Local organizations that help women and children in crisis, assist children of all ages in learning and work to improve the quality of life in their communities were awarded nearly $147,000 in grants Tuesday by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.
The 2014 spring grants announced Tuesday at the Our Community's Foundation office in Parkersburg were among $203,555 bestowed through the Spring Community Action Grants program through the foundation, which includes the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the regional affiliate foundations of Doddridge, Jackson, Mason and Ritchie counties and the Little Kanawha area. Recipients came from an 11-county area: Wood, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane and Wirt counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.
"It was an enjoyment reading everybody's grants and seeing the different projects," said Cynthia Brown, co-chairwoman of the grants committee.
The largest grants - $10,000 apiece - went to the YMCA of Parkersburg for installation of an access control/security system and the Family Crisis Intervention Center for operation support that is vital to its continued work.
"Without this, we were going to have to close some of our services," said Sharon Lynch, human resources director for the center, which provides shelter, legal advocacy, education and other services to people affected by domestic and sexual violence in an eight-county area. "This is going to help us keep our electric on and our water on."
Washington County grant recipients:
- Belpre High School - $8,000 for the installation of an energy curtain for the school greenhouse project.
- O'Neill Center - $5,700 to purchase computers.
- Marietta College - $2,500 to support the Pay It Forward service-learning project, which engages undergraduate students with nonprofit work.
- Court-Appointed Special Advocates of the 5th Judicial Circuit - $7,500 for operating support.
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $2,000 for the development of a financial literacy education program for students and young adults.
-CONTACT Huntington (rape crisis center whose service area includes Mason County) - $2,000 to prepare print materials and purchase equipment for outreach education.
- Foster Grandparent Program - $5,000 to enable low-income individuals 55 and older to mentor children through summer school programs.
- Gabriel Project of West Virginia - $4,500 to establish a new client service site in Wood County.
- Gilmer County Commission - $5,000 for repairs to the Gilmer County Recreation Center swimming pool.
- iBelieve Foundation - $2,000 to assist with costs for students to attend the iBelieve Summer Leadership Workshop.
- International Order of Kings Daughters, Circle of Grace - $1,000 to provide compression garments to individuals who have completed lymphedema therapy.
- Mason County Fair - $850 to assist with remodeling of bathroom and shower facilities in the horse barn and 4-H building locations.
- Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival - $2,900 to purchase equipment for the festival.
- Mountain State Art and Craft Fair - $4,000 to support a science, technology, engineering and math interactive exhibit at the fair.
- Ohio Valley Volunteer Fire Department (Mason County)- $5,000 to purchase hoses.
- Opportunity Council (Doddridge County)- $4,500 to support the Project GO (Gaining Occupations) job readiness program.
- Parkersburg Catholic High School - $5,000 to purchase laptop computers to support the online studies program.
* Ritchie County Primary Care Center (Ritchie Regional Health Center) - $5,000 to purchase HPV vaccine.
* Sandyville Community PRIDE - $3,500 for the completion of an outdoor pavilion and interpretative signage for the Gilmore Nature and Fitness Trail.
* Smithville Elementary School - $600 to purchase building materials for kindergarten students for use in mastering math and science skills. The Ritchie County Community Foundation also awarded $600 to the school for the same purpose.
* Schrader Youth Ballet Company - $3,000 to support the holiday production of "The Nutcracker: Clara's Dream" and "The Little Match Girl."
* Smithville Elementary School - $200 to purchase building materials for kindergarten students for use in mastering math and science skills.
* The Education Alliance - $2,500 to support the AmeriCorps frontline mentoring program in Calhoun, Doddridge and Pleasants County schools.
* Theater de Jeunesse - $1,400 to support accessibility programs, including Assistive Listening System receivers, a "Sign Language Interpretation for the Stage" workshop and sign language interpretation at a performance.
* Tri-County Partnership - $4,500 to support the Meals to Go program, which provides food during school break for Wirt County students.
* Van Devender Middle School - $5,900 for an after-school art program.
* Voices of the Street/Essentially Yours - $2,875 for operating support.
* Wood County Commission - $5,500 to install post caps on the existing walkways at Fort Boreman Park.
* Wood County Emergency Communications - $2,730 to purchase folding tables for training and for use during emergencies.
* Wood County Parks and Recreations Commission - $6,000 to renovate restrooms at Mountwood Park.
* Wood County Recreation Commission - $6,500 to support scholarships for sports programs and for summer playground equipment and supplies.
* Wood County Society - $2,400 to purchase meeting tables and chairs for new office facility.
* West Virginia Health Right - $5,000 to support medical and dental supplies for residents of the Foundations' service area.
* West Virginia University Extension, Roane County - $2,000 to install a new telephone system.
The Jackson County Community Foundation awarded spring grants to:
* Friends of Kenna - $1,500 for the installation of playground equipment at the new Kenna Elementary School.
* Jackson County Public Library Association - $1,000 to implement a community project to install "mini-libraries" throughout Jackson County.
* Jackson County Sheriff's Department - $1,000 to purchase equipment to retrieve information from digital devices for prosecution of criminal activity.
* Sandyville Community PRIDE - $1,500 for the completion of an outdoor pavilion and interpretative signage for the Gilmore Nature and Fitness Trail
The Gordon and Mildred Jackson Foundation Advised Fund, part of the Mason County Community Foundation affiliates, previously announced grants totaling $51,500, according to a release.