Wood County resident Megan Hardway participated in the Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program 2014 – 2016. “I was born and raised in Parkersburg,” said Hardway. “This Program introduced me to area organizations and businesses that I didn’t know existed in our community!”

A 2016 West Virginia University graduate, Hardway returned to the area to join the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley - her host throughout the Program – as a full-time staff member. “The PACF Civic Leaders Fellowship Program was a wonderful way to gain knowledge and experience in my field as well as to explore volunteer opportunities close to home,” said Hardway, who is now an active participant in her community as a Board Member for SW Resources and the Parkersburg Area Jaycees.

This year, twenty-four students were placed with host employers throughout the PACF service region to gain work experience in their respective fields. More than seventy-five community members contributed time to help the students learn about civic engagement, leadership, career options, and nonprofit organizations in our area.

“This is truly an amazing program. I’m honored that I was selected to participate,” said Hardway. “I encourage other area students who want to stay local and make a difference in their hometown, to apply for acceptance into the program. Not only did I find a meaningful career, but I also made lasting friendships.”