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Scholarship Fund Created to Honor Doug McLain

Doug McLainThe Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund was recently created at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) to forever honor the late Douglas E. McLain.  McLain was a well-loved Parkersburg native, devout Christian, Air Force veteran, and retired police officer.  Above all, he was a dedicated husband, father, and Papaw.  McLain unexpectedly passed away on June 24, 2017.  Hundreds of friends, family members, and local citizens attended his memorial service to say goodbye to a dedicated local citizen and hardworking public servant. 

“Doug McLain was well known as a true servant leader and a man of high integrity,” said the PACF’s Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt.  “He lived his life as an example for others.  Doug's contributions to public safety and the shaping of young lives through his work as the first Prevention Resource Officer in Wood County, assigned to Parkersburg High School, will be forever remembered with gratitude through this new scholarship.  We encourage gifts to help build this memorial for Doug.”

McLain retired after forty-one years of honorable service from the Parkersburg Police Department in 2016.  For four decades, while serving on the police force, he was also an EMT for the St. Joseph Ambulance Service.  The new scholarship fund, established by McLain’s family and friends, is designed to continue his caring legacy and honor his dedicated service to the Parkersburg region. 

The Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund will award annually one scholarship to a graduating senior from either Parkersburg Catholic High School, Parkersburg High School, or Parkersburg South High School who plans to pursue a public service field of study.  The fund will make its first scholarship award in spring 2018. 

Persons who wish to help honor Doug McLain are encouraged to make a charitable gift to the Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund by mailing a check (payable to “PACF” with the fund name on the memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762, or by donating online here.  Other forms of donations may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.  

RCHS Band Benefits from RCCF Grant

The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF) recently presented a $5,000 grant to the Ritchie County High School Band Boosters to provide assistance with the purchase of new band uniforms.  RCCF Advisory Chairman Alan Haught and Advisory Board member Scott Windom presented the check to Band Director James Flesher at the August 7 Band Boosters meeting.

“We were truly blessed and thankful to receive this support for our band uniform project,” said Band Booster President Jennifer Flesher.

RCCF, a regional affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of the county.  The grant was made possible through the Ritchie County Community Endowment, a flexible charitable fund that provides resources to meet Ritchie County’s ongoing needs and support its growth.

“This grant award served as a catalyst for the support that we gained in efforts to purchase our band uniforms,” said James Flesher. 

Individuals who wish to support local programs and needs are encouraged to make a charitable donation to the Ritchie County Community Endowment here.

Photo Courtesy of Eric Iverson. Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, are Scott Windom, James Flesher, and Alan Haught.

New Charitable Fund Honors George Penn

George Penn was affectionately known throughout the community for his volunteering and commitment for many local organizations.  Born in Alexandria, VA, George moved to the Parkersburg area in 1992 where he worked for UPS and Dover Products.  A devout Christian, Penn was a United States Marine, a disabled Army veteran, and a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Menelik Lodge #74 Free and Accepted Masons.  In 2010, George Penn and his wife, Josepha “Chris” Penn, opened the doors to Voices of the Streets – Essentially Yours.

 “Essentially Yours was created to fulfill a basic human need that George and I identified in our community,” said Mrs. Chris Penn.  “The need to provide the essential home good items required to improve the quality of life for referred families and individuals transitioning from homelessness into a dwelling.  Currently, the referring organizations that provide housing and furniture vouchers to homeless individuals do not provide the basic living essentials necessary for establishing a ‘home’.”

 After George Penn died on March 1, 2017, an anonymous donor established the Voices of the Streets Endowment Fund in his memory.  This permanent support fund becomes one of more than 350 component funds of Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and will forever provide monetary support to allow Voices of the Streets – Essentially Yours to continue to serve its mission. 

 “Through Essentially Yours, we raise our clients’ self-esteem and their desire to do better for themselves,” said Penn.  “We are so thankful for this anonymous donor who thinks so highly of what we are doing that he or she has established a permanent source of funding for our cause.  We are extremely dependent on charitable donations to continue to provide this important service for our community.”

 Persons who wish to honor George Penn and to support the long-term efforts of Voices of the Streets – Essentially Yours are encouraged to make a donation to the Voices of the Streets Endowment Fund online or to mail a gift by check to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 (made payable to PACF, memo Essentially Yours).  


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