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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation kicks off Give Local 2022

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Marian Clowes, associate director for community leadership, and Julie Posey, development and communications officer, man the table at the Give Local MOV 2022 kickoff event Tuesday morning at Superior Toyota on Seventh Street in Parkersburg. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — Local nonprofits took time on Giving Tuesday to look ahead to one of the biggest fundraisers in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates kicked off Give Local MOV 2022 on Tuesday morning at Superior Toyota on Seventh Street in Parkersburg. The 24-hour online giving day is set for Tuesday, May 3, and Superior is again the lead sponsor, providing $30,000 to start building the pot of matching funds.

“This is from all the employees at Superior, who work hard and take care of our customers so we can afford to be charitable,” said T.R. Hathaway, Superior Toyota owner.

The 2021 edition of Give Local raised more than $502,000 for 60 local programs, causes and organizations, impacting missions that support animals, the arts, education, health, youth development and more in the foundation’s 11-county service area, according to a release from PACF.

In addition to spotlighting participating entities and encouraging people to donate, the event provides a variety of matching funds and incentive prizes to boost the amounts given. The PACF hopes to offer at least $175,000 in matching funds for this year’s program.

Superior Toyota owner T.R. Hathaway, right, speaks with Doug Hess, left, program and activities coordinator for the Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Melissa Ogden, operations director at Community Resources Inc., at the Give Local MOV kickoff Tuesday at Superior Toyota. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

“Sponsors like Superior Toyota are what pushes this campaign forward, and we are so grateful for their continued support; we hope that others will also step up to sponsor this campaign to help encourage gifts to our region’s nonprofit and school partners,” Julie Posey, the foundation’s development and communications officer, said in the release.

Rather than a formal event, Tuesday’s kickoff was held outside at Superior, with representatives of participating nonprofits dropping in to pick up registration information and coffee and pastries provided by the Bodega. Posey said the format was chosen because of continuing uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know our area nonprofits were and continue to be hit hard by this pandemic with decreased revenue and increased demand for their services,” she said in the release. “Give Local MOV is an excellent and easy way to give back to our community and support your favorite organizations’ hard work.”

Humane Society of Parkersburg Executive Director Gary McIntyre said the organization has a strong donor base year-round but the additional funds available through Give Local are quite beneficial. In years past, the money has helped with special projects, but in 2020 it was needed for operations.

Julie Nutter, program manager for The Children’s Listening Place, said Give Local is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization, which conducts forensic interviews of children in cases of child abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.

“We have a blast with (the event),” Nutter said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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