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PACF Awards Fall Grants

PACF's Fall 2016 Grant RecipientsThe Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced today its grant awards for fall 2016.  Grant recipients gathered at the Foundation’s office on Tuesday, December 6, to celebrate their grant awards.  A total of $180,000 in grant support was awarded region-wide through the Foundation’s 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. 

 “We addressed a number of crucial community needs through these grants including support for services that assist area youth, seniors, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and children who have been abused or neglected,” said PACF’s Senior Program Officer, Marian Clowes. “Both hunger and food insecurity are real problems in our region.  To help address this need, we provided a $15,000 grant to Old Man Rivers to assist with delivering meals to the homebound in Wood County through the purchase of a new food deliver truck.  Additionally, a grant to Catholic Charities of WV will enable food to be delivered to those in need in Doddridge, Calhoun, Roane, and Wirt counties through the Wellness Works mobile food pantry.  Grant support also will assist several organizations that provide food to school children on weekends and school holidays.”

 In addition to Tuesday’s grant distributions, the Foundation’s regional affiliates in Doddridge County, Ritchie County and the Little Kanawha Area are also providing county-centric grant support.

 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 Foundation and its Community Action Grants Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email 

  • Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

    •  Camden Clark Medical Center Foundation - $5,000 to purchase portable equipment to measure an individual’s fracture risk;
    •  CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit - $2,500 to expand child advocacy services to Roane and Calhoun counties;
    •  Catholic Charities of WV - $6,000 for the Wellness Works mobile food pantry and for “Try It” tasting kits for clients in Calhoun, Doddridge, Roane, and Wirt counties;
    •  City of Vienna - $10,250 to construct restrooms for the new Vienna Senior Center, which will expand exercise programs and activities for seniors;
    •  Community Resources - $3,000 for the development of a community garden in Elizabeth to provide healthy, nutritious food for residents;
    •  Family Crisis Intervention Center - $5,000 for new computers and printers to improve services and programming for victims of domestic violence;
    •  Franklin Elementary School - $7,700 for books for classroom libraries for the “Leader in Me” project;
    •  Humane Society of Parkersburg - $3,300 for free pet vaccinations for low income individuals in the community;
    •  Marietta Community Foundation - $10,000 for the Shale Crescent project, designed to market the Mid-Ohio Valley’s assets to employer’s worldwide to increase employment opportunities for area residents;
    •  Mid-Ohio Valley Drug Court - $3,300 for support for a supervision officer and to provide dentures for clients in need;
    •  Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department - $10,000 to purchase equipment to provide on-site dental hygiene services through the Smiles for Life program;
    •  Mountaineer Creative Arts Council – $3,500 to support children’s musical programs for Doddridge County students grades 2-12;
    •  Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association - $2,100 to provide training for teens who attend the Teen Leadership or Teen Entrepreneurship Summit at the Horseshoe Leadership Center;
    •  Oil, Gas and Industrial Historical Association - $5,300 to support preservation projects for historic Henderson Hall;
    •  Old Man Rivers - $15,000 to assist with the purchase of a new meal delivery truck;
    •  Parkersburg Art Center - $11,150 to replace electrical wiring in the facility to improve safety;
    •  Parkersburg Day Nursery - $9,750 to purchase equipment and improve facilities to enhance the organization’s ability to offer exceptional child care services;
    •  Regeneration, Inc. - $4,000 to purchase nutritious, non-perishable food to send home on weekends with Ritchie County students in need from January – May 2017;
    •  Ritchie County High School Physical Education Department - $1,600 to purchase physical fitness equipment;
    •  Stephenson United Methodist Church - $2,500 to purchase food items for the Brown Bag program, which provides food for weekends for students at Jefferson Elementary School;
    •  The Children’s Listening Place - $5,290 to support the use of tracking software and to train staff members to assist children who have been abused or neglected;
    •  The iBelieve Foundation - $1,000 to provide supplies for students participating in summer leadership programs;
    •  The Salvation Army - $10,000 to purchase mattresses, washers, and dryers for the emergency and transitional housing units;
    •  Voices for Children Foundation – CASA Program - $7,000 to provide operating support to enable volunteer advocates to provides services to children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect;
    •  Voices of the Street Inc., Essentially Yours - $1,500 to purchase personal body and hair care products and household cleaning products for those moving from homelessness to a permanent residence;
    •  West Fork Community Action - $1,000 to upgrade the playground at the Arnoldsburg Community Park;
    •  West Virginia University Foundation, Bonnie’s Bus - $9,500 for operating support for the mobile mammography unit that serves women throughout the PACF service area;
    •  Williamstown High School - $3,400 to purchase two automatic external defibrillators for the school’s soccer and baseball/softball fields;
    •  Wood County 4-H Leaders’ Association - $4,860 to make improvements to the Wood County 4-H livestock barns;
    •  Wood County Recreation Commission - $5,500 to support recreational programs to benefit area youth.
  •  Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $10,000 for operating support to provide services to seniors;

  • DCCF Awards Grants Totaling $10,350

    Representatives and participants in the Mountaineer Creative Arts Council receive a $3,500 grant from the DCCF.The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced $10,350 in grants to support charitable projects benefiting Doddridge County. Grant recipients, along with friends and supporters of DCCF, gathered at the Doddridge County Public Library on November 30 for a reception to celebrate the grant awards and the work of the DCCF.

    Founded in 1999, the DCCF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Doddridge County. The DCCF family of funds includes sixteen named funds, representing $457,000 in assets. Each fall, the DCCF awards grants from the Doddridge County Community Support Fund, created to respond to the charitable needs of the county, and the Doddridge County Educational Foundation Fund, established to support the academic needs of Doddridge County Schools. This year, a significant donation from EQT Corporation enabled DCCF to have additional funds for community grantmaking.

    The following agencies received grants from the DCCF:

    • Bonnie’s Bus/West Virginia University Foundation - $500 to assist Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit in providing mammograms to Doddridge County residents during visits to Doddridge County.
    • Catholic Charites of WV - $4,000 to purchase food for distribution in Doddridge County through the Mobile Wellness Works Food Pantry and to provide “Try It’ tasting kits and a recipe collection to Doddridge County residents.
    • Doddridge County Board of Education - $2,350 to bring the Carnegie Science Center’s mobile science lab to Doddridge County Middle School and Doddridge County Elementary School to present a day-long STEM-related demonstration.
    • Mountaineer Creative Arts Council - $3,500 to support the 2017 children’s musical program for Doddridge County students, grades 2 – 12.

    “We want to particularly thank EQT Corporation for their generous gift, which enabled us to make additional grants this fall,” said Tom Whaling, DCCF Advisory Board Chair. “I’d also like to thank our DCCF Advisory Board Members, who have been working hard to revitalize the DCCF over the past year.”

    Current DCCF advisory board members, in addition to Whaling, include Zona Hutson, Derek Webb, Brad Wilt, Matt Alexander, Rick Oyler, Jeff Harvey, and Ronald Travis.

    Marian Clowes, Senior Program Officer with the PACF, also announced that the PACF recently awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to the Doddridge County Dropout Prevention Committee to provide monthly educational experiences to at-risk students to expand their knowledge of future employment and career opportunities.


    Jackson County EMS Receives $6,000 Grant

    The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently awarded a $6,000 grant to Jackson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to assist them in providing paramedic training. This significant grant supports six area residents in pursuing paramedic training through a new program offered by Mountwest Community and Technical College, which combines classroom work with online instruction. The program enables students to complete the course in a shorter time-frame, and at a lesser cost, than traditional paramedic training. The training expands the number of qualified and trained emergency medical services personnel serving the region. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ritchie, parents of Dr. David M. Ritchie, presented the grant to Steve McClure, of the Jackson County EMS, at the Jackson County Commission meeting on November 9.

     Established in 2001, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund honors Dr. Ritchie’s caring presence and commitment to the care of others, particularly in the area of emergency services. In addition to this specific major grant to the Jackson County EMS, the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund has historically granted support to students from Jackson or Kanawha Counties who are pursuing certification in paramedic, EMT or EMTI or nursing degrees. Since the Fund’s inception, in addition to this grant, nine scholarships have been provided to train paramedics and nursing students.

    This is the largest grant that the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund has made to date and reflects the importance of the Ritchie family’s commitment to honoring the legacy of Dr. David M. Ritchie in the field of emergency medicine and their concern for quality emergency medical care for their community.

    Growing up in Ravenswood, West Virginia, David Monroe Ritchie served his community in many different ways. In addition to his family practice, he maintained a strong interest in emergency medicine, working in the emergency rooms in Ripley, Charleston and Parkersburg.  Dr. Ritchie graduated from Ravenswood High School and received his undergraduate and medical degree from West Virginia University. He became an Emergency Medical Technician while he was still a student at WVU, and participated in ambulance runs and assisted the squads while attending classes. David has two younger siblings, S. Douglas Ritchie of Ravenswood and Shelley Ritchie of Chicago. He was married to Dr. Caroline Williams at the time of his passing; he and Caroline have four sons.

    Dr. Ritchie’s family recall his great love of his patients and note that he was sincerely interested in them as individuals. The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund was created to commemorate his special interest in the field of emergency medicine and his compassionate care for others.

    "I'm extremely grateful to the Ritchie family for establishing this charitable fund,” said Steve McClure.  “As a personal friend of David, I know he would be proud that other people can have a means to assist in the provision of emergency care for the citizens of Jackson County."

    The Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Memorial Fund is a part of the Jackson County Funds of PACF, Inc.  Donations to support the important work of this Fund in the field of emergency medicine and nursing may be made by check in the Fund name to the PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 or online at  Please call 304.428.4438 for more information.


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