PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has announced awards of $ 234,838 for its fall grant cycle.
“The Foundation supports several innovative educational projects in local elementary schools in this cycle of grants”, said Marian Clowes, associate director for community leadership. âA broadcast project at Kanawha Elementary School and a drone project at Madison Elementary School will both provide the opportunity for students to engage in learning in new and exciting ways. “
Food insecurity remains a significant challenge in the region, Clowes said. Several grants focus on access to food, including $ 10,000 to Catholic Charities West Virginia to support the purchase of a new van truck with refrigeration for the mobile pantry serving the counties of Ritchie, Doddridge, Calhoun, Wirt and Roane
“Having this truck will allow us to provide more food to these families (in need) as well as healthy products, dairy products and meat that require refrigeration” said Jeremy Lessner of Catholic Charities.
PACF provides grants from a variety of funds created by individuals, organizations and businesses in the region to meet basic community needs. Three affiliates provided additional grants, including $ 4,775 from the Doddridge County Community Foundation, $ 3,365 from the Ritchie County Community Foundation and $ 3,400 from the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation.
To be considered for a community action grant, an applicant must be a private non-profit organization or a public institution. The applicant or program to be funded must be located within the Foundation’s geographic service area including Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia and County of Washington, Ohio.
The Fall 2021 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliate grant recipients are:
* AFL-CIO Appalachian Council Inc. – $ 5,000 to provide educational support and tutoring for children raised by their grandparents.
* American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley – $ 10,000 to support Blood Saves: Fighting Cancer, which aims to ensure a safe and reliable supply of platelets and blood for people battling cancer.
* Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County – $ 3,500 to provide accessible playground equipment for the county park.
* Building Bridges to Careers – $ 7,000 to provide Makerspace courses and memberships to people in recovery.
* Mid-Ohio Valley Children’s Museum – $ 49,000 to support exhibit development and construction.
* Washington-Morgan, Ohio County Community Action Program – $ 5,000 to help purchase a Hotshot meal delivery truck.
* Doddridge County Middle School – $ 1,000 to support an educational trip to Washington, DC for eighth graders.
* Gilmer County Ambulance Service – $ 9,805 to purchase a LIFELINE ARM automated chest compression machine.
* Golden Girl, Inc. – $ 6,000 to provide additional training and workforce development skills to residents to prepare them for future employment.
* Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley – $ 15,000 in operational support to help grow the ReStore and meet long-term financial services and program goals.
* Kanawha Elementary School – $ 3,926 to purchase equipment for Brave House News Broadcast, a daily student-run show to celebrate positive character traits.
* Madison Elementary School – $ 6,266 for the Madison COPTERS program, which will integrate drone education into the curriculum.
* Normantown Historic Community Center – $ 4,578 to expand the wardrobe and sewing room.
* North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation Inc. – $ 8,165 to set up bike repair stations on the trail.
* House to Home – $ 13,000 to build an outdoor shelter.
* Parkersburg South High School – $ 500 to purchase an air purifier for the health unit.
* Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office – $ 10,000 to support the purchase of a K-9 unit.
* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown – $ 3,500 to support the Family Lodging Fund, to provide accommodations for families in the PACF service area.
* Save a Kitty Wildcat Program – $ 1,000 to help with sterilization and purchase of food to combat the reduction in the feral cat population.
* South Parkersburg United Methodist Church Lunch Sack Program – $ 5,000 to support the purchase of food for weekends and holidays for students at three local elementary schools.
* Strait Creek Food Pantry – $ 10,843 to increase current food storage capacity.
* Waverly Volunteer Fire Company – $ 15,000 for building repairs and renovations.
* Wirt County Development Authority – $ 17,000 to install additional lighting at Sportsman Park.
* Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission – $ 9,995 to purchase a wood splitter for the family campgrounds in Mountwood Park.
* Wood County Society – $ 6,300 to purchase metalworking equipment for the Artbeat Studio social enterprise.