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26 08, 2016

Child care providers receive training in TGKVF’s six county region

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photo courtesy of River Valley Child Development Services

photo courtesy of River Valley Child Development Services

River Valley Child Development Services and the Apprenticeship Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program, which was developed in WV for child care providers, is based upon the U. S. Department of Labor apprenticeship model and provides college credit.

This project will update the curricula and provide trainings in TGKVF’s six-county region as well as provide resource boxes for instructor use within the service area.

“I recommend this to anyone who has a passion for working with children and would like to further their knowledge as they also further their career as a childhood specialist.”

More information at www.rvcds.org

1 12, 2016

Children’s Therapy Clinic receives 3rd Q funding

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Children’s Therapy Clinic $35,500 (Health) The second year of collaboration between Children’s Therapy Clinic and Bright Futures Learning Services will continue to provide appropriate therapy services for children with disabilities who have insufficient insurance coverage and/or income. Bright Futures Learning Services will provide behavioral treatments to children with autism and related disorders. Funding will support staffing, collaborative workshops, and materials.

“Without this support these children may not receive the therapy services they need to help them increase skills and become more independent.” – Valicia Leary, Executive Director, Children’s Therapy Clinic

At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

Read more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.

7 12, 2016

Coalfield Development Corp. receives 3rd Q funding

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Photo courtesy of Coalfield Development Corp.

Photo courtesy of Coalfield Development Corporation

Coalfield Development Corporation $55,500 (Health) Coalfield Development Corporation’s initiative, Refresh Appalachia, will receive a grant to continue its second year of regional economic and workforce development work in Lincoln County. By working with Unlimited Future and Lincoln County Schools, the project aims to strengthen local food systems, support novice farmers, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional markets. Funding will support staffing, training, and building materials.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to build a local food economy in southern West Virginia – an economy that supports living wage jobs and provides fresh, healthy food to communities in need.” – Ben Gilmer, President, Refresh Appalachia

At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

Read more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.

8 12, 2016

East End Family Resource Center receives 3rd Q funding

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Photo courtesy of East End Family Resource Center

 

East End Family Resource Center $40,343 (Education) East End Family Resource Center will partner for the second year with The Education Alliance and Kanawha County Schools to provide the AmeriCorps on the Frontline Dropout Prevention program; the Bob Burdette Center and PRO-Kids will also join the collaboration in 2016. The project’s target population are at-risk students in grades 3-5 at Piedmont Elementary, Mary C. Snow Elementary, and Edgewood Elementary. Funding will help support six AmeriCorps mentors, staff, volunteer recruitment and community engagement, and STEAM education materials.

“TGKVF will help us fulfil our Mission of “building bridges of opportunities” by giving Charleston residents the opportunity to achieve. We accomplish our mission by coordinating, facilitating, and/or initiating activities and programs that respond to the needs of families.”

At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

Learn more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.

28 11, 2016

Foundation hires new CED Program Officer

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Foundation hires new Community Economic Development Program Officer

Todd Dorcas came to The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation after nine years with the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Public Transit (DPT) where he was charged with implementing the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program over the PRT or Personal Rapid Transit in Morgantown WV. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State and attended graduate school at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning. Shortly after graduate school, he became the Executive Director of the King Park Area Development Corporation where he assisted the city of Indianapolis with an awarded $4.5 million grant from HUD to demolish vacant and blighted houses, build 269 new homes and rehabilitate 44 homes, improve streets and infrastructure, and develop a system of parks and green space. Today, this project is known as “Fall Creek Place” and has become one of the country’s most successful residential/mixed-use redevelopment projects. Fall Creek Place has won several national design awards and has been designated as best practices in several categories from architecture to redevelopment. Mr. Dorcas later went on to work for the city of Indianapolis as a city planner specializing in writing zoning ordinances and land use.

Todd is a current board member for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and an avid golfer.

Todd can be reached at 304.346.3620 or tdorcas@tgkvf.org

30 11, 2016

Freshman awarded Kids’ Chance Scholarship

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Scholarships benefit students whose parents experienced workplace injuries

Chris Stadelman, chief of staff for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, recognizes Emma Hyson, left, whose father was severely injured in a workplace accident.

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Chris Stadelman, chief of staff for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, recognizes Emma Hyson, left, whose father was severely injured in a workplace accident.

WV Metro News: By in News | November 29, 2016 at 6:57PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The price her father paid on the job is helping Emma Hyson pay for college.

Hyson, a freshman at the University of Charleston, is a pre-pharmacy major. She is a beneficiary of Kids’ Chance, which provides scholarships to West Virginia students who have a parent who was seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in a work-related accident.

Hyson was honored, along with the program, at the state Capitol on Monday. Her father, who lost the lower parts of both legs in a workplace accident before she was born, was there and proud.

“I didn’t know about it until about this time last year when I was applying for scholarships and came across the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and found out I qualified because of my dad,” said Hyson, a Parkersburg South High School graduate.

Her appearance at the Capitol came as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recognized Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in West Virginia. The program was established in this state in 1998 under then-Gov. Cecil Underwood. Since its inception, the organization has provided more than $150,000 in scholarships to West Virginia students.

Continue reading here.

22 11, 2016

Giving Tuesday

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This November 29th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community.

It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back and then share your idea.

Giving Tuesday was created as an annual day to give back, following the busy days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is proud to offer these easy ways to share kindness on this global day of giving

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Give to our Urgent Needs Fund.
Help support our non-profit community meet emergency requests.

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Give to your TGKVF Fund.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation donors can always continue to give by adding to their fund. Your donation on Giving Tuesday increases the value of your fund now to help prepare for future giving, and qualifies as a tax-deductible gift for 2016. Call the Foundation at 304.346.3620 with any questions.

 

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Please visit www.tgkvf.org on Tuesday or anytime to support the communities we serve.

8 08, 2017

Integrating Arts, Culture Into Community Development can be a ‘Win-Win’ for Charleston, WV

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By definition, creative placemaking is the integration of arts, culture, and community-engaged design.  A recent Kresge Foundation report, Creative Placemaking Case Study: North Collinwood, demonstrates how creative placemaking resulted in the invigoration of post-industrial neighborhoods and catalyzed equitable, community-driven development.  The report conveys that when key stakeholders — residents, nonprofits, developers, and local government — worked together to invigorate low-income neighborhoods using local creative assets as drivers of change, the process ended up addressing many of the systemic barriers faced by low-income residents and served as a bulwark against the displacement that sometimes occurs when rising property values price out longtime residents.  For example, the Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture worked to identify indigenous cultural assets, integrate local artists into the community through property ownership, and initiate artist-led community projects.  Charleston, West Virginia can learn from the findings of this report.  Read more in the full report.

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

28 12, 2016

John Barry joins TGKVF as Chief Financial Officer

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The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

John Barry started with The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation in November, 2016. Prior to joining TGKVF, John had over 25 years in the banking industry assisting foundation, endowment and not for profit clients. He is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania and the Southern Trust School at Birmingham Southern University in Birmingham, Alabama. He also holds a FINRA Series 65 license. John is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Charleston Estate Planning Council. Outside of work, John coaches girls lacrosse at Capital High School and is involved in U.S. Lacrosse.