Thirty-seven nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grant funding in support of our vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” At its fall meeting, our Board of Directors approved a total of $447,377 in funding.

Eight organizations that provide direct services, such as food and emergency assistance, received a total of $26,825 from the Basic Needs/Direct Service small-grant program.

These eight organizations are as follows:

Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation; Huntington, WV — $2,100 to purchase 100 swaddlers to be used for their Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome center (babies affected by substance abuse).

Community Resources, Inc.; Parkersburg, WV — $790 to purchase items for use in the FaithLink blessing bags project for senior citizens.

MOV Regional Council; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to provide basic needs for the Senior Companion Program for mileage and other volunteer support costs.

Ohio University Diabetes Institute; Athens, OH — $2,310 to provide transportation for residents of Athens, Meigs, and Washington Counties to their diabetes management appointments located within Athens County.

Parchment Valley Baptist Church; Ripley, WV — $4,500 to provide supplemental food for the weekend Snak Pak program for Jackson County students throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, Inc.; Morgantown Drive, WV — $3,000 to supplement the costs of guest family stays for MOV residents.

The Salvation Army of Parkersburg; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to purchase new trays for the Meals for One program and to offset food costs for the Meals for One and Soupline programs.

Women’s Care Center; Parkersburg, WV — $4,125 to purchase cribs and car seats for expectant and new moms.

Twenty-nine organizations received support for their efforts in addressing the health needs of their communities in one of the three priority areas of the Responsive Grants Program.

Oral Health Priority Area

Pilot Club of Jackson County; Ripley, WV — $10,000 to provide dental services for children and adults in Jackson County.

WV Oral Health Coalition; Charleston, WV — $45,000 to conduct a statewide environmental scan of local public service districts related to community water fluoridation, identify and equip six water systems in service area, and support schools with the WV Fluoride Mouth Rinse Project.

Health Equity Priority Area

American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia; Parkersburg, WV — $30,000 to expand the Veterans Service Initiative by supporting a VetCorps member to assist Veterans with accessing benefits.

Crittenton Foundation, Inc.; Wheeling, WV — $20,000 to support the Trauma Informed Elementary School (TIES) program in Wood and Tyler Counties.

Echoing Hills Village, Inc.; Athens, OH — $5,000 to assist individuals with developmental disabilities with transportation to medical appointments and community events through the purchase of a used van.

Essentially Yours, Inc.; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 for operational support as they continue to provide home goods and personal hygiene items to the once homeless.

Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation; Parkersburg, WV — $20,000 to support the Substance Abuse/Mental Health Treatment Coordinator’s efforts to connect clients with treatment services.

Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home; Parkersburg, WV — $20,000 for operational support as they assist clients recovering from addiction.

Ohio University – Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, OH — $20,000 to provide patients with medication, diabetes and hypertension management supplies, assistance with transportation, and other expenses for their free clinic.

Public Defender Corporation for the Fifth Judicial Circuit; Ripley, WV — $25,000 to support the hiring of a full-time Recovery Coach to connect clients with treatment services.

Recovery Point, Inc.; Parkersburg, WV — $20,000 for operational support for the residential recovery program at their new Parkersburg facility.

Roane General Hospital; Spencer, WV — $20,000 to purchase additional exercise equipment to reduce wait times for pulmonary rehab patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other lung diseases. 

Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program; Athens, OH — $15,000 for operational support as they seek to support survivors who experienced sexual and domestic violence.

Westbrook Health Services; Parkersburg, WV — $13,750 to offer Whole Health Action Management Trainings (WHAM) for peers in recovery as well as behavioral health professionals.

WV Council of Churches; Charleston, WV — $15,000 to support the launch of Community Re-entry Councils as they seek to assist ex-offenders with issues such as housing, employment, behavioral health, and food assistance.

Healthy Lifestyles Priority Area

Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg; Parkersburg, WV — $15,000 for operational support related to the Triple Play program to increase members’ knowledge of good nutrition and being physically active.

EVE Incorporated; Marietta, OH — $5,000 to enhance their security system as they seek to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

GoPacks; Marietta, OH — $10,000 for operational support as they address food insecurity through their backpack program and engage families in programming.

Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits WV; Charleston, WV — $13,500 to support five congregations in creating health ministry teams.

Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home; Charleston, WV — $4,000 to supplement utility expenses for their transitional home and after-care apartments.

Marietta City Health Department; Marietta, OH — $1,900 to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) and baby changing stations.

Meigs County Council on Aging, Inc.; Pomeroy, OH — $15,000 to install an outdoor intergenerational fitness playground with adult and children’s equipment.

O’Neill Senior Center; Marietta, OH — $2,300 to purchase a commercial grade freezer for the adult day center.

Roane County Board of Education; Spencer, WV — $5,000 to repair the current walking/running track at Roane County High School for use by the school and the community.

Voices for Children Foundation-CASA Program; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 for operational support as they train new CASA volunteers and provide direct service to abused and neglected children.

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition; Charleston, WV — $15,000 to support five mini-grants in MOV to promote healthy lifestyles and to enhance their media and communications campaign.

WVU Parkersburg; Parkersburg, WV — $22,102 to train the nursing workforce pipeline through the purchase of Hal, a five year old pediatric simulator with self-contained respiratory and circulatory functions.

Women for Recovery; Athens, OH — $3,000 to support women in recovery with food preparation and cooking skills.

YMCA of Parkersburg; Parkersburg, WV — $5,000 to install a security system at the Child Development Center.

The next due date to submit a full application for the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program, or to submit a letter of inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program, is January 24, 2018. 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 Sisters Health Foundation. For additional information, please visit

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 $17 million in grants.