Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards grants to regional agencies, projects
PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates awarded grants for programs and services throughout the community Wednesday.
Representatives from 34 organizations came to the foundation’s building on Park Avenue to receive over $200,000 in grant awards from the foundation’s Fall Grant Awards to support area nonprofits. Around $20,000 had already been awarded to organizations through the foundation’s Regional Affiliates.
“We work to build resources to address the needs of the community we serve,” said Marian Clowes, senior program officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates. “We partner with individuals, with businesses and others throughout the community who want to create a legacy for our area by establishing permanent charitable funds.”
Through the foundation’s bi-annual Community Action Grants Program, area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address organizational needs and programs.
Many people have been generous in their contributions to the foundation, which has been able to help so many in the community, Clowes said.
To be considered for a Community Action 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 in the foundation’s 11-county geographic service area, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.
This event represented the first time the maximum grant award was raised to $15,000. Grants went to help pay for projects, building projects and equipment.
The Actors Guild of Parkersburg received a combined grant of $20,000 ($15,000 from the PACF and $5,000 from Donor Advised Funds) for the installation of a sprinkler system as part of a multi-year capital renovation project for the theater.
“This grant will go toward the fire and health safety component,” said Susan Schuchts of the Actors Guild. “We are very appreciative of this award.”
The other fall 2017 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients are:
* Auburn Community Association — $1,280 to repair the roof on Auburn community building;
* Arnoldsburg Elementary School — $6,500 to support the development of a community garden to serve Calhoun County schools and residents;
* Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department — $9,000 toward the purchase of breathing apparatus;
* Belpre Area Multi-Use Trail Committee — $1,200 to provide matching funds for an Ohio Department of Highways Transportation Alternatives Program grant to purchase abandoned CSX railways to expand area trails;
* Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg — $15,000 to provide operating support for educational and recreational programs and services to benefit area youth;
* Building Bridges to Careers — $1,000 to support marketing efforts related to the organization’s move to a larger facility to reach new audiences for youth and entrepreneurial programs;
* Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley — $1,300 for staff training through attendance at the Circles Annual Conference;
* Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders — $7,824 to purchase bed frames for the County Park, the site for community residential camps including 4-H camp;
* Doddridge Board of Education — $4,300 to support the backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and holidays to Doddridge County students in need;
* Friends of the Gilmer County Public Library — $2,000 to purchase equipment and materials for a new maker space at the library;
* Hope Inc. — $5,000 for renovations to the shelter’s children’s activity room;
* Jackson County Commission — $2,500 to support the purchase and storage of a mobile cattle unit to be used regionally for 4-H and agricultural programming;
* Jefferson Elementary Center — $11,000 for playground equipment to provide students with a safe place for recreation and physical activity;
* Marietta Community Foundation — $2,500 to support publications and publicity efforts to market the Mid-Ohio Valley’s assets to attract new businesses and jobs to the area through the Shale Crescent initiative;
* Normantown Historical Community Center — $8,000 to help with facility renovations, including a stair-lift and restroom renovations;
* Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless — House to Home — $1,200 to purchase laptop computers to assist the homeless with job and housing searches;
* Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library — $10,240 to construct computer stations as part of the library’s capital renovation project;
* Parkersburg Art Center — $8,020 to provide matching funds to replace fire-suppression sprinkler heads and the HVAC unit that serve the third floor of the center;
* Regeneration — $3,780 to support the Packs of Plenty backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and school holidays to Ritchie County students in need;
* Ritchie County Integrated Family Services — $1,095 to support the purchase of a security system;
* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown Inc. — $4,000 to support the Hoss Lodging Fund, to defray the costs of stays for families from the foundation service area whose children are receiving medical care in the Morgantown area.
* Smithville Community Resale Shop — $1,800 to replace the roof on the thrift shop building;
* SW Resources — $20,000 to expand its facility to provide additional employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities.
* The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley — $5,012 to purchase audio and video equipment, related technology applications, and telecommunications devices to strengthen and extend opportunities for training on issues that impact children and adults with disabilities;
* The Salvation Army — $15,000 to purchase bed frames for the emergency shelter, which houses families and individuals who are homeless;
* Washington County Career Center — $5,000 to complete the construction of Phase 1 of an outdoor industrial training facility.
* Waverly Elementary School — $1,900 to purchase slides for the school playground;
* Wesley United Methodist Church — $1,550 to support the Snack Pack Ministry, which provides food for weekends for students in-need at Neale Elementary School in Vienna;
* West Central Beekeepers — $3,000 for purchase of bees and treatments to expand the bee population;
* West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation — $9,875 to upgrade the sound system serving the multi-purpose room on campus;
* West Virginia University Foundation — $5,000 to support the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program, which provides support and mentoring to students with visual impairments in the foundation’s service area;
* Wirt County Solid Waste Authority — $2,600 to rebuild a loading dock, which is the link between processing recyclables and loading them for transportation to processing stations;
* Wood County Historical and Preservation Society — $4,000 to stabilize the stucco surface on the historic Phelps-Tavenner House;
The foundation’s Doddridge County affiliate, the Doddridge County Community Foundation, awarded $12,000 in grants to the following organizations:
* Doddridge County 4-H Teen Leaders — $1,500 to purchase new bed frames for the County Park, the site for community residential camps including 4-H camp;
* Doddridge Board of Education — $9,500 to support the backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and holidays to Doddridge County students in need;
* Hope Inc. — $1,000 for renovations to the shelter’s children’s activity room.
The foundation’s Ritchie County affiliate, the Ritchie County Community Foundation, awarded $4,260 in grants to the following organizations:
* Auburn Community Association — $1,220 to repair the roof on the Auburn community building;
* Regeneration — $1,520 for the Packs of Plenty backpack feeding program, which provides food on weekends and school holidays to Ritchie County students in need;
* Ritchie County Integrated Family Services — $300 to support the purchase of a security system;
* Smithville Community Resale Shop — $1,220 to replace the roof on the thrift shop building.
The foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate, serving Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties, awarded $2,950 in grants to the following organizations:
* Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department — $1,000 toward the purchase of breathing apparatus;
* Normantown Historical Community Center — $400 to help with facility renovations, including a stair-lift and restroom renovations;
* Pleasant Hill Elementary School — $550 for playground improvements;
* West Central Beekeepers — $1,000 for purchase of bees and treatments to expand the bee population.