PARKERSBURG — The Sisters Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved $496,841 in grants to 50 nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
“Two issues that have come to the fore in this grant cycle are access to nutritious food and access to mental health care,” said Marian Close, associate director of the foundation. “Food insecurity is increasing, reflecting increased food costs combined with reduced available resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many studies have also shown that the pandemic has adversely affected people’s mental health, adding to what was already a crisis in access to mental health care.
Twenty-three organizations that provide direct services, such as food and emergency assistance, received a total of $60,000 from the Basic Needs/Direct Services Grant Program.
* Adams House Ministries, Middlebourne — $4,500 in fresh produce vouchers for Tyler County residents.
* Parkersburg Baptist Church — $2,000 to purchase food for the Fish and Loaves Pantry.
* Belpre District Ministries — $2,000 to purchase food and food vouchers for the pantry.
* Catholic Charities of West Virginia — $4,000 to purchase food for the mobile pantry serving the Mid-Ohio Valley.
* Foundation for Appalachian Ohio/Meigs County Foundation, Nelsonville — $2,500 to purchase food for monthly distribution to families with school-age children in Meigs County.
* Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Parkersburg — $4,000 to purchase food for bags to be distributed to people experiencing homelessness in Wood County.
* Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry — $3,500 to purchase food for distribution to families under the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
* Jackson County Public Library — $500 to purchase personal care items, clothing, shoes and underwear for survivors of domestic violence.
* Living Hope Ministry, Elizabeth — $1,000 to purchase food and supplies to prepare hot meals for distribution at sites in Elizabeth and Parkersburg.
* Meigs County Farmers Market — $3,000 to support food vouchers for veterans and produce for the donation station.
* Packs of Plenty, Harrisville — $4,000 to help purchase food and meal vouchers for Ritchie County students/families in need.
* Ripley Church of the Nazarene — $2,000 to purchase diapers, wipes and other hygiene items for babies and incontinence hygiene products for adults.
* Family Resource Network of Ritchie County — $3,500 to purchase food, cleaning and hygiene products for the Basic Needs Pantry.
* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown — $1,000 to help with housing costs for Mid-Ohio Valley families while their children are in the hospital.
* Savannah’s Closet, Ravenswood — $3,000 to purchase clothing, shoes and toiletries for children in the foster care system and for children with urgent needs.
* South Parkersburg United Methodist Church — $2,000 to purchase food for the Lunch Sak program for Gihon and Martin elementary schools.
* Strait Creek Food Pantry, Brohard — $750 to purchase food for the pantry.
* The Salvation Army of Marietta — $4,000 to supplement the cost of motel stays during extreme weather for people in Washington County experiencing homelessness.
* The Salvation Army of Parkersburg — $4,000 to provide rental assistance to individuals and families to ensure they can remain in stable housing in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
* Voices of the Streets Inc. Essentially Yours, Parkersburg — $1,750 to purchase personal care/hygiene supplies, household cleaning products, bath towels and shower curtains for their clients transitioning from homelessness to stable housing.
* Washington County Harvest of Hope — $4,500 to purchase lean meat for distribution to food pantries and food drives.
* Wesley United Methodist Church, Vienna — $500 to purchase food for the Snack Pack program serving students at Neale Elementary School.
* West Central Regional Drug Court, Parkersburg — $2,000 to purchase food, cleaning and hygiene products to assist participants.
Twenty-seven organizations received support totaling $436,841 for their efforts to meet the health needs of their communities in the priority areas of healthy eating, active living; Thriving Neighborhoods; and Mental Health and Addiction.
Healthy eating, Priority zone for active life
* Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg — $12,000 to support cooking classes and nutrition education for club members.
* City of Ravenswood — $3,000 to support the summer physical activity program for residents.
* Frontier Local School District — $10,000 to purchase playground equipment for Newport Elementary School.
* My Sister’s Place, Athena — $5,000 to support the construction of a new play set in the shelter’s backyard.
* River of Life Care Closet, Rutland, OH — $2,000 to support repairs to the liftgate on their truck and the purchase of additional speed cones and bumps for the weekly food drive.
* The 1982 Foundation, Grantsville — $10,000 to repair the walking path at Wayne Underwood Field.
* Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Department, Chloe, WV — $5,000 to purchase a carousel for the Upper West Fork Playground.
* Wood County Schools — $10,000 to purchase materials for an outdoor cafe and tranquility garden at VanDevender Middle School.
Priority area for thriving neighborhoods
* American Friends Service Committee, Milton — $15,000 to provide policy support and advocacy work on issues that include restorative justice programs, ending restrictions on SNAP eligibility and re-entry support for people in recovery.
* Calhoun Homes, Mount Zion — $18,776 to purchase commercial washers and dryers.
* Meigs County Council on Aging — $60,000 for multi-year flexible operating support to provide multigenerational services, programs and resources in Meigs County communities.
* Ohio Valley Health Department — $30,000 for operational support for the oral health program.
* Nazareth Farm, Salem — $4,000 to assist the home repair project coordinator for the home repair programs in Ritchie and Tyler counties.
* Betsey Mills Corporation, Marietta — $4,800 to replace flooring in nursery.
* City of Grantsville — $18,000 to purchase playground equipment for the city park.
* West Virginia Health Law — $70,000 for multi-year flexible operational support for the Roane County Mobile Dental Unit.
Mental Health and Addiction Priority Area
* Athens Photography Project — $15,000 to expand access to arts-based mental health and addiction recovery services in Athens County through peer-to-peer expressive photography workshops.
* BoMar Club, Ripley — $20,280 to support a peer support position to increase services for people with substance use disorders and/or homelessness.
* Ely Chapman Educational Foundation, Marietta — $12,480 to support the organization’s health and wellness coordinator and mental health services provided by the Southeast Ohio Counseling Center.
* Bravo to you, Vienna — $1,000 to support the facilitator and purchase chairs for NADA’s Auricular Acupuncture Protocol, which reduces anxiety, PTSD, and hunger for addiction.
* Marietta College — $20,000 to help expand a program that addresses student mental health needs to other college campuses and to the community.
* Parkersburg Area Homeless Coalition — $28,900 to support renovations to the organization’s new building.
* Primary Care Association of Ritchie County — $20,605 to support the purchase of psychological assessment tools to perform comprehensive and specialized assessments for high-need patients, enabling the organization to meet patient needs and begin an internship program with West Liberty University.
* Square One GJM, Gallipolis — $20,000 to support the licensed social worker serving Meigs County residents.
* The John W. Clem Recovery House, Athens — $14,000 to purchase furniture for the men’s sober living house.
* Voices for Children Foundation – CASA Program, Parkersburg – $4,000 to help recruit and train volunteers to serve as court-appointed advocates for children who have experienced abuse and trauma.
* West Virginia Kids Count, Charleston — $3,000 to support efforts to improve the well-being of children in the Mid-Ohio Valley and the state.
For the upcoming grant cycle, the deadline for letters of inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program is midnight on January 17, 2024. Applications must align with one of Sisters Health Foundation’s mental health and addiction funding priority areas ; Thriving Neighborhoods; and healthy eating, active life. Letters of inquiry for the Responsive Grant Program can be submitted online at www.sistershealthfdn.org without scheduling a phone call.
For basic needs/direct service grant requests, nonprofits interested in applying for support should contact Clowes at [email protected] or 304-424-6080 to begin the process. The application process includes an interview followed by preparation of the application with the help of foundation staff.
The foundation serves 11 counties in West Virginia’s Mid-Ohio Valley and southeastern Ohio: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirth and Wood counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs and Washington counties in Ohio. For more information on grant awarding and eligibility requirements, visit www.sistershealthfdn.org.