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14 04, 2021

The KJ Taylor Scholarship Fund established


Fund established to benefit high school seniors from Charleston’s West Side

Charleston, WV: Members of the community have come together to create a scholarship fund in memory of Kelvin “KJ” Taylor.

Taylor was a student athlete at Capital High in Charleston. During his junior year, he was named first-team All-Mountain State Athletic Conference, excelling at both receiver and defensive back. He also stood out during the 2018 season, helping the team reach the Class AAA semifinals.

According to Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO of TGKVF, “KJ’s untimely death is heart-wrenching and I extend my deepest condolences to his parents and loved ones. The Foundation is here to facilitate contributions to the KJ Taylor Scholarship Fund in honor of KJ. We are here, lighting a candle in the darkness, to give hope to young people interested in pursuing post-secondary education.”

Awards from the KJ Taylor Scholarship Fund will be distributed annually through an application process to Capital High School students who reside on the West Side of Charleston and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.

Donations are being received by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation below.

The KJ Taylor Scholarship Fund established2021-04-14T13:08:24-04:00
12 01, 2021

Foundation Announces 2020 Fourth Quarter Discretionary Grants


Charleston, WV-The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grants totaling $887,107. Funding supports programs such as the Education Alliance’s AmeriCorps Mentors Alliance.

Two Kanawha County AmeriCorps Mentors who began their service in September 2019 built strong ties with their students during the duration of the school year. When schools closed due to COVID-19, the mentors were very upset and expressed a deep concern for their students. The mentors opted to continue serving the community during the state shutdown by delivering meals and educational packets to housing development youth and families. As they were delivering meals, the mentors were able to continue student engagement with some of the students they mentored during the school year. Michael Farmer, the Kanawha Regional Coordinator for the program, attended one of the daily meal delivery runs with the AmeriCorps Mentors. As they approached one of the houses in the development, a student loudly and excitedly proclaimed, “They’re here! They’re here!” The student ran down the steps to meet the mentors and receive a meal and educational packet. The student explained they do not get to see very many friends because of COVID-19, but seeing the mentors three days a week was a highlight!

TGKVF awarded three grants totaling $60,256 to Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, and Field-of-Interest programs and awarded 15 grants totaling $452,751 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Community and Economic Development (CED), Education, and Health. Funding was awarded for one Special Initiative grant and one West Side 2.0 grant in the amounts of $60,100. Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for four Dental Health and five Emergency Aid grants totaling $314,000.

WV Food and Farm Coalition-WV Rural Grocer Association: $26,271 (CED)

The WV Rural Grocer Association project will increase the sustainability of small, independently owned grocery stores in the Foundation’s footprint through targeted assessment and technical assistance. Additionally, this project will create a fund that allows participating grocers to access equipment needed to create greater sustainability while the grocers work to better establish themselves, stabilize their businesses, and provide a much-needed service to their community. 

Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, Inc.-Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail Marketing and Community Economic Development Initiative Year: $16,000 (CED)

In its third year of support from TGKVF, this project will continue efforts to use the River to Ridges Heritage Trail as a catalyst to improve the economy of communities in western Kanawha and northern Putnam counties by promoting the region as a destination for tourists and providing one-day travel opportunities for those living within the region. This will be accomplished by increasing public knowledge of the Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail and developing and strengthening partnerships with local businesses.

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, Inc.-GoodHOST: $21,271 (CED)

The GoodHOST program provides Goodwill participants experience and portable credentials within the hospitality industry. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality was a thriving industry in West Virginia, as ecotourism and four-season vacationing grew throughout the state. Looking ahead, GoodHOST components have been added to support the changing hospitality climate. Additional courses such as facility maintenance have provided employment options for individuals who did not previously view hospitality as their career path.

West Virginia Women Work!-Step UP for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program (SUFW): $26,272 (CED) 

Continued funding will support SUFW, a tuition-free training program of West Virginia Women Work! that helps adult students overcome barriers to employment. Funding will also support the launch of a new initiative based on retention of women previously placed, creating a self-perpetuating community that ensures the lasting impact of previous investments. The course will be offered twice yearly, enroll approximately 15 students, and boast an 80% or higher graduate employment rate. Each year, graduates are trained as mentors to support SUFW participants and tradeswomen. 

Coda Mountain Academy of Music-Coda Tutoring, Organizational Growth and Program Support: $51,915 (Education)

A fourth year of support from TGKVF enables Coda Mountain Academy of Music to expand its innovative tutoring program in Fayette County. Coda will adapt tutoring specifically to assist virtual students and students recovering from academic loss due to COVID-19 disruptions. Funding will be leveraged with AmeriCorps volunteers and will focus on continued capacity-building to support growth. 

The Education Alliance-Business and Community for Public Schools-AmeriCorps Mentor Alliance: $60,552 (Education)

The Education Alliance AmeriCorps Mentor Alliance is a dropout prevention, mentor-based intervention that creates a bridge between in-school and afterschool services that addresses student attendance, behavior, and course performance. During the 2020-21 school year, the program will be offered in Kanawha County Schools in partnership with Bob Burdette Center and Step by Step, Inc. Foundation funding will support the AmeriCorps mentors and partnering afterschool programs. Mentors will provide 180 students with mentor sessions and serve 180 students throughout non-schooltime activities.

The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc.-Dyslexia Services Coalition for Marginalized Youth in Foster and Kinship Care: $61,920 (Education)

Funding will allow The Appalachian Reading Center to continue providing tutoring to dyslexic and reading-deficient youth in highly distressed areas with an emphasis on Clay County. The Center will offer partial scholarships to students at all locations and employ an Accommodations Specialist to assist the Director in preparing alternate spelling lists for teachers who are working with Center students in their classrooms. This partnership will allow students who are studying the Wilson Reading System to progress more quickly and will help their teachers better understand how dyslexic students learn.

West Virginia Department of Education-WV Schools of Diversion and Transition-Circumventing Dyslexia in the Facility Based Environment: $10,200 (Education)

The West Virginia Department of Education’s Circumventing Dyslexia in the Facility Based Environment program aims to identify and treat facility placed adults who are experiencing academic difficulties as a result of an undiagnosed or untreated dyslexia disability. Funding will support academic equipment purchases for use at Mount Olive Correctional Center. 

Legal Aid of West Virginia, Inc.-Lawyer in the School: $20,000 (Education)

Lawyer in the School (LIS) stabilizes the lives of Kanawha County School students by providing free legal assistance to families on eviction, benefits, custody, and many other issues. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, direct service was provided through walk-in clinics at Mary C. Snow Westside Elementary and by appointment at Grandview Elementary as well as through workshops at both schools to educate families on legal issues impacting stability. Since the spring, LIS has continued to help families by phone. This third year of funding will allow for continued hosting of legal clinics and workshops for families virtually until it is safe to return to schools.

Fairness West Virginia-West Virginia Transgender Health Initiative: $27,000 (Health)

Fairness West Virginia, the statewide LGBTQ organization will address healthcare disparities of transgender people by organizing a series of training sessions with healthcare professionals from TGKVF’s six-county region. With this third year of funding, Fairness will continue training sessions, update and promote the online and printed transgender-inclusive healthcare guide, and create a series of online training modules for providers to access and further improve their skills. 

Keep Your Faith Corporation/Covenant House.-West Side Grown Extension Project: $27,000 (Health)

West Side Grown Extension is a collaboration between Keep Your Faith Corporation (KYFC), several local farmers in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding areas, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, Piedmont Elementary, Kanawha County Youth Report, and WVSU Extension to bring fresh, healthy, and local foods to elementary students and their families while promoting entrepreneurial skills and agricultural literacy. KYFC has secured green space on Delaware Avenue to host a West Side farmers market where support will assist with development, agricultural, and nutritional literacy workshops, as well as community-based pop-up farmers markets.

Children’s Therapy Clinic, Inc.-Comprehensive Therapy Services: $20,000 (Health)

Children’s Therapy Clinic will focus on comprehensive therapy services for children with disabilities and insufficient insurance or income who live in Kanawha and surrounding counties. Their services include physical, speech, occupational, and music therapies and social skills groups for children with autism. The clinic will also offer yoga classes once a week to clients and their families.

Think Kids, Inc.-Addressing the Needs of Children of the Drug Crisis: $20,000 (Health)

In the second year of funding, the project will identify, assess, and share how counties in TGKVF’s service area are responding to the healthcare needs and well-being of children affected by the drug epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic. The project will bring together stakeholders from across sectors, systems, and communities to listen, learn, and collect information to create a comprehensive picture of community needs, culminating in a final issue report to inform policymakers. 

Lewis County Family Resource Network, Inc.-Try This West Virginia: $25,000 (Health)

Try This West Virginia will build a regional healthy community network in The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s service area to generate healthy community activity among communities and across county lines. This will increase networking, provide leadership training, and award mini-grants to teams in TGKVF’s six counties. Teams will use the funds to create projects that make it easy for community members to be physically active and have access to healthy food. 

Partners in Health Network, Inc.-COPD Coordination Project: $39,350 (Health)

Partners in Health Network, as part of its Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project (APHP) activities, will conduct a COPD Care Coordination project providing care coordination and pulmonary rehabilitation using a telehealth approach. A specific web-based app–“Blue Marble app”–is available and affordable for this purpose. Respiratory therapists will be trained to use the app and provide both care coordination and home pulmonary rehabilitation services. Patients will receive the app free of charge for at least one year. Funding supports a pilot test of the project in two APHP sites with the goal of future expansion to all eight programs.

Natural Capital Investment Fund-CAN Mini-grants for WV Creative Placemaking: $15,000 (Arts & Culture)

Utilizing the framework of previous WV Creative Placemaking small grant programs, the project will channel targeted small grants to emerging, grassroots, and exploratory creative placemaking projects in communities within Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. Creative Placemaking is the intersection of arts and communities.  Mini-grants will focus on areas where there is existing traction, vision, and capacity. Grantees will function as a learning cohort and will be included in the CAN Creative Placemaking Working Group and peer learning convenings. This cohort will expand regional creative placemaking knowledge and best practices.

Religious Coalition for Community Renewals, Inc. (RCCR)-Transitional Storage Facility: $20,456 (Basic Needs)

RCCR is establishing a Transitional Storage Facility (TSF) for individuals experiencing homelessness on Charleston’s East End. Housed indoors, the TSF will increase case management opportunities and eliminate issues that arise from free-standing lockers. Individuals experiencing homelessness will be able to safely store their belongings and meet with social service providers at the TSF. Funding from TGKVF will go towards the rent and utility expenses of the TSF.

West Virginia State University Research & Development Corporation (WVSU)-WVSU Health Grandfamilies Programs: $24,800 (Field of Interest)

West Virginia ranks second among all states in the percentage of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren. The West Virginia State University Healthy Grandfamilies Program (WVSUHGP) offers grandfamilies educational resources through discussion sessions combined with social work case management services. Workshops are delivered through the WVSU Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences program in collaboration with the WVSU Department of Social Work, which coordinates the interventional component. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services are now provided through phone conversations, educational print materials sent through the US Mail, tangible resources, and social service support.

West Virginia National Hemophilia Foundation (WVNHF)-West Virginia National Hemophilia Foundation Dental Project: $20,000 (Dental Health)

The WVNHF Dental Program knows a dentist visit can be traumatic for patients with bleeding disorders and often leads to seeking dental care reactively, only when a problem is unbearable and expensive. This program will offer no-cost preventative care by a dentist experienced with bleeding disorders. Serving Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties, the program will standardize best practices for bleeding disorders and expand care to patients most vulnerable to complications.

New River Association-New River Health Association Dental Expansion Project: $30,000 (Dental Health)

New River Health is expanding dental services to Fayette and surrounding counties, thereby increasing accessibility to a larger number of patients. Funding will support the purchase of equipment as well as dental services for low-income, uninsured children and adults. 

Cabin Creek Health Systems-Cabin Creek Smiles!: $75,000 (Dental Health)

The Cabin Creek Smiles! Program provides individuals of all ages with appropriate oral healthcare designed to improve their quality of life and restore their smile. This program operates out of the Sissonville and Clendenin Health Centers and is open to any resident in The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s six county area.

Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education & Research Institute, Inc.-Dental Assistance for CAMC Cancer Patients: $30,000 (Dental Health)

The CAMC Cancer Dental Assistance grant will link low-income, uninsured, or underinsured adults with dental providers so these patients can receive dental clearance prior to beginning cancer treatment and to connect them to a dental home. Without dental clearance, patients are unable to receive cancer treatment. Funding will support patients with extractions, fillings, dentures, and partials so they can receive dental clearance to receive chemotherapy or radiation. 

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-HOPE (Health Opportunities for Parents Everywhere): $34,000 (Emergency Aid)

The HOPE program is designed specifically to improve sobriety among addicted expectant and new parents, decrease neonatal abstinence syndrome births, and increase maintenance of the family unit. Some outreach will occur in all of TGKVF’s six-county footprint; however, the majority of interventions will take place at WV Health Right’s Charleston clinic. Funding will support costs associated with staffing, supplies, and patient transportation.

Camp Appalachia-Fire Safety System: $30,000 (Emergency Aid)

The Camp Appalachia Fire Safety System project serves youth campers from Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties who are in foster care, have a parent incarcerated, or have been directly affected by the opioid crisis. Campers are taught how to make positive, healthy choices and are shown there is a life outside of their present circumstances. 

Mission West Virginia-Carry-on: $30,000 (Emergency Aid)

Mission West Virginia will assist relative and foster caregivers in covering the costs of basic necessities for the youth in their care. By providing emergency assistance for the youth in care, it will alleviate part of the strain on the caregiver’s household budget so those funds can be directed for food and shelter. Approximately 300 youth in foster or kinship care within Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties will be served. 

West Hamlin United Methodist Church-West Hamlin Community H.O.P.E. Center, third and permanent roof installation: $25,000 (Emergency Aid)

Helping Our People Excel (HOPE) is an outreach program of the West Hamlin United Methodist Church. This project will complete Phase 4 of the West Hamlin Community HOPE Center by completing construction of the Center’s top floor and roof. The HOPE Center will be used to provide space for the Lincoln County Health Department to conduct special events related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as trainings, vaccinations, blood drives, and health related activities. Free public high-speed internet will also be available to aid families with children taking online classes. 

Partnership of African American Churches-Surge Testing in Communities of Color in West Virginia: $40,000 (Emergency Aid)

The Surge Testing in Communities of Color project will conduct COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and community education and awareness in communities of color across West Virginia. TGKVF funding will be focused in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties.

Coalfield Development Corporation-West Side WRAPS (Workforce Readiness and Professional Success): $50,100 (West Side 2.0)

The WRAPS program identifies people with barriers to employment who are eager to work and provides them experience, training, support, and connection. Trainees are paid for six months while receiving certification training, work, and personal development mentorship based on 12 dimensions of personal and professional success. As trainees progress to internship and employment with members of our Employer Advisory Board and others, they receive individual counseling to address barriers to long-term employment success. 

City of Charleston-Celebration Station II: $10,000 (Special Initiatives) 

The Charleston Rotary, in collaboration with the City of Charleston and Kanawha County Schools, is leading the revitalization of the community portion of Celebration Station on Charleston’s East End. Celebration Station serves Charleston and Kanawha County residents. Grant funds will be used to replace old playground equipment with new, safer structures.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for the fourth quarter of 2020 distributions are supported by the following funds: Anonymous/Dental Health; Anonymous/Emergency Aid; James F. Duncan Charitable Fund; Lloyd, Jr. and Margaret Erhard; JW, Jr. and Gabrielle Hubbard; Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural; Blanche E. Jacobson; Dorothy and Charles Jardin; F. B. Lamb; Stanley Loewenstein Memorial; Nathan and Sarah Maslow; Alfred and Lucy McClung; Margaret Ann Moyer; Pelzel Family; Nancy Gay Randolph; George and Josephine Rogers;  L. Newton and Katherine Thomas; and Women Working Fund.

Foundation Announces 2020 Fourth Quarter Discretionary Grants2021-01-12T12:18:34-05:00
12 01, 2021

Foundation Announces 2020 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants


Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grants totaling $1,008,600. Funding supports programs such as the Regional Family Resource Network’s Project Bottle and Diaper Duty, a local program that support baby pantries in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties. 

The Regional Family Resource Network (RFRN) recently received a call from a local foster care agency about a new foster family who received placement of two young children and needed diapers, formula, and clothing for an infant and four year old child. By connecting with the RFRN, the agency representative was able to find a local baby pantry and collect diapers, formula, clothing, and other supplies, such as books and art supplies for the family in need – free of charge. Since the baby pantries that the RFRN supports also serve as locations for families to learn about additional opportunities for assistance, the agency representative was able to share this with the new foster family as well. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many services and programs have been canceled or closed, but the RFRN’s Project Bottle and Diaper Duty has been able to continue providing resources to families in need.

TGKVF awarded 13 responsive grants totaling $429,400 to Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, and Field-of-Interest programs, and awarded seven grants totaling $241,800 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Community and Economic Development (CED), Education, and Health. Funding was awarded for three Special Initiative grants and three West Side 2.0 grants in the amount of $156,400. Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for two Dental and two Emergency Aid grants totaling $181,000.

Future of Nursing West Virginia-WV Nurse Entrepreneur Project: $20,000 (CED)

Funding for this project continues and expands the impact and success of the WV Nurse Entrepreneur Project, which has created a curriculum as well as admitted and graduated 42 nurses through the program in the past two years. Fourteen nurse-owned businesses have successfully launched and others are in stages of development. 

Good News Mountaineer Garage-Closing the Transportation Gap-Employment Access for Low Income Workers in 6-County Area: $30,000 (CED)

In its second year of support, this project will facilitate employment, providing individuals with income needed for a healthy life. Funds will be used to build stability by providing vehicles to individuals so they have transportation to work. Leveraging other funding, the program will provide a financial training and counseling program and introduce a low-rate financing plan with Element Federal Credit Union. Funding will support the program’s delivery of 9-14 vehicles within TGKVF’s six county region.

Mission West Virginia-The Bridge: $47,500 (Education)

This funding will allow the program to continue creating opportunities to support foster youth as they pursue their academic potential and become productive members of the community. The program will collaborate with Clay County Schools in areas of Educational Advocacy, Academic Coaching, Enrichment Opportunities, and Post-Secondary Education Planning. Funding will support staffing and supplies. 

Zion Child Development Center, Inc.-Pyramid Model Sustainability Initiative-Zion and Boys and Girls Club: $40,000 (Education)

Funding for this project will support Zion and the Boys and Girls Club of America to improve implementation of the Pyramid Model, focusing on coaching elements to improve quality in the classroom and sustainability of the program. The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) will be used by both facilities, offering coaching and action plans for classrooms based on the TPOT model. Funding will be used for training, salaries during training, evaluation, supplies, and printing.

Philanthropy West Virginia-EAG & WV Climb Collaboration: $20,000 (Education)

This grant supports a partnership between Philanthropy WV’s Education Affinity Group and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to increase post-secondary degree attainment. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is uniquely positioned to drive change across both the two-year and four-year systems. Because of this, the Commission is implementing a comprehensive and sustainable strategy – WV Climb – focused on identifying and dismantling barriers to college completion. Funding will support stipends for college professors to convert their curricula into Open Educational Resources, thereby decreasing the financial burden that textbook purchasing places on students.

Cabin Creek Health Systems (CCHS)-CCHS’s Patient Centered Service Extension: $50,000 (Health)

Since 2017, CCHS has been providing healthcare and support to the homeless, under-housed, and underserved population in the Charleston area. Due to overwhelming social determinants of health, some of the individuals with the highest needs do not seek traditional healthcare. Therefore, CCHS has utilized service programs to meet populations where they are. Funding will support CCHS with supplies and staffing costs. 

The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.-Wild, Wonderful and Healthy Charleston West Side: $34,300 (Health)

Wild, Wonderful, and Healthy Charleston West Side is part of the Wild, Wonderful, and Healthy West Virginia Initiative led by the Center for Rural Health Development in communities throughout the state. The West Side program will work to strengthen the capacity of residents and community leaders to develop a culture of health in their community while also supporting economic development on the West Side of Charleston. TGKVF funds will specifically be used to conduct Community Health Improvement Planning and implement long-term changes to improve community health.

Three Bridges Art Experiences, Corp.-Wednesday Workshops-Providing Specialized Arts Education to WV: $5,000 (Arts & Culture)

Wednesday Workshops provide specialized arts education to West Virginia participants by stimulating a master class presented by guest artists via Zoom. The workshops’ major focus is education through exposure to entertainment professionals’ stories and expertise. This provides budding artists the perspective that a career in the arts is possible with the correct education and industry understanding. Workshops take place monthly through Zoom, with one annual live master class presented in Charleston (dependent on COVID-19 guidelines). The workshops are open to participants between twelve and forty years of age.  Funding will support coordination and guest artist fees.

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame (WVHoF)-Music Career Counseling Video Project: $5,000 (Arts & Culture)

The Music Career Counseling Video Project utilizes the professional relationships the WVHoF has developed with WV musicians and industry professionals, bringing them to high schools to introduce students to the many non-performing career opportunities available in the music industry. The video project will create a library of five-minute presentations that introduce these various diverse careers. Since COVID-19 has severely limited access to schools, the “virtual” approach is more important than ever. Funding will support videography and music industry speakers.

West Virginia Youth Symphony-Outreach Through the Performing Arts-Dance, Voice, Orchestra, & Theater: $20,000 (Arts & Culture) 

To promote performing arts education in the region, the WV Youth Symphony will plan and perform a collaborative ballet production of Sleeping Beauty in April 2021, showcasing over 150 young dancers, singers, actors, and musicians. The project will also offer outreach classes in ballet and violin instruction in Clendenin for economically disadvantaged children. Funding will support tuition assistance, quality instruments, instructors’ salaries, performance venue fees, and materials such as stage props, sheet music, and costumes. Funding will also enable reduced ticket prices to schools and the Ticket Town program.

American Red Cross-Basic Needs-Disaster Services Direct Client Financial Assistance: $30,000 (Basic Needs)

American Red Cross/West Virginia/ Southwest Chapter provides direct financial assistance for residents experiencing a fire, flood, or any disaster emergency in West Virginia, but specifically for this project in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. Funds will be used for basic needs such as clothing to keep clients warm, shelter to keep them safe, food to prevent hunger, and medicine to maintain their health.

Covenant House-Improving Health and Quality of Life for the Homeless and Low-Income: $66,000 (Basic Needs)

Covenant House, Manna Meal, and Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center partner to fight hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Kanawha County. Estimating that these programs serve over 90 percent of the homeless population in Kanawha County, funding will support providing food, meals, clothing, hygiene items, and staffing.

Daymark, Inc.-Patchwork: $21,500 (Basic Needs)

Patchwork, licensed by the State of West Virginia, is a runaway and homeless shelter for youth ages twelve and older. Patchwork’s mission is to provide youth in high-risk situations with a safe alternative to abusive, neglectful, or dangerous environments. Patchwork provides emergency and pharmacological services, mental health assessment plans, nursing services, educational and vocational exploration, counseling, referral services, food, clothing, and shelter. Funding will support staffing, food, and utilities. 

Heart and Hand Outreach Ministries, Inc.-Heart+Hand Basic Needs Programs: $22,000 (Basic Needs)

Heart and Hand provides basic needs assistance in the form of free food, clothing, housewares, utility and rent assistance, diapers, work boots and shoes, holiday food, and gifts for low income families in Kanawha and Putnam Counties. Funding from this grant will be used for utility assistances, rent, and to supplement Heart and Hand’s food pantry.

Kanawha Valley Collective, Inc. (KVC)-Centralized Point of Entry and Housing Stabilization: $60,500 (Basic Needs)

Kanawha Valley Collective is the local Continuum of Care – a collaborative network of providers serving Boone, Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam counties. Funding will support utility assistance, furniture, and bus passes for clients; utility assistance for Covenant House’s Drop in Center; and salaries for YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter, Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center, and Daymark.

Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Inc.: $20,500 (Basic Needs)

The Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home is a transitional home for men in recovery from addiction. The Home, aftercare apartments, and newly opened intermediate apartments provide 30 beds for its mission of housing, feeding, and building positive habits through structured accountability. Funding will support utilities, food, and shelter.

Regional Family Resource Network-Project Bottle and Diaper Duty: $30,000 (Basic Needs)

In an effort to address the diaper, formula, and breastfeeding needs in our communities, a team of community-based organizations from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties have come together to create a system that will place or strengthen baby pantries in these communities. Pantries will provide diapers, formula and bottles, breastfeeding accessories, and educational materials to low-income families struggling with unforeseen financial hardships. 

Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services-Cross Lanes Basic Emergency Needs: $18,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding will support Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services’ food pantry, Christmas food basket program, and utility and prescription drug assistance for residents in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program: $22,250 (Basic Needs)

YWCA Resolve’s Victim and Shelter Services Coordinator, along with other advocates, assist victims of domestic violence by providing basic needs such as food, clothing, and safe emergency shelter. The Coordinator provides case management, referrals to various resources, transportation, and housing relocation assistance services which empower survivors to build safer, more secure futures for themselves and their children.

West Virginia University Foundation Inc.-Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP): $108,650 (Field-of-Interest)

Families and providers of children with visual impairment struggle to gain information, identify resources, and gain support. CVRP/SenseAbilities (SA) ensures children with visual impairments–including those with cortical visual impairment, blindness, and low vision–receive services from knowledgeable providers. Interventions, equipment, and devices are diverse. Funding will support evaluations, mentoring, and low vision and blindness equipment and programming that will address blindness-related skills needed to encourage success in higher education and employment. CVRP/SA serves the entire state of West Virginia but specifically TGKVF’s six-county region.

Kanawha County Dental Health Council, Inc.-Kanawha County Dental Health Council, Inc.: $80,000 (Dental Health)

Kanawha County Dental Health Council’s mission is to promote dental health for the children of our community through education within Kanawha County Schools and to provide comprehensive dental services for children of low-income families. The Council does accept CHIP and Medicaid, but there remains a significant number of uninsured patients. Funding from TGKVF will help cover the expense of treating patients, thereby supporting the Council’s mission that “no child within Kanawha County will ever go without needed dental care and education.”

Family Care-Oral Health Services for Women in Recovery Year 4: $90,000 (Dental Health)

Family Care Health Centers have partnered with Recovery Point Charleston to offer preventative, restorative, and oral health services to Recovery Point residents. Based in Kanawha County, residents of Recovery Point will have access to dental cleanings, X-rays, fillings, root canals, crowns, and dentures.

Nitro Mission Team-Nitro Community Food Pantry Freezer/Refrigerator: $3,000 (Emergency Aid)

The Nitro Food Pantry has relocated to the former West Sattes Elementary School. This new space will allow pantry clients to be served through a drive-up window. Funding will support and match United Way funding to purchase a commercial walk-in freezer/refrigerator. 

Clay County Commission-Old Courthouse Roof Project: $8,000 (Emergency Aid)

Funding will be used to replace the roof on the building that contains the History and Landmarks Commission and the Clay County Magistrate Offices. The building is located in Clay, WV and serves citizens from many counties throughout West Virginia and others researching family and regional histories.

YWCA of Charleston-YWCA Charleston Racial Justice Program-Changing Hearts and Minds: $17,200 (Special Initiatives)

The YWCA Charleston Racial Justice Program increases local capacity to mitigate the effects of racism and to understand its root causes. The program will work with community leaders in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha counties to help participants recognize racial bias. Funding will support training, outreach through Conversation Cafes, and the annual Race to End Racism, a conscious-raising event celebrating communities of color in Charleston, WV.

CADCO Foundation, Inc.-GROWing Entrepreneurship in the Kanawha Valley: $22,850 (Special Initiatives)

The Charleston Area Alliance and Advantage Valley will employ a two-prong approach to support entrepreneurs in the Kanawha Valley region. The Alliance will implement GROW 2.0, a proven effective boot camp style training for entrepreneurs and small businesses, supported by additional technical expertise and professional services to reinforce sustained business success. Advantage Valley will target women and minority-owned businesses by providing services for certification, business coaching, and scholarships for the Fast Trac program at BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

West Virginia State University Foundation, Inc.-Opening Soon Entrepreneurial Program: $49,500 (Special Initiatives)

The Entrepreneurial Program will be a multidimensional business and product development program for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and micro-enterprises in Kanawha County. The program will provide education and guidance in launching participants’ business ideas into a viable product or service through a series of workshops, peer meetings, and technical assistance. Planned activities include 10 weekly sessions of instructional delivery that will incorporate product development, credit counseling, financial management, and media marketing. Funding will be utilized to pay instructors’ fees to deliver instructional content, develop workshop booklets, and marketing of the program. 

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club-MAKESHOP Appalachia: West Side Youth Entrepreneurship Workshops: $26,400 (West Side Place-Based Initiative) 

The MAKESHOP Appalachia: Entrepreneurship Workshops are technology and design entrepreneurship-focused programs, free of charge for underserved youth on Charleston’s West Side. West Side partners Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, MESH, Financial Literacy Bootcamp, Fun Fitness Kids Club, and Elk City Renewal Association will build on our pilot year to collaborate on 40 new workshops to develop the entrepreneurship pipeline in Kanawha County. The workshops will give 60 youth a creative outlet to develop coding, digital design, and other career development skills to form a community-based project or company idea.

The Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy (KVCOP):  $25,000- (West Side Place-Based Initiative)

The KVCOP provides support through the initiative for projects on Charleston’s West Side. It is the Council’s goal to support programs and projects that will meet the interest of its members who may contribute to multifaceted place-based philanthropic campaigns. The funding raised in 2019 went to support mental health, education, and community economic development initiatives.

Bible Center Church-The Maker’s Center: $15,000 (West Side Place Based Initiative)

Through The Maker’s Center program, mentors will motivate creativity using cutting-edge technology, a fully-equipped workshop, and an art studio. The program will serve Kanawha County high school students and statewide students in local recovery programs and offer a unique atmosphere, hands-on opportunities, and technology to dream, learn, innovate, and create. Funding will be used for next level technology and art supplies.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for the third quarter of 2020 distributions are supported by the following funds:  Anonymous/Dental; Anonymous/Emergency Aid; 

Marian H. Angell Memorial Fund; John C. and Ada K. Arter Memorial Fund; Frank W. and Joan Allison Badger; Beatrice Bell Memorial Fund; Juanita M. Boll Memorial Fund; James F. Duncan Charitable; Brent B. Galyean Memorial; George and Patty Herscher; Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural; Lois and Lawrence C. Kaufman, Jr.; Alice Ann Koontz; Lowenstein #1; Lillian M. Mairs; W. Alfred and Lucy McClung; Nancy Gay Randolph; George and Josephine Rogers; Harry and Florence Silverstein; Thomas R. and Anna Bond Stephens Charitable; L. Newton and Katherine S. Thomas General; and Paul and Opal Vaughan.

Foundation Announces 2020 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants2021-01-12T12:18:07-05:00
22 12, 2020

Shannon C. Lyons


Susan and the rest of the GKVF,

I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for helping support my undergraduate education over the last four years. I am more than thankful for the financial support from the foundation and I would not have been able to afford an education at the University of Charleston without your help.

I am eagerly anticipating graduation on April 24th, with a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. I have submitted several applications to graduate schools across the country, with the eventual hopes of pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience. After I get my degree, I hope to continue doing biomedical research for a pharmaceutical or biotechnical company.

Thank you for helping me achieve my goals. Merry Christmas!

– Shannon C. Lyons

Shannon C. Lyons2020-12-22T10:51:45-05:00
6 11, 2020

Community Connections October 28, 2020 with Three Bridges Arts


Jane Powell has a conversation with Amanda Bridgette, President and Founder of Three Bridges Arts. They discuss the professional level mentoring and Wednesday Workshops series available to area residents.

Community Connections October 28, 2020 with Three Bridges Arts2020-11-06T16:45:58-05:00

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