YMCA, Ritchie 4-H among grant recipients

PARKERSBURG – More than 30 community groups and organizations received assistance with a variety of programs and projects, ranging from operating costs to improvement and repair projects.

Our Community’s Foundation – The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area – announced its grant awards for spring 2013 during a meeting Monday at the foundation office in Parkersburg.

Marian Clowes, program and development officer for the foundation, said a total of $169,014 was granted through the Spring Community Action Grants program.

The funds went to help organizations within the foundation’s 11-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Ohio.

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) awarded grants totaling $161,264 to 36 different organizations.

Jackson County Community Foundation (JCCF) awarded $5,000 in grants this spring, and Mason County Community Foundation awarded $2,750 in grant funds.

Grants awarded through the PACF Community Action Grant program are provided through various unrestricted, field of interest and donor advised funds at the foundation, Clowes said.

Our Community’s Foundation began in 1963, and manages more than 400 charitable funds, supporting a wide variety of charitable causes in the local region. Last year, the foundation awarded $1.5 million to the region in grants and scholarships.

Clowes said the application process for the fall grants is now underway. For more information on Our Community’s Foundation, interested groups and organizations can contact the office at 304-428-4438 or info@pacfwv.com.

The PACF approved the following grants for spring 2013:

* Actors Guild of Parkersburg: $4,000 to assist with a fundraising campaign and for travel to regional/national competitions.

* Allohak Council, Boy Scouts of America: $7,000 to build latrines at Camp Katooga.

* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County: $2,000 to provide low-income and at-risk children in Washington County with trained and committed adult mentors.

* Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority: $2,132 to assist in the construction of a concrete ramp to expand the recycling program.

* CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit: $5,500 for operating support.

* Christian Youth in Action: $4,000 to paint homes for low income residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley through the summer youth work camp.

* Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley: $5,000 to develop programming to assist individuals with breaking the cycle of poverty.

* Crosslight of Hope: $1,250 to purchase nutritious food items and hygiene products to fill weekly packs for school aged children.

* Ely Chapman Education Foundation: $2,000 to install a portable wireless public address system.

* Erickson All Sports Facility Development Corp.: $7,500 to assist with the completion of the visitors side locker rooms.

* Family Crisis Intervention Center of Region V: $5,000 for operating support.

* Gabriel Project of West Virginia: $2,560 to help establish the first Gabriel Project client services site in Mason County.

* Good Samaritan Clinic: $10,000 to purchase an Electronic Medical Records System for the clinic.

* Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department: $6,000 to purchase communications and extrication equipment.

* iBELIEVE Foundation: $3,000 to support the iBELIEVE summer camp that provides West Virginia high school students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

* Leon Elementary School: $3,500 to purchase tablets to be used in a new math technology program.

* Minnie Hamilton Health System: $5,000 to purchase equipment and furnishings for the Long Term Care facility.

* Ritchie County 4-H Program: $1,250 to assist with the remodeling of the girls’ cabins at the county 4-H camp.

* Roane General Hospital Fitness Complex: $4,658 to support the replacement of treadmills.

* Routes 31 and 50 Community Organization: $3,000 to make capital improvements to the community building.

* Save the Children: $2,500 to support the in-school and after-school literacy program for children grades K-6 at Beale Elementary School.

* Smoot Theatre: $8,462 to assist with the modernization of the theatre’s heating system.

* The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley: $10,000 to support the development and implementation of the Empower Me! Family Advocacy Tool Kit and training curriculum.

* The Children’s Listening Place: $1,200 to assist with preparation of materials to qualify for tax exemption.

* The Friends of Mountwood Park: $1,000 to help fund the two-week archeological program at Thornhill, the estate of W.C. Stiles, at Mountwood Park.

* The Right Path for Washington County: $3,000 to support the development of a Belpre Youth Chamber of Commerce.

* The Salvation Army: $6,000 to add a computer lab for use with the after-school program and to assist clients with job searches.

* Town of Reedy: $1,000 to help install a new heating and air conditioning system in the town’s community center.

* Tri-County Partnership: $2,500 to assist with the local food movement, through support for Roane County Farmers Markets.

* Waverly Volunteer Fire Department: $5,000 to replace the Rescue Air Bags to stabilize vehicles and for patient auto rescue.

* West Virginia Health Right: $6,000 to provide medical and dental supplies to care for patients from the Mid-Ohio Valley.

* West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition: $5,000 to upgrade facilities to meet show requirements for equine and livestock events.

* Wood County Commission: $7,000 to replace water fountains at Veterans Park.

* Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park: $5,000 to replace and upgrade electrical service in the park’s campground.

* Wood County Recreation Commission: $5,200 to support year-round sports program scholarships and purchase supplies for summer playground programs.

* YMCA of Parkersburg: $3,000 to fund a family and youth outreach program to provide families with opportunities to spend quality time together.

The Jackson County Community Foundation approved three grants for the Spring 2013 cycle.

* Allohak Council, Boy Scouts of America: $1,000 to build latrines at Camp Katooga.

* CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit: $2,000 for operating support.

* Community Resources: $2,000 for stabilization services to support families in the agency’s Family Development program.

The Mason County Community Foundation approved two grants:

* Crosslight of Hope: $1,750 to purchase nutritious food items and hygiene products to fill weekly packs for school aged children.

* Point Pleasant Junior Senior High: $1,000 to assist with the construction of a permanent finish line building for the track and field program*