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19 02, 2019

2018 Anonymous Funds Distributions


Due to the incredible generosity of an anonymous donor, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) has for the second year awarded $1 million within 12 months to organizations serving marginalized populations with dental health and emergency aid needs. With this support, more than 27,000 people are being served with food, dental services, addiction recovery, utility and housing assistance, and so much more. With deep gratitude to TGKVF’s anonymous donor, 73,232 items are being provided, 29,828 things are being built or improved, and 18,228 people are learning from presentations and direct client case management. According to Michelle Foster, President and CEO, “TGKVF appreciates the opportunity to partner with this special donor to make life better for so many in our community.” Read further for more detail about each of the awards that were granted in 2018.

Dental Health Grants

Kanawha County Dental Health Council, Inc.-Kanawha County Dental Health project: $50,000

This funding supports the dental health of low-income children by addressing pain and oral infection via regular dental visits. In many cases, school hygienists screen and assess the dental needs of students and find that children are experiencing painful unaddressed issues. Quite often, students’ families have limited transportation options or financial means to provide for their oral health. Through this grant, low-income children receive increased access to dental services.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-Dental Care for Impoverished Adults: $175,000

West Virginia Health Right is a free and charitable clinic serving more than 27,000 West Virginians annually with medical, behavioral, and dental needs. The funding received through this grant offsets the cost of personnel salaries for a mobile dental unit and provides consumable supplies for the onsite clinic in Charleston as well as for the mobile dental unit. Residents from Boone and Clay counties who face economic or geographic barriers that prevent them from accessing the onsite clinic will be served through the mobile dental unit.

Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education & Research Institute, Inc.-Dental Assistance for CAMC Cancer Patients: $50,000

This funding provides direct dental care to low-income, uninsured adult cancer patients in need of dental clearance to complete cancer treatment. This care will encourage patients to continue to practice good oral health while providing them with the resources to do so. This dental clearance will improve treatment and overall oral health.

Family Care-Oral Health Services for Women in Recovery Year 2: $80,000

Now in its second year of support, this project allows Family Care to continue dental programming at Recovery Point of Charleston, a 92-bed facility providing women with long-term, residential recovery services. With this funding, Family Care provides preventive and restorative oral health services to women in recovery from opioid addiction.

West Virginia Oral Health Coalition-Smiles Across West Virginia Sealant Program: $10,000

Project funding focuses on improving children’s oral health via a dental sealant program. When this dental sealant is painted on the chewing surface of back molars, it can prevent cavities for many years. Funding supports school-based dental programs, private dentists, and programs working in collaboration to provide dental sealants to disadvantaged children in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties.

Cabin Creek Health Systems-Cabin Creek Smiles: $30,000

Funding for this project helps provide direct care for low-income, uninsured children who are not eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With this grant, Cabin Creek Health Systems works to connect children with a dental home in addition to assisting adult low-income patients with oral health services such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, partials, and dentures.

West Virginia University Foundation-WVU School of Dentistry Rural Outreach for Lincoln County: $55,000

Funding supports the WVU dental school’s work with dentists serving Lincoln County residents to facilitate the provision of oral health care for those without dental insurance or means of payment. This work will also occur in select offices in Chapmanville and Charleston.

New River Health Dental-New River Heath Association’s Fayette County Oral Health Project: $50,000

This grant supports the improvement of oral health for an underserved population in Fayette County, providing adult preventive care, root canals, and fillings. This program will also expand services to reach underserved school-age children who do not have access to dental services due to transportation issues.

Emergency Aid Grants

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc.-Patient Electronic Record System Server Replacement Project: $16,268

With this grant, the Women’s Health Center replaced an electronic medical record (EMR) system server that holds critical medical data and home visitation records of low-income clients. This system also powers practice management, patient medical records, appointment scheduling, and billing functions. Without its replacement, the old system may have failed at any moment and severely hampered services to marginalized women.

Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, Inc.-Samaritan Inn: $14,221

This funding supported bathroom repairs at Samaritan Inn, a transitional home for homeless men and those who are in recovery from addiction. Without the bathroom’s repairs, water would have continued to leak onto lower levels, presenting a safety hazard for residents and staff.

Clay County Commission-Clay County Nutrition for the Elderly: $16,570

During severe flooding in June 2016, the foundation of a building used to prepare, serve, and deliver meals to elderly residents was damaged. This building, owned by the Clay County Commission and rented to the elderly assistance agency for $1 annually, is the only place that provides nutrition services to seniors within the county. The funding assisted with the building’s repairs so that meal services can continue.

Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services (TMCLCS)-Handicap Ramp Construction at the TMCLCS Food Pantry: $2,800

Project funding supported the construction of a handicap ramp at the Cross Lanes food pantry, which serves financially disadvantaged individuals, families, and seniors. With this increased access to the pantry, those who require services can safely transport pantry orders.

Gabriel Project of West Virginia-Metro Valley Chapter Office Computer: $1,200

The Gabriel Project of West Virginia provides immediate and practical assistance to low-income pregnant women and to families with infants and children two years of age and under. With this grant, the organization was able to purchase a laptop and docking station to document client services. Prior to receiving funding, staff members used personal computers for this task.

Putnam Career and Technical Center-Adult Student Emergency Aid Fund: $5,000

With this grant, skilled and academically talented students who are at risk of not finishing their education due to unmet living expense needs are supported with emergency aid funding. Funding for transportation is often awarded while housing, utilities, and food costs are also considered.

YWCA Sojourner’s-Shelter for Homeless Women & Families Assistance: $30,000

The YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter provides a safe place for women and families experiencing homelessness and for those transitioning out of the shelter who need assistance with household necessities. Funding from this award supports individuals and families who need help with rental deposits and rent, utilities and deposits, and other vital necessities such as bedding, bed frames, mattresses, towels, washcloths, kitchen supplies, and other household items. Funding will also be used for replacement stair treads throughout the facility and other essential equipment and technology.

Metro Emergency Operations Center of Kanawha County Metro 911-Metro 911 Acquisition of KENWOOD NX-5300 handheld radios: $10,000

The KENWOOD NX-5300 handheld radios will serve as instantaneous backup to the dispatch radio consoles that are the lifeline of communication for police, firefighters, and medics in the field. In the event of technological failures or other events, these handheld radios turn on within seconds and allow dispatchers and supervisors to monitor several radio frequencies simultaneously.

West Virginia Child Advocacy Network-Child Advocacy Center Emergency Aid: $15,000

The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network provides guidance, protection, and help to children and families affected by abuse. Funding will provide low-income families with direct assistance related to their emergency needs, including paying rent and filling prescriptions. Often, the primary financial supporter of a family is the perpetrator, which results in an immediate loss of income, insurance, transportation, and perhaps even the family home. In addition, these emergency funds will allow the child advocacy centers to make building or essential equipment repairs if unexpected failures occur within the center.

Children’s Home Society of WV-Permanency Program for Boone and Lincoln Counties: $80,000

With this funding, the Children’s Home Society, a child welfare organization serving West Virginia, is working to increase the number of licensed Foster Care and Certified Kinship Care homes by 32 homes. In Boone County, 144 children (1 in 36) are in state custody with only 61 foster homes available. In Lincoln County, 129 children (1 in 37) are in state custody with only 112 foster homes are available. These rural counties have fewer community resources, including fewer established foster families. With this grant’s support, Children’s Home Society will offer additional foster family trainings.

Camp Appalachia-Camp Appalachia Cabin Renovation: $31,638

Funding will support a camp experience at little or no cost for children ages 7 to 17 who may be at high risk for destructive life choices. These campers include those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic, those in the foster care system, and those who have one or more parents incarcerated. Currently a summer day camp, funding will help with cabin upgrades and repairs to allow the camp to operate year round.

Mission West Virginia-Carry On Project: $10,000

In collaboration with its Frameworks program, which finds families for children in the foster care system, this grant will enable Mission West Virginia to assist caregivers in covering the costs of basic necessities for the youth in their care. There is often not financial assistance to provide care for additional children for a caregiver who may already be on a fixed income. This emergency assistance for youth care will help to alleviate strain on the household budget so that funds can be directed for food, housing, and utility costs.

Community Care of West Virginia-Improving Outcomes in Clay County via Fitness and Social Determinants of Health Interventions: $30,000

With this grant, Community Care of West Virginia, a federally qualified health clinic, will replace equipment at its free fitness center adjacent to the Clay primary office. The clinic saw improvements in patients’ BMI, fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, and depression while using the fitness center, and now sees direct consequences due to the lack of access to the equipment. The funding also allows for social determinants interventions, which provide direct assistance to low-income families with emergency utility and prescription needs.

Cross Lanes United Methodist Church-Showers and Laundry Room for Emergency Shelter and Work Teams: $20,000

Funding for this project supports the construction of six showers and a laundry room at the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, which also houses a basic needs assistance program. Having these facilities will allow the church to function as an emergency shelter, host disaster recovery teams, and serve as a relief station for flood, fire, and other natural disaster survivors.

Risen Lord Catholic Church-Risen Lord Food Pantry and Social Concern Project: $10,000

Funding supports the Risen Lord Catholic Church’s Food Pantry and Backpack Program in Clay County. The program serves 120 elementary school students weekly with backpacks containing food items and snacks. For low-income families, the weekends can pose food insecurity concerns since children are not receiving breakfast and lunch at their schools. Requests for food have increased and the Food Pantry is now serving 150 families each month. This grant provides for additional food and emergency supplies.

Pro Kids, Inc.-Charleston Afterschool Learning and Adventures: $35,000

With this grant, Pro Kids, an afterschool program serving at-risk youth, will launch additional afterschool program sites throughout urban neighborhoods in Charleston. This collaborative effort between Kanawha County Schools and three established afterschool programs will prevent a disruption of services caused by the recent closure of an area afterschool program. Funding will support the placement of up to 90 children at additional after school sites. Without this support, these children would not have a safe place to go after school.

Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA)-KISRA Emergency Aid Project: $43,000

Funding will support the continuation of the Emergency Services Program that supports low-income and working poor individuals and families in Kanawha County. The Program will include utility assistance for those with a current disconnect or shut-off notice, rental assistance for those with eviction notices from a landlord, food assistance provided by gift cards to local budget stores, and medication assistance to include maintenance medication for chronic diseases.

United Way of Central West Virginia-WV211: $41,000

The United Way 211 system provides free and confidential information and referral for people throughout West Virginia struggling with health and human services related emergencies. The system operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Funding will support the promotion of the value of the service among those in crisis. Now housed and managed under United Way of West Virginia collaborative, this funding will strengthen this vital information and referral system.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-HOPE (Healing Opportunities for Parents Everywhere): $38,000

West Virginia Health Right is the state’s largest free and charitable clinic. This funding supports the clinic in providing behavioral health and addiction services to those in recovery and active addiction. Services include medically assisted treatment, individualized recovery coaching, referral to inpatient treatment, access to birth control, health education, and medical/dental/pharmaceutical care for 75 low-income uninsured or underinsured women and men who identify as drug addicted, are of child bearing age, or have recently had a child. All of these services will be provided at no charge to the patient.

Manna Meal-So the Hungry Can Eat: $49,303

Manna Meal is Charleston’s largest soup kitchen and serves meals 365 days a year, no questions asked. This funding provides direct access to emergency food and two prepared meals per day for low-income families, senior citizens, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities primarily in Kanawha County. Funding will also replace essential equipment such as kitchen appliances.

West Virginia State University Research & Development Corporation-Freedom to Recover: $1,000

West Virginia State University is collaborating with multiple agencies to address the region’s opioid addiction crisis. Funding will provide health services to Kanawha County residents who are in recovery from substance use/abuse. The twelve-month project will address inadequate dental care, housing, nutrition education, workforce development, parenting, and other issues the target population faces.

2018 Anonymous Funds Distributions2019-02-19T20:52:00+00:00
19 02, 2019

New Board of Trustees Announcement 2019


Charleston, WV:  The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) elected Georgette Rashid George to their Board of Trustees at the December 12, 2018 meeting.  She will serve a five-year term.  The Board has 13 elected Trustees and includes Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO of the Foundation.

Georgette Rashid George is a principal in many retail, office, and hotel business enterprises where she manages the administrative and financial operations. She serves on several boards including WV Regional Tech Park, Summit Financial Group, Inc./Summit Community Bank, and the Tamarack Foundation. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Georgette is also a member of the Federal Reserve WV Advisory Community Bank for the Fifth District.

TGKVF is the largest community foundation in Central Appalachia and celebrated its 56th anniversary in 2018. The Foundation has approximately $250 million in assets under management and over 500 philanthropic funds.  TGKVF is a 501 c (3) tax-exempt, organization and ranks 82nd among community foundations in the United States.

New Board of Trustees Announcement 20192019-02-19T20:48:49+00:00
5 02, 2019

Community Connections with WV Hub January 23, 2019


Jane Powell has a conversation with Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director of WV Hub. They discuss the Hub’s statewide work to create economic development opportunities in small rural communities.

Community Connections with WV Hub January 23, 20192019-02-05T21:43:21+00:00
2 01, 2019

Community Connections Nov. 2018 with United Way of Central West Virginia


Jane Powell has a conversation with Barb Mallory, Director of Information and Referral Services, United Way of Central West Virginia. They discuss the Christmas Bureau and the Dial 211 statewide program.

Community Connections Nov. 2018 with United Way of Central West Virginia2019-01-02T19:29:39+00:00
19 12, 2018

Cassidy Greenwood


Through receiving a Greater Kanawha Valley Scholarship my freshman year (2016-17), I gained the confidence to push myself in the academic setting and farther. I aspire to become a prominent leader in the state of West Virginia by pursuing philanthropic activities, being goal-oriented, and making lasting connections. Furthermore, through the help of the Greater Kanawha Valley foundation and all of the individuals involved I understand the potential of altruistic deeds- helping others especially in a time of need and dependency. Without receiving the financial help that the foundation granted my Freshman year, I would not be able to experience college without having to take out loans. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of the funding that I received from the generous foundation. When I am financially able, I am committed to paying it forward, like foundation and others has done for me.

Upon finishing, I will be the first college graduate in my immediate family. With financial help from the GKVF, I am able to attend college with less debt and discover my full potential. I am a dedicated and ambitious second semester sophomore who is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, works as a peer writing and comprehension tutor, does regular volunteer work at the Marion County Humane Society, involved in community and club based activities, and is a part of the Fairmont State Honors Program. I am majoring in finance and my prospects are to be a Financial Assistant. I will help others through the hardest times of their lives by helping them understand the important element of finance.

Cassidy Greenwood2018-12-19T18:28:24+00:00
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