PARKERSBURG - Twenty-six nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley have received grants totalling more than $400,000 from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, the fund announced on Thursday.
The grants will support collaborative efforts toward the fund's vision of "healthy people in healthy communities."
Grants were awarded by the board of directors to:
* Athens Community Arts, Parks, and Recreation, Athens, $10,000 in support of Athens Southside Accessible Playground
* Athens County Habitat for Humanity, Athens, $10,000.
* Birth Circle, Athens, $2,500 in support of Athens Area Doula Training to benefit low-income mothers
For applications for the fall grant cycle, letters of inquiry will be accepted starting June 1. Go to www.ssjcharitablefund.org for information on how to apply.
* Boys and Girls Club of Pleasants County, St. Marys, $10,000 in support of the Triple Play Program
* Children's Hunger Alliance, Columbus, $11,400 in support of Meigs County Summer Feeding Program
* Ely Chapman Education Foundation, Marietta, $10,000 in support of the Sensational Summer Camp: Healthy Choices Healthy Children
* First Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg, $15,000 in support of a community labyrinth
* Friends of Lower Muskingum River, Marietta, $5,000 in support of early detection of contamination of water due to deep-shale drilling operations
* Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, $2,500 in support of Camp Beaver: Building Bridges "A Place to Share and Learn about Grief and Loss"
* Kids on Campus, Athens, $13,000 in support of Kids on Campus Summer 2012: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
* Live Healthy Appalachia, Athens, $15,000 in support of Food is Elementary classroom-based and after-school programs
* Marietta College, Marietta, $52,115 in support of the Mid-Ohio Valley Center for Nonprofit Leadership
* Marietta Family YMCA, Marietta, $5,000 in support of Y Fit Kids
* Meigs Cooperative Parish, Pomeroy, $14,920 in support of the Faith Community Nursing Health Ministry
* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Parkersburg, $25,000 in support of the Woman and Child Initiative
* Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg, $6,000 in support of the Foster Grandparent Program
* Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, $25,000 in support of the healthy communities projects
* Paper Circle, Nelsonville, $15,000 in support of Circle Round the Square
* Rural Action, Trimble, $25,000 in support of Country Fresh Stops
* St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, $25,000 in support of the Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley
* United Way Alliance of the MOV, Vienna, $2,500 in support of Every Smile Matters
* Washington-Morgan Community Action, Marietta, $5,000 in support of the Summer Feeding Program
* West Virginia Health Right, Inc., Charleston, $15,000 in support of Consumable Supplies for Adult Dental Clinic
* West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Charleston, $25,000 in support of Outreach and Education on the Affordable Care Act
* West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, $13,000 in support of the Culinary Arts Commercial Kitchen & Incubator
* WVU Foundation. Morgantown, $49,000 in support of the Collaborative Family Support Initiative
"The Charitable Fund has awarded 730 grants totaling $11.2 million dollars in funding, but the real story - or stories - lie behind the numbers," said Sr. Jane Harrington, executive director. "Each project that we help fund represents significant investment by the grantee organization - in creative and hard-working leadership, donations from other funders and individuals, and strong community support.
The spring grant cycle marks Sr. Jane Harrington's last round of grantmaking as executive director of the charitable fund.
"Looking back over 15 years, it is exciting to see strong nonprofit organizations committed to their missions, to their own growth and development, and to collaborating for the good of the community," she said. "It is privilege to have been part of advancing health and wellness in the Mid-Ohio Valley."