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Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired Establishes Endowment Fund

Jim McCauley, President of Parents & Friends of the Hearing Impaired, Inc., with Julie Posey, Development and Communications Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, signing paperwork to create an endowment fund with the Foundation in the name of the Parents & Friends of the Hearing ImpairedThe Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired, Inc. is working to ensure that area citizens have access to hearing aids.

The organization was formed in Marietta, Ohio in 1974 as a tax-exempt charitable organization by a group of parents, teachers, and friends of young deaf or hearing-impaired children.  The initial purpose of the Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired was to assist these children who were grouped together to form Ohio’s first pre-school hearing impaired educational unit.   The Parents and Friends provided monetary and volunteer support to this ground-breaking pre-school educational unit by helping to obtain equipment, educational supplies, or other necessary supplies needed for the students’ success.

Over the years, the Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired organization’s mission evolved to meet the needs of all the Mid-Ohio Valley area’s deaf and hard of hearing citizens, primarily focusing on providing hearing aids to low-income persons.   During 2019, the group, in partnership with its area sponsoring providers, funded and provided 79 hearing aids for 50 individuals who would otherwise not have been able to afford these aids.

To solidify their commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley region, Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired’s Board of Directors recently established an endowment fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) that will help provide operating support for the organization. 

“This new fund will serve as a permanent source of funding to support our organization’s mission,” said Jim McCauley, President of Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired.  “Our organization is run by a group of totally unpaid volunteers.  We rely heavily on monetary donations to provide these hearing aids”

In December 2019, the PACF awarded a $5,000 grant to Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired to support its work. 

“We are committed to continuing our work here in the region,” said McCauley.  “We plan to raise money through the PACF’s upcoming Give Local MOV campaign on May 5 to build our endowment fund.”

Individuals who would like to learn more about Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired are encouraged to call Jim McCauley at 740-423-8436.  Individuals wishing to donate to support the new Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired Fund can make their donation by sending a check (payable to PACF with the fund name in the memo line) to:  PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or give online here.

 

Photo caption:  Jim McCauley, President of Parents & Friends of the Hearing Impaired, Inc., with Julie Posey, Development and Communications Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, signing paperwork to create an endowment fund with the Foundation in the name of the Parents & Friends of the Hearing Impaired.

PACF Staff Member Receives Award

More than 300 members of the community and faculty of Marietta College gathered Thursday evening for the College’s Founders Day celebration.  The College, celebrating its 185th birthday, has been an integral part of the Mid-Ohio Valley community.  During the celebration, Marietta College recognized faculty, staff, and community members for their partnership and collaboration with the College.  Marian Clowes, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Associate Director for Community Leadership received a Linsley Community Partner Award for her continued partnership and advocacy of the College’s Nonprofits LEAD program.

Nonprofits LEAD works to build a strong, sustainable nonprofit community in the Mid-Ohio Valley in which every organization can effectively and efficiently achieve its mission.  By working in partnership with other area funders, Nonprofits LEAD’s vision that every nonprofit will have the tools, resources, knowledge, and support they need to meet the needs of their community is coming to fruition.

“One of the Foundation priorities is to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our region; there is no better way to do that than by supporting Nonprofits LEAD,” said Marian Clowes.  “Nonprofits LEAD's programs, services, and technical support are highly impactful for nonprofits, and it has been great to partner with Nonprofits LEAD and to support their work.”

Photo caption:  Marian Clowes (center) is presented the Linsley Community Partner Award from representatives of Marietta College.

Local Funders Hiring Substance Use Disorder Collaborative Coordinator

A convener. A strategic thinker. An action-oriented, disciplined team player who wants to reduce the stigma and adverse impact associated with substance use disorder (SUD) for individuals and families in the Mid-Ohio Valley and its surrounding communities. Does this sound like you?

If so, you may be the candidate that the Sisters Health Foundation, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and The Bernard McDonough Foundation are seeking to create cross-sector partnerships and programs that address SUD community supports, treatment, and prevention as a SUD Collaborative Coordinator.

A successful candidate will have working knowledge of:

  • SUD and its effects on individuals, families, and communities;
  • Best practices associated with cross-sector collaboration;
  • Basic prevention, treatment, and community supports necessary to properly address SUD and its adverse impact;
  • Data collection and analysis;
  • Grant writing and management;
  • Program and/or service development and evaluation.

Follow this link for the full job description.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by January 23. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references to:

SUD Collaborative

c/o Ethos Leadership Group

info@EthosLeadership.com

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