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Several local funding organizations and community agencies are teaming up to provide assistance to individuals facing financial hardships due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will help impacted individuals pay one month’s rent or mortgage costs. In special circumstances, some aid may be supplied toward utility costs. Individuals seeking support should call 211 to begin the intake and application process.
To be eligible for assistance, individuals must demonstrate that their need is related to:
The program is open to individuals whose income is at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines and who reside in the following counties:
For residents of Washington County, OH, support is limited to individuals in in the food service and/or hair dresser/spa/salon industries. For all other counties, individuals from any profession facing COVID 19 impact may be supported.
Initial funding for the program is being provided by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation through its Safety Net Fund and the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley through its COVID-19 Response Fund. Additional funding is expected in the coming weeks from other area funding sources.
“Our United Way (UW) is thrilled to be able to work together with such strong community partners to address these critical needs in the community,” said UW Executive Director Stacy Decicco. “We are proud of the collaboration that has been formed and we recognize the impact that it will certainly make for those who are facing hardship and challenge in our community as a result of COVID-19.”
“This program represents a unique partnership between local funding agencies and local service providers,” said Marian Clowes, PACF Associate Director for Community Leadership. “By joining together, we are able to do so much more than we could on our own. Together, we will deliver needed support to individuals facing hardship at this critical time.”
The program will be administered through a partnership with Community Resources, Inc. and Consumer Credit Counseling Services. Future collaboration also is planned with the City of Parkersburg’s Family Relief Program.
“Community Resources, Inc. is proud to be a part of this community collaboration and administer the Financial Hardship Assistance Program, which will provide critical support to ensure residents in our communities can stay housed,” said Michelle Barber, Executive Director/CEO of Community Resources, Inc.
By combining the expertise of Community Resources and Consumer Credit Counseling Services, individuals in need can benefit not only from financial assistance but also from counseling. “Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley (CCCS) is pleased to partner with these sincerely dedicated community partners to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shelene Shrewsbury, Executive Director of CCCS. “Our certified and experienced financial counselors will assist those who have been affected by helping them create a workable spending plan so that their budget is kept intact. We are fortunate to be a part of this collaborative endeavor while we continue our mission of encouraging financial freedom.”
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has awarded $25,256 in its second round of its COVID-19 pandemic response grants bringing the total awarded to date to $75,376. With these most recent grants, the Foundation is providing funding for the purchase of much-needed supplies and support for twelve area organizations.
“We are very thankful to the PACF’s donors and supporters across our region who have already contributed and to those who continue to step forward to support our COVID-19 response funds,” said Judy Sjostedt Ritchie, PACF’s Executive Director. “We’re working swiftly, using our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Funds, to address our community’s needs and communicating closely with the nonprofits that are providing essential services during this crisis.”
Agencies that received funding during the PACF’s second round of grants include:
The PACF also has issued special challenges to several organizations participating in its Give Local MOV campaign. A $1,000 1:1 matching “Hunger Challenge” has been offered to the Salvation Army, Old Man Rivers, and Wood County Senior Citizens Association, and a “Health Challenge” has been offered to Minnie Hamilton Health Services and Westbrook. These organizations are challenged to raise an additional $1,000 through Give Local; those who meet the challenge will receive the $1,000 match.
“As the pandemic continues and unemployment increases, we continue to hear about increased demand for services from area agencies that are working to address basic needs,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Associate Director for Community Leadership. “Support for our Hunger and Safety Net Funds has enabled the PACF to respond quickly to provide assistance to these agencies, who are on the front line every day helping members of our communities.”
The PACF is actively contacting regional nonprofits to assess COVID-19 impact on their clients and communities and identifying ways to respond to the needs. Agencies seeking assistance should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438 or by email to email@example.com.
Donations to support the PACF’s Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible. To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.
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