Parkersburg Area Community Foundation hands out $243,000 in grants

PARKERSBURG, W.VA. (WTAP) - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Wednesday afternoon hands out more than $243,000 dollars in spring quarter grants to 40 local non-profit agencies.

Several of those grants went to organizations dealing with the opioid crisis, including the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home and the Wood County Drug Court.

The available grant money increased this year, thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals.

"We have a lot of very generous people in the community who create funds at the community foundation that make these grants possible. So, we're fortunate that, as time goes by, more people create funds here, particularly flexible funds. That's what we use for our grant-making, the funds that people give to us and say, 'find the best use of those funds every year'," said Marian Clowes, the PACF associate director.

Vienna and Ravenswood got grants for recreational projects. The community foundation and its regional agencies serve 11 counties in the region in an area from Mason County to Calhoun County.

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