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1 11, 2018

Colton Oldham


I wanted to personally thank the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and all benefactors of the Leopold and Elizabeth Marmet Scholarship. I will be graduating from graduate school in Nuclear Engineering this spring and working for the national government in Nuclear engineering. This scholarship, from my home state, truly made my college experiences a reality.

I have been blessed with a plethora of resources and support and I can truly thank The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation for my years of post-secondary

and making my dreams and aspirations a reality. I want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Hoover for always answering my questions and for placing me in a non­ comfort zone as I talked at many state functions with top delegates around my state. Being a nuclear engineer and helping others from my home state with simple tips and guidance to make it in college, has truly shown me how much of an impact I have had on youth. My sister will even be following in similar

footsteps. I know that college can be a burden and overwhelming for so many and my support systems made it positive and a remarkable experience. I will always find my way back to WV and provide support to all.

As I frequently visit, I want to always make myself available to give back to those that helped me along my pathway to success. If you ever need me as a reference or support to youth, please let me know. I now have 3 patents to my name and travel the world as a help in nuclear securities. Again, your foundation made this possible. Thank you!

Colton Oldham2018-11-01T17:19:52+00:00
1 11, 2018

Foundation announces 2018 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants


Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of 15 grants totaling $522,289.

The loss of two family members, multiple moves, senior year, and an instinct to help care for your younger sisters are more trauma than any young child should face. Applying and attending college seem like a distant dream. Even if accepted how would you play for it and who would care your sisters? This was the reality for Sarah, a recent graduate of Clay County High School and a student enrolled in Mission West Virginia’s Bridge program.   Through the Bridge program, which provides one-on-one mentorship to foster youth, Sarah was able to improve her grades, complete financial aid forms, and become excited about the possibility of furthering her education.  Sarah was ultimately accepted by three colleges and will begin attending a state university in the fall.

TGKVF awarded one field-of-interest and eight responsive grants totaling $332,245 to Basic Needs and Arts & Culture programs and six grants totaling $190,044 in the Foundation’s proactive priority areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development (CED).

Mission West Virginia-The Bridge: $36,635 (Education)

Now in the project’s fourth year, Mission West Virginia strives to create opportunities and support foster youth who are pursuing their dreams and becoming productive members of our community. To accomplish this, the organization collaborates with Clay County Schools in the following ways: educational advocacy; academic coaching; enrichment opportunities; post-secondary education planning; and scholarships. Funding will support staffing, incentives, and college visits.

Pro Kids, Inc.-Charleston Afterschool Learning and Adventures: $40,347 (Education)

This project will support additional afterschool program sites throughout Charleston. This new collaborative effort between Kanawha County Schools and three established afterschool programs including Bob Burdette Center, Step by Step, and Pro-Kids, will help provide academic support to children on the East End and West Side of Charleston.  Funds will be used for staffing and supplies.

Just for Kids, Inc.-Fayette Initiative- Changing the Conversation about Sexual Abuse of Children: $16,170 (Health)

This project will establish a collaborative group of organizations in Fayette County for the purposes of preventing sexual abuse of children and implementing prevention programming. This programming follows the recommendations of the WV State Task Force on the Prevention for Sexual Abuse of Children and the mandates of current state laws. 

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine- Sustainable Care Coordination for High Risk Diabetes Patients: $36,392 (Health)

This second year project, is a collaboration with Cabin Creek Health Systems. It supports care coordination of high risk diabetes patients with the help of Community Health Workers. The project will improve outcomes, reduce health care costs, and establish sustained employment for community health workers.  Funding will support the care coordinators and their outreach efforts.

Children’s Therapy Clinic, Inc.- Comprehensive Therapeutic Services: $35,500 (Health)

In this fourth year project, Children’s Therapy Clinic will provide comprehensive therapy services for children with special needs who have insufficient insurance coverage and/or no income.  The project will also include complementary therapy services like weekly yoga classes. 

Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, Inc.- Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail Marketing and Community Economic Development Initiative: $25,000 (CED)

This new project will utilize Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail as a catalyst to improve the economy in western Kanawha and northern Putnam Counties by promoting the region as a destination for tourists and bolstering local businesses along the Heritage Trail. 

West Virginia University Foundation, Inc.-Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP): $136,955 (Field-of-Interest)

CVRP/SenseAbilities(SA) ensures children with visual impairments, including those with CVI, blindness, and low vision, receive services from knowledgeable providers. Interventions, equipment, and devices are diverse. Children with visual impairment represent less than one percent of the population. Families and providers struggle to acquire information, identify resources, and gain support.  Funding will support equipment, supplies, and staffing costs.

Kanawha Valley Collective, Inc.- Centralized Point of Entry and Housing Stabilization: $75,000 (Basic Needs)

The Kanawha Valley Collective (KVC) is the local Continuum of Care, a collaborative network of providers serving Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, and Boone Counties. This project will reduce and prevent homelessness by providing emergency shelter, permanent housing, and job skills to our community’s most vulnerable citizens. 

Covenant House, Inc.- Improving Health and Quality of Life for the homelessness and low-income: $70,950 (Basic Needs)

Covenant House, Manna Meal Inc. (MMI), and Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center (RSLWC) are collaborating to fight hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Kanawha County.  The three organizations serve an estimated 90 percent of the homeless population in the county. 

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

The Resolve victim and shelter services coordinator and advocates assist domestic violence victims by providing basic needs such as food, clothing, and safe, secure shelter. The coordinator also provides case management, referrals, and on-site classes which empower survivors to build safer, more secure futures for themselves and their children.

Daymark, Inc.- Patchwork: $ 16,500 (Basic Needs)

The Patchwork program provides food, clothing, counseling, transportation, and other support to youth (ages 12 – 21) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Any young person can call or come to Patchwork at any time day or night and receive services. 

Charleston Civic Chorus-The Charleston Civic Chorus 2018 Spring Concert, FestivALL concert, Winter Concert, and two performances on New Year’s Eve for Charleston’s Good Night festivities: $1,000 (Arts & Culture)

This project includes five concerts presented by the Charleston Civic Chorus during the calendar year.  It encompasses a broad range of choral works in combination with collaborating musicians for the Winter Concert.

West Virginia Youth Symphony-Outreach through the Performing Arts-Dance, Voice, & Orchestral Music!: $17,000 (Arts & Culture)

This project will fund a collaborative ballet production of Peter Pan at the Clay Center in February 2019, showcasing over 150 young dancers, singers, and musicians. It will promote arts education primarily in Putnam, Clay, and Kanawha counties, leading to more ballet and violin class instruction in the Clendenin area.

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, Inc.-West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s (WVMHoF) Music Career Counseling Project and Traveling Museum: $11,000 (Arts & Culture)

The WVMHoF’s Music Career Counseling program (MCCP) introduces 9th graders to performing and non-performing career opportunities in the music industry. The funds will be used towards guest artist stipends and staff expenses for the traveling museum in Boone, Fayette, and Putnam counties.

Appalachian Children’s Chorus-Financial Assistance: $5,000 (Arts & Culture)

This funding will help provide children with the opportunity to join the Appalachian Children’s Chorus by covering 90 percent of the tuition and uniform costs for those families in Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties who qualify. Choristers benefit from artistic and character development. They also develop team building, communication, and leadership skills.

Foundation announces 2018 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants2018-11-01T14:57:38+00:00
30 10, 2018

Riverside Math & Science



College/University: Any in WV
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • Graduating senior or graduates of Riverside High School

  • Pursue a degree in Math or Science


Average grant amount: $1,300
Number of Grants: 1
Riverside Math & Science2018-10-30T18:52:47+00:00
30 10, 2018

Richard (Dick) Green



College/University: Any
Financial Need: No
Renewable: No

Specific preferences:

  • Graduating senior of a Kanawha or Putnam County High School.

  • Must be female soccer player

  • Must have played 3 consecutive years

  • Completion of Essay “How Soccer has Influenced My Life” (max 500 words)

  • Sealed Letter of Recommendation from High School or Travel Soccer Coach


Average grant amount: $1,000
Number of Grants: 1
Richard (Dick) Green2019-01-22T21:54:55+00:00
9 10, 2018

Joan T. Hairston



College/University: Any
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • Minority graduates of Logan High School


New Scholarship
Joan T. Hairston2018-10-09T12:51:41+00:00
13 09, 2018

Community Connections with Lynne Fruth, August 22, 2018


Jane Powell has a conversation with Lynne Fruth, President and Board Chairman of Fruth Pharmacy about Bridge of Hope Scholarship opportunities for those in recovery.

Community Connections with Lynne Fruth, August 22, 20182018-09-13T17:54:42+00:00
21 08, 2018



Music followed Steven every time he moved. The first time Steven was removed from his mom’s custody at age four, his foster mom, a keyboardist in a band, taught him how to play the piano and guitar.

The second time he was removed from his mom, at seven, his foster parents entered him into the strings program at his school. He later started playing cello after he moved to Buckhannon with his biological mom. And by the time he entered middle school in Clarksburg, he decided to pick up the trombone.

Although he moved so often (six times in elementary school, three in middle, and three in high school), Steven said, music always helped him find friends, a common language he could speak. It was a chance to help escape his troubles at home, a tiny, temporary raft of stability. Since becoming a resident at Turning Point last year, a residential home for youth ages 15–21 in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Steven’s found what feels like the first real form of stability he’s ever known. He’s found a therapist who’s helping him address and process the physical, mental, and emotional abuse he experienced throughout his childhood. He’s found a case worker, Lynda, who has helped him fill out college applications and who was in the stands cheering at his recent high school graduation.

Turning Point is one of the direct-assistance programs by Daymark, a nonprofit based in Charleston working to help meet the individual needs of youth living in crisis through safe shelter, guidance, and education. In addition to Turning Point, Daymark runs a homeless shelter for youth, as well as an independent-living program designed to give young adults the tools they need to be independent. Daymark also offers educational programs to help prepare students to take the TASC exam in order to transition to a four-year or community and technical college.

Thanks to support from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Daymark is able to continue its work helping kids like Steven realize their potential.

“After entering Turning Point, you get the realization that there’s always somebody there to help you,” Steven said. “… They treat me with respect, and that’s just something I’ve never had.”

Until Steven entered Turning Point, he didn’t think college was in his future. He wasn’t even sure he was going to finish high school. He was too busy taking care of his younger siblings. He’d just find a job in the service industry, maybe work in fast food, he guessed.

But Daymark employees helped him see his potential. They helped him narrow down his college search. They connected him to programs to help fund his education. They drove him to Marshall University when he auditioned on the trombone for the music program.

In August, when Steven moves again, it will be to start his first semester as a music-education major at Marshall. He’s excited he already has something stable to look forward to — marching band.

21 08, 2018



Since moving to Charleston in 1970 to work as a cardiologist, Dr. Bill Carter has attended his share of live performances in the capital city. Plays, symphony concerts, ballets — Bill’s been a common fixture at them all.

And in recent years, he began noticing a trend — empty seats. Attending shows at places like the Clay Center, Bill noticed that large chunks of the balcony were often lacking in folks. And he started thinking about how he could change that.

Bill was already involved on Charleston’s West Side. He helped to establish a tennis program in the summer months to serve children in the neighborhood. So he reached out to community organizations, like the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and the Partnership of African American Churches, to help get live performance tickets into the hands of children growing up on Charleston’s West Side. Almost half of the kids in Charleston’s West Side live below the poverty line, the highest rate of any Charleston neighborhood.

From 2016 to 2017, Bill organized the cultural program all on his own, meeting with performance groups like the Charleston Ballet and the Light Opera Guild to secure tickets at a discounted price. He then worked with community groups to figure out how they could get kids to performances.

But that’s a lot of work for one person to try to manage. In late 2017, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) stepped in to support Bill’s work. TGKVF helped Bill create a private, donoradvised fund to financially support the program, known as Ticket Town. Ticket Town is being facilitated by FestivALL, which oversees Charleston’s 10-day arts festival in addition to working throughout the year to create, produce and present vibrant arts experiences and entertainment opportunities.

This year for the first time, Ticket Town will help to enable kids throughout Charleston’s West Side to be able to attend some of FestivALL’s major events, like the Mayor’s Concert or Dance FestivALL. And because FestivALL already has partnerships with the live, performance arts groups throughout the city, they’re working to expose kids to even more cultural events.

“FestivALL has always been meant for everybody,” Brittany Javins, Executive Director of FestivALL, said. “… Building this community feeling through the arts has been a really important part of FestivALL.”

FestivALL and Ticket Town have been able to combine their community partnerships, adding schools on the West Side like Mary C. Snow Elementary and Stonewall Jackson Middle, to ensure they reach as many children as possible.

Now, in addition to paying for discounted tickets for kids to attend live performance events, Ticket Town offers mini-grants to community organizations to help them cover the costs of getting kids to and from events, like paying for extra gas or treating kids to a meal before a show.

“It’s been a twofold benefit,” Brittany said, “Both people from the community are getting to go to shows they might not go to, but also the arts groups aren’t completely giving them away for free.”

Bill isn’t hoping this program will change the world, he said. If it opens the eyes of a few kids, maybe inspires some to learn how to play music or try out ballet, he said, that will be enough.

TICKET TOWN2018-08-21T19:20:09+00:00