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COVID-19 Relief Funding Available from Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving Lewis County that are providing critical COVID-19 relief services.  The Foundation’s quick application process is online; the application deadline is midnight on June 17.  To access the online application, visit www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply.

To be considered for a Lewis County COVID-19 relief grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.  Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in Lewis County or serve Lewis County residents.  The applicant or program must be actively addressing the critical needs of local citizens who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funding for this grant program is made possible by a gift to the PACF from the statewide philanthropic organization, Philanthropy WV, which raised significant funds for COVID-19 relief through its Take 5 to Give 5 campaign in early May.  Additional gifts from individuals or businesses who wish to support COVID-19 relief for Lewis County are welcome. Charitable donations to the Lewis County COVID-19 Relief Fund can be made by mailing a check, made payable to “PACF,” to PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or by donating online.  100% of donor gifts will be used to award grants, less credit card processing fees for online gifts.  

Lewis County leaders have recently been exploring a partnership with the PACF to extend community foundation services to Lewis County.  Community foundations play a vital role in building permanent charitable resources to improve communities. In challenging times, like the COVID-19 pandemic, community foundations play a leadership role in securing resources and addressing needs. “We look forward to continuing this conversation in the coming months. The pandemic has made shown that it is more important than ever to ensure that our communities join together to ensure that we can meet today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities,” said the PACF’s Executive Director Judy Sjostedt Ritchie.

To date, the PACF has awarded more than $115,000 in COVID-19 emergency funds to help nonprofits continue their services and programs throughout the Foundation’s current eleven-county service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).  The opportunity to address COVID-19 needs in Lewis County extends this service to a broader geographic region.

Agencies or individuals with questions about the PACF or the Lewis County COVID-19 relief grant program should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438.

Foundation Awards $173,500 in Spring Grants

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently announced that it awarded $173,500 in grant support to area nonprofits through its competitive Community Action Grants Program. These grants are in addition to the approximately $115,000 that the PACF has awarded to date in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and its impact on the region.

Through the Foundation’s bi-annual Community Action Grants Program, area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address community needs.  To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization or a public institution.  Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).  Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the Foundation that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region.

  • Actors Guild of Parkersburg - $5,000 in operating support to address revenue loss from cancellation of performances.
  • Adolescent Health Initiative, Region V - $8,800 to support programs to engage students in developing leadership skills.
  • Cairo Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000 to upgrade personal protective equipment for firefighters.
  •  Clover Public Service District - $8,500 to provide water to residents in Roane County by installing a water filling station.
  • Coplin Health Systems – $4,500 to expand its “Farmacy” program to provide fresh fruits and vegetable to clients at the clinic site in Elizabeth, WV.
  •  Doddridge County Humane Society - $1,000 to assist with a new outdoor cat enclosure.
  •  Family Crisis Intervention Center of Region V, Inc. - $9,000 to assist the agency in becoming a recognized Rape Crisis Center.
  •  Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $5,500 to provide transportation to clients with substance use disorder to and from treatment facilities.
  •  Harrisville Woman’s Club - $3,200 to purchase a new commercial stove.
  •  Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $2,000 to purchase turnout gear and equipment.
  •  Humane Society of Parkersburg - $5,000 to purchase commercial laundry equipment for the shelter expansion.
  •  Lubeck United Methodist Church - $7,000 to support the Lunch SAK program, which provides food to students at Lubeck Elementary School and Blennerhassett Elementary and Middle Schools.
  •  Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia - $1,000 to support a wish experience for a West Virginia child.
  •  National Church Residences Transportation Services - $5,000 to provide transportation support for individuals with substance use disorder in Wood County, WV.
  •  Parkersburg High School/Wood County Health Services - $12,500 to renovate space at the high school annex to create a school-based health center in partnership with Coplin Health Services.
  •  Ritchie County Integrated Family Services - $4,000 to replace the roof on the agency’s business office.
  •  SW Resources - $12,000 to start a substance use disorder transitional employment and training program for individuals in recovery programs.
  •  The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $15,000 to support the new Community Outreach Coordinator position to support students and parents with Individualized Education Plans.
  •  The Children’s Listening Place - $7,500 to assist with outfitting a mobile unit to provide child-friendly forensic interviews for children in rural counties.
  •  The iBelieve Foundation - $1,000 to provide online summer workshop experiences for area youth.
  •  United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $8,500 to add an executive coaching arm to the existing Striving Towards Excellent Programming (STEP) program to build capacity among the area’s nonprofit community.
  •  Waverly Volunteer Fire Company - $3,000 to purchase additional protective gear for firefighters.
  •  West Virginia University Extension Family Nutrition Program - $8,000 to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for Wood County students.
  •  Williamstown Elementary School PTA - $3,000 to support the purchase of t-shirts to promote unification between Williamstown and Waverly families.
  •  Wood County 4-H Camp - $4,250 to support capital improvements at the camp.
  •  Wood County Christian School - $2,000 to offer summer camp opportunities to students in the community.
  •  Wood County Schools, Office of Early Learning - $14,750 to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Wood County, providing books monthly to children from birth to age five.

Doddridge County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the PACF, spring 2020 grants:

  •  Doddridge County Parks and Recreation Commission - $1,500 to support the pool renovation project.
  •  Nazareth Farm – $1,500 to support the home repair loan program for Doddridge County residents and to purchase tools and a work vehicle to transport materials and equipment to work sites.

Ritchie County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the PACF, spring 2020 grants:

  •  Ritchie County High School Band - $2,700 to purchase instruments and equipment.
  •  Harrisville Woman’s Club - $1,800 to purchase a new commercial stove.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity.  The PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about the PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

Esbenshade Advised Fund Supports Reading Program in Response to COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which public education is being delivered, a strong educational foundation for future success is more important than ever. Studies show that reading makes a big difference in a child’s educational achievement. To ensure that area students have access to books during the pandemic, the Esbenshade Advised Fund, administered through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF), has awarded a significant grant to Wood County Schools to provide a summer reading program for middle and high school students.

This grant to Wood County Schools complements other major grants awarded by the Esbenshade Advised Fund, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal, The Spartan Foundation, and the Esbenshade Foundation in recent years to support a variety of educational programs benefitting the region. Other programs supported include the ArtCart program in Wood County Schools, a summer reading project for Jefferson Elementary School students in cooperation with Read Aloud West Virginia, and renovations and book purchases at the Vienna and Parkersburg/Wood County Public Libraries. “Reading and education are the cornerstones for future success in life,” said Hap Esbenshade. “We support reading and education as a lifelong process for personal growth.”

This major grant will enable Wood County Schools to purchase books and distribute them weekly in the summer to middle and high school students through pick-up sites at area schools.  “Wood County Schools hopes to promote a reading culture in our schools each day, and we understand that access to reading materials is crucial to our efforts,” said Ashlee Beatty, Curriculum Coordinator for Wood County Schools. “Thanks to the generosity of the Esbenshade Advised Fund, students will receive additional reading material. It is our hope that students not only improve their reading abilities, but also fall in love with reading!”

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is touching every aspect of our community, and students have been particularly impacted. We are pleased to partner with the Esbenshade Advised Fund to promote reading,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Associate Director for Community Leadership. “We hope that the students are inspired to read throughout the summer.”

Further information about the book distribution program will be provided to area students by Wood County Schools beginning in June.

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