Helping out local initiative

It never hurts to help out a good cause whenever one can.

People from around the Mid-Ohio Valley are often generous in many aspects of life, whether it’s donating their time to do projects and help others or offer financial support when possible.

While I was checking my e-mail on Wednesday evening, enjoying another fine night of rain, one popped in from one of my favorite people in Jackson County – former West Virginia University kicker Frank Nester.

I was unaware Mr. Nester, who still holds the Mountaineers’ all-time single-game record of made field goals (six versus Villanova in 1972), is the director of the Special Olympics Jackson County.

After reading through his e-mail and then giving him a ring and talking for a bit on the phone, I decided it was well worth the effort and time to give a heads-up to folks throughout the area about the upcoming “Give Local MOV” event.

This Tuesday from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. anyone in the world can go to and make a donation for as little as $10 to a myriad of more than worthy causes. I urge folks to at least check this out because there are so many great causes too numerous to mention.

Of course, Nester is hoping a lot of people will donate to SOJC, but there are plenty of other choices ranging from the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg to the Boys Scouts of America Allohak Council, Wood County Christian School and the Williamstown High School Foundation Fund. There are also organizations seeking help in Gilmer County, Ritchie County, Doddridge County and Pleasants County.

“We are working through the Jackson County Community Foundation,” Nester said of the event. “It’s actually a nationwide effort to raise funds for organizations across the country.”

Even though people can choose to donate money to any program or organization throughout the year, the website option only will be available on Tuesday.

“You can only give that day, and you just use your debit or credit card and it goes into the assigned account,” added Nester, who noted Paypal is not an option for next week’s event.

“They’ve used this website before and it’s almost painless. It’s nice there is an organization like this. I can’t say enough about our association with our community foundation. It’s been a great experience.”

About the donations, Nester added that “they are going to put the money they make to use in the communities they’re in, and that’s what it’s all about. What more can you ask from an organization?”

* Softball fans looking for something to do today have a couple of solid options.

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament is taking place at Vienna’s Jackson Park.

At Glenville’s Sue Morris Sports Complex, the Little Kanawha Conference softball championship is taking place. The semifinals, featuring Ritchie County/Doddridge County and Roane County/Ravenswood, get underway at 5 p.m. with the title game set to follow around 7 p.m.

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