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Matching Funds Available for Donations to the Williamstown Fund for Excellence

Founded in 2015 as a Donor Advised Fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the Williamstown Fund for Excellence has supported many projects in the Williamstown area.  The Fund seeks to stimulate projects and causes which help the people of the Williamstown area rise above the average and achieve excellence. 

The Williamstown Fund for Excellence is a permanent endowment in which the principal remains intact and invested, generating earnings to help support area needs.  Annually, an advisory committee of Williamstown residents recommends awards from a portion of the Fund’s earnings as grants to local organizations and causes working to strengthen the community.

The Williamstown Fund for Excellence has granted more than $95,000 to charitable endeavors in the geographic area served by the Williamstown Public School District since 2015.  Such grants include support to the Williamstown Community Pool Days during summer 2020; to the City of Williamstown to purchase a drug investigation vehicle and equipment; to Williamstown High School to begin its Robotics program; to Williamstown Elementary School playground; and to the Williamstown Community Association for the ball fields.

“Our goal is to grow the Fund to $500,000 so that we can make meaningful grant awards and can have resources available for future opportunities,” said Lynn Erb, a member of the Fund’s advisory committee.  “Gifts to support the Williamstown Fund for Excellence will make a lasting, meaningful impact for the Williamstown area now and forever.”

An anonymous donor wants to help the Williamstown Fund for Excellence grow and will match donations to the Fund.   The first $5,000 donated to the Williamstown Fund for Excellence by November 1, 2021 will be matched.  Individuals who would like to donate are to mail a check, made payable to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) with “Williamstown Fund” on the memo line, to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101 or make an online donation

To learn more about the Williamstown Fund for Excellence, its advisory committee, and its recent grants, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/wfe

“On behalf of the Williamstown Fund for Excellence, we thank this anonymous donor for their support,” said Erb.  “When we work together, we can truly create wonderful things for our community.”

Foundation’s 2021 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Concludes

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) celebrated the successful completion of its tenth year of its Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  A celebratory gathering was recently held at the Parkersburg City Park with members the PACF Board, Civic Leader hosts, initiative sponsors, and Civic Leaders in attendance. 

Eighteen students were placed with host employers throughout the PACF service region to gain work experience in their respective fields.  Students participated in leadership training on Mondays during the program.  More than 75 community members contributed their time to help the students learn about civic engagement, leadership, career options, and nonprofits organizations in our community. 

“I’ve learned so much during my program,” said Zoe Pingley, a first year Civic Leader.  “I’ve learned passion, leadership, art, love, hard work, dedication, and so much more.  The program was not just a ‘summer internship.’  It was an opportunity to see and love my community around me and allow me to place myself into some of the most important things it has to offer.  I learned so much about my field and future career, but also so much more about myself as a person.” 

During the seven-week Program, each Civic Leader spent their Mondays engaging with one another, learning about the community’s needs and issues, and exploring personal and professional development opportunities.  Second-year Civic Leaders spent their Mondays furthering their leadership studies, visiting area nonprofit organizations, assessing community needs, and learning about community grantmaking.  The second year Civic Leaders visited many different nonprofit organizations over the course of the summer evaluating where to award $5,000 in grant funds.  The following grants were awarded to area nonprofits

  • Old Man Rivers was awarded $2,500 to support its food pantry.
  • Wood County Society was awarded $2,500 to develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a national and local emergency.

Students completed the summer inspired to contribute to their communities and more knowledgeable about their fields of interest.  To learn more about this year’s Civic Leaders and about the program, visit the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.

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