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Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities!  Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on June 4, 2021 and ending on July 23, 2021.  The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns.  Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation.

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one semester of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio.  The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 12, 2021. 

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2021.  Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost.  In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment.  Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students.  The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.  Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Alicia Beeson.

Civic Leaders Fellowship Program 2021 Accepting Applications

Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities!  Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on June 4, 2021 and ending on July 23, 2021.  The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns.  Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation. 

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one semester of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio.  The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 12, 2021. 

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2021.  Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost.  In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment.  Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students.  The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.  Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Alicia Beeson alicia.beeson@pacfwv.com.  

Community Foundation Supports West Union Beautification Project

Hanging Banners in Doddridge CountyThe Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF) recently awarded $3,000 to the Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders to beautify the Town of West Union through the installation of decorative banners. The grant was made possible in part by a gift from the EQT Foundation that the DCCF received earlier this year.  The EQT Foundation gift provided resources for DCCF to support current community projects and to grow the DCCF’s community endowment fund, the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund.  This Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund enables the DCCF to address community needs and invest in new opportunities for Doddridge County residents. The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) also supported the beautification project with an additional $500 grant, for total grant support of $3,500.

 

The Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders worked together to plan, design, and install seasonal banners along Main Street in West Union. “Doddridge County Teen Leaders wanted to make their community shine with the Welcome to West Union project,” said Linsey Ferguson, Doddridge County Extension Agent in Training. “This project addresses community pride in West Union and allows 4-Hers to be involved civically in improving their town. This was a great project to undertake during COVID-19 and to remain connected to the community. The Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders hope that their beautification project will bring more people to Main Street and increase tourism and economic development.”

 

“What a terrific initiative for the Teen Leaders to initiate, especially during such uncertain times,” said Ellen Rossi, President of the EQT Foundation.  “The street banners will be a welcomed addition to the efforts that have been going on in West Union for years.  We are so happy with the DCCF’s decision to fund such a worthwhile project.” 

The DCCF and PACF award grants twice a year through the Community Action Grants Program, which provides support to charitable organizations for capital improvement projects, program development, capacity building, and operating needs.  The next grant application deadline is February 15. Grantmaking guidelines and the online application form are available on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com.

About Doddridge County Community Foundation:

Celebrating 20 years of serving the community, the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Doddridge County, West Virginia.  DCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 375 funds amounting to more than $65 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or nonprofit organization. The PACF works in partnership with local level organizations (affiliates) to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of our 11-county service district. Since 1999, DCCF has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about the PACF and its affiliate, DCCF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

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