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Fund established for hearing aids at PACF

Jim McCauley, president of Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired, and Julie Posey, Development and Communications Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, sign the papers to create an endowment fund with the foundation in the name of the Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired has established an endowment fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

Parents and Friends ensures local citizens have access to hearing aids.

The organization was formed in Marietta in 1974 by parents, teachers and friends of young deaf or hearing-impaired children. The purpose of the Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired was to assist children who were grouped together to form Ohio’s first pre-school hearing impaired educational unit.

The Parents and Friends provided monetary and volunteer support to this ground-breaking pre-school educational unit by helping to obtain equipment, educational supplies, or other necessary supplies needed for the students’ success.

To solidify its commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley region, Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired’s Board of Directors established an endowment fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation that will help provide operating support for the organization.

“This new fund will serve as a permanent source of funding to support our organization’s mission,” said Jim McCauley, president of Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired.

In December, the foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired to support its work.

“We are committed to continuing our work here in the region,” said McCauley. “We plan to raise money through the PACF’s upcoming Give Local MOV campaign on May 5 to build our endowment fund.”

Individuals who would like to learn more about Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired can call McCauley at 740-423-8436. Individuals wishing to donate to support the new Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired Fund can make their donation by sending a check payable to the foundation with the fund name in the memo line to: PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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