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PACF Civic Leaders program wraps up

Second-year participants in the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program selected local nonprofits to receive a total of $5,000 in grant funds. One recipient was the Wood County Society, represented at the recent Civic Leaders gathering in City Park by Brandon Gress, left, with Civic Leader Hayleigh Robinson. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation recently celebrated the successful completion of the 10th year of its Civic Leaders Fellowship Program with a gathering at Parkersburg City Park.

Eighteen students were placed with host employers throughout the PACF service region to gain work experience in their respective fields while participating in weekly leadership training. More than 75 community members contributed their time to help students learn about civic engagement, leadership, career options and nonprofit organizations in the community.

“I’ve learned so much during my program,” said Zoe Pingley, a first-year Civic Leader who worked at the Wood County Society. “I’ve learned passion, leadership, art, love, hard work, dedication and so much more. The program was not just a ‘summer internship.’ It was an opportunity to see and love my community around me and allow me to place myself into some of the most important things it has to offer. I learned so much about my field and future career, but also so much more about myself as a person.”

During the seven-week program, each student spent their Mondays engaging with one another, learning about the community’s needs and issues and exploring personal and professional development opportunities. Second-year participants used the time to further their leadership studies, visit area nonprofit organizations, assess community needs and learn about community grantmaking.

The second-year group also evaluated where to award $5,000 in grant funds. Old Man Rivers was awarded $2,500 to support its food pantry and Wood County Society was awarded $2,500 to develop an emergency preparedness plan to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a national and local emergency.

Second-year participants in the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program selected local nonprofits to receive a total of $5,000 in grant funds. One recipient was Old Man Rivers, represented at the recent Civic Leaders gathering in City Park by Wally Earnest, left, with Civic Leader Kayleigh Casto. (Photo Provided)

To learn more about this year’s Civic Leaders and the program, visit the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 425 charitable funds with approximately $70 million in assets. More information is available online at www.pacfwv.com or by calling 304-428-4438.

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