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Solvay Special Polymers to match employee relief donations

PARKERSBURG — Solvay Specialty Polymers in Belpre is matching contributions from its employees to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support pandemic relief in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“We welcome partnerships from civic-minded companies like Solvay Specialty Polymers,” Judy Sjostedt Ritchie, Executive Director of the foundation, said. “While its facilities are located across the river from Parkersburg, the company’s interests and those of its employees span both sides of the river.”

Because of the support from Solvay and Solvay employees, the foundation has received an additional $7,050 for its Hunger Fund, Ritchie said.

Since Solvay awarded the matching check on May 5, the same day of Philanthropy West Virginia’s Take Five to Give Five challenge, the company’s gift also generated an additional $1,760 from Philanthropy West Virginia, she said.

“We applaud our employees’ generosity in responding to the needs of their fellow citizens,” Wally Kandel, senior vice-president and Marietta Site Manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers, said. “We are proud to partner with our local community foundations in Marietta and Parkersburg to help to provide relief to our communities.”

Gifts the Community Foundation has received are being swiftly distributed from the Hunger Fund and Safety Net Funds to help meet essential individual and community needs, Sjostedt Ritchie said.

“We are very grateful to our area’s citizens. Because of their generous help, we’ve been able to grant more than $108,000 to date to address hunger relief and support emergency needs related to COVID-19,” Sjostedt Ritchie said.

To contribute to the the Hunger Fund, mail a check payable to the foundation with Hunger Fund on the memo line to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg WV 26102, or make an online gift at www.pacfwv.com/HungerFund.

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