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Local Organizations Earn More Than $165,000 In Grants

Photo provided Volunteer cook Joe Kochy wears a new apron signed by children who attend programs at Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling.

WHEELING — Grants with totals eclipsing $165,000 have been awarded through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley to more than a dozen organizations around the region.

The foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle awarded grants totaling more than $50,000, and the foundation also recently gave out $115,340 in Community Impact grants to 15 different organizations.

According to the foundation, the Women’s Giving Circle “seeks to empower through philanthropy by making strategic, researched-based grants supporting projects serving women and girls.”

Grants totalling $50,675 were awarded to the following local organizations:

Augusta Levy Learning Center, $2,625 for pre-employment skills; Crittenton Foundation, $2,000 for a parenting program; Family Service Upper Ohio Valley, $5,000 for a food security program for senior women; Oglebay Institute, $4,000 for art experiences for girls; Smart Center, $2,050 for a summer camp for girls to enjoy math and science; Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, $6,000 for a female empowerment program; Tri-County Help Center, $500 for prevention education at detention center; Wheeling Country Day School, $3,500 to provide summer camp discounts to “ignite girls’ passion for learning”; Wheeling Health Right, $4,000 for a nutrition and lifestyles program for women; West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation, $4,000 for “emergency assistance for female students experiencing challenges that may disrupt course attendance or degree completion”; YWCA Wheeling, $7,000 for its ReEntry program that provides guidance before being released from prison; and Youth Services System, $10,000 for its transitional living program for young women.

Jess Puglisi-Sanders, program officer for the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, said the grant does feature an application process.

The Women’s Giving Circle, to date, has awarded more than $450,000 to projects that support the needs of women and girls. To become a member, call 304-242-3144.

The foundation’s Community Impact grants focused on projects that plan to address “aspects of health and wellness, youth mentoring and recreation.”

Grants were awarded to the following:

City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation, $3,340 for a life skills program for teen and young adults; Community Resources Inc., $5,000 for food security with quality, healthy options;

Family and Community Services Inc., $10,000 to fund a youth mentoring program in Jefferson County; Grand Vue Park, $12,000 for a summer leadership camp for middle and high school students; Laughlin Community Center, $10,000 for its Energy Express program to improve literacy skills; Moundsville Middle School, $2,000 to provide support for mental health and emotional stress during school hours; NAMI Greater Wheeling Inc., $5,500 to provide a virtual conference for local mental health providers; Ohio Valley Recovery Inc./Unity Center, $15,000 to support its operation budget; Ohio Valley Youth Network, $5,000 for its youth leadership, mentoring and recreation program; St. Clairsville Area Soccer Association, $10,000 to permanently light all the soccer fields; Weirton Christian Center, $7,500 for life skills, leadership and work experiences for middle schoolers; Wheeling Health Right, $5,000 to fund a new director community health education position; Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, $5,000 to help support additional youth orchestra instruction; Wheeling YMCA, $5,000 for its summer camp; and Youth Services System, $15,000 to support its youth mentoring program.

“The 2022 Community Impact Fund grants support projects that promote the building blocks of healthy and strong communities. The organizations recognized here are providing critically important services and opportunities across the Ohio Valley,” said Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV, in a news release.

According to the foundation, the Community Impact Fund consists of several unrestricted funds at the foundation left by donors including members of the Barnes, Boutaugh, Kelvington, Naylor, Schlobohm, Strauss and Weimer families.

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