Community Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle Award Grants

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) and the Women’s Giving Circle awarded grants this week totaling over $105,000.

CFOV awarded Community Impact grants to 10 organizations in the amount of $62,200. The Community Impact Fund provides funding to enhance communities and improve the quality of life in the foundation’s eight-county service area.

The grants made possible through the Community Impact Fund represent the important work being done by organizations across the Ohio Valley. Each project receiving funding seeks to improve outcomes — whether it be inspiring youth, supporting those in recovery or positioning families and communities for new success.

“CFOV is committed to addressing the ongoing effects related to the substance use epidemic, the mentorship, and development of youth and supporting economic/workforce potential. Support from the Community Impact Fund is allowing critical work and learning to happen,” said Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

The Community Impact Fund is comprised of several unrestricted funds of the Community Foundation and others with a designated field of interest.

“The donors who made these funds possible felt strongly about leaving a legacy through philanthropy, and we remain grateful for their generosity and foresight,” Nelson said.

Community Impact grant recipients are, from left: Ashley Steele, Urban Mission; Laura Albertini-Weigel, YWCA Wheeling; Mary Hess, Unity Center; Susan Harrison, CASA; Stacey Woods, Martins Ferry City Schools; Raymond Penyak, Bellaire VFD; Kelly Jeffers, Urban Mission; Matt Hill and Laurie Ruberg, Dream Big Music Education.

Community Impact grants were awarded to the following organizations:

• Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department — Support for Junior Cadet program to send cadets to training academy, $3,300

• CASA for Children — Incentives for participants to successfully complete family treatment court and support toward a peer support coordinator, $5,000

• Dream Big Music Education — Program support to provide instruction to students ages 7 through age 18 in Hancock, Brooke and Ohio Counties, $2,400

• Martins Ferry High School — College Road Trip to expose students to college prep/search process, $5,000

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• National Church Residences — Transportation for addiction recovery treatment and related court obligations for people with substance use disorder, $10,000

• Ohio Valley Recovery Inc. – The Unity Center — Support for operating expenses to continue providing recovery support, $10,000

• Urban Mission Ministries Inc. — Urban Mission Works program to assist those seeking services toward self-sufficiency, $10,000

• Wellsburg Urban Redevelopment Authority — Structural analysis of three properties in Wellsburg business district, $5,000

• Wheeling Health Right Inc. — Funding to help support Peer Recovery Coach position for recovery services, $6,000

• YWCA  Wheeling — Support for training and curriculum of Nurturing Parenting Program to provide classes to families in recovery, $5,500


Also, this week the Women’s Giving Circle announced grant awards totaling $43,285 to eight organizations during a recognition event held this week at the Wheeling YWCA.

The Women’s Giving Circle, an initiative of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, seeks to empower through philanthropy by making strategic, researched-based grants supporting projects serving women and girls.

Women’s Giving Circle awarded grants to the following organizations:

• Crittenton Foundation Inc. — Support to enable residents of Crittenton to obtain a driver’s license, $2,160

• National Church Residences — Provide access to health care through non-emergency medical transportation for low-income women, $5,000

• Oglebay Institute — Provide summer camp scholarships to girls and provide dance classes for girls residing at Crittenton, $5,500

• SMART-Center — Scholarships for girls to attend a two-day summer camp focusing on math, science and engineering, $2,625

• The Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. — Independent living support for female heads of household in GWCH housing, $5,000

• Wheeling Health Right Inc. — Improve diet-related health statistics for women through FARMacy program, $5,000

• YWCA Wheeling — Program for girls to learn leadership traits and skills, $5,000

• Youth Services System Inc. — Transitional living support for girls to achieve independence, $13,000