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CFOV Awards Nearly $100,000 in Emergency Impact Fund Grants

Local Salvation Army locations, including this one in Wheeling, were one of 21 local Emergency Impact Fund grant recipients.

WHEELING — Over the past few weeks, the Community Foundation For the Ohio Valley has created an “Emergency Impact Fund” that is providing grants totaling $97,373 to 21 area nonprofits in need of additional assistance in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The fund was created about a month ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CFOV Executive Director Susie Nelson. It provides flexible operating grants to support organizations working through new challenges, with preference extended to nonprofits supporting basic human needs.

“In the beginning of April, we reached out to donors and asked them to give to a new fund called the ‘Emergency Impact Fund’ so that we could start to respond to some of these needs that were popping up,” Nelson explained. “Some of these non-profits were seeing an increase in their services needed,” she added.

Nelson said many of their organizations experienced a loss in revenue due to a number of reasons, including not being able to follow through with spring fundraisers. She said in addition to a loss in revenue, many of these agencies are seeing more people in need of assistance since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

Nelson said Community Foundation focused on providing the emergency grants for organizations meeting “basic human needs.” She said future preferences will be identified as needs evolve and grants will be awarded as long as funding exists. Emergency Impact Fund grantees are continuing to perform critical work across CFOV’s eight-county service area despite the increasing strain on resources of all types.

Despite these trying times, the generosity demonstrated by Ohio Valley residents continues to shine. The Emergency Impact Fund has grown through contributions from individuals, fund advisors, corporations, private foundations and friends of philanthropy. The Emergency Impact Fund serves as a convenient and easy way for donors to extend support to organizations contributing to the strength of our communities. The effects of these unprecedented times will continue well into the future and Emergency Impact Fund grants will be available as funding permits, according to Nelson.

“We have enough money to give at this level for another week,” Nelson explained.

She said Community Foundation officials are inviting the public to join them in the important work they do for the community by making a monetary gift to the Emergency Impact Fund. The public can do so by visiting www.cfov.org or by mailing a check made payable to CFOV (with Emergency Impact Fund in the memo) to 1226 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV 26003.

Nelson said this Emergency impact fund was created in addition to the regular annual grant funding.

“We keep doing everything we do outside of this Emergency Impact Fund,” Nelson commented. “We have 250 other charitable funds that continue to do what they’re suppose to do. So this is all above and beyond what we normally do.”

Local grantees include: Center of Hope, Friendship Room; CHANGE, Inc.; Community Resources – New Martinsville; Epworth Center/Project Manna; Glencoe Economic Development Committee – Emergency Food Pantry; Harmony House; Hope United Methodist Church – Food Pantry; Information Helpline; Kathy’s House Foundation; King’s Daughters Child Care Center; Moundsville Middle School; NAMI Greater Wheeling; North Wheeling Community Youth Center; Ohio Valley Youth Network; Refuge for Women – Ohio Valley; Relationship Builders; Russell Nesbitt Services; The Salvation Army – Jefferson County, Moundsville, Weirton and Wheeling locations; Urban Mission Ministries; Wheeling Health Right; and Youth Services System.

Betsy Bethel-McFarland, Communications Manager Youth Services System Inc., said the generous assistance of funds will be extremely helpful in covering unexpected expenses for Youth Services System while they continue providing vital shelter and care to the youth and adults they serve in the community.

“Our top priority during this crisis is the health and safety of our clients and staff. This funding will help cover unexpected expenses of extra cleaning supplies for our eight facilities and personal protective equipment for our 100 or so frontline workers, allowing us to safely continue providing vital shelter and care to the youth and adults we serve,” Bethel-McFarland said.

To learn more about CFOV’s Emergency Impact Fund call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or email director@cfov.org.


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