This past fall, thirty-four nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley were awarded grant funding in support of our vision of “healthy people in healthy communities”. At our most recent board meeting, our Board of Directors approved a total of $387,500.

From our Basic Needs/Direct Service Program, nine organizations were awarded a total of $33,000. Twenty-five organizations received support for their efforts in addressing health needs of their communities in one of three priority areas of our Responsive Grants Program–healthy eating, active living; thriving neighborhoods; and mental health and addiction.

Nine organizations that provide direct services, such as food and emergency assistance, received a total of $33,000 from the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program. These organizations are as follows:

Belpre Area Ministries; Belpre, OH — To purchase food and food vouchers for food pantry.

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

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.

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 while their children are in the hospital.

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 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 program serving people with disabilities.

Twenty-five organizations received support totaling $354,500 for their efforts addressing the health needs of their communities in our priority areas of Healthy Eating, Active Living; Thriving Neighborhoods; and Mental Health and Addiction.

Healthy Eating, Active Living Priority Area

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

Boys & Girls Club of Washington County; Marietta, OH — To support the purchase and installation costs of the floor for their gym renovation.

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.

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.

Thriving Neighborhoods Priority Area

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

Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc.; Parkersburg, WV — To support the Resource Coordinator who connects participants to critical resources and services.

Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio; Millfield, OH — To support the purchase of equipment, tools, and training materials for their home repair and rehabilitation program that will train people experiencing employment barriers.

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department; Parkersburg, WV — To support the Oral Health Coordinator and to purchase a new dental chair for their dental hygiene clinics.

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.

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.

The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Parkersburg, WV — To support the purchase of equipment for a café which will provide employment training opportunities for people with disabilities.

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

West Virginia 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.

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.

Mental Health and Addiction

Appalachian Children Coalition; Athens, OH — For capacity building support.

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

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.

Recovery Point of WV; Huntington, WV — To provide oral health care services to men entering the first phase of the long-term recovery program. This is in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program; Athens, OH — To support the renovation of a space that will become a relational trauma center in Nelsonville.

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

The due date for requests under our priority areas of healthy eating, active living; thriving neighborhoods; and mental health and addiction is January 20, 2021. 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. For more information on our priority areas and eligibility, please visit our overview of programs.

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 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 $19 million in grants.