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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Donates 300 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies

Tagalongs, samoas, and thin mints — oh yum!

Thanks to a recent gift from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, hundreds of area healthcare and grocery store workers will get a sweet treat.

The Foundation purchased $1,500 worth of cookies – 300 boxes – from the Girl Scouts of America of Black Diamond Council which will be delivered to four area businesses.

“It is so important to express our appreciation right now to those people who are helping all of us to get through this time of quarantine,” said Julie Posey, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Development and Communications Officer.  “During these uncertain times, it is important to bring some brightness into someone’s day – definitely when that someone is a person who is working diligently during this pandemic.  We thought that cookies make everyone a little happier.  It’s also a way to help out our local Girl Scout Troops as well as many of the Troops now have cookies without the ability to sell them via their usual means.”

The Girl Scouts will make deliveries to WVU Camden Clark Medical Center and the Plum Street Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Parkersburg. 

In addition, deliveries will be made to Food Fair and to the Coplin Clinic in Ravenswood.  The cookie donations in Ravenwood are made possible by a donation from the Star Plastics Company on behalf of its employees in collaboration with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.  Star Plastics President and CEO Doug Ritchie said, “Our Company cares about its community.  We are very grateful to the staff of the Coplin Clinic for their important role in keeping us all well and the employees at our local Food Fair for their dedicated service to the public in keeping our grocery shelves well-stocked and their store open for business.”

The Foundation and Star Plastics wish to express their appreciation for those individuals who are working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EQT Foundation Supports West Virginia COVID-19 Response

As needs of West Virginia citizens, nonprofits, and communities grow in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia businesses and citizens are stepping up with bold acts of generosity to respond to these needs.

This week the EQT Foundation has announced COVID-19 response grants to support West Virginia citizens and nonprofits in the communities where the company is located.   The EQT Foundation is donating $160,000 in total to West Virginia communities with grants to the Mountaineer Food Bank and relief funds at three West Virginia community foundations including the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates.

On announcing the grants EQT Foundation President Ellen Rossi said, “The EQT Foundation is pleased to alleviate the burdens of this pandemic on West Virginia’s citizens and nonprofits.  Our commitment is to support the food bank and relief funds serving the communities of the state that we are working in.”  She added, “Our partnership with the community foundations and Mountaineer Food Bank helps us deploy rapid response funds to numerous organizations serving those in need within the communities we serve in West Virginia.” 

100% of the EQT Foundation gift to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation will be used to support nonprofits and citizens in need in the Foundation’s eleven county service area. 

“EQT Foundation’s generosity and continued partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation will ensure that local needs that arise due to this COVID-19 pandemic are supported in a prompt and efficient way,” said Judy Sjostedt Ritchie, Executive Director of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.  “This gift will support our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund which are designed to provide timely relief funding to respond to the growing needs across our service region.” 

The PACF is awarding grants from its Hunger and Safety Net Funds to address food access and emergency needs of individuals and to provide operating support to nonprofit agencies delivering critical community services.  The need to support area nonprofits has increased significantly, as the demand for their services has risen while many of their fundraisers and events have been postponed due to the pandemic. 

“Support for the Foundation’s Hunger and Safety Net Fund is a direct investment in our community’s work right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Sjostedt Ritchie.  “In times of crisis, the Foundation remains committed to connecting donors with community needs effectively and efficiently.  Our community’s collective generosity is essential now more than ever.”

For more information about the EQT Foundation, visit: https://www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation/ .  For more information about the Parkersburg Area Community, visit:  www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

Local Funders Collaborate for COVID-19 Response

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) and the Sisters Health Foundation (SHF) are partnering to help local agencies respond to community needs related to COVID-19.  The SHF recently awarded $25,000 to the PACF’s Safety Net Fund to enable joint response to priority needs in the region.  The PACF will match this gift 1:1.

This funding will be used to address food access and distribution, the needs of the senior population, and needs related to mental health and addiction. Agencies addressing these needs and who serve individuals impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Marian Clowes at the PACF to discuss their need for support.

“We are grateful to be able to work smarter together in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation,” said Renee Steffen, SHF’s Executive Director.  “It is great to see so many organizations working together during this time and this partnership is an extension of that community spirit.”

The PACF’s Safety Net Fund is designed to support the basic and emergency needs of our region’s citizens.  Individuals who would like to help the Foundation respond to both the short-term and long-term needs of our community are encouraged to donate to support the Foundation’s Safety Net Fund.  Donations may be made online at www.pacfwv.com/Donate or by mailing a check payable to “PACF” to PO Box 1762, Parkersburg WV 26102-1762.  The PACF will be proactively distributing these funds in our community to meet priority needs as they arise.

“We are fortunate here in the Mid-Ohio Valley to have long-term partnerships among foundations that have enabled us to respond more effectively to community needs,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director. “This new partnership between the PACF and the SHF will enable both foundations to respond more efficiently in this time when it is critical to deploy resources quickly and flexibly.”

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