(12/08/2012)

Grantees and members of the LKACF board attended the Foundation's December 4 open house and grant award program. Pictured (from left to right) Rachel Saul, WVU Extended Learning; Jim Bennett, LKACF Board Chairman; John Bugby, Pleasant Hill Elementary School; Pat Lydon, LKACF Board Member; and Dr. Sue Day-Perroots, WVU Extended Learning

Our Community's Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area - announces $900 in grants awarded by the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) affiliate through the fall Community Action Grant cycle.

Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department will benefit from a $600 LKACF grant to assist with the completion of an addition to the fire station. The fire department is in the third phase of their building project; this phase will include the completion of the kitchen, a restroom, storage bay, and educational training room.

LKACF also awarded a $300 grant to West Virginia University Foundation to provide support for low-income students from Calhoun County to take advance online math courses through West Virginia University Extended Learning.

The LKACF grants are part of Our Community's Foundation fall Community Action Grant Program, which awarded a total of $205,378 to organizations within the Foundation's eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio, including several Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) grants that benefited Wirt and Calhoun Counties. The Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department is receiving an additional $5,000 from PACF for its building project. PACF also is providing a $3,500 grant to Heartwood in the Hills for operating support and to secure assistance with fundraising planning and $3,500 to The Education Alliance for their AmeriCorps mentoring program in Calhoun and several other counties in the region. The mentoring program pairs at-risk students with mentors and is designed to improve student attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

Our Community's Foundation also recently announced $51,000 in grants awarded to schools in its WV service counties in support of projects that integrate the arts with science, technology, engineering and math instruction and that develop partnerships between schools and artists, arts organizations, and/or higher education institutions.

Support for the program was provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Calhoun County is receiving a $5,000 grant through this program to support a collaborative project that integrates arts, science, technology, and physical education to teach students about other cultures. The project will engage pre-school through fourth grade students in learning about the music, culture, and dance traditions from other countries. Glenville State College will provide art instruction to students, and the students also will communicate with artists from across the world through technology, such as Skype.

Founded in 1963, Our Community's Foundation serves our region by providing leadership and inspiring people to build permanent charitable funds to benefit our communities. Nationally Certified, Our Community's Foundation manages more than 400 named charitable funds, representing $32.5 million in assets. Last year, the Foundation awarded approximately $1.7 million in grants and scholarships to support the charitable needs of our region.

Our Community's Foundation - Complete List of Grants Fall 2012 Grants

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

City of Ravenswood - $500 to purchase emergency preparedness equipment so that Ravenswood can be an approved StormReady community by the National Weather Service.

Doddridge County 4H Foundation - $5,000 to assist with funding for a permanent location for the Doddridge County Extension Service.

Doddridge County 4H Teen Leaders - $600 to purchase recycling bins as part of a beautification project for the town of West Union.

Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000 to assist with the completion of an addition to the fire station.

Glendale Women's Club - $5,000 to assist with kitchen renovations for the Glendale Community Building.

Heartwood in the Hills - $3,500 for operating support and to engage the services of a consultant to assist with fundraising planning.

Marietta College - $2,000 to support the Pay It Forward student-led philanthropy program.

Mason County Library - $1,000 for the purchase of a circulation computer and audio books.

Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home - $10,000 to support the "Women and Child Initiative" project through increased staffing for programming for women and children.

New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100 to purchase a set of personal protective firefighting equipment.

NFS Ministries - $9,038 to support facility renovations in preparation for the construction of kitchen facilities at the Latrobe Street Mission.

Old Man Rivers - $10,000 for operating support.

Opportunity Council - $9,000 in operating support to assist with healthy relationship education courses in Doddridge and Ritchie Counties.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant Ministry - $3,000 to support the health care needs of migrant workers.

Parchment Valley Baptist Church - $7,500 to support the "Snack in Pack" project to provide healthy foods to Jackson County children who have no food on weekends.

Parkersburg Art Center - $8,000 for operating support.

Parkersburg Day Nursery - $8,000 to assist with the replacement of the HVAC system.

Pleasant Valley Hospital - $2,150 to purchase educational materials to update the Diabetes Education program.

The Bomar Club - $5,000 to replace roofing on the facility, with provides meeting space, services, and a drop-in center for individuals suffering from addictive diseases.

The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the AmeriCorps mentoring program in Calhoun, Doddridge and Pleasants County schools, designed to improve at-risk students' attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

Theatre West Virginia - $2,000 to support the performance of touring productions in elementary, middle, and high schools in Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, and Wood Counties.

Volunteer Action Center of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $8,000 for operating support.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $4,000 to assist with outdoor education equipment for the new Early Learning Center.

West Virginia University Foundation - $2,000 to provide low-income students in Calhoun, Jackson and Roane Counties the opportunity to take advanced online math courses through WVU Extended Learning.

Wood County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000 to replace the Council Circle at the Wood County 4-H Camp after damage from the summer derecho.

Wood County Habitat for Humanity - $5,000 in operating support.

Wood County Master Gardeners - $4,500 to assist with the development of a community garden at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, designed to teach at-risk youth and their families how to grow, prepare, and cook fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wood County Senior Citizens Association - $7,500 to assist with the purchase of a minivan to provide transportation to seniors.

Doddridge County Community Foundation Grants

Doddridge County 4H Teen Leaders - $1,400 to purchase recycling bins as part of a beautification project for the town of West Union.

Jackson County Community Foundation Grants

City of Ravenswood - $1,000 to purchase emergency preparedness equipment so that Ravenswood can be an approved StormReady community by the National Weather Service.

Parchment Valley Baptist Church - $2,500 to support the "Snack in Pack" project to provide healthy foods to Jackson County children who have no food on weekends.

The Bomar Club - $2,500 to replace roofing on the facility, with provides meeting space, services, and a drop-in center for individuals suffering from addictive diseases.

West Virginia University Foundation - $912 to provide low-income students in Jackson County the opportunity to take advanced online math courses through WVU Extended Learning.

Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Grants

Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $600 to assist with the completion of an addition to the fire station.

West Virginia University Foundation - $300 to provide low-income students in Calhoun County the opportunity to take advanced online math courses through WVU Extended Learning.

Mason County Community Foundation Grants

Beale Elementary School - $1,000 to establish a listening center for kindergarten students to enhance reading instruction.

Bend Area Community Center - $1,200 to purchase a new lifeguard station for the Bend Area Community Pool.

Contact Huntington - $1,750 to produce print materials for outreach and education and "Care Kits" to be distributed to victims of sexual assault in Mason County.

Fort Randolph - $10,000 for the construction of a cabin for artisans to work and demonstrate their craft at the Fort.

Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Library and Media Center at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School - $16,500 to purchase equipment and install a fully functional media center in the library.

Hannan High School - $1,000 to support the school's dance program.

Main Street Point Pleasant - $10,000 to support the restoration of the historic AF Kisar house as part of the city's revitalization efforts.

Make a Wish Foundation - $3,000 to support wishes for Mason County children.

Mason County Alternative Education - $1,000 to purchase physical education equipment.

Mason County Library - $400 for computer monitors.

New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100 to purchase a set of personal protective firefighting equipment.

Pleasant Valley Hospital - $3,000 to purchase laptops to assist with patient education through the Diabetes Education program.

Point Pleasant Intermediate School - $870 to support a History Alive program on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad and $1,514 to support the purchase of Nexus Android tablets to be used with at-risk and special education students to reinforce educational skills.

Save the Children - $2,500 to support the purchase of books for students at Beale Elementary School.

Theatre West Virginia - $1,000 to support the performance of touring productions in Mason County schools.

Wahama High School - $944 to purchase interactive dvds to improve advanced placement chemistry instruction.

Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

Creed Collins Elementary School - $1,700 to support the purchase of ipads to enhance instruction and support a school improvement effort.

Glendale Women's Club - $800 to assist with kitchen renovations for the Glendale Community Building.

Arts in Education Grants

Evans Elementary School - $5,000 to support a project that integrates the arts and technology, along with community outreach, by using ipad technology for music and art instruction; students will apply what they have learned as volunteers in a local assisted living home.

Hamilton Middle Schools - $2,500 to support the integration of math and music instruction through the development of a percussion ensemble.

Mason County Schools - $5,000 to support performances by the West Virginia Dance Company, along with classroom educational activities, that integrate the arts with science, engineering, technology and math.

New Haven Elementary School - $1,500 to support the continuation of an outdoor classroom project that integrates art and science projects.

Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School - $5,000 to support age-appropriate Arts in Education programming experiences that connect the arts with science and provide materials that will enable teachers to regularly integrate the arts with science instruction.

Parkersburg High School - $5,000 to support the construction of an outdoor classroom, in partnership with Wood County Technical Center, that will involve art and technical students in the design process and provide space for instruction that integrates the arts with the STEM fields.

Parkersburg South High School - $1,500 to support the continuation of the "Instruments of Appalachia" project, through which technical students learn about and construct their own Appalachian instruments.

Pleasants County Schools - $5,000 to support performances by the West Virginia Dance Company, along with classroom educational activities, that integrate the arts with science, engineering, technology and math.

Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $5,000 to support the "Our Trip Around the World" project, which integrates art, science, technology and physical education to teach students about other cultures.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg - $10,500 to provide a professional development opportunity through which current and pre-service teachers from Wood, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, and Wirt Counties will gain practical experience in integrating the arts with science, technology, and mathematics in a variety of formats; pre-service teachers will provide a lesson related to what they have learned at their assigned schools. Funds also will support a poetry appreciation project led by pre-service teachers at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg.

Williamstown Elementary School - $2,500 to support the "It's a Small World" project, which will use math and art instruction to engage students in storytelling and puppetry.

Williamstown High School - $2,500 to support the "To Know by Art Series: Wild Arts" through which art and science students will work together on herbarium pressings and a botanical related art display.


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