The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley is continuing a Civic Leaders Fellowship Program this summer in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.
The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program is offering a college internship program for a number of students from the Ohio Valley. Participating students are from the Ohio Valley and have at least completed their freshman year of college or their first year of a technical or trade school.
Cooperating businesses in the region are hosting the students and providing them with a mentor during their six-week internship. The interns work Monday through Thursday at their designated work sites. On Fridays, the students convene at the Community Foundation offices for a leadership forum, in which students discuss topics such as personal development, workplace ethics, civic leadership and alternative career choices.
Photo Provided\Students participating in the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, listed with their placements, are, front row from left, Marissa Magers, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Eric Dorfner, Wheeling Ntational Heritage Area Corp.; Blake Scollick, Ohio County Schools; Taylor Cunningham, Wheeling Health Department; Anna Humphrey, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center; Taylor Croft, Wheeling Hospital; Courtney Moore, Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley and WHNAC; back row from left, Jimmy Brinsky, Wheeling Truck Center; David Hummel, Touchstone Research; Shane Greskevitch, Wheeling Human Resource Department; Nicholas Turani, Direct Online Marketing; Brian Felton, Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, and Ashley Groove, Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Also participating are Samantha Dodd, Regional Economic Development; William Wagner, Wheeling-Nisshin, and Morgan McDermott, U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The goals for the program are to enhance students' personal skills as well as the students' ability to find a meaningful position in the region upon graduation; to introduce area nonprofit entities, government entities and identified businesses to these students through the fellows placement with their organizations and to offer a collaborative way for employers, nonprofit organizations and the foundations of our area to work together to improve the region's potential workforce for the future.
There are 16 students participating in the program during the summer of 2014. Host companies include Touchstone Research Laboratory, Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, Wheeling-Nisshin, Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley, Kalkreuth Roofing, city of Wheeling, Wheeling Truck Center, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Direct Online Marketing, Ohio County Schools, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp., Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Orientation for the students was held at the Community Foundation in Wheeling. Lee Blundon, senior vice president of human resources at WesBanco, and a panel of young professionals from the Ohio Valley shared their reasons for wanting to live and work in the Ohio Valley.
Funding for the program is provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation with support from the Schenk Foundation, J.B. Chambers Foundation and the Pugliese Foundation.
Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected people who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $30 million, the foundation assisted in making more than $1.5 million in charitable grants last year. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the foundation continues to enhance the region.