To maintain the health and safety of everyone who would be participating in our 22nd annual grantee luncheon, our foundation decided to cancel the in-person event this year. However, this year will not end without our acknowledgement of the work of our grantee partners. After all, this is the time to shine the spotlight on the people who help make our region vibrant and strong. 

In our acknowledgements, we honor our grantee partners who completed their grants in the past year. Many of these grantee organizations received grants in 2020. In lieu of the funds that would have been spent for the luncheon, we are sending our grantee partners a small gift with a nominal amount. With this gift, we encourage them to celebrate and thank their staff and colleagues who were involved with the specific grant. We know how important it is to celebrate successes, and this is a small way to express our gratitude for all of their hard work. Congratulations!

Thank you to all of our grantee partners who completed their grants in the past year! All the work you put into making the Mid-Ohio Valley a healthier place to live is deeply appreciated. The majority of the grantees honored in this list completed grants from 2020.

We acknowledge 29 organizations who completed grants from the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program. These organizations received a total of $99,650. 

Adams House Ministries, Middlebourne, WV – For fresh produce for Tyler County residents.

Beechwood Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg, WV – To provide more fresh food for Wood County residents.

Belpre Area Ministries, Belpre, OH – To purchase food and food vouchers for their food pantry.

Blessings in a Backpack, Louisville, KY – To purchase food for Meigs County students in their program.

Calhoun County Committee on Aging, Inc., Grantsville, WV – To support their nutrition program serving senior citizens and veterans in Calhoun County.

Catholic Charities WV, Charleston, WV – To provide utility and rental assistance for clients facing eviction or utility service termination.

Central WV Outreach Center, Inc., Gassaway, WV – To assist in the purchase of windows for homes in need of proper winterization.

First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, WV – to purchase food, medication, and a freezer to store perishable food items for their backpack ministry.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Parkersburg, WV – For shoe vouchers for school aged children helped by their adopted families program.

Heartwood in the Hills, Big Bend, WV – For the purchase and preparation of healthy snacks for students.

International Student and Faculty Services, Ohio University, Athens, OH – To support a relief fund for food and rent to help international students living in Athens County and unable to work due to immigration regulations during COVID.

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, Worthington, OH – For non-perishable food and fresh produce to support their mobile food pantries in Athens and Meigs Counties.

Parchment Valley Conference Center (Brother’s Keeper), Ripley, WV – To support the purchase of building supplies for their ministry.

Parents & Friends of the Hearing Impaired, Inc., Marietta, OH – To purchase or repair hearing aids for low income deaf and hard of hearing persons residing in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Parkersburg Urban Ministries, Inc., Parkersburg, WV – To assist with utility costs for Wood County households.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH – Lodging support for families from the Mid-Ohio Valley while their children seek medical treatment in the Central Ohio area.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh & Morgantown, Morgantown, WV – Lodging support for families from the Mid-Ohio Valley while their children are in the hospital.

Savannah’s Closet, Ravenswood, WV – For clothing, shoes, and hygiene items for children in the foster care system and those in emergency need.

St. Margaret Mary, Parkersburg, WV – For fresh produce and stable food items for children.

Stephenson United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, WV – To purchase food for children and families at Jefferson Elementary Center.

The Salvation Army of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, WV – To provide bus passes and food items for their pantry.

The Wirt County Missional Group, Elizabeth, WV – For additional food for their pantry and fuel for their vehicle to pick up food donations.

Voices of the Streets Inc. Essentially Yours, Parkersburg, WV – To purchase personal hygiene and hair products as well as household cleaning products for their clients.

Washington County Harvest of Hope, Marietta, OH – To purchase chicken to distribute to food pantries and community meal sites in Washington County.

West Central Regional Drug Court, Parkersburg, WV – To assist drug court participants with clothing, toiletries, and rental assistance to help maintain safe, sober living.

Wirt County Extension, Elizabeth, WV – To purchase water bottles to encourage children to consume more fluoridated water.

Wirt County Recovery, Inc., Elizabeth, WV – To assist in health expenses for people in recovery.

Women’s Care Center, Parkersburg, WV – For transportation assistance, cribs, and mattresses for their Sweet Blessings Mentoring Program for their mothers.

Wood County Society, Parkersburg, WV – For the purchase of therapeutic tools for their assistive technology loan program serving people with disabilities.


From our Responsive Grants Program, we acknowledge a total of 53 organizations, who received awards totaling $742,011. Listed below are our grantee partners according to priority area.

Thriving Neighborhoods

American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley, Parkersburg, WV – To support the purchase of a blood services vehicle.

Athens City-County Health Department, Athens, OH – For operating support during COVID-19 pandemic.

Center for Rural Health Development, Hurricane, WV – To support cross-sector collaboration efforts in addressing health disparities and promoting policy, systems, and environmental change.

Community Food Initiatives, Athens, OH – For operating support during the COVID-19 pandemic to respond to food needs in Athens County.

Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry, Marietta, OH – For the purchase of industrial mats for the food pantry.

Life & Purpose Community Resource Center, Marietta, OH – To assist with costs to provide services.

Marietta College, Marietta, OH – To support and strengthen the nonprofit sector in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Grantsville, WV – To provide dental sealants for children.

MOV Health Department, Parkersburg, WV – To assist with upgrades to their electronic health record systems.

Nazareth Farm, Salem, WV – To assist in home repair projects for homeowners in Ritchie County.

OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, OH – To support the purchase of children’s books featuring people of color as protagonists to enhance literacy as well as promote diversity and inclusion.

Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine, Athens, OH – To provide patients with medication, diabetes and hypertension management supplies, assistance with transportation, and other expenses for their free clinic.

Pilot Club of Jackson County, Ripley, WV – To support the costs of dental services for adults in Jackson County.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County, Athens, OH – To support educational programming on pregnancy and parenting.

Southeast Ohio Youth Mentoring, Athens, OH – For the expansion of services by community mentors to children and their families in Washington County.

The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, WV – To support equipment costs for their community café.

Washington State Community College, Marietta, OH – To support the Success Coach for their EARN program which trains non-traditional students to become registered nurses.

Westbrook Health Services, Inc., Parkersburg, WV – To support purchase of Amazon Kindles to facilitate communication among verbal and nonverbal individuals.

Wood County Schools, Parkersburg, WV – To support the costs of construction materials and labor fees to renovate the high school annex for a school-based health center.

WV Center on Budget and Policy, Charleston, WV – To support tracking the implementation and outreach around the expansion of Medicaid dental coverage and for the production and distribution of factsheets.

WV Health Right, Inc., Charleston, WV – To support the mobile dental clinic in Roane County.

WV Kids Count, Charleston, WV – To help build partnerships and advance trauma-informed policy and practice with Mid-Ohio Valley organizations who serve children and families.

Healthy Eating, Active Living

Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, WV – To increase organizational capacity to serve youth more effectively.

Boys and Girls Club of Pleasants County, St. Marys, WV – For operating support and physical activity equipment for the Triple Play Program.

Community Recovery Center, Parkersburg, WV – To support recovery services for individuals and their families.

Community Resources, Inc., Parkersburg, WV – For produce vouchers to be used at fresh food markets.

GoPacks, Marietta, OH – To support the AmeriCorps VISTA.

Lewis County Family Resource Network, Weston, WV – To support Try This minigrants for healthy lifestyle projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Live Healthy Appalachia, Athens, OH – To support their adult healthy cooking at home program.

MOV Regional Council, Parkersburg, WV – To support seniors in maintaining their independence in their own homes.

Parkersburg South High School, Parkersburg, WV – To install water bottle filling stations.

Rural Action, The Plains, OH – To expand access to fresh healthy food distribution and education to Wood, Jackson, and Wirt Counties.

The Ohio State University Foundation – Meigs County Extension, Columbus, OH – To support the health program of the Meigs County Family Consumer Science Educator.

Town of Elizabeth, Elizabeth, WV – For a concrete pad to install adult exercise equipment.

Washington County Health Department, Marietta, OH – To support the contract with an expert to guide the coalition in self-care, affirmative inquiry and other coalition-building strategies.

Washington-Morgan Community Action, Marietta, OH – To support the summer program which provides hot nutritious lunches to children in low-income areas of New Matamoras, Beverly, Lower Salem and Lowell.

West Virginia University Extension-Family Nutrition Program, Charleston, WV – To purchase produce for kids’ farmers markets at elementary schools in Roane and Calhoun counties.

WVU-Roane County Extension Service, Spencer, WV – To support the completion of the high tunnel to provide healthy food options for Geary Elementary students.

Mental Health and Addiction

Appalachian Children Coalition, Athens, OH – For capacity building support.

Calhoun County Schools, Mt. Zion, WV – To support the hiring of a licensed social worker to address the mental health needs of students and families in Calhoun County.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, WV – To support their financial literacy program helping people in recovery.

Cornerstone Gospel Church, Vienna, WV – To support maintenance and fuel costs of vehicle that transports people in recovery to program meetings.

Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation, Parkersburg, WV – To support the Outreach Coordinator who assists attorneys in child abuse and neglect cases.

Health Recovery Services, Athens, OH – To support the purchase of virtual reality headsets and tablets for treating adolescents with substance use/mental health disorders.

Hope House, Ravenswood, WV – For operating support to increase the capacity of their recovery residence.

Hope Recovery Manor, Parkersburg, WV – For general support and program supplies to establish operations.

Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Charleston, WV – To supplement utility expenses for their transitional home, intermediate apartments and aftercare apartments.

Marietta College, Marietta, OH – To provide a fellowship for a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Counseling at Marietta College in return for working in the Mid-Ohio Valley region upon graduation.

Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, Nelsonville, OH – To support the renovation of a space for their new relational trauma center in Nelsonville.

SW Resources, Parkersburg, WV – To support participants in recovery attending their training and employment program.

Wirt County Schools, Elizabeth, WV – To support the on-site mental health professional at Wirt County School to address students’ behavioral and mental health needs and to foster self-regulation strategies within classrooms.

Women for Recovery, Athens, OH – To provide women residents in a sober living environment with healthy eating and cooperative living habits.