Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards nearly $165,000 in grants

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & its regional affiliates awarded more than $164,840 in grants to local nonprofit groups in a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

Twice each year, the PACF hosts its Community Action Grants Program, which allows Mid-Ohio Valley nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to address organizational needs and fund new programs.

The grants are funded by charitable funds managed by the Foundation.

The fall 2018 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients are:

Actors Guild of Parkersburg - $10,000 to upgrade lighting equipment
American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia - $2,500 for the Sound the Alarm Campaign to install smoke alarms in at-risk households in Wood and Wirt counties
Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department – $7,500 to purchase updated radio and communications equipment
Blennerhassett FFA Alumni - $4,000 to purchase tools for antique tractor restorations to enhance fundraising efforts
Building Bridges to Careers - $2,500 to support marketing efforts for the Epicenter and Makerspace
Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $5,990 to update computer network hardware and software
Circles Campaign - $7,500 to provide operating support for services to low-income families in the Mid-Ohio Valley
Community Resources - $7,000 to support Thrive: A Community Empowerment Center that hosts a food choices market and hydroponics garden and provides household goods and baby items to those in need
Community Spirit of Williamstown - $5,000 to support a mentoring program for at-risk youth and families
Gilmer Public Library - $2,000 for replacement of flooring in the facility
Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theater Association - $5,000 to address air conditioning issues
House of Hope - $1,400 to support the “Art of Recovery” program
Kootaga Indian Dancers - $3,000 to repair the roof on the organization’s facility
Little Kanawha Chapter of West Virginia Archeological Society - $2,000 for radiocarbon dating for artifacts excavated at two Wood County sites
Madison Elementary - $10,400 to enhance music education programs through the purchase of Orff musical instruments, ukuleles, and a sound system
Minnie Hamilton Health System - $4,100 to update physical therapy equipment
Mountaineer Food Bank - $7,000 for a scissor lift for the Food Bank warehouse
Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library - $3,500 to enable the library to become a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Access Partner
Parkersburg Academy - $2,500 to implement the Destiny Library Manger system for the school library
Parkersburg Art Center - $12,000 to address renovation needs for the second floor space above a portion of the center’s facility
Parkersburg Woman’s Club - $5,000 to support the Brown Bag program which provides nutritious food on weekends for students at Emerson and McKinley Elementary Schools
Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $3,974 for lighting of the quarter-mile track that surrounds the school’s playground
Reedy Senior Citizen Center - $6,476 to purchase a generator to provide power in the event of a natural disaster or electrical outage
Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $5,000 to provide nutritious foods to send home with Ritchie County Students on weekends and school holidays
Ritchie Regional Health Center - $7,500 to assist with renovations to the school-based health center at Ritchie Middle/High School
Ronald McDonald House Charities - $4,500 to support the Hoss Lodging Fund to defray the costs for lodging for families from the Mid-Ohio Valley
The Children’s Listening Place - $6,000 to support training for children on body safety and empower children to stay safe from abuse
The Salvation Army - $15,000 to purchase furniture for three transitional living apartments which provide an opportunity for families to regain financial independence
Wirt County Primary Center - $2,000 to purchase equipment to meet the needs of children with autism and sensory disorders
Wood County Christian School - $6,000 to purchase a double convection oven for the school’s cafeteria