Parkersburg, WV - Twenty-six nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received new grant funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund in support of collaborative efforts toward its vision of "healthy people in healthy communities." At its spring meeting, the Charitable Fund's Board of Directors approved grants for the following nonprofit organizations:

Athens Community Arts, Parks, and Recreation; Athens, OH - $10,000 in support of Athens Southside Accessible Playground

Athens County Habitat for Humanity; Athens, OH - $10,000 in support of an Athens City Build

Birth Circle; Athens, OH - $2,500 in support of Athens Area Doula Training to Benefit Low-Income Mothers

Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants Co.; St. Marys, WV - $10,000 in support of the Triple Play Program

Children's Hunger Alliance; Columbus, OH - $11,400 in support of Meigs County Summer Feeding Program

Ely Chapman Education Foundation; Marietta, OH - $10,000 in support of the Sensational Summer Camp: Healthy Choices Healthy Children

First Presbyterian Church; Parkersburg, WV - $15,000 in support of a Community Labyrinth

Friends of Lower Muskingum River; Marietta, OH - $5,000 in support of Early Detection of Contamination of Water Due to Deep-Shale Drilling Operations

Holzer Medical Center; Gallipolis, OH - $2,500 in support of Camp Beaver: Building Bridges "A Place to Share and Learn about Grief and Loss"

Kids on Campus; Athens, OH - $13,000 in support of Kids on Campus Summer 2012: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

Live Healthy Appalachia; Athens, OH - $15,000 in support of Food is Elementary Classroom-Based and After-School Programs

Marietta College; Marietta, OH - $52,115 in support of the MOV Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Marietta Family YMCA; Marietta, OH - $5,000 in support of Y Fit Kids

Meigs Cooperative Parish; Pomeroy, OH - $14,920 in support of the Faith Community Nursing Health Ministry

Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home; Parkersburg, WV - $25,000 in support of the Woman and Child Initiative

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council; Parkersburg, WV - $6,000 in support of the Foster Grandparent Program

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, OH - $25,000 in support of the Healthy Communities Project, OUHCOM Community Health Programs Free Clinic

Paper Circle; Nelsonville, OH - $15,000 in support of Circle Round the Square

Rural Action; Trimble, OH - $25,000 in support of Country Fresh Stops

St. Paul's United Methodist Church; Parkersburg, WV - $25,000 in support of the Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley

United Way Alliance of the MOV; Vienna, WV - $2,500 in support of Every Smile Matters

Washington-Morgan Community Action; Marietta, OH - $5,000 in support of the Summer Feeding Program

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.; Charleston, WV - $15,000 in support of Consumable Supplies for Adult Dental Clinic

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care; Charleston, WV - $25,000 in support of Outreach and Education on the Affordable Care Act

WVU at Parkersburg; Parkersburg, WV - $13,000 in support of the Culinary Arts Commercial Kitchen & Incubator

WVU Foundation; Morgantown, WV - $49,000 in support of the Collaborative Family Support Initiative

The spring grant cycle marks Sr. Jane Harrington's last round of grantmaking as Executive Director of the SSJ Charitable Fund. Reflecting on the 15 years of grantmaking by the SSJCF, Sr. Jane noted that "The Charitable Fund has awarded 730 grants totaling 11.2 million dollars in funding, but the real story - or stories - lie behind the numbers.

Each project that we help fund represents significant investment by the grantee organization - in creative and hard-working leadership, donations from other funders and individuals, and strong community support. Looking back over 15 years, it is exciting to see strong nonprofit organizations committed to their missions, to their own growth and development, and to collaborating for the good of the community. It is privilege to have been part of advancing health and wellness in the Mid-Ohio Valley."

For those interested in applying for the fall grant cycle, letters of inquiry will be accepted starting June 1. Please visit www.ssjcharitablefund.org for information on how to apply.

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