a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) and trailer, communication gear, a spare Jaws of Life® device (60% of calls are related to vehicle accidents), and turnout gear (protective pants, coats, helmets, and gloves). 

Over the past five years, the PACF and its regional affiliates has awarded nearly $105,000 to local emergency service groups helping to purchase protective apparel, communication devices, and life-saving equipment.  The majority of these grants were made possible by the Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds, Field of Interest Funds, and Donor Advised Funds.  

Mullen has high praise for the Foundation.  “It’s a great organization and it’s made possible by wonderful people.  They provide for the community,” Mullens said.  “Where there’s a need for a nonprofit, they seem to be able to help out.”

Grants In Action: Serving Our Seniors

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 guestsCalhoun 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 AgingRoane 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."


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