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Two more agencies receive Game Changer grants from United Way, DuPont

The Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home in January received a $5,000 Game Changer grant from DuPont and the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley. From left, Sara Hess, Michelle Lewis of the United Way, Brenda Meyers, Deanna Lewis, Patrice Pooler and Sherry Adams of the Fellowship Home, Greg Westbrook and Dave Emerick of DuPont. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home and the 2-1-1 program at the United Way each received $5,000 grants through the Game Changer program created through DuPont and the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The Game Changers team surprised Executive Director Patrice Pooler and the staff at the Fellowship Home where a safe, supportive and nurturing environment is provided for people who suffer from alcoholism or other chemical addictions. The Fellowship Home allows sufficient time for withdrawal and then develops a personal recovery program and plan for re-entry into the community, to work and to the family.

The combined team from DuPont and United Way delivered the check to the Fellowship Home in a visit that was unannounced and unsuspected.

“This gift brings us almost to our giving goal in our annual campaign and that means we will be able to build a food pantry that will help our clients learn budgeting and healthy meal prep,” Pooler said.

Two weeks later the Game Changer’s team made a surprise presentation on Feb. 11 to the United Way 2-1-1 program. Nationally, 2-1-1 day is celebrated on Feb. 11, 2-11.

The February recipient of the $5,000 Game Changer grant from the United Way Alliance and DuPont was the 2-1-1 information referral program at the United Way. From left, Olivia Dailey and Amy Arnold of the United Way, Jacob Beha of DuPont and Stacy DeCicco of the United Way. (Photo Provided)

“This is an amazing gift for our 2-1-1 program and we are so honored to be recognized as one of the Game Changer selections,” Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance, said. “This partnership has been amazing with DuPont and then to have the added bonus of being recognized for a piece of the work we are doing in the community. That is really special.”

United Way Information & Referral Specialist Delaney Laughery said 2-1-1 is critical for the community and keeps an accurate and comprehensive database.

“Our database allows you to browse hundreds of health and human services online, learn about specific programs, intake requirements, eligibility, operation hours and more. The database also has information on disaster related services,” Laughery said. “This program is collaborative project of the United Ways of West Virginia and we are so proud to be a part of the initiative”.

The Game Changer program was instituted last year through the United Way with a $60,000 commitment from DuPont.

“These are such deserving programs recognized by DuPont Washington Works and United Way as part of our Game Changer program,” Greg Westbrook, an area manager at DuPont, said. “We know and appreciate the good work done by the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home to make an impact in our community and are proud to recognize and help support their mission.”

The Fellowship Home helps many people battling addiction to begin a new life and DuPont hopes the grant helps many more on their journey, Westbrook said.

“To be able to then turn around and recognize a Untied Way program that is truly making a measurable and palpable difference in our community every single day…that’s what this Game Changer’s program is all about,” he said. “We are so proud to be able to put the financial support behind it and see the impact it is making”

The Game Changer recognition program will continue through July with a new agency being recognized each month. Previous recipients are We Have Your Six, the Wood County Society, the Wood County Firefighters Association and the Mid-Town Family Resource Center.

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