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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards pandemic response grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has awarded its fifth round of COVID-19 pandemic response grants totaling $38,241.

In March, the foundation began raising money for its Safety Net Fund and Hunger Fund to provide COVID-19 relief grants to nonprofit agencies impacted by the pandemic. More than $32,000 was raised for the two relief funds administered by the foundation, which has committed to allocate all donations received for relief back into the region.

The foundation to date has awarded more than $296,365, which includes the foundation Donor Advised Fund grants. Several of the recent grants were awarded through partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation.

Agencies receiving fifth-round funding were:

* Calhoun County Committee on Aging, $5,821 to help purchase a vehicle to meet increased demand for home meal delivery. With the Sisters Health Foundation.

* Calhoun County Family Resource Network, $2,770 to purchase shelving for food pantry. With the Sisters Health Foundation.

* Choices Child Care Resources and Referral Agency, $2,000 to purchase personal protection equipment for childcare providers in Wood, Gilmer, Pleasants, Ritchie and Wirt counties.

* Community Resources, $4,000 to provide rent and mortgage assistance to individuals impacted by COVID-19 and $2,500 to enable families to double their S.N.A.P. dollars to purchase produce at CRI’s farmers market.

* Friendship Kitchen, $2,000 to purchase food for its meal program. With the Sisters Health Foundation.

* Gilmer County Historical Society, $1,000 in operating support.

* Gilmer Public Library, $900 to purchase solar charging stations to place outside of library to assist those accessing internet for remote learning.

* Little Kanawha Resource Conservation and Development, $4,000 to support the Project Sharing program. With the Sisters Health Foundation.

* Normantown Historical Community Center, $500 to purchase food for the food pantry that serves Gilmer County residents.

* Parkersburg Catholic Schools, $1,750 to purchase electrostatic sprayers to disinfect schools.

* PATCH 21, $3,000 to install internet server and access points throughout Roane County to enable area students and teachers to access the internet for online learning needs.

* Westbrook, $5,000 for deep cleaning and sanitation of facilities. With the Sisters Health Foundation.

* Wirt County Ministerial Alliance/Hope Shop Food Pantry, $3,000 to stock their food pantry. With the Sisters Health Foundation.

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

Donations to support the Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.

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