PACF awards grants to community groups

Representatives from the awarded nonprofits attended the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates’ reception Wednesday to discuss their plans for using the grant funds. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates held a reception Wednesday to highlight grant recipients and the good work being done in the community.

Through the foundation’s bi-annual Community Action Grants Program, area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address organizational needs and programs.

This fall, the foundation provided more than $164,840 in grants to support area nonprofits.

“I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good. We will work hand in hand, encouraging, sometimes leading, sometimes being led, rewarding,” Marian Clowes, senior program officer at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates, quoted former President George H.W. Bush as saying.

“You are among those thousand points of light; are among the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good,” Clowes said.

The fall 2018 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients are:

* Actors Guild of Parkersburg – $10,000 to upgrade lighting equipment

* American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia – $2,500 for the Sound the Alarm Campaign to install smoke alarms in at-risk households in Wood and Wirt counties

* Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department – $7,500 to purchase updated radio and communications equipment

* Blennerhassett FFA Alumni – $4,000 to purchase tools for antique tractor restorations to enhance fundraising efforts

* Building Bridges to Careers – $2,500 to support marketing efforts for the Epicenter and Makerspace

* Calhoun County Committee on Aging – $5,990 to update computer network hardware and software

* Circles Campaign – $7,500 to provide operating support for services to low-income families in the Mid-Ohio Valley

* Community Resources – $7,000 to support Thrive: A Community Empowerment Center that hosts a food choices market and hydroponics garden and provides household goods and baby items to those in need

* Community Spirit of Williamstown – $5,000 to support a mentoring program for at-risk youth and families

* Gilmer Public Library – $2,000 for replacement of flooring in the facility

* Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theater Association – $5,000 to address air conditioning issues

* House of Hope – $1,400 to support the “Art of Recovery” program

* Kootaga Indian Dancers – $3,000 to repair the roof on the organization’s facility

* Little Kanawha Chapter of West Virginia Archaeological Society – $2,000 for radiocarbon dating for artifacts excavated at two Wood County sites

* Madison Elementary – $10,400 to enhance music education programs through the purchase of Orff musical instruments, ukuleles and a sound system

* Minnie Hamilton Health System – $4,100 to update physical therapy equipment

* Mountaineer Food Bank – $7,000 for a scissor lift for the Food Bank warehouse

* Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library – $3,500 to enable the library to become a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Access Partner

* Parkersburg Academy – $2,500 to implement the Destiny Library Manager system for the school library

* Parkersburg Art Center – $12,000 to address renovation needs for the second floor space above a portion of the center’s facility

* Parkersburg Woman’s Club – $5,000 to support the Brown Bag program which provides nutritious food on weekends for students at Emerson and McKinley Elementary Schools

* Pleasant Hill Elementary School – $3,974 for lighting of the quarter-mile track that surrounds the school’s playground

* Reedy Senior Citizen Center – $6,476 to purchase a generator to provide power in a natural disaster or electrical outage

* Regeneration/Packs of Plenty – $5,000 to provide nutritious foods to send home with Ritchie County students on weekends and school holidays

* Ritchie Regional Health Center – $7,500 to assist with renovations to the school-based health center at Ritchie Middle/High School

* Ronald McDonald House Charities – $4,500 to support the Hoss Lodging Fund to defray the costs for lodging for families from the Mid-Ohio Valley

* The Children’s Listening Place – $6,000 to support training for children on body safety and empower children to stay safe from abuse

* The Salvation Army – $15,000 to purchase furniture for three transitional living apartments which provide an opportunity for families to regain financial independence

* Wirt County Primary Center – $2,000 to purchase equipment to meet the needs of children with autism and sensory disorders

* Wood County Christian School – $6,000 to purchase a double convection oven for the school’s cafeteria

The foundation’s Ritchie County, Doddridge County and Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliates also recently announced an additional $10,700 in grants to organizations providing services in Ritchie, Doddridge, Wirt, Calhoun and Gilmer counties.

“Thank you all and congratulations for a job well done in our community,” said Clowes.

According to Clowes, 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. The applicant or program to be funded must be in the foundation’s 11-county geographic service area.

“By working together, we can do so much more good for our region,” said Clowes.

“Philanthropy and need are two sides of the same coin. The work that all nonprofits do gives meaning to the resources the foundation manages,” said Judy Sjostedt, executive director at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates.

“People like Oprah and Bill Gates are great, but they are not here; the resources we get come from those who live here, both past and present; there is no such thing as too small a donation,” Sjostedt said.