Sisters Health Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — Sisters Health Foundation on Wednesday announced its latest round of grants.

Thirty-seven nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received funding from the foundation in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” The foundation’s board of directors approved $447,377 in funding.

Eight organizations that provide direct services such as food and emergency assistance received a total of $26,825 from the Basic Needs/Direct Service small-grant program.

They were:

* Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, Huntington, $2,100 to purchase 100 swaddlers to be used for its Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome center for babies affected by substance abuse.

* Community Resources Inc., Parkersburg, $790 to purchase items for use in the FaithLink blessing bags project for senior citizens.

* Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg, $5,000 to provide basic needs for the Senior Companion Program for mileage and other volunteer support costs.

* Ohio University Diabetes Institute, Athens, $2,310 to provide transportation for residents of Athens, Meigs and Washington counties to their diabetes management appointments in Athens County.

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley, $4,500 to provide supplemental food for the weekend Snak Pak program for Jackson County students throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, Morgantown Drive, $3,000 to supplement the costs of guest family stays for Mid-Ohio Valley residents.

* The Salvation Army of Parkersburg, $5,000 to purchase new trays for the Meals for One program and to offset food costs for the Meals for One and Soupline programs.

* Women’s Care Center, Parkersburg, $4,125 to purchase cribs and car seats for expectant and new moms.

Twenty-seven organizations received support for programs addressing the health needs of their communities in one of the three priority areas of the Responsive Grants Program.

Oral Health

Priority Area:

* Pilot Club of Jackson County, Ripley, $10,000 to provide dental services for children and adults in Jackson County.

* West Virginia Oral Health Coalition, Charleston, $45,000 to conduct a statewide environmental scan of local public service districts related to community water fluoridation, identify and equip six water systems in service area, and support schools with the West Virginia Fluoride Mouth Rinse Project.

Health Equity

Priority Area

* American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia, Parkersburg, $30,000 to expand the Veterans Service Initiative by supporting a VetCorps member to assist veterans with accessing benefits.

* Crittenton Foundation Inc., Wheeling, $20,000 to support the Trauma Informed Elementary School program in Wood and Tyler counties.

* Echoing Hills Village Inc., Athens, $5,000 to assist individuals with developmental disabilities with transportation to medical appointments and community events through the purchase of a used van.

* Essentially Yours Inc., Parkersburg, $5,000 for operational support to provide home goods and personal hygiene items to the once-homeless.

* Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation, Parkersburg, $20,000 to support the substance abuse/mental health treatment coordinator’s efforts to connect clients with treatment services.

* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Parkersburg, $20,000 for operational support to assist clients recovering from addiction.

* Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, $20,000 to provide patients with medication, diabetes and hypertension management supplies, assistance with transportation and other expenses for their free clinic.

* Public Defender Corporation for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Ripley, $25,000 to support the hiring of a full-time recovery coach to connect clients with treatment services.

* Recovery Point Inc., Parkersburg, $20,000 for operational support at the new residential recovery facility in Parkersburg.

* Roane General Hospital, Spencer, $20,000 to purchase additional exercise equipment to reduce wait times for pulmonary rehab patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other lung diseases.

* Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, Athens, $15,000 to support survivors who experienced sexual and domestic violence.

* Westbrook Health Services, Parkersburg, $13,750 to offer Whole Health Action Management Trainings for peers in recovery and behavioral health professionals.

* West Virginia Council of Churches, Charleston, $15,000 to launch Community Re-entry Councils to assist ex-offenders with issues such as housing, employment, behavioral health and food assistance.

Healthy Lifestyles

Priority Area

* Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, $15,000 for operational support related to the Triple Play program to increase members’ knowledge of good nutrition and being physically active.

* EVE Inc., Marietta, $5,000 to enhance a security system.

* GoPacks, Marietta, $10,000 to address food insecurity through its backpack program and engage families in programming.

* Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits West Virginia, Charleston, $13,500 to support five congregations in creating health ministry teams.

* Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Charleston, $4,000 to supplement utility expenses for its transitional home and after-care apartments.

* Marietta City Health Department, $1,900 to purchase an automated external defibrillator and baby-changing stations.

* Meigs County Council on Aging, Pomeroy, $15,000 to install an outdoor intergenerational fitness playground with adult and children’s equipment.

* O’Neill Senior Center, Marietta, $2,300 to purchase a commercial grade freezer for the adult day center.

* Roane County Board of Education, Spencer, $5,000 to repair the walking/running track at Roane County High School for use by the school and the community.

* Voices for Children Foundation, CASA Program, Parkersburg, $5,000 to train new volunteers and provide direct service to abused and neglected children.

* West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Charleston, $15,000 to support five mini-grants in the Mid-Ohio Valley to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance a media and communications campaign.

* West Virginia University-Parkersburg, $22,102 to train the nursing workforce pipeline through the purchase of Hal, a 5-year-old pediatric simulator with self-contained respiratory and circulatory functions.

* Women for Recovery, Athens, $3,000 to support women in recovery with food preparation and cooking skills.

* YMCA of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, $5,000 to install a security system at the Child Development Center.

The next due date to submit an application for the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program or to submit a letter of inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program is Jan. 24. Nonprofits can contact Sister Molly Bauer, senior program officer, at 304-424-6080 or with questions about grant eligibility.