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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation releases another $101K in pandemic relief grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has announced its fourth round of pandemic emergency funding grant awards totalling $101,570 through its Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund.

The foundation to date has allocated $263,868 to local groups. Several grants were awarded through a partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation and Star Plastics.

Agencies receiving funding were:

* Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, $6,750 for operating support to address revenue loss and to assist with reopening of summer programs for children and youth. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Calvary United Methodist Church, $1,000 to purchase food to stock its food pantry (With Star Plastics.)

* Camden Clark Medical Center, $5,000 to help purchase a Xenex Ultra-Violet disinfection system.

* Children’s Home Society of Parkersburg, $7,500 of operating support to address increased demand for services and loss of fundraising revenue for their programs that address child foster care, adoption and emergency shelter services. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, $5,000 for operating support to address fundraising revenue loss and to ensure the continuation of programs to help families transition out of poverty and $700 to provide food assistance to families in need. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Colonial House, $1,000 to purchase tablets to enable seniors to access information and communicate with families and to purchase art therapy supplies.

* Community Resources, $10,000 to support programs to provide rent and mortgage assistance to individuals impacted by COVID-19. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Epworth United Methodist Church, $700 to support its food pantry (With Star Plastics.)

* Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, $7,500 to provide safe housing and address revenue loss due to temporary closure of its ReStore. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* No Hunger Food Pantry, $1,700 for food pantry support awarded in partnership with the Star Plastics.

* Normantown Historical Community Center, $500 to stock its Gilmer County food pantry.

* Racine United Methodist Church, $200 to aid its food pantry (With Star Plastics.)

* Recovery Point, $4,200 to assist with increased costs of hygiene products and cleaning services due to COVID-19. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Roane County Committee on Aging, $3,420 for operating support to sustain satellite centers in Reedy and Amma. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Rural Action, $2,500 to support social enterprises and local businesses restart or adapt to safe operations due to COVID-19 impact.

* Salvation Army of Washington County, $200 for its food pantry (With Star Plastics.)

* SW Resources, $7,500 of operating support to continue vocational rehabilitation and employment services to individuals with disabilities, meet increased demand for cleaning services and address revenue loss. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* The Council of Senior Citizens of Gilmer County, $7,500 in operating support to address increased demand for home meal deliveries and loss of revenue from canceled fundraising events.

* The Salvation Army of Parkersburg, $5,000 of operating support to address basic needs for food and shelter, provide emergency aid and address revenue loss from the temporary closure of the Family Store. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Voices of Children, CASA, $4,000 of operating support to address increased demand for services for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Westbrook, $10,000 to purchase of Naloxone to be distributed to regional Quick Response Teams and through Westbrook’s Peer Expansion Program to address the increase in overdoses during the COVID 19 pandemic. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Williamstown Welfare League, $200 to stock its food pantry (With Star Plastics.)

* Wirt County Committee on Aging & Family Services, $2,500 in operating support for senior nutrition programs. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

* Wirt County Ministerial Alliance, $2,000 to purchase food for the Hope Shop Food Pantry.

* Wood County Society, $5,000 in operating support to address loss of revenue and support the reopening of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (With Sisters Health Foundation.)

The foundation is contacting nonprofits to assess COVID-19 impact on communities and identifying ways to respond to needs. Agencies seeking assistance should contact the foundation at 304-428-4438 or by email to marian.clowes@pacfwv.com.

The foundation’s Board of Directors made provisions for its existing Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund to serve as emergency need funds for COVID-19 relief when the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jim Justice became effective on March 24. Unemployment soared and the financial future for many area families was placed in jeopardy.

Foundation leaders began working with local groups and other local funding organizations to determine how best to allocate resources and raise additional funds to address community concerns. With the foundation’s commitment to grant all the proceeds raised into the region, generous local citizens and area corporations responded with donations to boost the Hunger and Safety Net funds.

Donations to support the Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible. To learn more about these funds and the work that the foundation is doing to address COVID-19. go to pacfwv.com/COVID19.

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