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Give Local MOV to begin Tuesday

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: 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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