Community Action Grants benefit 38 nonprofit organizations

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) – Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Regional Affiliates (PACF) has announced grants to many nonprofit organizations and charitable projects. The PACF awarded $337,911 to 38 different organizations and projects through its Community Action Grant Program.

The largest grant awarded was $26,300 to The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley for the renovation of its Parkersburg facility, which when complete will improve access and programming for people with disabilities.

“Funds generously provided by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation will help keep The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s infrastructure strong,” said Liz Ford, executive director of The Arc. “Our systems need to be maintained and modernized. The work to be carried out includes exterior work to keep out moisture, painting the building, improvements to the car park and installing an elevator. With better access to the upper reaches, The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley will increase the number of education and advocacy programs in our community.”

To qualify for a PACF Community Action Grant, applicants must be a private organization, non-profit organization, or public entity. Either the applicant or the program to be funded must be located in the 11-county service area of ​​the PACF (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio ).

The Spring 2022 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grantees are:

  • Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg – $19,000 to replace the large curtain to improve security.
  • Adolescent Health Initiative Region V – $10,000 to support the STARS program, which addresses mental health and builds leadership among middle and high school students in the region.
  • The Amputee Center – $8,500 to purchase exercise equipment and additional adaptive equipment.
  • The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley – $26,300 for facility renovation to improve services for people with disabilities.
  • Blennerhassett Historical Foundation – $3,518 for a landscape beautification project at Blennerhassett Island Manson.
  • Cairo Volunteer Fire Department – ​​$12,000 to upgrade portable radios to improve communication between firefighters.
  • Calhoun County Historical Society – $4,820 to install awnings on History Museum building.
  • Calhoun County Family Resource Network – $9,800 to install a kitchen to improve food access programs.
  • City of Spencer – $9,999 for replacing windows and lighting in the east wing of the Armory Facility.
  • City of Williamstown – $250 to support the installation of an electronic bulletin board to provide information to the public.
  • Doddridge County Parks and Recreation Commission – $15,000 in support of phase two pool renovation project.
  • Downtown PKB – $5,750 to support the Point Park Summer Concert Series.
  • Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation – $8,700 for transportation of clients with substance use disorders to and from treatment facilities.
  • Gilmer County Historical Society – $1,000 to replace locks on Society buildings.
  • Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau – $9,082 to support the restoration of community gardens at the organization’s new facility.
  • Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department – $6,620 to purchase equipment for wilderness firefighting and search and rescue operations.
  • Hopewell Health Centers – $1,300 to support summer camps for youth.
  • Horizons Center for Independent Living – $11,500 for kitchen renovation in group home.
  • Humane Society of Parkersburg – $5,000 to customize a new transporter for the safe transportation of animals.
  • Latrobe Street Mission – $2,850 for developing a computer lab for clients.
  • Marietta College – $14,500 to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Camp.
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Drug Court – $11,500 for assisting clients in need of dentures.
  • Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired – $3,400 to provide hearing aids to low-income people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Parkersburg Art Center – $15,000 to improve the facility’s security system.
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School – $500 towards the purchase of 3rd grade chapter books and novelsapprox and 4th classroom.
  • Ritchie County Family Resource Network – $11,220 in support of Packs of Plenty, which provides meals to children in the Ritchie County school system during weekends and school holidays.
  • Roane County 4-H Leaders Association – $8,000 to support the Farm to School program through the development of school gardens.
  • Roane County Commission – $13,550 for construction of public toilet facilities at Camp Sheppard.
  • SW Resources, Inc. – $16,000 for providing employment training programs for people recovering from substance use disorders.
  • Wasco, Inc. – $1,000 to support office equipment purchases.
  • West Virginia Health Right – $7,000 to support mobile dental services in Roane County.
  • West Virginia University Extension/Family Nutrition Program – $9,500 to support pop-up farmers markets at schools in Wood County.
  • Westbrook Health Services – $14,442 to install gas generators in residential homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Williamstown Middle/High School – $7,300 to install a projector system in the newly constructed auditorium.
  • Wood County 4-H Camp – $16,200 for camp facility improvements.
  • Wood County Sports Association – $7,500 to replace fences and repair parking lots.
  • WVU Foundation/Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program – $5,250 to support clinics to assess and support children with visual impairments in the PACF service area.
  • Parkersburg YMCA – $15,000 to install LED lighting throughout the facility.
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