Volunteer Action Center closing

PARKERSBURG – The Volunteer Action Center of the Mid-Ohio Valley is closing.

The Board of Directors for the Volunteer Action Center (VAC) has announced its decision to close all the operations for the program effective April 30, said Board Vice President Tom Heller in a press release issued Monday.

”The difficulty in attracting and retaining not-for-profit agencies to sublease office space and in securing grant funding were the main factors in the decision,” he said.

The VAC was founded in 1995 to promote volunteerism and coordinate the efforts of nonprofit organizations to “link people to services.”

By putting nonprofit organizations under one roof, money could be saved on office expenses and be put back into programs, organizers originally said.

The VAC’s key programs will continue to serve the community by being transferred to other agencies, the press release said.

FaithLink, which mobilizes volunteers to help the elderly remain living independently in their homes, will be moving to Community Resources Inc. The Child Care Food program, which provides financial assistance for nutritional meals for childcare providers, also will be transferring to Community Resources.

The VAC’s Information and Referral program (211), which links callers to a statewide database of health and human services, will be transferred to the United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

”The VAC Board wishes to express its gratitude to both Community Resources and the United Way for ensuring that these much needed and valuable services remain available for the community,” Heller said in the press release.

Heller did not have any further comment on the situation, beyond what was in the initial press release.

VAC Executive Director Katy Sulfridge could not be reached for comment Monday.

A message left with the Faithlink office was not immediately returned.