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Parkersburg Homecoming Fireworks 08.19.17, Includes Blennerhassett Island State Park Events

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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is offering two ways to enjoy the Parkersburg Homecoming Fireworks on August 19, 2017. Guests may watch the fireworks from the park or from the Island Belle sternwheeler.

Those who wish to watch fireworks from the park’s riverbank seating area can take a Family Fireworks Adventure to Blennerhassett Island. Guests will be transported to the park at sunset from Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio. The island snack stand, gift shop and restrooms will be open all evening. No alcohol is permitted. Boarding begins at 7:45 p.m., and passengers will be transported back to Civitan Park following the fireworks at 11 p.m. The Family Fireworks Adventure fee is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations are required.

“Adventurers are encouraged to bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket and join the fun,” said event coordinator Pam Salisbury.

A Family Fireworks Cruise allows guest to watch fireworks from the Island Belle sternwheeler. Boarding is at Civitan Park at 8:15 p.m. Passengers will cruise along the Ohio River, enjoy the sunset over Blennerhassett Island and finish the evening by watching the fireworks extravaganza. Light concessions will be available on the boat. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for children ages 3 to 12. The Island Belle will return to Civitan Park between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Reservations are required. Passengers will remain on the sternwheeler and will not stop or unload on the island.

To purchase tickets for Family Fireworks Adventure or Cruise, call 304.420.4800 or email “blennerhassettislandsp@wv.gov”.
Related social media hashtag: #wvstateparks

Welcome Back to School and College - Students, Teacher, and Staff - 2017-2018

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Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday Storms Could Cause Flash Flooding

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More than two dozen counties in West Virginia are under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain could cause flooding along small streams and poor drainage areas, meteorologists said.

The counties under the watch include: Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur Barbour, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

WV Pastor Plans Hunger Strike Against Health-Care Repeal

The West Virginia minister famous for telling a senator how the Affordable Care Act saved her daughter’s life now says she plans a hunger strike to oppose the ACA’s repeal.

Reverend Janice Hill of Parkersburg met with Senator Shelley Moore Capito to testify against the Senate health-care legislation last month. Video of their meeting drew nationwide attention after Hill credited Obamacare with saving her daughter’s life by making sure she got cancer treatment.

Hill now says if and when she knows the repeal bill is to be up for a vote, she’ll start a water-only fast.

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A West Virginia minister says she’ll do anything she can
- including going on a hunger strike -
to get senators such as Shelley Moore Capito to vote against healthcare legislation.


“When I know it’s going to go for a vote, then I will make my stand,“ he says. “And this isn’t a stunt for me. These are people’s lives, including my daughters.“

The Senate vote has been delayed. Capito has not clearly said if she will vote for or against the bill. If she votes no, most observers expect the repeal to fail.

The Senate bill’s supporters argue the Affordable Care Act offered too much - that it created unsustainable, generous government health-care promises. But many of the act’s insurance rules have been very popular.

Hill says her daughter has a rare form of cancer that is very expensive to treat. She says before Obamacare, her daughter’s insurance company would likely have cut off her coverage because she hit an annual cost cap or because she had a pre-existing condition.

“So the fact that there wasn’t a cap and the fact that there’s not pre-existing conditions really and truly is what’s keeping her alive,“ she explains.

Hill says Capito should vote no, and negotiate with Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin who want to fix the parts of Obamacare that aren’t working and keep what is.

“Cross that stupid aisle - to be a leader, to be working with Sen. Manchin, and be one West Virginia,“ adds Hill.

Hill and other clergy were to deliver letters and petitions to Capito’s Charleston office Tuesday.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Scholarships Available Through Women’s Opportunity Fund

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the Women’s Opportunity Fund – Linda H. Culp Memorial Scholarship.  The Women’s Opportunity Fund provides educational resources to non-traditional female students who are working to complete their education or to pursue additional schooling toward higher level career goals, professional certification, or other degrees.  As a memorial to Linda H. Culp, this fund honors a pioneering and hardworking local leader who mentored and supported other women in accomplishing their hopes and dreams.

To be eligible for financial assistance, an applicant must meet all the following requirements:

·      Applicant must be a female, adult learner who is not a recent high school graduate.

·      Applicant must reside in one of the following counties:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, or Wood counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, or Washington counties in Ohio.

·      Applicant must be pursuing a form of post-secondary education, including bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, certificate programs, or vocational/technical studies in any chosen field.

Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee.  The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or other education related costs.  To apply, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply.  The application deadline is July 26th.  For additional information, please contact the PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438.

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About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Grants Available From Community Foundation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is currently accepting grant applications for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application process is online and the deadline to submit is midnight on September 15. 

To access the online application, visit the Foundation’s website:  www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Priority counties for Foundation grant support are:

  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Wirt
  • Wood

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, capacity building, and, under special circumstances, operating support. 

Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the PACF that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region. 

Applications from Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties are also reviewed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate advisory board.

“In an effort to make a larger and more immediate impact on regional needs, the Foundation has made important changes to its Community Action Grants Program,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer.  “As a result, the maximum grant request size has been increased to $15,000.  Additionally, the proposed projects must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.”

To learn more about the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Program, visit www.pacfwv.com/Grants or contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or .

 

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect For Several WV Counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for nearly two dozen West Virginia counties through Friday evening.

According to NWS meteorologists, “A frontal system is expected to pass through the region Thursday afternoon and Friday. Storms associated with it could produce excessive rainfall. This rain coupled with the wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties named in the watch include:

  • Barbour
  • Braxton
  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pleasants
  • Pocahontas
  • Randolph
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Taylor
  • Tyler
  • Upshur
  • Webster
  • Wirt
  • Wood

“Tea on Tuesday” at Blennerhassett Island’s Maple Shade

“Tea on Tuesday” is a special event scheduled at the historic Putnam-Houser house on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. “Maple Shade” is the home’s name as it is flanked by two sugar maple trees. Teas for the 2017 season are scheduled for July 18 and August 29.

“We are sure that the Putnam family hosted many social gatherings in this home which was originally built in 1802,” said park events coordinator Pam Salisbury. “As a historical state park, we are pleased to re-create that experience for our visitors.”

The Island Belle departs for the island from Point Park in Parkersburg at 11 a.m. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to horse-drawn wagons that take them to Maple Shade for the tea. The cost is $26 per person, and includes the sternwheeler ride, wagon ride, house tour and tea time. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 304.420.4800.

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About the Putnam-Houser House – “Maple Shade” – On Blennerhassett Island

Maple Shade is an original 18th-century style wooden house that has the unusual distinction of never having been modernized. It exists today as its original owners, Aaron Waldo and Charlotte Loring Putnam, built it in 1802 — when Aaron Burr had just been elected vice president of the United States to serve alongside the new president, Thomas Jefferson. Maple Shade is not the Blennerhassett Mansion house.

The Putnams, both members of prominent New England families, had immigrated to Belpre in the Northwest Territory (today’s Ohio) in 1789. Having survived the 1791-1795 Indian war and prospered as farmers on the Ohio Valley frontier, Aaron Waldo and Charlotte decided to build a new home for themselves and their growing family. They chose as its site a low bluff in the six-mile-long Belpre settlement overlooking the Ohio River, across from a long, large Ohio River island soon to be permanently named for their close friends, Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett.

The Putnams christened their house “Maple Shade.“ Legend has it that this was for two maple trees Charlotte planted in front of her new home, and which held special meaning for her. The full history of the home and how it came to rest on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is detailed during Tea on Tuesday events. It also may be found by visiting www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/Putnam_Houser.html.

WVDEP’s REAP Collecting Tires Six Counties In July

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding six tire collections across the state in July.

The events are:

o   Wood County: Saturday, July 08, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Erickson All Sports Center on Erickson Drive in Parkersburg;

o   Pleasants County: Saturday, July 08, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Marys Marina, St. Marys;

o   Boone County: Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Boone County Courthouse;

o   Ritchie County: Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DOH Garage in Ellenboro;

o   Pendleton County: Saturday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Oil on Rt. 220 in Franklin;

o   Monongalia County: Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart off I-68 Exit 1.

Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held.

The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted.

Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup efforts.

Students Named to Spring 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Spring 2017 semester have been announced.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison

Boone County: Tiffany D. Muller

Braxton County: Coleden R. Belknap, Bridget D. Carr, Amber N. Hyre

Calhoun County: Danielle N. Kendall, Cassandra D. Lamont

Clay County:  Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County:  Dennis M. Bowling, Jr., Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth

Gilmer County: Anthony K. Aviles, Jonathan E. Clark, Michaela L. Gumm, Christina L. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Brett M. Rinehart, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Halee N. Wildman

Grant County: Larissa A. Henry

Jackson County: Chelsey Hager, Evan D. Merical, Clayton Swisher

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey, Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Rebecca E. Wiseman

Lewis County: Jennifer M. Eiler, Justin P. Raines, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Anthony ‘AJ’ Howard

Mercer County: Lindsey R. Compton

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Lindsey S. Butcher, Kaitlyn D. Peyatt, Mark H. Sanson

Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto

Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse

Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne

Randolph County: Chad E. Cook, Daniel T. Crawford, Christopher D. Varner

Ritchie County: Brianna N. Ratliff

Roane County: Georgia B. Bing

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Upshur County: Skylar A. Fulton, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: James M. Egnor

Webster County: Samuel A. Canfield, Amber N. King, Chelsea E. Rule

Wirt County: Mary M. Strong

Wood County:  Taylor A. Broadwater

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Raven P. Fatool, Raven C. Greer, Jake Hensell, Momi P. Lievan, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, Brian S. Williams

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To be named to the GSC Vice President’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the Vice President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Logan M. Renner

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Gregory I. Lail, Mackenzie R. Smith

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Tyler K. Cunningham, Larissa E. DeLuca, Garrett E. Hacker, Sean R. Hawkins, Jacob D. Haymond, Tonya L. Lyons, Christian M. Pritt, Joshua L. Rexroad, Teddy J. Richardson, Randy A. Stiers, Andrew R. Tefft, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Andrea B. Vidal, Elania N. White, Shanna S. Wine

Calhoun County: Moriah J. Creelfox, Sr., Jared B. Fitzwater, Amber N. Frymier, Chelsea R. Hicks, Kelsey E. Jett, Erica N. Jones, Devon T. Toppings

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Carrie G. Huffman, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Kristie D. Taylor

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Megan J. Sheets, Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Anthony J. Murdock, II, Travis C. Myers, Trevor D. Wood

Gilmer County: Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Teayria G. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Tara S. Evans, Conner T. Ferguson, Samantha L. McCune, Matthew M. Montgomery, Cody M. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Hunter Moore, Zaon A. Starseed, Lexsey A. Wagner, Timothy G. Wine, Carrissa M. Wood, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Hardy County: Faith V. Smith

Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Abby S. McCarty, Hannah M. Mick, Lia Runyan, Megan E. Ruppert, Amy A. Weiss, Bettie M. Wilfong

Kanawha County:  McKenzie M. Edmonds, Kayli N. Hudson, Jacob T. Lutsy, Jeri D. Potter, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Mariah L. Daniels, Abigail E. Jerden, Michael W. Marion, James W. Martin, III, Daniel M. Pascasio, Mitchell D. Queen, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher

Marion County:  Emily A. Stoller

Mason County:  Kaylee M. Howard

Monongalia County: Hunter A. Given

Morgan County: Michaela A. Munson, Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Zachary G. Dotson, Madison R. Frame, Kimmy K. Little, William Z. Lyons, Elizabeth M. Messer, Eric W. Peyatt, Autumn Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer, Joshua ‘Cameron’ Woods

Pendleton County: Virginia L. Bruce, Brittany L. Huffman, Chase M. Simmons, Raven D. Turner

Pleasants County: Bethany G. Mote

Pocahontas County: Lucas W. Fuller, Isaac C. Hise, Brooke A. Riffe

Putnam County: Tori L. Ward

Raleigh County: Jordan B. Coalson, Jacob Coots, Michael A. Layne, Matthew Welch

Randolph County: Jerome W. Smith

Ritchie County: Madison E. Cunningham, Olivia D. Goff, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Bonita J. Schreckengost, Cassidy M. Taylor, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine Chambers

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Upshur County: Heather A. Gregory

Webster County: Richard M. Burns, Tonya N. Sahl, Danielle Williams

Wetzel County: Colton L. Ring, Brandon M. Smith

Wood County: Brooke N. Radabaugh

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Ali P. Capobianco, Jr, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Alex E. Gilmore, Tanner B. Helms, Cedric J. Johnson, Justin S. Koogler, Julia E. Lindberg, Art’om T. Rank, John F. Routzahn, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Asiya B. Smith, Tayana L. Stewart, Johnni M. Tillman

Over $326,000 Raised for Local Nonprofits Through Give Local MOV!

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced that $326,185 was raised through Give Local MOV, the May 2rd fundraising event hosted by the PACF.

Nonprofit partners in Give Local MOV 2017 included 43 groups with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development.  Organizations invited to participate were those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.

Nonprofits raising the most funds included:  Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, FaithLink, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg High School Foundation, and the YMCA of Parkersburg.  .

A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 2nd was the availability of matching funds.  PACF raised nearly $180,000 which was made available and awarded through matching fund challenges and incentive prizes over the giving period.  Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota, supplied matching funds that made the day even more exciting.  This year, because of Superior’s generosity, a local philanthropist, Mary M. Welch, matched their donation to help the Foundation to offer the Give Local MOV campaign.  In addition, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations and $7,000 in hourly prize incentives encouraged giving. 

The PACF takes no fee to organize and host the Give Local MOV campaign.  The PACF supplies the secure online giving platform and also covers credit card processing fees, allowing 100% of each donor’s gift to go to its intended agency.  This year, some donors that gave on May 2nd opted to help cover the credit card processing and transaction fees with their donation and the Foundation is very grateful for their support. 

“Our event sponsors and the local donors who contribute are the critical factors in the success of Give Local MOV,” said Boyce said.  “Our local businesses truly stepped up this year and enabled us to make an incredible impact region-wide. And, local businesses are only able to support positive initiatives, such as Give Local MOV, if they themselves have support from local residents.  By supporting local businesses and shopping local, you can help provide for the greater good of our community. We urge everyone to give local and to shop local!”

The Foundation plans to host Give Local MOV again on May 01, 2018.  Businesses, nonprofits or individuals interested in having a significant impact for their investment and want to get involved in Give Local MOV 2018 should contact Boyce at 304.428.4438 to learn more.


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Local Community Foundation Receives National Accreditation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has once again been re-accredited under the National Standards for Community Foundations.  As affiliate organizations of the PACF, the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) and the Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF) are included within PACF’s re-accreditation. Attainment of National Standards is a significant achievement that recognizes the commitment to accountability, transparency and excellence of the accredited foundation.

The National Standards are a self-regulation program for community foundations that involves a lengthy and rigorous process of submitting one’s policies, procedures and practices for review by peers, professional reviewers and attorneys to ensure that they meet the current legal requirements and most effective practices and policies of community foundations. The National Standards are known to Congress, state legislators and other regulators as the only accreditation program currently existing for foundations.

The National Standards for Community Foundations Accreditation program is directed by the Community Foundation National Standards Board (CFNSB) with the support of the Council on Foundations. The Accreditation Seal is only achieved by those community foundations that demonstrate compliance with the twenty-six distinct standards of excellence. The re-accreditation process is annual and the Accreditation Seal is awarded only to those community foundations that continue to meet the comprehensive standards.

According to the CFNSB, “The Accreditation Seal signals to donors and to their professional advisors that a community foundation is a sound place to give and to make a difference.”

By undertaking the National Accreditation process, the PACF demonstrates its commitment to accountability and excellence to its donors, its community, policymakers and the general public.  The PACF provides permanent fund management and grantmaking services to an eleven-county area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).

PACF Board Chairman, Greg Herrick said, “The Foundation and its Regional Affiliates are delighted to share the news of our organization’s re-accreditation under the National Standards. We are very grateful to our donors and we continuously strive to ensure that we operate in a manner reflecting the most effective and efficient of practices. Receiving re-accreditation is something in which our whole community of supporters may take pride.” 


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

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