This past fall, twenty-eight nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley were awarded grant funding in support of our vision of “healthy people in healthy communities”. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors approved a total of $422,075.

Eight organizations were awarded a total of $29,000 from our Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program. Twenty organizations received support totaling $393,075 for their efforts in addressing health needs of their communities in one of the three priority areas of our Responsive Grants Program–healthy eating, active living; thriving neighborhoods; and mental health and addiction.

“What struck me most this grant cycle was the variety of ways organizations are responding to substance use disorder related needs,” Executive Director Renee Steffen said. “Various organizations are focused on connecting people in recovery to employment opportunities, providing transportation to recovery programs, and providing stable housing. All of this contributes to a whole, healthy person, and we are eager to support people on their recovery journey.”

Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program Grantees

Belpre Area Ministries; Belpre, OH — $3,000 to purchase food and food vouchers for their food pantry.

GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club; Parkersburg, WV — $4,000 to provide weekend nutritious snacks to students at Jefferson Elementary School.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County; Athens, OH — $1,500 to provide free transportation for pregnant mothers to medical appointments and to support the purchase of maternity clothing.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh & Morgantown; Morgantown, WV — $2,000 to supplement the cost of guest family stays for Mid-Ohio Valley residents while their children are in the hospital.

South Parkersburg United Methodist Church-Backpack Food Ministry; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to purchase food for students at Gihon, Martin, and Fairplans Elementary Schools for the backpack ministry program.

The Salvation Army of Marietta; Marietta, OH — $5,000 to support night stays at hotels for people without adequate shelter during the winter in Washington County.

West Central Regional Drug Court; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to assist drug court participants with clothing, toiletries, and rental assistance to help maintain safe, sober living.

Wood County Society; Parkersburg, WV — $3,500 to assist in the purchase of assistive technology that enables people with disabilities to live healthy, independent lives.

Responsive Grants Program Grantees

Healthy Eating, Active Living

Catholic Charities WV; Parkersburg, WV — $35,000 to support the purchase of a box truck with a refrigeration unit to provide more fresh food for the mobile pantry.

Fort Frye Local Schools; Beverly, OH — $5,000 to support the renovation of the tennis courts in Beverly.

Lewis County Family Resource Network; Weston, WV — $19,000 to support Try This minigrants for healthy lifestyle projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

River of Life Care Closet; Rutland, OH — $5,000 to support the purchase of a refrigerated box truck.

Roane County PATCH; Spencer, WV — $9,800 to support the expansion of educational facilities for students and volunteers to learn about healthy, sustainable living. 

The Wirt County Missional Group; Elizabeth, WV — $6,500 to support the maintenance and fuel costs for the truck used to pick up food donations. 

Village of Beverly; Beverly, OH — $20,000 to support the maintenance of the community pool.

Thriving Neighborhoods

American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley; Parkersburg, WV — $45,000 for multi-year support to promote blood donations toward fighting cancer and for the collection and distribution of vital supplies.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Parkersburg, WV — $50,000 for multi-year support of the building of an accessible home for a person living with a disability and for a home repair program.

MOV Regional Council; Parkersburg, WV — $4,000 to support seniors in maintaining their independence in their own homes.

Nazareth Farm; Salem, WV — $4,000 for home repair equipment for homes in Ritchie County.

WV Health Right, Inc.; Charleston, OH — $70,000 for multi-year support in assisting the purchase of dental supplies and in providing dental services for low-income uninsured and underinsured adults for their mobile dental clinic in Roane County.

Mental Health and Addiction

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks; Athens, OH — $16,450 to support staff working with individuals in recovery who are in a pilot job training and employment program.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to support their financial literacy program helping people in recovery.

Cornerstone Gospel Church; Vienna, WV — $1,500 to help maintain the transport of individuals to and from recovery programs.

Ely Chapman Education Foundation; Marietta, OH — $20,000 for multi-year support for the position of the Health and Wellness Facilitator who will help foster children’s mental and physical health and well-being.

Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to support the Outreach Coordinator who assists attorneys and their clients in child abuse and neglect cases.

Hope House; Ravenswood, WV — $30,000 to support operating costs as they expand their space and services for women in recovery.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.; La Plata, MD — $1,000 to assist in purchasing supplies for a program which supports the mental health of disabled veterans in Parkersburg and surrounding areas.

SW Resources; Parkersburg, WV — $30,000 to support participants in recovery attending their training and employment program.

Wirt County Recovery, Inc; Elizabeth, WV — $10,825 to assist with health expenses and transportation for people in recovery.

The due date for requests under the priority areas of mental health and addiction; thriving neighborhoods; and healthy eating, active living is January 19, 2022. By midnight of this date, submit a full application for the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program or a letter of inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program. Nonprofits are encouraged to contact Sr. Molly Bauer, Senior Program Officer, at 304-424-6080 or with questions about whether their grant request may be a good fit for the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program. Letters of inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program may be submitted online at without scheduling a prior phone conversation.

The foundation serves 11 counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley in West Virginia and southeast Ohio: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia; Athens, Meigs, and Washington counties in Ohio. For more information on our grantmaking and eligibility requirements, visit our website

The Sisters Health Foundation promotes healthy and sustainable communities by providing resources, strengthening collaborative relationships and supporting initiatives that impact people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Since 1996, the Sisters Health Foundation has awarded over $20 million in grants.