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UPDATE: Give Local MOV campaign raises half a million dollars

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 3:22 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 4:24 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 5/18/2021 8:57 P.M.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced that more than $502,000 was raised through its exciting 24-hour online giving campaign on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Nonprofits participating in Give Local MOV 2021 included 60 area groups with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development. Organizations invited to participate were those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.

“We had an extraordinary 24-hours here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer. “On behalf of the 60 participating organizations, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation wishes to express its profound gratitude to everyone who supported this year’s outstanding Give Local MOV campaign. We’re truly humbled and inspired by the outstanding generosity of so many people.”

A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 4 was the availability of 1:1 matching funds and incentive prizes. Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota, the Mary M. Welch Advised Fund of the PACF, and DuPont Washington Works, supplied matching funds that made the day even more exciting.

“Our support is made possible by our Superior team and our customers,” said T.R. Hathaway, owner of Superior Toyota. “If the community didn’t support us, we wouldn’t be able to provide this type of funding for our community. We’re thankful for our community and want to give back. Give Local MOV is an excellent way to do just that in our region.”

“My mother supported so many of the participating Give Local MOV organizations over the years—she would have been thrilled to see that her Fund’s sponsorship helped encourage so many gifts to these groups that are doing such good and important work,” said Mary Anne Ketelsen, fund advisor to the Mary M. Welch Advised Fund of the PACF. “It was wonderful to see the great support from our community and I’m very pleased that we could be part of it.”

“DuPont was delighted to support the Give Local MOV project of the PACF with a specific matching gift for three agencies that we believe are doing really important work in our region,” said Robin Wallace of DuPont Washington Works. “Our matching gift of $15,000 was shared with the Children’s Home Society, Salvation Army, and the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home. We encourage others to support Give Local MOV annually and commend PACF for annually offering this opportunity for our area’s nonprofits.”

The PACF invites the public to check out the final Give Local MOV leaderboards at www.GiveLocalMOV.org. To learn more, call the PACF at 304-428-4438.

“What a wonderful day for everyone,” said Posey. “Thank you to all of this year’s supporters. And, congratulations to all of the organizational recipients. The Mid-Ohio Valley is a great place in which to live, work, and raise our families. We take care of each other here.”

UPDATE: 05/06/2021

The final count is not yet in, but the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is touting another successful Give Local MOV campaign.

Currently, the donations sit at near $490,000, from $1,500 donors all across the country who helped donate to 60 local non-profit organizations.

Those numbers are higher than in 2020, and officials with the foundation that the number has grown every year of the campaign.

Julie Posey, the development and communications officer for the P.A.C.F. says that it is heartwarming and humbling to see the organizations successfully participate, since COVID-19 may have altered their operations.

“It’s exciting that we had so many that wanted to participate this year, because not only are they raising funds, but they’re raising awareness for what they’re doing. And so many of them have had to change their ways of operation or change some of their programming to adapt with the pandemic these past few months, so they were able to highlight all that they are doing.”

If you missed giving on Give Local MOV day, you can still donate to a non-profit of your choice directly.

ORIGINAL STORY: 05/03/2021

The start of this year’s Give Local MOV, the annual campaign hosted by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) to raise funds for area nonprofits, is less than 24 hours away. The online giving campaign will begin at 12 A.M. on Tuesday, May 5.

This year, 60 nonprofits and schools will participate. Those who would like to donate to one or more of the organizations can do so online at givelcoalmov.org. Many of the participating organizations currently looking for volunteers will highlight available opportunities on the site, as well.

A number of prizes will be awarded to various organizations, some of which will be based upon funds raised while others will be random drawings.

The campaign began as a day of giving in 2014, and has grown in scope to include an increasing number of organizations in Wood, Doddridge, Ritchie, and Calhoun Counties.

The campaign is taking on a special significance in 2021, as many area organizations are continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19.

“COVID-19 is still creating a lot of new needs and putting financial strain on our nonprofits,” said Julie Posey, development and communications officer at PACF. “The organizations that are providing direct assistance are requiring more resources than usual to fulfill their mission...And even if they aren’t directly responding to COVID-19, they’re feeling the pressure because they’ve had to cancel their regular programming and fundraising activities,” she added. Posey went on to note that, while many organizations maintain “rainy day” funds, much of that money has been largely depleted in the last year, as well.

As the camping progresses, PACF will continue to provide updates on Facebook.

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