Charitable fund announces grants

PARKERSBURG – Thirty-one nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grants from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.”

At its spring meeting, the SSJCF’s Board of Directors approved a total of $427,727 in funding for the following nonprofit organizations:

Oral Health Priority Area

  • West Virginia Health Right Inc., Charleston, $15,000 in support of consumable dental supplies

Healthy Lifestyles Priority Area

  • Armory Square Inc., Marietta, $20,000 in support of handicap accessible restrooms
  • Betsey Mills Club, Marietta, $25,000 in support of facilities improvements to their swimming pool area
  • Blennerhassett Elementary PTA, Parkersburg, $8,000 in support of its playground project
  • Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County, St. Marys, $10,000 in support of Triple Play and SMART Girls Programs
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance, Columbus, $10,000 in support of the Meigs County summer feeding program expansion
  • Community Resources Inc., Parkersburg, $4,000 in support of its nutrition programming – cookbooks and cooking utensils
  • EVE Inc., Marietta, $5,000 in support of the Transitional Housing Program
  • Live Healthy Appalachia, Athens, $25,000 in support of Live Healthy Kids hands-on cooking and nutrition program
  • Meigs County Council on Aging, Pomeroy, $15,000 in support of new kitchen equipment
  • Ohio University – Kids on Campus, Athens, $13,000 in support of Kids on Campus Summer 2013
  • Paper Circle, Nelsonville, $10,000 in support of Circle Round the Square Summer Program
  • The Plains Elementary School, The Plains, $20,000 in support of 1st-6th grade playground
  • Rural Action, Trimble, $20,000 in support of Country Fresh Stops
  • South Parkersburg Baptist Church, Parkersburg, $10,000 in support of the Wellness and Safety Program
  • Tri-County Partnerships Inc., Spencer, $5,000 in support of the Roane County Energy Express Program
  • Washington-Morgan Community Action, Marietta, $4,500 in support of the summer feeding program in Washington County

Health Equity Priority Area

  • American Friends Service Committee, Milton, $10,000 in support of the public policy advocacy
  • American Red Cross, MOV Chapter, Parkersburg, $10,000 in support of training high school students in Citizen CPR
  • Athens Area Mediation Service, Athens, $9,424 in support of rural community-based mediation programs
  • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, $10,000 in support of program development
  • Ely Chapman Education Foundation, Marietta, $10,000 in support of the Sensational Summer Camp Program
  • Jackson County Developmental Center, Millwood, $12,000 in support of the peer support center for brain injury survivors
  • Meigs United Methodist Cooperative Parish, Pomeroy, $8,000 in support of the Faith Community Nursing
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance, Harrisville, $15,000 in support of assessing the need/value of a networked organization to provide services to elders in the Mid-Ohio Valley
  • Ohio University (Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine), Athens, $25,000 in support of the Community Health Programs Free Clinic
  • Parkersburg Fire Department, Parkersburg, $5,000 in support of fire education and prevention material
  • Sacred Heart Church, Pomeroy, $5,000 in support of the Migrant Program
  • Washington County Habitat for Humanity, Marietta, $5,000 in support of an enclosed storage trailer
  • West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Charleston, $30,000 in support of educating the public and policy makers on health insurance coverage

Emerging Issues

  • Marietta College, Marietta, $53,803 in support of nonprofits LEAD

During the spring grant cycle, a new Basic Needs/Direct Service Grant Program was piloted, of which Community Resources was the first recipient. This program will be fully implemented during the upcoming fall grant cycle where a limited number of grants, each up to $5,000, will be awarded to programs providing direct service to poor and vulnerable populations in the service area.

The intent of the new grant program is to provide material aid for agency programs addressing areas of food, personal needs items and emergency assistance.

What’s next

A webinar on the new grant program will be offered on June 5 at 10 a.m. To register for the webinar, email Sr. Molly Bauer at by noon June 3. The deadline to submit a letter of inquiry for all grant programs is by 3 p.m. July 10.