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Foundation brings $76k in grants

From staff reports

When more than 20 nonprofit organizations reached out for help in February, the Marietta Community Foundation was able to lend a hand. Now $76,985 is on its way to nonprofits serving Washington County as a result of the foundation’s spring grant cycle.

“Every project uniquely addresses a need in our community,” said Heather Allender, president and CEO. “We are proud to back organizations that mobilize their good intentions and implement a proactive approach to improving quality of life in Washington County.”

Grant applications were shared with the foundation’s fund-holders to enable co-funding of projects.

As a result, $25,700 is being given by 15 donor-advised funds. The remaining $51,285 is being distributed from the Community Impact Fund. This fund combines unrestricted donations from neighbors wishing to help satisfy the greatest needs of the community.

Each request was examined thoroughly by staff and members of the allocations committee before the foundation’s board of directors granted final funding approvals.

“As a board member and member of the allocations committee, I know the importance of making sure we execute due diligence in evaluating every grant request,” said Tatum Parmer. “Our community members have trusted us with their charitable giving to make sure that each dollar given has the greatest impact possible for bettering our community and those that call it home.”

Twenty-one nonprofits serving the Washington County community received a grant, including:

¯ Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry to purchase lean ground beef to provide an additional healthy protein source.

¯ The iBELIEVE Foundation to cover the attendance of six students from Washington County high schools at their summer Youth Leadership Workshop.

¯ LifeCare Alliance to provide scholarships for children living with diabetes to attend Central Ohio Diabetes Association summer camps.

¯ Washington County Harvest of Hope to purchase approximately 1,500 pounds of lean ground beef, which will be distributed among 12 food pantries and five community meal sites.

¯ Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired, Inc. to purchase or repair 60 hearing aids for low-income deaf or hard of hearing persons.

¯ United Church Homes Inc. to purchase portable blanket warmers for residents at Harmar Place.

¯ Hopewell Health Centers to assist with the Summer Youth Program held at the Belpre location.

¯ Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley to help fund financial literacy programs for youth in Washington County.

¯ Fort Frye Local School District to purchase a recess cart and assorted balls for the middle school playground.

¯ Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley to furnish and erect a historical marker dedicated to Charlotte Scott.

¯ Marietta Family YMCA to purchase the equipment needed to bring back their summer youth soccer camps.

¯ Friends of Sternwheel to sponsor COSI Curbside during the annual festival, held Sept. 9-11.

¯ Marietta College to support a three-week, in-person summer STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) camp.

¯ O’Neill Center to assist with the purchase and installation of three hands-free bottle filler kits on water fountains and a water cooler.

¯ Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre Association to assist with funding family and children’s programs at Peoples Bank Theatre.

¯ The Castle to cover costs of guest presenters during their summer history camp.

¯ Washington County Agricultural & Mechanical Association to purchase and install four picnic tables at Civitan Park, located at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

¯ Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support two Washington County students participating in their Civic Leaders Program.

¯ Marietta High School Wall of Sound Band Boosters to assist with the purchase of new uniforms.

¯ River Cities Symphony Orchestra to support a concert featuring Red Wanting Blue, an Appalachian-style rock band.

¯ Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to provide shelter for Washington County families with seriously ill children in nearby hospitals through the Helping Hands Program. This program helps to close the gap between what families can donate and the actual costs of housing them.

Any 501(c)3 organization serving Washington County is eligible to apply for funding consideration during the foundation’s grant cycles. Applications to be considered during the fall grant cycle are due Sept. 15.

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