The Greater Kanawha Valley Board of Trustees has approved at its June 15, 2016 meeting the distribution of 19 Second Quarter grants totaling $425,616.

WVU Foundation received a Field-of-Interest grant in support of the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) where girls like five-year-old Nevaeh, who is totally blind, can attend camp. Her mom recalls, “On Monday she was so frightened of all the new sounds. By Wednesday she was excited for the day. On Friday she got up on stage in front of 600 people and played her tambourine along with the music. Thank you CVRP. “

A total of 15 responsive grants for $305,856 were made for Basic Needs, Arts & Culture and Field-of-Interest. All of the three priority areas: Education, Health, and Civic Engagement and Community Building will be met by at least one of four collaborative grants equaling $119,760.

WV Health Right-$50,000 (Health)

The Dental Care for Low-Income Pregnant Women and Veterans oral health project, a partnership amongst WV Health Right and the Women’s Health Center, provides dental health education and access to dental care for two vulnerable, at-risk populations: low-income pregnant women and veterans. This access will improve their oral health and overall health status.

“If it wasn’t for Health Right, I wouldn’t have gone to the dentist because it’s too expensive. I feel better now. I have never been to a dentist.”

River Valley Child Development Services-$14,760 (Education)

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.”

Southern Appalachian Labor School-$27,000 (Education)

The Accent Education: Summer and Afterschool Youth Programming project serves rural, at-risk students in the Upper Kanawha Valley and western Fayette County. The program provides core academic support with a STEM emphasis as well as other enrichment opportunities for students and their families in a safe environment. The program provides an afterschool program during the academic year and an Energy Express site during the summer months.

“Accent Education provides children with tutoring in a safe, comfortable setting where they can ask as many questions as they need to help them understand the schoolwork.”

WVSU Foundation-$28,000 (Civic Engagement & Community Building)

The Future Leaders Academy, a joint program of WVSU and KISRA, is a three-phase program in leadership development and civic engagement for high school students. The project will include Phase I: An Introduction to Leadership Development and Community Engagement; Phase II: A Change Leaders Institute; and Phase III: A Dual Credit Course on Civics and Leadership in Communities. Up to twenty-five students from Buffalo High School and Capital High School are expected to participate. Funding will be for Phase I of this pilot program.

“Our communities need change leaders who are dedicated to advancing our economy, serving our fellow neighbors, and improving our way of life for generations to come.”

— Kelli Batch,

Appalachian Children’s Chorus-$3,000 (Arts &Culture)

Funding will support the Appalachian Festival of Young Voices, a four-day national children’s choir festival hosted by the Appalachian Children’s Chorus in Charleston, WV. The festival immerses our own children, as well as children from choirs all around the United States, in Appalachian music and culture.

“Appalachian Festival Young Voices has become one of the premier choral festivals for young people in existence.”

– Todd Morris,

Charleston CVB

Arts in Action-$15,000 (Arts &Culture)

Arts in Action classroom performances provide arts education and performance opportunities for youth from Putnam and Kanawha counties. Classes include dance, music, visual arts, and theater; students also participate in summertime Artistic Discovery Camps and dance workshops. Funding helps ensure that all children, including those with developmental and physical disabilities, have access to the arts regardless of economic status.

“My children have many things stacked against them, which can make them take the wrong path. Thanks to this program, I know my children will continue to make the right decisions and stay on the right path.”

Charleston Ballet-$15,000 (Arts &Culture)

Funding will support the Charleston Ballet 2016-17 Season. Assistance will include guest artist expenses including the October program, December’s NUTCRACKER with the WV Symphony, and a full-length February performance with Columbia Classical Ballet. All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components and include BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century Learning Programs.

“My daughter’s posture, stance, and walk have changed. She is also learning discipline and structure. She has learned how to be part of a team.”

Charleston Civic Chorus-$1,000 (Arts &Culture)

Funding will support the Charleston Civic Chorus’s five performances in 2016: A Celebration Concert on April 24, FestivALL Concert on June 20, Winter Concert on December 4, and two concerts for the Charleston Good Night Festivities on December 31.

“The Charleston Civic Chorus will present a series of 5 concerts of traditional and contemporary choral classical works in 2017.”

Coda Mountain Academy-$11,000 (Arts &Culture)

Funding will support Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival. This Festival is a two-week, residential music camp in Fayetteville, WV. Faculty and staff for the Summer Music Festival are graduates of top music schools and conservatories. Coda offers classical and bluegrass lessons and includes private instrumental classes, chamber ensemble coaching, personal practice guidance, and performance opportunities.

“It was the passion and persistence that was packaged in each music lesson that sent me down a more rewarding path.”

Partnership of African American Churches-$7,000 (Arts &Culture)

The goal of PAAC‘s Closing the Gap Through the Arts program is to provide opportunities for artistic expression to a marginalized youth population in the greater Charleston area. This funding will pay for scholarships that will allow youth from the M.L. King, Jr. Community Center to participate in dance education with the Charleston Ballet.

WV Professional Dance Company-$5,000 (Arts &Culture)

Funding will support the “Full STEAM Ahead! K-12 Educational Tour,” which improves educational engagement from students and increases comprehension in core subjects. Dance performances incorporate lessons from many fields, including science, technology, engineering, and math.

Community Development Outreach Ministries-$24,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding will support the Heart and Hand South Charleston and the Heart and Hand Putnam County Basic Needs Programs ability to provide emergency assistance to support low-income families with their basic needs of shelter, food, and clothing in South Charleston and Putnam County.

“With all my heart, our family expresses our gratitude. Our situation is temporary, but to all of you who extended a helping hand, we are forever grateful. Thank you and God bless.”

Daymark-$16,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding will support the Patchwork program with providing food, clothing, and shelter for youth who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Patchwork is a 24 hours intervention center and shelter for youth ages 12 and older.

“My mom dropped me off at Patchwork at 10:30 at night and said “this is your new home.” I thought that this was the end, but it turned out to be a blessing”

Rea of Hope-$20,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding will support the operations of Rea of Hope, which provides safe, affordable housing for West Virginia women focused on recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. In a positive, homelike environment those in recovery begin to develop self-sufficiency.

“ I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for the Rea of Hope. But I’m sure I wouldn’t be living the amazing life I am today with my girls.”

– Amanda

Southern Appalachian Labor School-$8,800(Basic Needs)

Funding will support SALS ability to provide residents with their basic needs by providing food, utility assistance information, and shelter services to eligible families within rural areas of Fayette County.

West Virginia Council of Churches-$25,000 (Basic Needs)

The Perishable Food and Medicine Resiliency Project seeks to strengthen food security in times of disaster by placing generators in food pantries located in counties that have high rates of declared disasters. Funding will support placing generators in TGKVF’s service area.

YWCA Sojourner’s Shelters-$21,580 (Basic Needs)

Funding will support the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families, a 75-bed facility that provides shelter and direct support services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services are provided to single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, veterans, and intact families.

“They helped me to feel better about myself and they helped me to find a place to live on my own. I haven’t worked in several years and they also helped in learning how to get a better job.”

– J.E

YWCA Resolve Family Abuse-$14,346 (Basic Needs)

Funding will support the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program ability to provide emergency shelter, food, and clothing vouchers for victims of domestic violence in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha Counties.

“I felt like someone was finally there to listen, and with her help, I was able to fill out paperwork, make it through my hearings, get my medical bills paid, and start moving on with my life.”

WVU Foundation-$119,130 (Field of Interest)

Funding will support the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program and WV SenseAbilities to ensure children with visual impairments, including CVI, blindness, and low vision, receive services from knowledgeable providers. Services include medical evaluations to follow the progression of eye diseases, optical devices, and self-sufficiency training. The programs also provide a venue for children with visual impairments to expand their comfort zones and increase creativity.

“The main thing I took from this camp was people with low vision-blind people can also make it big (like Blessing from The Voice). I also have made a lot of memories with CVRP. This program is one of a kind.”