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Lewis County Community Foundation Fund Created to Support Area

Teach and encourage philanthropy, promote community development, inspire leadership, and deliver meaningful long-term impact in Lewis County.  Those are the goals of a group of area residents who have partnered together to create the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.  

The Lewis County Community Foundation Fund is a permanent endowment in which the principal remains intact and invested, forever, generating earnings to help support Lewis County needs.  Annually, an advisory committee of Lewis County residents will award a portion of the Fund’s earnings as grants to local organizations and causes.  The fund founders have established the Fund within the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), a nationally accredited, highly regarded, and widely supported public charity with more than 57 years of experience. 

“Partnering with the PACF to manage this Fund just makes sense,” said Agnes Queen, a founder of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.  “The PACF stepped-up earlier in the year to secure $12,000 in COVID-19 relief funding for six area agencies. The PACF has had successful relationships with Doddridge and Ritchie counties, and those of the Little Kanawha Area (Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties) for more than twenty years now.  The benefits of our partnership include significant cost advantages for administrative, management, and investment purposes.  At the same time, it will allow our advisory committee to focus our own efforts on development and grantmaking specifically for Lewis County.”

The initial three founders and advisory committee members of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund include Agnes Queen, Ray Smith, and Rod Wyman.  To encourage others to give to support the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund, donors who support the Fund between now and January 31, 2021 will be recognized as founders of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.  Donations may also be made anonymously or in memory/honor of a special person.

“We’re excited to form this endowment for our county,” say Ray Smith.  “This Fund enables individuals who want to make a difference in Lewis County the opportunity to make a gift that will make an impact now and forever.  We’re planning for the future.”

Recently recognized as a Blueprint Community, Lewis County community leaders are working to make a lasting impact on the economic well-being and quality of life for fellow residents; the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund is one of their outcomes.

“We know there are both needs and opportunities in Lewis County,” said Rod Wyman.  “This Fund will allow local citizens to collaborate and to direct resources that will address these issues.  Our results can be significant when we work together and join our efforts for the greater good.”

Individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund may send a check made payable to the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund or to the PACF with the Fund name on the memo line and mailed to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or made online at www.pacfwv.com/donate.  Individuals with questions may contact Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer, at 304-428-4438.

More Than $12,000 Awarded in COVID-19 Relief Funding in Lewis County

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) recently awarded $12,175 in grant support to six area nonprofit organizations serving Lewis County that are providing critical COVID-19 relief services. 

Organizations receiving support include:

  • Jackson's Mill Volunteer Fire Department  -  $500 to purchase Tri Certified Rescue Gear to be worn during wildland fires, techincal rescue, and EMS calls.
  • Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department  -  $500 to support their operations and address revenue loss due to canceled fundrasing events.
  • Lewis County Family Resource Network  -  $3,000 to support their Backpack Buddies program providing child-friendly, nutritious snack packs to school children in need.
  • Lewis County Health Department  -  $3,000 to support COVID-19 response efforts, including staffing, purchase of personal protection gear, and public safety messaging.
  • Lewis County Schools  -  $2,175 to provide parent training workshops on instructional devices and software for students.
  • United Way of Lewis County  -  $3,000 to purchase food for their local food pantry.

Funding for these grants was made possible by a gift to the PACF from the statewide philanthropic organization, Philanthropy WV, which raised significant funds for COVID-19 relief through its Take 5 to Give 5 campaign in early May.  Additional funding made possible by the Larry D. and Margaret D. Brown Advised Fund, which the PACF administers.  

Lewis County leaders have recently been exploring a partnership with the PACF to extend community foundation services to Lewis County.  Community foundations play a vital role in building permanent charitable resources to improve communities. In challenging times, like the COVID-19 pandemic, community foundations play a leadership role in securing resources and addressing needs. “We look forward to continuing this conversation in the coming months. The pandemic has shown that it is more important than ever to ensure that our communities join together to ensure that we can meet today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities,” said the PACF’s Executive Director Judy Sjostedt Ritchie.

To date, the PACF has awarded more than $263,000 in COVID-19 emergency funds to help nonprofits continue their services and programs throughout the Foundation’s current eleven-county service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).  The opportunity to address COVID-19 needs in Lewis County extends this service to a broader geographic region. 

Agencies or individuals with questions about the PACF or the Lewis County COVID-19 relief grant program should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438.

COVID-19 Relief Funding Available from Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving Lewis County that are providing critical COVID-19 relief services.  The Foundation’s quick application process is online; the application deadline is midnight on June 17.  To access the online application, visit www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply.

To be considered for a Lewis County COVID-19 relief grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.  Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in Lewis County or serve Lewis County residents.  The applicant or program must be actively addressing the critical needs of local citizens who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funding for this grant program is made possible by a gift to the PACF from the statewide philanthropic organization, Philanthropy WV, which raised significant funds for COVID-19 relief through its Take 5 to Give 5 campaign in early May.  Additional gifts from individuals or businesses who wish to support COVID-19 relief for Lewis County are welcome. Charitable donations to the Lewis County COVID-19 Relief Fund can be made by mailing a check, made payable to “PACF,” to PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or by donating online.  100% of donor gifts will be used to award grants, less credit card processing fees for online gifts.  

Lewis County leaders have recently been exploring a partnership with the PACF to extend community foundation services to Lewis County.  Community foundations play a vital role in building permanent charitable resources to improve communities. In challenging times, like the COVID-19 pandemic, community foundations play a leadership role in securing resources and addressing needs. “We look forward to continuing this conversation in the coming months. The pandemic has made shown that it is more important than ever to ensure that our communities join together to ensure that we can meet today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities,” said the PACF’s Executive Director Judy Sjostedt Ritchie.

To date, the PACF has awarded more than $115,000 in COVID-19 emergency funds to help nonprofits continue their services and programs throughout the Foundation’s current eleven-county service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).  The opportunity to address COVID-19 needs in Lewis County extends this service to a broader geographic region.

Agencies or individuals with questions about the PACF or the Lewis County COVID-19 relief grant program should contact the PACF at 304-428-4438.

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