Jon Six wins West Virginia volunteer award

Jon Six, Vienna businessman and community advocate, has been selected to receive West Virginia’s “most prestigious volunteer award.”

Six was notified this week he was one of eight recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given through Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service.

These awards honor individuals and groups that work to solve community problems “in an innovative way.” Six won in the senior category. Winners also were selected in the categories of youth, adult, lifetime achievement, national service, family, group and business.

“This is a great honor,” Six said.

Six is known for helping others in need, whether an individual or organization.

In her letter nominating Six, Jane Irvine noted “his involvement as a board member for the Humane Society, Artsbridge, SW Resources (sheltered workshop), and active involvement with the Latrobe Street Mission, Momma T and the Warriors (a street ministry), and countless other community service projects, elevates him as the epitome of volunteerism.”

With the Humane Society of Parkersburg, Six helps with its tailgate fundraiser and collects supplies and funds when needed, often on an ongoing basis, Irvine said. His hair salon has an area of shelving that is constantly filled with requests from several agencies to help others, and he never turns them down, she said.

Six has collected and delivered food to seven food pantries, Irvine said, and has collected socks for the homeless and underwear for people in shelters.

By putting out the word to friends and supporters, Six has collected pet food and supplies numerous times and extends this service to outlying counties, Irvine said.

“He is truly a master cheerleader for causes that speak to his soul: homeless, hunger, children, animals,” Irvine said in her nomination letter, which included three references.

The eight recipients will be honored at a banquet at the Culture Center in Charleston Sept. 5. Seventy-three nominations were received for the awards.

On Monday, representatives from West Virginia Public Broadcasting are scheduled to film a segment about Six’s volunteerism at his hair salon on Grand Central Avenue.


Ground was broken Thursday for an expansion of the Humane Society of Parkersburg’s shelter on 29th Street.

This was the second time construction had started on the shelter addition. After a ground breaking in November 2018, it was determined the ground, behind the shelter, was too wet to support a building.

The architectural plans were redrawn and a new site at the front of the shelter was selected for the expansion, said Katie Kelly, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

Besides the addition, the project also calls for renovating the existing shelter. Work is expected to be completed around November.

The addition will provide for a new area to house cats. Cats are now housed with small dogs in the shelter, Kelly said.

More kennel space will be created and the animal adoption and intake areas for the public will be separated.

Mondo Building and Excavating of Marietta is building the shelter addition.

Proceeds from the ninth annual WV Mountaineer Tail-waggin’ Tailgate Party on Aug. 24 at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna will once again benefit the shelter expansion.

Auction items are still needed for the tailgate party, said Karen Katchur, a coordinator for the fundraiser. Three-hundred tickets will be sold for the reverse drawing with a payout of $7,000. The top prize is $3,000.

DaVinci’s of Williamstown is providing the food and the disc jockey will be Chris Wilson.

Tickets are available at the shelter, Buttermore Jewelers, Jon Six hair salon, from humane society SPOT Committee members and by calling Katchur at 304-615-1173.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com