SSJCF gives $326,800 in fall grants

PARKERSBURG – Twenty-eight nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grant funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” At its fall meeting, the SSJCF’s directors approved a total of $326,800 in funding for the Basic Needs/Direct Service and Responsive Grant Programs.

This cycle marks the first announcement of grantees under the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program, which seeks to provide material aid for agency programs addressing areas of food, personal needs items, and emergency assistance. The following organizations received funding under this small grants program:

* Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants

BoMar Club, Ripley, $3,000, educational materials for recovery groups and food for clients

Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Marietta, $3,000, healthy snacks for after school program

Caring Connection, Marietta, $4,000, emergency assistance for utilities, housing and prescriptions

Caritas House, Morgantown, $3,500, travel reimbursement for doctor visits

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg, $4,000, Senior Companion Program mileage reimbursement

Nazareth Farm, Salem, $4,000, building materials

Old Man Rivers, Parkersburg, $3,000, food to provide meals to the homeless

Parkersburg Urban Ministries, Parkersburg, $3,000, assistance with utility payments, prescription medicine and food

Salvation Army of Athens and Meigs Counties, Athens, $1,800, milk for emergency food boxes

Voices of the Streets, Parkersburg, $2,500, material aid, dish sets

West Central Regional Drug Court, Parkersburg, $4,000, housing assistance and participant incentives

The following organizations received funding under the regular Responsive Grants Program:

* Oral Health Priority Area

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Parkersburg, $50,000, oral health coordinator

* Healthy Lifestyles Priority Area

Camden Clark Foundation, Parkersburg, $18,000, educational and equipment support for Camden Clark Medical Center’s new Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

Community Food Initiatives, Athens, $30,000, Donation Station and Discovery Kitchen programs

Courage to Change Community Recovery Center, Parkersburg, $18,000, educational materials and operating expenses

Hunger Solutions Mid-Ohio Valley, Marietta, $17,000, live healthy kids programming in Washington and Wood counties

West Virginia on the Move, Charleston, $15,000, promoting physical activity through ‘Communities on the Move’ programs

* Health Equity Priority Area

The Children’s Listening Place, Parkersburg, $25,000, seed funding to hire executive director

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, $4,000, equipment to provide budgeting classes for Mid-Ohio Valley residents

Gabriel Project of West Virginia, Parkersburg, $5,000, operational and client assistance support

Habitat for Humanity of Southeast io, Athens, $15,000, Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Nelsonville

Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Parkersburg, $15,000, operating support

NFS Ministries, Parkersburg, $20,000, ADA approved handicap accessible bathrooms and showers

Opportunity Council, West Union, $6,000, Safety & Texting in Relationships program for Ritchie County Schools

Trimble Local School District, Athens, $25,000, school based health center at Trimble Elementary/Middle School

Volunteer Action Center, Parkersburg, $5,000, FaithLink operating support

Washington County Free Clinic, Marietta, $20,000, general operations

Westbrook Health Services, Parkersburg, $3,000, equipment to support Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration Project Step Two

For the upcoming spring grant cycle, the foundation will implement a new online application system. To familiarize applicants with how to submit an application and to answer any questions, two online webinars and one in-person meeting will be offered. The webinars will be held 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and Jan. 7. Register for one of the online webinars by visiting the home page of An in-person demonstration will be held 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in Parkersburg. To register for the in-person demonstration only, email Renee Steffen at The deadline to submit an application for all grant programs for the spring cycle is Jan. 22.