VIENNA - The Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund honored the organizations and their programs that received grants in 2013 during the fund's 14th annual Grantee Luncheon Friday.
"I felt the quote might be a good theme for us on a number of levels because you, the organizations that serve the communities, are the castle-builders," said fund executive director Cynthia M. Drennan.
The quote Drennan chose to represent at the luncheon was "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them," by Henry David Thoreau.
Cynthia M. Drennan, executive director of the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, speaks Friday during the fund’s 14th annual Grantee Luncheon. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
The invitation-only event was held at the Grand Pointe Conference Center and included recognition of the grant recipients and their accomplishments.
The luncheon included the fund's board of directors and staff as well as area constituents and funding partners with representatives from the more than 60 grantees as guests of honor.
"For those of us affiliated with the charitable fund, it is very evident we can achieve our goals and objectives only through you," said chairman of the fund's board Larry Gainer. "We would be like a bird without wings if it weren't for your programs and services."
The mission of the charitable fund is to promote healthy and sustainable communities by providing financial assistance, strengthening collaborative relationships and supporting local initiatives that impact individuals and communitites throughout the region.
Grants the organization has funded involve healthy eating, physical activity, oral health and other health-related initiatives.
As of the Spring 2013 grant cycle, the fund's board of directors has approved 874 grant requests, representing more than $12.8 million in funding toward improving holistic health and wellness in the Mid-Ohio Valley since July 1997.
More than 300 nonprofit agencies have received grant funding from the foundation.
The fund was established in 1996 after the order sold a 50 percent stake in the former St. Joseph's Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America. The sisters eventually sold its remaining interests in the more-than-century-old hospital to HCA.
To be eligible for a grant, the program must benefit and promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Innovation and how the program can broaden the scope of wellness also factor in deciding grant recipients.
The foundation serves 11 counties - Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wood, Wirt and Roane counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs and Washington counties in Ohio.
The Spring 2014 cycle has begun with letters accepted until 3 p.m. Jan. 22.
Organizations must be a nonprofit, public agency with tax-exempt status or a community-based group sponsored by such an agency, with a project or proposal consistent with the fund's guiding principles.
For the first time, the fund has an online application system at www.ssjcharitablefund.org.
For interested organizations, there will be online webinars on the fund's website at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and Jan. 7, 2014. An in-person demonstration will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 9, 2014 in Parkersburg. To register for the in-person demonstration, email Renee Steffen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or to speak with someone regarding the application process, call 304-424-6080.
The grantees for the Fall 2013 cycle are:
* Adams House Ministries, Food Pantry in Middlebourne, W.Va.
* American Red Cross Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter, Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Effort in Parkersburg.
* Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, Bully and Violence Prevention Classes in Athens County Schools in Athens, Ohio.
* Artsbridge, Arts in Motion: Dancing for Fun and Fitness, Parkersburg.
* Athens Community Arts, Parks and Recreation, Athens Southside Accessible Playground in Athens.
* Athens Mental Health Inc., The Gathering Place Health and Wellness Program in Athens.
* The Birth Circle, Athens Area Doula Training to Benefit Low-Income Mothers in Athens.
* Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, More Members, More Often Volunteer Coordinator in Parkersburg.
* Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County, Triple Play Program in St. Marys.
* Children's Hunger Alliance, Meigs County Summer Feeding Program of Columbus, Ohio.
* Christian Youth in Action, Mid-Ohio Valley Youth Work Camp Painting Homes in Parkersburg.
* Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Program Start-Up in Parkersburg.
* Community Food Initiative, Internal Systems Management in Athens.
* County Commission of Pleasants County, Pleasants County Aquatic Center in St. Marys.
* Ely Chapman Education Foundation, Sensational Summer Camp: Healthy Choices Healthy Children in Marietta.
* Family Crisis Intervention Center, Extermination costs in Parkersburg.
* Fearing Volunteer Fire Department, Life-Stat Hands Free CPR Equipment in Whipple, Ohio.
* Federal Hocking Local School District, Food Access for School-Aged Children in Stewart, Ohio.
* Gabriel Project of West Virginia, Program Support in Parkersburg.
* Good Samaritan Clinic, Free Health Care in Parkersburg.
* Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio, Athens City Build in Athens.
* Hearts and Hands Ministry, Program Support and Children's Clothing Exchange in Williamstown.
* Holzer Medical Center, Camp Beaver: Building Bridges "A Place to Share and Learn about Grief and Loss" in Gallipolis, Ohio.
* Live Health Appalachia, Food is Elementary Classroom-Based and After School Programs in Athens.
* Marietta College, Expanding the Use of Human Patient Simulators in Health Care Education and Training, Nonprofits LEAD in Marietta.
* Meigs County Health Department, Creating Healthy Communities Program in Pomeroy, Ohio.
* Meigs United Methodist Cooperative Parish, Faith Community Nursing Health Ministry in Pomeroy.
* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Resident Provision Project, Woman and Child Initiative and Replacement of Central Air Conditioning Unit in Parkersburg.
* Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Oral Health Coordinator and Oral Health Initiatives in Parkersburg.
* Mid-Ohio Valley Health Ministry Council, Increasing and Sustaining Health Ministries in the Mid-Ohio Valley in Marietta.
* Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Foster Grandparents Program in Parkersburg.
* NFS Ministries, Handicap Ramp Improvements in Parkersburg.
* Ohio University, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Community Health Programs Free Clinic in Athens.
* Ohio University Kids on Campus, Summer 2013 Program in Athens.
* O'Neill Senior Center, Back-up Camera for Vans in Marietta.
* Opportunity Council, STIR (Safety & Texting in Relationships) in Ritchie County Schools.
* Paper Circle, Circle Round the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio.
* Parkersburg Catholic High School, Crusader 5K Challenge in Pakersburg.
* Peer Support, Capacity Building Support in Parkersburg.
* Pleasants County Habitat for Humanity, Habitat Home Construction in St. Marys.
* RSVP Washington County, Senior Wheels Program in Marietta.
* Rural Action, Country Fresh Stops Program in Athens.
* Shade Community Center Association, Playground for Children Ages 2 to 12 Years Old in Shade, Ohio.
* Tri-County Partnerships, Roane County Energy Express Program in Spencer, W.Va.
* Volunteer Action Center, FaithLink: Transportation for Health and Independence in Parkersburg.
* Washington County Free Clinic, General Operations in Marietta.
* Washington State Community College Foundation, Human Simulation Lab in Marietta.
* West Virginia Health Right, Consumable Supplies for Adult Dental Clinic in Charleston.
* West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Outreach and Education on the Affordable Care Act in Charleston.
* Westbrook Health Services, Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration First Step in Parkersburg.
* Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, National Children's Alliance Accreditation in Paden City, W.Va.
* Wirt County Ministerial Association, Food Assistance in Elizabeth, W.Va.
* Wood County Habitat for Humanity, Resource Development Coordinator in Parkersburg.
* Wood County Master Gardeners Association, Boys & Girls Club Children's Garden in Parkersburg.
* West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Culinary Arts Commercial Kitchen and Incubator in Parkersburg.
* West Virginia University Foundation, Collaborative Family Support Initiative