Recognizing that the impact of the COVID pandemic has been significant on our region, area residents, businesses, foundations, and organizations have responded generously by donating more than $361,000 to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation's (PACF) Safety Net Fund and Hunger Fund.
As a result, since March, the PACF has awarded $302,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations to address COVID-19 related needs, including $43,990 in new grants in its sixth round of pandemic response. Several of the recent grants were awarded through partnership with the Sisters Health Foundation (noted with an *). Agencies that received funding during the PACF's sixth round of grants include:
- Actors Guild of Parkersburg - $5,000 in operating support to address revenue loss from canceled performances.
- Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg - $5,000 to support programs and services for children and youth during school closures.*
- Community Resources - $1,300 for support for the Doddridge County food pantry.
- Community Resources - $10,000 for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to individuals impacted by COVID-19.*
- Doddridge County Family Resource Network - $250 for the purchase of cleaning products to distribute to Doddridge County residents in need.
- Downtown PKB - $5,000 in operating support to address revenue loss from cancellation of events and fundraisers and to ensure continuation of programming.
- EVE, Inc. - $4,000 in operating support to address revenue loss from canceled fundraisers and ensure continuation of programming for victims of domestic violence.*
- Gilmer County Family Resource Network - $1,000 in operating support to address revenue loss from thrift store.
- Living Heritage Museum/New Era One Room School - $340 to address revenue loss and assist with facility heating costs.
- Normantown Historical Community Center - $1,100 to purchase food for the food pantry and supplies to make masks for schools and community organizations.
- Parkersburg YMCA - $2,500 for technology needs related to childcare services for school-aged children due to school closures and virtual learning.
- Roane County Committee on Aging - $2,000 for operating support for the organization's Amma and Reedy satellite sites.*
- The Gathering Church - $1,000 for food purchases for food delivery program.
- Washington United Methodist Church - $500 to purchase a freezer for new pantry to increase food access during the pandemic.
- West Virginia Nonprofit Association - $1,000 to support memberships for nonprofit organizations from the PACF service area who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Wood County Senior Citizens Association - $1,500 to purchase shelving and supplies for the Household Goods Pantry to meet the needs of seniors for hygiene and cleaning products.*
- Wood County Society - $2,500 in operating support to address revenue loss and ensure continuation of programming.
The PACF is committed to granting 100% of donations received for COVID-19 relief back into the region. Organizations that have needs related to COVID impact are encouraged to contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-428-4438 to inquire about support.
Donations to support the PACF's Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. To learn more about these funds and the work that the Foundation is doing to address COVID-19 in our region, visit www.pacfwv.com/COVID19.