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27 12, 2015

Foster named CEO of GKVF

2017-04-17T17:55:35+00:00

Michelle Mickle Foster never really intended to go into nonprofits.

She went to school at the City College of New York to study chemical engineering. And for years that’s what she did, working on process designs for polyethylene plants a lab at Union Carbide.

But then she found a love for volunteering. And before she knew it, she had left behind the safety glasses and rubber gloves for the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action.

“I’m now a social engineer,” Foster said.

Her years as the social engineer running KISRA have paid off — Foster was recently named the CEO of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, a charitable foundation that serves Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln and Fayette counties.

“We want to go to the next highest bar possible and we’re very excited,” said Charlie Loeb, a lawyer at the law firm Jackson Kelly and chairman of the search committee for the foundation. “I think we found our leader.”

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation received 109 applications from all across the country. The search committee narrowed its search down to 12 people before selecting Foster.

Foster plans to use her unique background as an engineer to her advantage with her new position. With KISRA, that background helped her build a small organization in the basement of a church into one where she had 80 employees.

– See more at: WV Gazette

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22 03, 2017

Foundation announces 2017 First Quarter Grants

2018-05-22T20:27:24+00:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Wednesday March 22, 2017

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO

304.346.3620

Foundation announces 2017 First Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV – The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eight grants totaling $288, 476 at its March 15, 2017 meeting.   

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department was one of the organizations receiving a grant for the Harm Reduction Program.  “Joanie,” a participant for nine months, arrived at the clinic one day and said to the staff, “Do you recognize me?  You haven’t seen me in several months because I am now clean, thanks to your help.  [The health providers here] always treated me with respect and never made me feel embarrassed for coming to the needle exchange [program].”

Three responsive grants, totaling $115,000, were awarded to Basic Needs and Arts and Culture programs.  The Education, Health, and Community Economic Development (CED) priority areas were represented in five grants, totaling $173,476.

WVU Extension-STEM Ambassador Program: $50,000 (Education)

WVU Extension will be entering its third year of funding for the STEM Ambassador Program.  This program provides STEM learning opportunities in each of TGKVF’s six counties for youth in kindergarten through 12th grade.  College students from the Kanawha Valley (the STEM Ambassadors) plan and implement community STEM programs during 4-H camps, community events, and public programming.  This program encourages aspirations for careers in STEM and lifelong learning for participants.

The Education Alliance-Born Learning Academy: $12,876 (Education)

The Born Learning Academy program connects schools with families of young children during the critical early learning period, prior to school enrollment.  Families participate in “academy” trainings where they learn to create teachable moments for their children.  This grant renews the program for a second year at Edgewood Elementary (Kanawha County), Brookview Elementary (Boone County), and Hamlin PK-8 (Lincoln County).

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department – Harm Reduction Program: $50,000 (Health)

The Harm Reduction Clinic (HRC) combats the heroin/opioid epidemic and the infectious diseases that come from the sharing of needles.  HRC is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the harm to individuals and society associated with drug use.  Volunteers include substance abuse treatment personnel, nurses, pharmacist and medical students.

Community Access, Incorporated Horses & Journeys Warrior Wellness: $15,000 (Health)

The Horses & Journeys: Warrior Wellness project combines equine-assisted learning with guided hiking to assist military service members – both active duty and veterans – identify and strengthen their own practices for wellness.  The project is entering its second year of funding and operation. It offers and promotes healthy lifestyles and develops or strengthens natural and community-based supports.

WV Community Development Hub- Energizing Entrepreneurial Community Development in Lincoln and Boone Counties: $45,600 (Community Economic Development)

The Hub will assist in the diversified growth of the Madison and Hamlin communities by supporting diverse, locally driven leadership teams.  These teams will build economic diversification strategies and energize entrepreneurial community development to support small business growth and sustainability.  Funding will cover a portion of the two programs’ evaluation expense, travel expense, two AmeriCorps VISTAs, and mini-grants for the Innovation Acceleration Strategy and Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities leadership and entrepreneurial plans.

Art in Action, Inc. – Classroom and Performance Supplies: $20,000 (Arts and Culture)

Arts in Action provides arts education and performance opportunities to communities in Putnam County and the West Side of Charleston.  Classes include dance, music, visual arts, and theater.  Students also participate in summertime Artistic Discovery Camps and dance workshops.  Funding will ensure all children have access regardless of economic status.

FestivALL Charleston 2017: $25,000 (Arts and Culture)

FestivALL (June 2017) and FestivALL Fall (October 2017) will feature approximately 150 music, visual art, dance, theater, humanities, and family entertainment events with over 400 performances by local, national, and international artists.  FestivALL, in cooperation with partner organizations and individuals, will produce, co-produce, and present all events, performances, and exhibitions.  This grant award will fund nine specific events.

Regional Family Resource Network- Bottle and Diaper Project: $70,000 (Basic Needs)

In an effort to address diaper and formula needs, a team of organizations from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties has created a system to place or strengthen baby pantries throughout all six of the Foundation’s counties to provide diapers, formula, education, and other resources to low-income families.

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9 01, 2018

Foundation announces 2017 Fourth Quarter Discretionary Grants

2018-05-23T13:21:36+00:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO

304.346.3620

 

Foundation announces 2017 Fourth Quarter Discretionary Grants

Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of 15 grants totaling $528,074.

Since she was very young, Danette’s granddaughter McKayla had always been fascinated with books; she wanted to handle them and have them read to her. When she entered first grade, McKayla was disappointed and frustrated that she could not seem to pick up reading and writing simple words like her classmates. Her frustration increased when, in second grade, she was unable to keep up with her classmates and was failing all of her subjects. After testing, McKayla’s grandparents found that she had a learning disability and enrolled her in the Appalachian Reading Center.  Within six months, her performance in all subjects began to improve.  Although she had to repeat second grade, the programming offered by the Appalachian Reading Center has helped her develop both skill and confidence in her reading ability.  One in five people have some form of dyslexia, but despite its pervasiveness, the reading deficiency often goes undiagnosed.  The Appalachian Reading Center, which was recognized as one of TGKVF’s Change-Makers to Watch at the Foundation’s inaugural conference, provides scholarships on a sliding scale to children from financially disadvantaged families.

TGKVF awarded one field-of-interest and four responsive grants totaling $147,320 to Basic Needs and Arts & Culture programs and ten grants totaling $380,754 in the Foundation’s proactive priority areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development.

West Virginia Women Work, Inc. – Step Up for Women: $40,000 (CED)

Step Up for Women is WV Women Work’s tuition-free eleven-week skilled trades program. The course prepares adult students for nontraditional careers in the construction industry while helping participants overcome barriers to employment.

The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc. – Dyslexia and Reading Services Coalition for Marginalized Youth in Foster and Kinship Care: $45,060 (Education)

Now in the project’s third year, The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc. and Clay County Schools will continue to identify dyslexic or reading deficient youth within the foster care system, train teachers in Clay County to tutor those students, and provide scholarships for low-income dyslexic youth at The Appalachian Reading Center.

Coda Mountain Academy- Coda Administration and Tutoring Program: $22,116 (Education)

Coda Coffee House Tutoring will provide tutoring, homework assistance, review sessions, and mini-classes for grade school youth in a modern coffeehouse setting.  Coda is also strengthening its administrative structure to support more services for families in Fayette County. 9

National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education- College and Career Readiness through Entrepreneurship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics): $42,500 (Education)

This project aims to connect teachers in Clay, Boone, and Lincoln counties with resources supporting their students’ college and career readiness. The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (Entre-Ed), BridgeValley Community and Technical College, and Southern Community and Technical College will work with county school systems to connect STEM content areas with entrepreneurial activities while also introducing students to college and career possibilities.

The Bob Burdette Center, Inc.- AmeriCorps on the Frontline Dropout Prevention: $51,658 (Education)

The Bob Burdette Center (BBC), Charleston Family Resource Center (CFRC), and Step By Step will collaborate with The Education Alliance and Kanawha County Schools to facilitate the AmeriCorps on the Frontline program in Kanawha County. The program, which has received funding for three years from TGKVF, is a dropout prevention, mentor-based intervention that addresses student attendance, behavior, and course performance. 

CAMC Health Education & Research Institute- KEYS Growing Healthy Kids: $29,936 (Health)

This project addresses the need to provide increased opportunities for children to connect with nature through gardening and natural elements in child care programs. Outdoor natural learning environments are the perfect means to engage them in gardening opportunities, nutrition education, and connect them with nature and at an early age.  This third-year grant recipient will continue to partner directly with child care programs to provide capacity building support around healthy habits.

Coalfield Development Corporation- Refresh Appalachia’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Program: $55,000 (Health)

Refresh Appalachia is a regional economic and workforce development initiative that works to establish a sustainable training and development program to increase the success of beginning farmers in southern West Virginia.  In its third year of support from TGKVF, this project builds Lincoln County’s capacity to strengthen local food systems, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional markets.

TEAM for West Virginia Children- ACES Coalition Pilot of the NEAR @ Home Toolkit Within home Visiting Programs- $10,000 (Health)

This project will support parents as they learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).  The ACE study, a critical public health discovery, will help parents and guardians consider the implications of their histories to raise their children in health, safety, and prosperity.  Home visitors in Fayette, Boone, and Lincoln counties will pilot this approach by using the ACE study to help build family resilience.

Partnership of African American Churches- Community-Based Behavioral Health Support- $39,980 (Health)

This project is a partnership between the Partnership of African American Churches, Highland Hospital, and the Kanawha Charleston Housing Authority (CKHA) to bring community-based behavior health support services to Charleston’s West Side and three KCHA communities. Providers will include an LPC, a Psychiatrist, and Recovery Coaches.

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition- Try This! Communities Making WV Healthier and More Active- $44,504 (Health)

Try This! WV is an effort to get our state off the worst health lists through community action. This diverse coalition includes local and state partners, a 600+ person conference, an award-winning how-to website (www.trythiswv.com), and over 250 teams in various communities.  As a third-year grant recipient, Try This! partners with TGKVF to provide mini-grants and training throughout the Foundation’s six-county footprint.

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc.- The Helping Project, Phase II: $83,820 (Field-of-Interest)

This project continues FIAGKV’s efforts to increase capacity to serve seniors’ needs through volunteer recruitment and training opportunities.  Funding for this project will support the creation of new programs to address critical health and quality of life concerns including access to health and nutrition care and education, safe home environments, and socialization.

womanSong- womanSong’s Twentieth Season 2017/2018: $4,000 (Arts/Culture)

Funding will support womanSong’s twentieth-anniversary celebration with collaborations among many WV musicians, offering their standard programming featuring a diverse array of music with four concerts. Composer/singer Moira Smiley, sponsored by womanSong, will perform during their spring concert.

WV Professional Dance Company- It’s your world, Full STEAM Ahead! Educational Tour: $7,500 (Arts & Culture)

WV Professional Dance Company will bring the “It’s Your World, Full STEAM Ahead!” educational tour and workshop to schools in Boone and Fayette counties, serving approximately 1,700 students and 120 teachers. This tour provides both artistic performances and quality arts education to students who may have limited access to the arts.

American Red Cross-Disaster Relief- $35,000 (Basic Needs)

American Red Cross responds to a disaster in our region three times each week. From small house fires to natural disasters, the Red Cross provides people with clean water, safe shelter, and hot meals when they need them most. This funding will cover the Disaster Service Program within TGKVF’s service area. 

Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services-Basic Needs Program- $17,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding will assist Tyler Mountain Cross Lanes Community Services, an emergency service agency, to support low-income households in Cross Lanes and the surrounding area with basic needs assistance including food, shelter, utility terminations, and a weekend snack program for youth.

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28 06, 2017

Foundation announces 2017 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants

2018-05-23T13:25:03+00:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Wednesday June 28, 2017

Contact:
Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO

304.346.3620

 

Foundation announces 2017 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants

Charleston, WV – The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of twelve grants totaling $314,107 at its June 21, 2017 meeting.

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc. received funding for the Oral Health Education and Dental Care for Low-Income Pregnant Women and Veterans project.  “Olivia,” pregnant with her first child, disclosed to her case manager that she had bleeding gums, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, nausea, and vomiting associated with her pregnancy.  Her case manager made a referral to West Virginia Health Right and Olivia had her first dental cleaning in over five years.  Not only is she feeling more confident because her teeth are clean, she also knows that she is providing better care for her unborn child since there is a strong correlation between dental health and pregnancy.  Olivia reported a reduction in the frequency of gum bleeding as she is now brushing more frequently and flossing her teeth.

TGKVF awarded six responsive grants, totaling $121,500, to Basic Needs and Arts & Culture programs. The Foundation’s Education, Health, and Community Economic Development (CED) priority areas awarded six grants totaling $192,607.

Pollen8, Inc. – Camp Appalachia: $20,000 (Education)

Camp Appalachia, a new afterschool program for elementary-aged youth in South Charleston, will provide academic and therapeutic assistance to at-risk children.  Students will receive tutoring and homework help, use art, music, and theater to express their emotions through play therapy, learn behavioral modification through trauma-informed therapy, and receive a nutritious meal.  Funding will support an AmeriCorps VISTA match, scholarships, and a natural playground.

Regional Family Resource Network – Families Leading Change Mini-Grant Program: $30,000 (Education)

Families Leading Change is a statewide grassroots movement with allies across the education system looking to support, fund, and train families who want to make their hometown schools stronger (projects range from a fatherhood engagement initiative to a college readiness program and school-based mental health services).  Funding will support mini-grants to parent-led school teams and family capacity-building training.

Southern Appalachian Labor School – Accent Education Program: $25,000 (Education)

Accent Education, an afterschool and summer enrichment program, serves rural, at-risk students in the Upper Kanawha Valley and western Fayette County region.  Through this third year renewal grant, the program will provide core academic support with a STEAM emphasis for students and their families in a safe environment.  Funding will support staffing, supplies, and administration.

Kanawha County Schools – Providing Holistic Care for Students on Charleston’s West Side: $42,000 (Health)

For a second year, this funding will cover the Community Schools Health Care Coordinator (School Nurse) at Mary C. Snow Elementary School. The coordinator will serve as a liaison between school, Kanawha County Schools Dental Clinics, Family Care Health Clinic, Handle with Care, Legal Aid, and WV Department of Health and Human Services to engage and educate the West Side community regarding preventive practices and resources to improve total health.

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc. – Oral Health Education and Dental Care for Low-income Pregnant Women and Veterans: $31,702 (Health)

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia and West Virginia Health Right will provide oral health literacy education and dental care access to low-income pregnant women and veterans through a collaborative partnership.  This is the third year of funding for this renewed grant; funding will support staffing, travel, equipment, and administration services.

Robert C. Byrd Institute – Ten50 Business Accelerator: $43,905 (CED)

The Ten50 Business Accelerator drives innovation and entrepreneurship, economic development, and ultimately job creation by supporting early-stage and growth driven companies. Ten50 supports companies through seed funding, office space, software perks, education, mentorship, and preparation for outside financing.  The process compresses years’ worth of learning-by-doing into just a few months.  TGKVF funding will support rent, utilities, travel, training, and contracted services.

Community Development Outreach Ministries – Heart and Hand South Charleston & Heart and Hand Putnam County Basic Needs Programs; $22,000 (Basic Needs)

Heart & Hand Community Service Center provides emergency basic needs assistance for vulnerable residents of South Charleston and Putnam County areas.  Funding will support emergency service programs aiding low-income families with their basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, baby supplies, and clothing requirements for employment.

Charleston Ballet, Inc. – Charleston Ballet 2017-18 Season: $17,000 (Arts & Culture)

Charleston Ballet funding will support the 2017-18 Season and assistance with guest artist expenses for ten programs throughout October, December, and March.  All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components and have mass appeal to all ages and economic levels including BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century Learning Programs.

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

The Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Inc. (KVFH) is a transitional home for men in recovery from addiction.  The home provides shelter, food, and assistance with productive healthy habits through structured accountability.  Funding will support the KVFH’s utilities, food, and rent. 

REA of Hope, Inc. – REA of Hope Utilities: $22,000 (Basic Needs)

REA of Hope, a recovery home for women, fosters recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction and promotes self-sufficiency.  Funding will support utilities, which allows REA of Hope to provide safe, affordable housing for West Virginia women in a positive homelike environment.

YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families: $25,000 (Basic Needs)

Funds will support operation and essential services costs associated with providing emergency housing, basic needs, and an array of comprehensive support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the community.  Sojourner’s primary goal is to provide the education, tools, and resources for participants to become self-sufficient and stably housed.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Symphony Sunday 2017: $15,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding will support expenses related to engaging Charleston’s West Side community as performers and participants in Symphony Sunday.  Through this event, the WV Symphony Orchestra aims to share the transformational power of music, raise cultural awareness, and demonstrate that participation in the arts can be a lifelong pursuit whether as a hobby or a profession.

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10 10, 2017

Foundation announces 2017 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants

2018-05-23T13:16:30+00:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO

304.346.3620

 

Foundation announces 2017 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants

Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of 16 grants totaling $560,067.

These grants include a collaboration between The Bridge, a Mission WV program and Clay County Schools, that provides academic support for foster youth.  The number of children in foster care in West Virginia is growing at an alarming rate and many children without stable homes find themselves without education advocates.  Jim (alias) is an example of a program participant.  Jim was living out-of-state with a family member and was experiencing multiple barriers, as he did not have a permanent address.  As a result of his truancy, Jim was not expected to graduate from high school and certainly not expected to attend college.  In fact, only 58 percent of foster youth graduate from high school by the age of 19 and only 10 percent even attempt to enroll in a post-secondary institution.  Fewer than 3 percent of youth in foster care earn a college degree.  Although Jim is bright and motivated, he lacked the support to make his ambitions a reality and the odds were stacked against him.  After relocating to Clay County and with the support of The Bridge program, Jim recently graduated from high school and now attends West Virginia University on scholarship.  Still, the path wasn’t easy; he recalls that “if it wasn’t for the counselors at Clay County High School and The Bridge staff, I don’t know if I would have graduated.”  Through his participation with The Bridge of Mission WV, he received one-on-one tutoring and advocacy from a specialist well-versed in academic attainment and career pathways.  With her help, he has been able to overcome his adversity and tell his incredible story to admissions counselors and scholarship committees.

TGKVF awarded four responsive grants totaling $303,067 to Basic Needs and Arts & Culture programs and eight grants totaling $257,000 in the Foundation’s proactive priority areas of Education, Health and Community Economic Development (CED).

Kanawha Valley Coding Club (KVCC)-Expanding the Digital Toolbox: $27,865 (Education)

The intent of the KVCC is to build a hub of digitally trained residents through the recruitment and engagement of middle and high school students from Kanawha, Boone, and Putnam counties. Students receive training using Treehouse Technology curricula and local talent.  They have access to coding, web design, application building, and other skills. Funding will support staffing and student scholarships.

Mission WV-The Bridge: $36,035 (Education)

The Bridge and Clay County Schools are devoted to serving children of Clay County, WV by academically supporting and mentoring those who are in out-of-home care.  This service includes educational advocacy, academic support, mentoring, and connections to resources. Funding will support staffing, supplies, and training.

Team for WV Children-Fostering Futures to help Youth Thrive: $23,408 (Education)

This is a collaborative project between Western Regional CASA and the Mentoring and Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth (MODIFY) program. The program serves youth ages 14-23 to improve post-secondary education readiness and to foster better life outcomes. Funding will support staffing, supplies, and training.

Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Cabin Creek Health Systems-Sustainable Care Coordination for High Risk Diabetes Patients: $34,192 (Health)

This project will establish care coordination teams for high-risk diabetes patients in order to improve outcomes, reduce health care cost, and establish sustained employment for community health workers.  This initiative, which includes Cabin Creek Health Systems as the clinical partner, is part of a tri-state network of clinics conducting care coordination. Funding will support the community health workers.

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

Children’s Therapy Clinic (CTC) will provide comprehensive therapy services for children with special needs who have insufficient insurance coverage and/or income. CTC will complement therapy services with yoga classes once a week. Funding will support the compressive therapy services.

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley Inc. – Good HOST: $60,000 (CED)

This project is a three-phase collaborative partnership that prepares unemployed individuals with the skills needed to succeed in the hospitality industry. Funding will support the first programmatic phase of recruitment and hospitality training that will be a catalyst for allowing graduates the opportunity to change their lives through work.

25045 A New Clendenin, Inc. – The Clendenin Flood Recovery-Coding Initiative: $40,000 (CED)

This initiative offers a unique opportunity aimed at diversifying the economy in northern Kanawha County and provides much needed economic activity in downtown Clendenin. The project will create a software development/coding hub at the former Clendenin Middle School in order to provide training and employment opportunities for community residents. Funding will provide stipends for low-income students who attend coding training.

Charleston Civic Chorus-Charleston Civic Chorus 2017 Spring Festival, Winter, and Goodnight Concerts: $1,000 (Arts & Culture)

The Charleston Civic Chorus provides free choral concerts to the community. Funding will support the 2018 lineup, which includes: Spring Concert on April 30, 2018, FestivALL Concerts, Winter Concert on December 3, 2018, and two concerts for Charleston Goodnight festivities on December 31, 2018.

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame-West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, Inc.: $8,380 (Arts & Culture)

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s (WVMHoF) Music Career Counseling program introduces 8th graders to the many different career options, performing and non-performing, in the music business. This program will visit eight schools in three counties and reach approximately 800 eighth grade students through video and live presentations by four visiting music industry professionals. Funding will support program materials, supplies and stipends for the guest artists.

West Virginia Youth Symphony-Outreach through Performing Arts, Dance, Voice, and Orchestral Music!: $15,250 (Arts & Culture)

The collaborative performance of the ballet production at the Clay Center in February 2018, which will highlight over 150 young dancers, singers, and musicians, will include Appalachian Children’s Chorus, River City Youth Ballet (RCYB), and the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra (WVYSO).  The WVYSO and RCYB will lead the Clendenin outreach classes in ballet and violin instruction for approximately 40 economically disadvantaged children residing in Kanawha and Clay counties. It is estimated that over 900 students and over 600 general audience members will see each show. In addition to the staged ballet at the Clay Center, WVYSO and RCYB will take performances to regional schools. The funding will assist with the expenses associated with the ballet and the Clendenin and regional school outreach program.

YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program-YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program: $14,942 (Basic Needs)

Through this program, the Victim and Shelter Services Coordinator and team assist victims of abuse with their goals, while providing the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing in a safe, confidential location. The coordinator refers clients to helpful community resources and on-site classes, which empower survivors to build more secure futures. Funding will support staffing and supplies.

Daymark, Inc.-Patchwork: $15,000 (Basic Needs)

This project provides food, clothing, counseling, transportation, and other support for youth who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Any young person may call or go to the Patchwork facility at any time – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Funding will support staff salaries, food, and utilities.

Covenant House, Inc.-Improving Health and Quality of Life for homeless and low-income persons: $60,000 (Basic Needs)

This project is a collaboration among Covenant House, Manna Meal Inc., and Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center to fight hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Kanawha County. These three organizations serve over 90 percent of the homeless population in the County. Funding will support food and clothing for homeless persons and other marginalized community residents.

Kanawha Valley Collective, Inc.-Centralized Point of Entry Housing and Stabilization: $55,500 (Basic Needs)

The Kanawha Valley Collective (KVC) is the local continuum of care.  KVC is a collaborative network of partners serving Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, and Boone Counties. This project will reduce and prevent homelessness by providing emergency shelter, permanent housing, and employment skills training to our community’s most vulnerable citizens.  This funding will support a multi-agency approach to case management for the homeless population in order to assist with the necessary wrap around services needed to provide permanent housing placements.

West Virginia University-Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program: $132,995 (Basic Needs)

This project will provide funding to The Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program of the WVU Eye Institute and WV SenseAbilities for the following: development of two low vision children’s clinics in TGKVF’s geographical area; a summer institute for visually impaired youth on expanded core curriculum skills; a continuation of the teacher/parent mentor program for providing education, training, and support; two clinics; and a technology integration institute for visually impaired middle and high school students.

Foundation announces 2017 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants2018-05-23T13:16:30+00:00
3 04, 2018

Foundation announces 2018 First Quarter Discretionary Grants

2018-05-23T13:46:09+00:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO

304.346.3620

 

Foundation announces 2018 First Quarter Discretionary Grants

Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eight grants totaling $256,933.  One of these grants will support the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department’s Harm Reduction program.  Below Derek*, a 2016 program participant, tells his story:

“I was an opiate addict for 17 years. I did not come for help, just needles. Upon arrival, Rachel, a recovery coach, approached me. She gave me her number to call if I wanted help but didn’t pressure me. This was the only judgment-free environment I had ever experienced around healthcare professionals. The nurses there made it feel okay to be honest, which was difficult based on the way I was living my life. I did not stop getting high that day or that week. I visited the program for the next few months and was always treated like a person. That’s what I remember most; that nowhere else in my life was I treated as a human being during my addiction. On February 28th, with over a foot of snow in Charleston, I was freezing to death in my car. I messaged Rachel who said to call when I was ready to quit. Three days later, I had a bed at Recovery Point Huntington. After completing their program (10 months), I became a peer mentor. During that time, I helped others through the program and 12-step recovery. Now I live in Parkersburg and work as a staff member for a new Recovery Point. I contribute to society in ways that I never dreamed of while in active addiction. I make sure when telling my story that my recovery journey may have never happened for me without first attending the needle exchange/harm reduction program in Charleston.”

TGKVF awarded two responsive grants totaling $40,000 to Arts & Culture programs and six grants totaling $216,933 in the Foundation’s proactive priority areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development.

Community Access, Incorporated – Horses & Journeys: Warrior Wellness: $15,000 (Health)

Funding will support the Horses & Journeys: Warrior Wellness project, which assists active duty military service members and veterans identify and strengthen their practices for wellness. The project combines equine-assisted learning with guided hiking activities. Horses and Journeys, now in its third year of funding from TGKVF, promotes healthy lifestyles and strengthens natural and community-based supports. The project will also serve first-responders in 2018.

Kanawha Charleston Health Department – Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program Expansion: $55,000 (Health)

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Harm Reduction/Syringe Service Program Expansion is a community-wide initiative to address the spread of blood-borne pathogens by offering clean syringes and wraparound services to people experiencing substance abuse issues. The program, which is in its second year of support from TGKVF, provides participants with identification cards, treatment and recovery, testing, and primary care services to individuals that inject drugs.  This grant will fund supplies.

WVU Extension Services – STEM Ambassador Program: $53,500 (Education)

The STEM Ambassador Program provides STEM-learning opportunities for K-12 youth in each of the counties TGKVF serves.  The college students who serve as STEM Ambassadors, plan and implement community STEM programs during 4-H camps, community events, and public programming.  Now in its fourth year of funding from TGKVF, this program encourages participants to aspire to careers in STEM and lifelong learning.  This grant will support Ambassador stipends and sustainability efforts.

The Education Alliance – Born Learning Academy: $12,840 (Education)

The Born Learning Academy program connects schools with families of young children during the early learning (birth to Pre-K) critical period, before school enrollment. Families participate in “academy” training where they learn how to create teachable moments for their children.  This is the third TGKVF grant that the program will receive; funding supports staff, family-style dinners for participants, and program incentives.

Legal Aid of West Virginia – Lawyer in the School Program: $34,593 (Education)

This program helps to stabilize the lives of Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary students, by providing onsite legal assistance to their families.  Legal assistance is provided on issues like eviction, disrupted income, and legal custody for caregivers. In doing so, the project seeks to reduce childhood trauma and promote the home environment necessary for educational success.  This is the first grant that TGKVF has awarded to the program.  Funding will support the on-site attorney and family workshop events.

WV Community Development Hub – Energizing Entrepreneurial Community Development in Lincoln and Boone Counties: $46,000 (CED)

This project will invest in the diversified growth of the Madison (Boone County) and Hamlin (Lincoln County) business communities by supporting small business growth and sustainability. This project, which is in its second year of funding from TGKVF, will continue to: (1) promote diverse, locally driven leadership teams who build economic diversification strategies; (2) energize entrepreneurial community development.  TGKVF funding will support community leadership teams that provide services to local area entrepreneurs.

FestivALL, Charleston, West Virginia, Inc. – FestivALL 2018: $25,000 (Arts/Culture)

FestivALL 2018 includes music, theatre, dance, visual art, humanities performance and learning opportunities.  This annual festival features a combination of local, regional, and national artists. This grant award will help fund nine specific FestivALL events.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Symphony Sunday 2018: $15,000 (Arts/Culture)

This funding will assist the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) in engaging an estimated 9,000 people in the power of music on Symphony Sunday.  The free outdoor concert will feature WVSO, West Virginia Youth Symphony, and other West Virginia performers and artists on June 3, 2018, at the University of Charleston.  Symphony Sunday will also offer children’s games, food, and fireworks.

Foundation announces 2018 First Quarter Discretionary Grants2018-05-23T13:46:09+00:00
31 07, 2018

Foundation announces 2018 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants

2018-07-31T14:46:37+00:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
For immediate release: July 9, 2018
Contact:
Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO
304.346.3620
Foundation announces 2018 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants

Charleston, WV – The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of fifteen grants totaling $359,029. One of these grants will support WV Food & Farm Coalition.

In 2015, a West Virginia University health educator focused her programming on introducing families to the Farmers Market. At the market, they conducted cooking demonstrations and recipe sharing. The Farmers Market reported a surge in SNAP sales of hundreds of dollars per week during that market season. This story was the inspiration for developing both the Farmers Market Promotional Program and SNAP Stretch. “When you buy from a local farmer, you support the community. You may have bought that farmer’s kid a backpack or paid their dentist bill.” – Johnny Sawyer, Farmer

TGKVF awarded seven responsive grants totaling $155,500 to Arts & Culture and Basic Needs programs and eight grants totaling $208,529 in the Foundation’s proactive priority areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development.

Regional Family Resource Network – Families Leading Change: $30,000 (Education)

Families Leading Change, a statewide grassroots movement, has partners across the education system to engage, promote, and train families who want to strengthen their community. This second-year renewal grant will allow further engagement of families in TGKVF’s service area, providing mini-grants for projects, training, and technical assistance.

Southern Appalachian Labor  school – Accent Education Project: $18,000 (Education)

The Accent Education Project will serve rural, at-risk students in the Upper Kanawha Valley and western Fayette County during the 2018-19 school year, including the summer of 2018. The program will provide core academic support with STREAM emphasis and enrichment opportunities for students and their families in a safe environment. As a fourth year renewal, this grant will support staffing, supplies, and meals for families.

Pollen8, Inc. – Appalachian Academy: $13,000 (Education)

The academy provides tutoring and homework assistance, enrichment classes, behavioral support, mentoring, and free nutritional meals to a cohort of 15 scholars who are rising 5th-7th graders. This second-year collaboration includes Pollen8, Inc., the City of South Charleston, South Charleston Middle School, and Richmond and Bridgeview Elementary Schools.

EnAct, Inc. – Graduation Mentoring Program: $18,600 (Education)

EnAct’s partnership with LifeBridge AmeriCorps supports the Graduation Mentoring Program. The program provides individualized support to with Boone and Clay County high school students with credit recovery, academic success, and life beyond high school. This first-year grant from TGKVF supports the cost of stipends for AmeriCorps members and the required supplies to implement the project.

WV Food & Farm Coalition, Inc. – Kanawha Valley Local Food Placemaking Project: $30,000 (CED)

This project will help farmers markets within TGKVF’s footprint become ready to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives through WV SNAP Stretch and engaging attendees through family-friendly programming at farmers markets. The project will also assist two communities in developing and executing placemaking projects involving local foods.

Future of Nursing WV – Nurse Entrepreneur Pilot Project: $25,000 (CED)

In this pilot project, the Future of Nursing WV will collaborate with nursing and business building partners to provide the identification, education, coaching, and ongoing networking that nurses need to build and sustain independent health businesses. Funding will support staffing, training, and curricula development.

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc. – Oral Health Education and Dental Care for Low-Income Pregnant Women and Infants: $31,929 (Health)

The Women’s Health Center of West Virginia will provide oral health literacy education and dental care access to low-income, Medicaid-insured, high-risk pregnant women and parents of high-risk infants. These services will be offered in collaboration with West Virginia Health Right’s dental clinic to increase access to preventative dental care and improve health outcomes. This fourth year, renewal grant supports the Right from the Start social worker and supplies for the program.

Kanawha County Schools (Mary C. Snow) – Providing Holistic Care for Students on Charleston’s West Side: $42,000 (Health)

This funding will allow the school nurse to serve Mary C. Snow Elementary School as a full-time Health Care Coordinator. As coordinator, she serves as the liaison between the school and on-site dental clinic, Family Care Health Center, Handle with Care, Legal Aid, WV DHHR, and Project Launch initiatives. In so doing, the coordinator facilitates the engagement of the West Side community in holistic practices that promote good health.

Arts in Action – Classroom and Performance Supplies: $20,000 (Arts/Culture)

Arts in Action provides arts education and performance opportunities in Putnam and Kanawha counties. Funding will assist with dance, theater, and visual arts instruction; broadening the population served to include children and youth with developmental and physical disabilities; and providing needs-based financial aid.

Charleston Ballet, Inc. – Charleston Ballet Season: $17,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding will support the Charleston Ballet’s 2018-19 season, assisting with guest artists’ expenses for nine to ten programs in October, December, and March. All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components and have mass appeal to all ages and economic levels including BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century Learning Programs.

Community Development Outreach Ministries – Heart and Hand South Charleston & Heart and Hand Putnam County: $22,000 (Basic Needs)

Heart and Hand serves some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. Funding will support low-income families with their basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, baby needs, and clothing requirements for employment.

Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Inc.: $22,000 (Basic Needs)

The Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home is a transitional home for men in recovery from addiction. Funding will support utilities, food, and rent expenses.

Mountain Mission, Inc. – Emergency Financial Assistance Program: $20,000 (Basic Needs)

Mountain Mission’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program provides low-income individuals and families with financial assistance to meet catastrophic housing, medical, and nutritional needs. Funding will help the organization serve 200 households (440 individuals) in Kanawha County, with an emphasis on Charleston’s West Side community.

REA of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc. – Rea of Hope Utilities: $22,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding for this project will allow Rea of Hope to provide safe, affordable housing for West Virginia women focused on recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. This project houses women in a positive, homelike environment with an emphasis on the development of self-sufficiency.

YWCA – YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families: $27,500 (Basic Needs)

Funds will support operation and essential services costs associated with providing emergency housing and basic needs assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the community.

Foundation announces 2018 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants2018-07-31T14:46:37+00:00
1 11, 2018

Foundation announces 2018 Third Quarter Discretionary Grants

2018-11-01T14:57:38+00:00

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
7 07, 2016

Foundation Spotlight: Sandra Thomas, Board of Trustees

2017-04-17T17:55:17+00:00

FOUNDATION
SPOTLIGHT

Sandra Thomas,
Board of Trustees

Sandra Thomas is a Partner Emeritus in the Western Mid-Atlantic market of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She has over 30 years of tax and business consulting experience and has served in strategic advisory capacities for numerous clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, capital structuring, and tax restructuring plans. She is also widely credited as the first woman to attain Partner status at a major accounting firm in West Virginia.

A graduate of Marshall University, Sandra is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Charleston Chapter of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also serves on several community boards and committees including serving as chairwoman of the Charleston Building Commission, audit committee chairwoman of the Garden Club of America, board member for the Maier Foundation, board member and finance committee member for the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, and trustee of First Presbyterian Church. Sandra is the past Chairwoman for the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, past president for Fund for the Arts, and past board member for the Kanawha County Public Library.

Foundation Spotlight: Sandra Thomas, Board of Trustees2017-04-17T17:55:17+00:00
22 08, 2016

GazetteMail: Education program expanding in state

2017-04-17T17:55:16+00:00

 

photo courtesy Born Learning Academy

photo courtesy Born Learning Academy

By Ryan Quinn/Gazette Mail

A program that seeks to teach parents and caregivers how to teach their young children is expanding its locations to Edgewood Elementary and six more West Virginia schools, with the help of a $52,000 grant from Toyota and a $38,200 grant from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

Six elementary schools in five West Virginia counties — Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Mason and Preston — have been hosting the program, which is meant to help prenatal through 5-year-old children and their families.

The United Way Born Learning Academies, which began in neighboring Kentucky in 2009, spread to the Mountain State in 2014 with the help of a previous donation from Toyota, which says it has now donated about $130,500 to the programs.

Six elementary schools in five West Virginia counties — Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Mason and Preston — have been hosting the program, which is meant to help prenatal through 5-year-old children and their families.

In the Capitol Thursday, Born Learning’s supporters announced both the new grants and the addition of seven more host schools for the 2016-17 school year, which has already started in most counties. Speakers highlighted the particular importance that learning in early childhood plays in students’ later success.

Read the full story at Charleston Gazette-Mail

GazetteMail: Education program expanding in state2017-04-17T17:55:16+00:00