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5 05, 2016

2015 Fourth Quarter Grant Distribution List

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Foundation Announces Fourth Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV- At its December 9, 2015 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s Board ofTrustees approved for funding seven grants in the 4th Quarter of 2015. There are 69 collaborative partners involved in the approved projects and the Foundation sees these collaborative efforts as the key to achieving TGKVF’s strategic goals.

  • Appalachian Reading Center- $55,541 (Education)

    As a coalition, the Appalachian Reading Center and The Bridge of Mission WV will partner with Clay County Schools to provide outreach in Clay County. The coalition will identify and tutor dyslexic and reading deficient students within foster or kinship care; services will be provided at no charge to participants. Funds will help support training and stipends for tutors, materials for students and families, and scholarships for regional youth to attend the Appalachian Reading Center.

  • CADCO Foundation/ Charleston Area Alliance- $11,705 (Civic Engagement & Leadership)

    Funds will support Leadership Kanawha Valley (LKV), a multi-disciplinary leadership identification, enrichment, and networking program in the Kanawha Valley dedicated to developing a robust pipeline of diverse civic leaders to serve the region.

  • Coalfield Development Corporation- $74,200 (Health)

    Refresh Appalachia, a regional economic and workforce development initiative, will establish a sustainable training and development program to increase the success of beginning farmers in Lincoln County. By working with Step by Step, Unlimited Future, and Lincoln County Schools, the project will strengthen local food systems, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional markets. Funding will support staffing, training, and building materials.

  • KEYS for Healthy Kids- $53,954 (Health)

    This project will increase exposure of WV children in child care centers to edible gardens and outdoor natural learning environments. KEYS will work with 8 childcare centers to train them in the KEY 2 a Healthy Start program (a primary obesity prevention strategy in early care and education) and provide them with edible gardens. They will also provide 3 centers that are previous graduates of KEY 2 a Healthy Start with natural learning environments that will be open to the community. Funding will support staffing and materials as well as construction of the gardens and natural learning environments.

  • Regional Family Resource Network- $71,728 (Special Initiative)

    This project partners with organizations in each of TGKVF’s six counties to meet the basic needs of families with babies. The assistance will be offered through a range of services, such as an intake process at each pantry that will assist families with unmet needs, provision of diapers and formula as needed, the obtainment of an official birth certificate as needed, and a family education component at each visit.

  • River City Youth Ballet- $39,750 (Special Initiative)

    The partners for this collaborative project are the River City Youth Ballet, Appalachian Children’s Chorus, and the West Virginia Youth Symphony. Funding will assist with the production of “A World of Imagination” at the Clay Center which will showcase all three groups and serve student audiences from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, Kanawha and Putnam counties. River City Youth Ballet and the West Virginia Youth Symphony will also offer classes at the Clendenin Middle School to children in the northern section of Kanawha and Clay counties who would like to take classes in ballet and violin.

  • Organizations Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness-$50,000 (Special Initiative)

    Field of Interest funds designated to help those experiencing homelessness will be split between five organizations that service the homeless within TGKVF’s area. The organizations that will receive funding are YWCA Sojourners Shelter, Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center, Manna Meal, Daymark and Covenant House.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s mission is to make thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive. It serves a six county region that includes Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties. The Foundation’s vision is a forward-thinking and closely connected community that fearlessly works together to promote the prosperity of all.

Total funding for the 4th Quarter of 2015 is:

$356,878

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5 05, 2016

2015 Second Quarter Grant Distribution List

2017-04-17T17:55:18-04:00

Foundation Announces Second Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV ….

  • American Red Cross – $45,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support disaster relief in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. This funding will serve approximately 70 families (approximately $7,500 per county) to assist with needs beyond natural disasters, such as homes destroyed by fire.

  • Community Development Outreach Ministries– $20,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support Heart & Hand South Charleston and Heart & Hand Putnam County Basic Needs Programs, which provide emergency assistance to support low income families with their basic need of shelter, food, and clothing.

  • Daymark, Inc.– $20,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support the Patchwork Program which provides food, clothing, shelter and other support for youth who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County– $23,700 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support a needs assessment for a Home Preservation Program. The focus of this potential program will be for low income families that need repairs to either stay in their homes or to make their homes safe enough to be habitable.

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

    Funding will support this home for men in recovery from addiction by providing them with food and shelter while the men focus on becoming sober, productive and healthy.

  • Manna Meal, Inc.– $61,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will provided support for Manna Meal, Covenant House and Roark Sullivan to work together to remove some of the barriers that prevent shelter, nutritious meals, and clean clothing.

  • REA of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc.– $25,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support this program which provides women affordable housing in a homelike environment that is focused on recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

  • Southern Appalachian Labor School– $6,450 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support food programs, utility assistance, and shelter services to eligible families in need with rural areas of Fayette County.

  • Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services– $15,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support direct assistance to clients in the form of food, clothing, and shelter needs. TMCLCS assists low-income households in Cross Lanes and surrounding areas with basic needs through a food program, utility assistance, and a weekend snack program.

  • United Way of Central West Virginia– $10,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support the Backpack Buddy Summer Food program, which will provides meal supplements to eligible students throughout Putnam County. Food boxes will be delivered bi-weekly during the summer months.

  • United Way of Central West Virginia– $6,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support the Backpack Buddy Summer Food program, which will provides meal supplements to eligible students throughout Boone County. Food boxes will be delivered bi-weekly during the summer months.

  • WV Food and Farm Coalition– $18,700 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support the creation and support of Kanawha Valley Mobile Markets. The mobile markets will delver local food to communities that lack healthy local food access, which includes physical access, limited purchasing power, and lack of nutrition knowledge. The markets will not only distribute food, but offer educational programming and accept SNAP/WIC benefits.

  • YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program– $14,000 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support the YWCA Resolve Hope House, which provides emergency shelter, case management, and other supportive services for victims of domestic violence in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha counties.

  • YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families– $21,580 (Basic Needs)

    Funding will support the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter, a 75 bed certified facility providing shelter and direct supportive services 24 hours a day. Services are provided to single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, veterans, and intact families. The shelter averages 60 individuals per night.

  • WVU Eye Institute (WVU Foundation, Inc.)– $137,750 (Special Initiative)

    Funding will support The Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) of the WVU Eye Institute and WV SenseAbilities (SA), these programs provides access to the visual environment for school-aged children in West Virginia with incurable vision loss and provides tools to facilitate independence for the visually impaired.

Total funding for the 2nd Quarter of 2015:

$444,680

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5 05, 2016

2015 Third Quarter Grant Distribution List

2017-04-17T17:55:18-04:00

Foundation Announces Third Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board of Trustees approved at its September 16, 2015 meeting the five grants that will be funded for the 3rd quarter of 2015. There are 22 collaborative partners involved in the approved projects and these collaborative efforts are key to achieving the goals of TGKVF’s new strategic path.

  • Children’s Therapy Clinic- $44,325 (HEALTH)

    Children’s Therapy Clinic and Bright Futures Learning Services will work together to provide appropriate therapy services for children with disabilities who have insufficient insurance coverage and/or income. Bright Futures Learning Services will provide behavioral treatments to children with autism and related disorders. Funding will support staffing, collaborative workshops, and materials.

  • College Summit- $15,000 (EDUCATION)

    College Summit’s Future Corps program will provide tools, training, and support to influential students at Sissonville High School, Herbert Hoover High School, and Lincoln County High School to lead campaigns that promote college enrollment for 9th-12th grade students in the 2015-2016 academic school year. Funds will support staff, student training, and campaign materials in this pilot, peer-driven project.

  • East End Family Resource Center- $27,690 (EDUCATION)

    In partnership with Kanawha County Schools and the Education Alliance, the East End Family Resource Center will provide the Frontline Dropout Prevention program at Piedmont Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, and Capital High School. Through intensive mentorship, this program will increase high school graduation rates by working with at-risk youth to improve student attendance, behavior, and course performance. Funding will help support six AmeriCorps member mentors, volunteer recruitment and community engagement, and STEAM education materials.

  • Human Resource Development Foundation- $51,272 (HEALTH)

    The Ready-Set- Grow program will offer educational activities centered on healthy choices with regard to recreational opportunities and locally grown foods. Activities will assist in promoting healthy lifestyles for 200 students attending afterschool centers located in the East End and West Side of Charleston, WV. This collaborative effort amongst Human Resource Development Foundation, The Bob Burdette Center, Pro-Kids, and the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council will include the 4-H Junior Master Gardner program and the Girl Scouts Healthy Habits curricula. Funding will help support program coordinators, classroom materials, and curricula booklets.

  • Mission West Virginia- $61,318 (EDUCATION)

    In collaboration with TEAM for WV Children’s Fostering Futures program and other partners, Mission WV’s pilot project The Bridge will serve foster children and their caretakers in TGKVF’s six county region through mentorship, advocacy, and support services. Funding will assist with educational advocacy, academic support, mentoring, self-sufficiency coaching, enrichment opportunities, and scholarships for foster youth.

Total funding for the 3rd Quarter of 2015 is:

$199,605

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17 06, 2016

2016 First Quarter Grant Distribution List

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

Foundation Announces First Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV- “Maxine was our very first client,” recalls Jennifer Waggener, Executive Director of Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc. “At age 90, she is a former Rosie the Riveter who lives alone and is fiercely independent. Two years ago, she voluntarily relinquished her driver’s license, recognizing that it was no longer safe for her to be behind the wheel. Since then, she has been paying a taxi company $40 per roundtrip to her quarterly doctor’s appointment, to the grocery store and to run other errands.”

This is where Faith in Action’s work can aid and assist the elderly population of Kanawha County to age in place with grace and dignity. “As you might imagine, this can be devastating to a fixed income budget. We have been able to meet her transportation needs at no cost to her.”

Maxine’s story is only one of the nine grants that The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved at its March 16, 2016 meeting. There are 71 collaborative partners involved in these nine projects and their collaborative efforts are key to achieving TGKVF’s strategic goals. These nine grants total $315,700.

  • Education Alliance- $38,200 (Education)

    The Born Learning Academy program connects schools with families of young children during the critical period of early learning (birth to Pre-K) prior to school enrollment. Families participate in academy trainings where they learn how to create teachable moments for their children. Through this grant, the Foundation will partner with Toyota Manufacturing to expand the program to six additional schools. TGKVF funding will support three grants to applicant schools within the Foundation’s footprint; priority will be given to Title I schools serving marginalized populations.

  • WVU Extension- $78,000 (Education)

    The STEM Ambassador Program provides STEM learning opportunities for K-12 youth. The STEM Ambassadors implement summertime STEM workshops during 4-H camps, community events, and public programming for more than 4,000 participants. In its second year, this project will expand the Ambassadors’ impact by incorporating year-round STEM programming through the help of AmeriCorps VISTAs dedicated to strengthening the STEM infrastructure in all six counties that TGKVF serves. Funding will support STEM equipment, supplies, scholarships, and Ambassador stipends.

  • Community Access, Inc. $15,000 (Health)

    Warrior Wellness is a cross-system project designed to assist military service members (both active duty and veterans) to enhance their own practices for wellness. Through a partnership with Red Barn Stables, WV National Guard, and Kanawha County Parks and Recreation, this project combines equine assisted learning activities with guided hiking/trail activities. Funding will support healthy lifestyles and community-based support for military service members.

  • Kanawha County Board of Education $74,000 (Health)

    The Community Schools Health Care Coordinator (CSHC) will serve as a liaison between West Side schools, Kanawha County Schools Dental Clinic, Familycare Health Center, the Handle with Care program and other resources as needed. This funding will allow the CSHC, a nurse located at Mary C. Snow Elementary, to serve the West Side’s youth on a full time basis. The grant will also assist the dental clinic with providing oral care to uninsured children.

  • Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission $20,000 (Health)

    Putnam County Parks and Recreation, Rivers to Ridges, and other collaborating partners are working together to improve and develop recreation sites in three communities in northern Putnam County. Funding will support infrastructure improvement at all three sites as well as development of a master plan for a community garden area at Valley Park in Hurricane.

  • Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD) $13,000 (Arts & Culture)

    FOOTMAD is collaborating with the Charleston CVB and FestivALL to launch an initiative with local artists to provide high quality, culturally authentic entertainment experiences for tourism enhancement and increased business entertainment options. A business plan, marketing strategy, and materials will be created through this pilot project. Funding will support a portion of the project manager’s salary.

  • Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc. $37,500 (Field of Interest)

    Faith in Action’s “Helping Hand Project” is a strategic initiative designed to assist the elder population of Kanawha County to age in place with grace and dignity. This grant will support the recruitment, education, and training of the general public and collaborative partners to provide services to the over 65 population.

  • FestivALL, Charleston, West Virginia, Inc. $25,000 (Arts & Culture)

    FestivALL (June 16-27, 2016) will feature approximately 150 music, visual art, dance, theatre, humanities and family entertainment events with over 400 performances by local, national, and international artists. Events, performances, and exhibitors are produced, co-produced and presented by FestivALL in cooperation with partner organizations and individuals. This funding will support 10 specific events.

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra $15,000 (Arts & Culture)

    On the first Sunday in June, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will serve an anticipated 10,000 people in Kanawha County and beyond with a day of performances by the WVSO as well as other community music and dance organizations. “Symphony Sunday” is offered free to the community on the University of Charleston campus. Funding will support orchestra personnel, staff, and event expenses.

Total funding for the 1st Quarter of 2016 is:

$315,700

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24 06, 2016

2016 Second Quarter Grant Distribution List

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

Foundation Announces Second Quarter Grants

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

WVU Foundation received a Field of Interest grant in support of the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) where girls like 5 year old Nevaeh, who is totally blind, can attend camp.   Her mom recalls   “On Monday she was so frightened of all the new sounds.  By Wednesday she was excited for the day. On Friday she got up on stage in front of 600 people and played her tambourine along with the music. Thank you CVRP.”

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

  • WV Health Right-$50,000 (Health)

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

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

    The Apprenticeship Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program, which was developed in WV for child care providers, is based upon the U. S. Department of Labor apprenticeship model and provides college credit. This project will update the curricula and provide trainings in TGKVF’s six-county region as well as provide resource boxes for instructor use within the service area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Daymark-$16,000 (Basic Needs)

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

  • Rae of Hope-$20,000 (Basic Needs)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total funding for the 2nd Quarter of 2016 is:

$425,616

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10 11, 2016

2016 Third Quarter Grant Distribution List

2017-04-17T17:55:15-04:00

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Tuesday September 26, 2016

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO

304.346.3620

 

Foundation Announces Third Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV- At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

TGKVF focuses its discretionary grantmaking on building community wealth and fostering collaboration. The recently funded partnership between the Appalachian Reading Center and The Bridge of Mission WV illustrates the collaboration the Foundation champions. The partnership, which began in 2015, targets students in kinship and foster care by providing high-quality tutoring and reading remediation services in Clay County Schools. Within six months, the program has yielded impressive results as students, grades K-8, receive one-on-one, intensive tutoring. For the first time, many students are able to really understand how letters and sounds work together to form words. One student reported, “I actually want to try to read out loud. I never wanted to read out loud before.” Another student told her parent, “I don’t dread school anymore because I know I’ll be able to figure it out now.” While the students’ capabilities have increased, their attitudes toward learning and reading, and themselves, have also been transformed.

 

Keys 4 Healthy Kids- CAMC Health Education and Research $28,510 (Health)

Keys 4 Healthy Kids received a second year of funding to expand its KEY 2 a Healthy Start program, which provides edible gardens and outdoor natural learning environments for low-income child care centers in the Kanawha Valley. The program works to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment for children at child care centers. A total of ten child care centers (eight new and 2 returning) will receive services. Funding will support staffing and materials as well as construction of the gardens and natural learning environments.

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition $42,200 (Health)

This grant will support “Try this! WV” for a second year; this project aims to knock WV off the worst health lists, by awarding community teams within TGKVF’s six-county region with mini-grants. Each grant-awarded team will also receive training, coaching, and technical assistance to implement a healthy lifestyle project in their communities. Funding will support staffing and at least 12 mini-grant awarded teams within TGKVF’s service area.

 

Children’s Therapy Clinic $35,500 (Health)

The second year of collaboration between Children’s Therapy Clinic and Bright Futures Learning Services will continue to provide appropriate therapy services for children with disabilities who have insufficient insurance coverage and/or income.  Bright Futures Learning Services will provide behavioral treatments to children with autism and related disorders. Funding will support staffing, collaborative workshops, and materials.

Team for WV Children $5,400 (Health)

Funds will support the creation of a website and digital home for the newly-formed statewide Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Coalition. The ACES Coalition strives to mobilize child-abuse prevention work and foster collaboration amongst WV providers. The Coalition’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all West Virginians by reducing the impact of adverse childhood experiences.

Coalfield Development Corporation $55,500 (Health)

Coalfield Development Corporation’s initiative, Refresh Appalachia, will receive a grant to continue its second year of regional economic and workforce development work in Lincoln County. By working with Unlimited Future and Lincoln County Schools, the project aims to strengthen local food systems, support novice farmers, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional markets. Funding will support staffing, training, and building materials.

 

Appalachian Reading Center $48,176 (Education)

The Appalachian Reading Center and The Bridge of Mission WV will partner with Clay County Schools to provide a second year of outreach in Clay County. The coalition will continue to identify and tutor dyslexic and reading deficient students within foster or kinship care; services will be provided at no charge to participants. Funds will continue to support training and stipends for tutors, materials for students and families, and scholarships for regional youth to attend the Appalachian Reading Center.

 

Mission WV $55,629 (Education)

In its second year of collaboration with TEAM for WV Children’s Fostering Futures program and other partners, Mission WV’s project “The Bridge” will continue to serve foster children and their caretakers in TGKVF’s six-county region through mentorship, advocacy, and support services. Funding will assist with academic support, staffing and mentoring, self-sufficiency coaching, and enrichment activities for foster youth.

East End Family Resource Center $40,343 (Education)

East End Family Resource Center will partner for the second year with The Education Alliance and Kanawha County Schools to provide the AmeriCorps on the Frontline Dropout Prevention program; the Bob Burdette Center and PRO-Kids will also join the collaboration in 2016. The project’s target population are at-risk students in grades 3-5 at Piedmont Elementary, Mary C. Snow Elementary, and Edgewood Elementary. Funding will help support six AmeriCorps mentors, staff, volunteer recruitment and community engagement, and STEAM education materials.

 

Kanawha County Schools $12,490 (Education)

The Kanawha Valley Coding Club, a pilot project, will serve Capital High, Stonewall Middle, John Adams Middle, George Washington High, Horace Mann Middle, South Charleston Middle, and South Charleston High Schools. Students will be trained via an online tool that offers courses in coding, web design, and application building. In-person services will be offered after school and throughout the summer. Funding will be used to offer student scholarships, materials, and a stipend for an IT professional.

womanSong $3,500 (Arts/Culture)

Funding will support womanSong, a women’s community-based chorus for sopranos and altos. Support will assist the choir with the production of its 2016-17 season, including concerts in December of 2016 and Spring of 2017.

Manna Meal, Inc. $61,000 (Basic Needs)

Manna Meal, a soup kitchen providing meals for the homeless and disadvantaged, will collaborate for a second year with Covenant House, a basic needs assistance agency, and Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center, a homeless shelter for men. This partnership works to coordinate services and improve the quality of Kanawha County and surrounding area residents by providing food and shelter to those in need.

Recovery Point of Charleston $12,500 (Basic Needs)

Recovery Point of Charleston, a long-term, residential recovery program for women suffering from addiction, will be housed on Charleston’s West Side. Funding will be used to support the basic needs of homeless women seeking recovery.

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

Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, a transitional addiction recovery home, provides housing and addiction recovery services to men seeking assistance with substance abuse. Funding will provide food and shelter for program participants while they focus on becoming sober, productive, and healthy.

 

The Salvation Army $40,000 (Basic Needs)

Funding will assist the Salvation Army to provide emergency shelter, case management, and other supportive services for the flood victims of Clay and Kanawha counties.

Tyler Mountain Cross Lanes Community Services $16,000 (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.

Bob Burdette Center $62,274 (West Side Initiative)

Bob Burdette Center and the East End Family Resource Center will be offering full day programming to students from Mary C. Snow Elementary during school intercession breaks on the West Side of Charleston. The intercession programing will focus on STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education. At the end of each STREAM Break, the sites will host a STREAM Family Night. Funding will support salaries for teachers and staff and supplies for STREAM activities.

Keep Your Faith Corporation $30,000 (West Side Initiative)

Keep Your Faith Corporation seeks to expand its school garden efforts based at Mary C. Snow Elementary to all of its urban producers, including the community garden, SAGE, and “Produce Pedalers.” Through this grant, a permanent location for the West Side Farmers Market will be developed and children at Mary C. Snow will receive tokens to purchase produce that will be sold at the school. Funding will support an AmeriCorps VISTA, supplies for gardens, and the market development.

Mary C. Snow Elementary $45,048 (West Side Initiative)

The principal and Title I teachers at Mary C. Snow Elementary will be developing an intensive academic afterschool tutoring program to provide support for up to 90 of the lowest performing students in grades 3-5. The primary focus will be in the areas of math and reading; tutoring will supplement the available programs that are offered during the regular school day. The implementation of this program will provide highly individualized instruction and support in a small, personalized setting. Funding will support staff, materials, transportation expenses, professional development, and evaluation.

The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences $250,000 (Special Initiative)

The Clay Center has launched its revitalization and remodeling program, which will include a new interactive art sculpture and interactive art galleries. The downstairs space, which is currently called STEAMworks, will house a small city designed for kids. The city will have math, science and art-related features where children may explore various careers. Through this renovation, students will be in charge of their own learning, but teachers may adapt the activities to fit into the classroom. To support this revitalization project, a $250,000 grant will be disbursed over a five-year period (2017-2021).

 

 

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8 01, 2020

Foundation Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter Discretionary Grants

2020-01-08T21:16:40-05:00

Charleston, WV-The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grant funding totaling $979,882. The funding supports people in our community like Diane*. Diane is a grandparent who gained custody of her grandson Tommy* after he spent two years in out-of-state foster care. Tommy had witnessed a violent crime and both he and Diane were in a state of trauma. Working with a social worker they began counseling and Diane began attending discussion groups through the West Virginia State University Healthy Grandfamilies Program. Through this program, Diane and Tommy were given support from fellow class participants and the WVSU Extension educator. After much hard work, Diane has successfully adopted Tommy and their family is now healthier and more stable.

TGKVF awarded nine responsive grants totaling $115,100 to Basic Needs, Arts & Culture, and Field-of- Interest programs, and also awarded thirteen grants totaling $558,007 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development (CED). Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for eight Emergency Aid and one Dental Health grants totaling $306,775.

Capital Area Development Corporation Foundation-2020 Downtown Charleston Economic and Community Development Program: $25,000 (CED)

The 2020 Downtown Charleston program is the culmination of the city’s Imagine Charleston Plan implementation and the Charleston Area Alliance’s new strategic plan. Funding will support planned activities including a focus on downtown housing, activating spaces with proven events, marketing, and beautification.

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, Inc.-GoodHOST Phase 3: $42,553 (CED)

In its third year of funding support from TGKVF, the GoodHOST program is increasing hospitality credentialing to include facility maintenance certifications. Adding this certification to the existing credentials will further the job placement availability and living-wage earning potential among GoodHOST graduates. This will offer individuals with barriers to work an additional opportunity for educational outcomes that lead to sustained employment in the hospitality industry.

West Virginia Women Work!-Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program: $47,254 (CED)

This tuition-free twelve-week training program of West Virginia Women Work is in its third year of funding from TGKVF. The course helps adult students overcome barriers to employment and places participants into living-wage nontraditional careers in the construction industry. The course is offered twice each year, enrolls approximately fifteen students into each cohort, and boasts graduation rate above 80 percent.

Coda Mountain Academy of Music-Coda’s Organizational Growth and Program Support: $42,650 (Education)

This third year of support from TGKVF enables Coda to continue its innovative tutoring program – Coda Excel – which reinforces foundational concepts of the core curriculum through arts integration in Fayette County. Funding will be leveraged with AmeriCorps volunteers and programming targets at-risk youth. This year’s focus will be capacity-building to prepare for significant future growth.

Step by Step, Inc.-AmeriCorps Mentors Alliance: $63,550 (Education)

In its fifth year of funding from TGKVF, the AmeriCorps Mentors Alliance will continue to provide dropout prevention and mentor-based interventions that address student attendance, behavior, and course performance. During the 2019-20 school year, the program will be offered in Kanawha County through a partnership among Step by Step, Inc., the Bob Burdette Center, PRO –Kids Inc., Kanawha County Schools, and the Education Alliance. Funding will support the AmeriCorps mentors who serve several Kanawha County schools and partnering afterschool programs. Mentors will provide 180 mentor sessions and serve 350 students.

The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc.-Dyslexia Services Coalition for Marginalized Youth in Foster and Kinship Care: $68,250 (Education)

In its fifth year of support from TGKVF, Appalachian Reading Center, Inc. will continue to support tutoring services for dyslexic and reading-deficient youth in highly distressed areas, with an emphasis on Clay County. Funding will aid in partial scholarships to students and allow an Accommodation Specialist to assist the Director in preparing alternate spelling lists for teachers who are working with dyslexic students in their classrooms. This partnership allows students who are studying the Wilson Reading System to progress more quickly and helps their classroom teachers better understand how dyslexic students learn.

West Virginia Home Visitation Program-Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program: $75,000 (Education)

Funding will support a percentage of the cost for five new home visitors to meet referrals from community partners and to impact families in all six counties of the TGKVF footprint. This project will support up to 100 new families annually, with potential to improve education-related outcomes for 300 children. In addition, the project will promote reading to children by providing a book to every family during each home visit.

Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education & Research Institute, Inc.-Growing Healthy Kids through Farm 2 Child Care: $35,600 (Health)

In its fifth year of funding, KEYS 4 HealthyKids will offer Farm 2 Child Care opportunities for child care centers, allowing them to continue garden-based learning while adding pop-up farmers markets for the children and families they serve. This project will address childhood obesity, food insecurity, and economic development through local farmers in Fayette, Kanawha, and Putnam counties.

Fairness West Virginia Institute-West Virginia Transgender Health Initiative: $27,150 (Health)

In its second year of funding, this program will address the significant healthcare disparities of transgender people in West Virginia by organizing a series of training session with health care professionals. Working within TGKVF’s six counties, Fairness West Virginia will then compile those trained professionals into an online and printed transgender-inclusive health care guide.

Keep Your Faith Corporation, Inc. (KYFC)-West Side Grown Extension Project: $28,000 (Health)

This project is a collaboration between KYFC, local farmers, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, Piedmont Elementary, Kanawha County Youth Report, and WVSU Extension that works to bring fresh, healthy, local foods to elementary school students and their families. West Side Grown also promotes entrepreneurial skills and agricultural literacy. KYFC has secured a green space to host a West Side Farmers Market where funding will assist with development, agricultural and nutritional literacy workshops, and community based pop-up farmers markets.

Lewis County Family Resource Network, Inc.-Try This West Virginia: $54,000 (Health)

In its fifth year of funding, this project will work to initiate grassroots engagement that will lead to cultural change from within the community. Over the last four years, the project has provided funding to over 300 community projects, a conference attended by over 500 annually, a grant training workshop, and a return of $11 for every $1 invested.

Mountaineer Food Bank, Inc.(MFB)-Fresh Initiative Kids Markets: $24,000 (Health)

In the second year of funding, this project will support hosting Fresh Initiative Kids Market with Mountaineer Food Bank produce inventory and will partner with local producers and WVU Extension Agents to provide fresh produce to select elementary schools in Boone, Clay, and Fayette Counties. Funding will also aid in improved access to nutrient dense foods that make up a healthy eating pattern, and provide education, food samplings, and increase food insecurity awareness.

Think Kids, Inc.-Addressing the Needs of Children of the Drug Crisis: $25,000 (Health)

This project will identify, align, and assess how West Virginia is responding to the health care needs of children affected by the drug epidemic through a strategic communications plan that will engage stakeholders and organizations from the state to community level. Funding will support the communities in the Foundation’s six county service area.

Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC)-Appalachian Festival of Young Voices 2020: $2,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding will support the collaboration of ACC and West Virginia artists to provide an engaging experience at the Appalachian Festival of Young Voices 2020, a four day event for national children’s choirs held in Charleston, West Virginia. Children will be immersed in Appalachian music and cultural activities such as square dancing. They will also work with world-renowned conductor, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, to showcase what they have learned in a free performance.

Central Appalachian Network-CAN Mini-Grants for WV Creative Placemaking: $10,000 (Arts & Culture)

Utilizing the existing framework of Central Appalachian Network’s small grants program, mini-grants will target communities where there is existing traction and capacity around creative placemaking. Grantees will function as a learning cohort, and will be included in the CAN Creative Placemaking Working Group and peer learning convenings.

Charleston Civic Chorus-The Charleston Civic Chorus 2019-2020 Concert Season: $1,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding will support the five concerts presented by the Charleston Civic Chorus during fiscal year 2019-2020. Concerts will range from songs of praise, love, and adoration, to a program of choral music from various cultures that include folk arrangements, to the seasonal favorites of the Charleston Good Night concerts.

womanSong-womanSong 2019/2020 Season: $4,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding will support the 2019/2020 Season including Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 concerts. womanSong will also perform during the December 2019 GoodNIght celebrations. Concerts will feature collaborations with local musicians and reach a total of 800 people.

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

The Emergency Assistance Program provides low-income individuals and families with financial assistance to meet catastrophic housing, medical, and nutritional needs. Funding will support serving 175 families in Kanawha County, with emphasis on Charleston’s West Side community.

Housing Innovations Corporation-Meeting the Needs of Older Adults in Our Community: $32,100 (Field-of-Interest)

Funding will support seniors with limited financial means meet transportation costs, increased utility expenses, and unexpected medical expenses. Funding will also aid in providing pantry items, rental deposit assistance, and vouchers to buy produce at a farmers market. This program works to prevent homelessness and to increase the ability of seniors to remain independent and active in the community.

National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia (NFBWV)-National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia BELL Academy: $8,000 (Field-of-Interest)

The BELL Academy (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) is a summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to grow into confident and independent adults. Funding will support training for 10 blind and visually impaired students, ages eight to fifteen, residing in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putman Counties. Activities include reading and writing Braille, crafts, games, and other engaging projects. Through the program, children learn vital independent living skills and interact with blind adult mentors.

Rebuilding Together Charleston-Safe at Home: $15,000 (Field-of-Interest)

The Safe at Home program addresses the health and safety needs of low-income seniors, veterans, the disabled, and families with children through the provision of home repairs provided by volunteers. The program aims to provide a dry, clean, ventilated, pest-fee, safe, contaminant-free, and maintained home for each participant. Funding will support work with seniors in Kanawha County.

West Virginia State University (WVSU) Research & Development Corporation-West Virginia State University Healthy Grandfamilies Program: $23,000 (Field-of-Interest)

This program addresses the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. Designed for low-income people and those without a strong social support system, the project provides a healthy living
curriculum and social support to these families. Funding will support the development of a Kanawha County Healthy Grandfamilies Coalition and offer Grandfamilies a six-month intervention that includes eight discussion groups based on ten topics, along with social support.

New River Health Association-New River Health Association’s Oral Health Project: $70,000 (Dental Health)

This project will provide preventive and restorative dental services to the underserved population of Clay, Fayette, and a portion of Kanawha County. The Oral Health Project will also provide additional treatment options such as fillings, root canals, crowns, partials, and dentures to preserve salvageable teeth and replace missing teeth. Funding will assist in the purchase of dental equipment at a new dental location and to provide funding for direct services in three other locations.

Camp Appalachia-Cabin Rehabilitation: $32,600 (Emergency Aid)

The project serves campers from Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putman counties who are in foster care, children who have a parent incarcerated, and children whose lives are directly affected by the opioid crisis. Campers are taught how to make positive and healthy choices. Funding will support cabin construction and rehabilitation, HVAC installation, and safety upgrades.

Community Care of West Virginia-Addressing Social Determinants of Health: $15,000 (Emergency Aid)

Funding will be utilized to address social determinants of health via utility bill and medication cost assistance. Qualifying patients in Clay, Fayette, and Kanawha Counties will be eligible for assistance.

Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc.-Cornerstone Emergency Assistance Project: $4,000 (Emergency Aid)

This project will provide emergency assistance to families in Boone and Lincoln Counties. One-time or short-term assistance may include rent, utilities, food, household supplies, clothing, transportation, and medical prescriptions and services. It may also include direct assistance to homeless individuals that demonstrate a willingness to move into permanent or traditional housing. Staff will advise families of local resources that may help promote self-sufficiency including adult basic learning, Workforce WV, and local employment opportunities.

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

This project will provide direct assistance to low-income and working poor residents who present needs of emergency and crisis situations related to utility assistance, rental payment, food insecurity, or prescription medication needs. This program is also aimed at leveraging current resources to provide a more comprehensive method of addressing emergency and crisis situations of individuals and families in our area.

Mountaineer Food Bank, Inc.-Food Access in Clay County WV: $40,975 (Emergency Aid)

Funding will support increased access to food for low-income residents in Clay County while developing sustainable solutions that approach health and food access.

PRO-Kids, Inc.-PRO-Kids Afterschool Program: $16,200 (Emergency Aid)

PRO-Kids Afterschool Program serves diverse students who attend Piedmont Elementary School on Charleston’s East End. Many of the children referred to Pro-Kids have been homeless, live in unstable environments, or face challenges that hinder their academic growth and development.

TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc.-Fostering Positive Outcomes for Children in Foster Care in West Virginia: $45,000 (Emergency Aid)

Funding will support Western Regional CASA’s Fostering Futures by training and supervising volunteers as they advocate for fifteen adolescents moving to adulthood to increase the likelihood of a positive future. Additionally, to eliminate the use of trash bags and restore dignity to this vulnerable population, more than 1,000 Comfort Cases and Comfort XLs – durable luggage filled with clothing, hygiene supplies, and age-appropriate toys and activities – will be purchased for foster youth in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-HOPE (Healing Opportunities for Parents Everywhere): $40,000 (Emergency Aid)

Knowing that expectant and new parents need targeted services, The HOPE program is designed to specifically improve sobriety among addicted expectant and new parents, decrease NAS births, and increase maintenance of the family unit. Outreach will occur in all of TGKVF’s six-county footprint; however, the majority of the interventions will take place at WV Health Right’s Charleston clinic. Funding will support staffing and supply costs. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for fourth quarter 2019 distributions are supported by the following funds: Anonymous Dental, Anonymous-West Virginia Emergency Aid, Mary Frances Bannerot, Lloyd Jr. and Margaret B. Erhard [E] Trust, General Huntington Bank, General JP Morgan, General United National Bank, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Goldsmith Memorial, Nan Nash Grosscup, Fred Haddad General, John Roy Harris, Vernon B “Bucky” Harris, Bessie E. Henson Memorial, Grace S. Herscher Memorial, Georgia Singleton Herscher Memorial, Robert Crawford Hierynomous , Charles Hopkins, John Hopkins, J. W. Jr and Gabrielle P. Hubbard, Bernard H. and Blanche E. Jacobson, Blanche E. Jacobson, Raleigh and Rita Jimison (#2), George W. Jones Jr. Memorial, Walter and Jillian Judy, Nancy Chilton Nelson Knapp Memorial, Dr. Charles and Margaret White Kniseley Memorial, F. B. Lamb, Della R.P. Lewis General, Loewenstein #1, Loewenstein #3, Lillian M. Mairs, Pelzel Family, John W. Jr. and Ruth E. Powell, George and Josephine Rogers, Ann Bond and Thomas R. Stephens Charitable, L. Newton and Katharine S. Thomas General, and Women Working.

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22 05, 2020

Foundation Announces 2020 First Quarter Discretionary Grants

2020-05-22T16:47:57-04:00

Charleston, WV-The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grant funding totaling $532,700.

Funding from the Foundation supports people in the community like Terry. For more than a year, Terry has been working on his health by participating in West Virginia Health Right’s direct medical care offerings. Recently, he discovered he qualified for a program that would provide him with free monthly supplemental food designed to help seniors like him meet healthy, nutritious dietary goals.

There was just one problem: Terry had no way to get the large, often heavy box home each month. “I’d pretty much decided to give up,” he said. Fortunately, his nutrition instructor at Health Right had the idea to call Faith in Action, a local organization that works to serve seniors in Kanawha County. They agreed to pick up Terry each month and get him home safely with his supplemental food.

Even though giving Terry a ride home seems an incredibly simple act of kindness, Terry feels deeply grateful for the help volunteers with Faith and Action have provided. “Faith in Action has saved me money on bus fare. They have saved me money on groceries. They have saved me wear and tear on this old body. They have helped me eat healthy. And they’re just kind, good people on top of it,” he said.

TGKVF awarded three responsive grants totaling $82,600 to Arts & Culture and Field-of-Interest programs, and awarded eight grants totaling $309,000 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development (CED). The West Side Initiative was supported with funding of $33,500. Continual generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for one Emergency Aid grant and four COVID-19 response grants totaling $107,600.

 

Advantage Valley Inc.-FASTER WV Loan Fund (Fostering Advantages for Startups & Entrepreneurials Resurgence in West Virginia): $37,000 (CED)

The FASTER WV initiative will facilitate the startup or expansion of new businesses in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. The initiative will support small business development with entrepreneurial training, intensive business coaching, and access to capital. Funding will support a dedicated loan fund for the program.

 

BridgeValley Community and Technical College-The GRID at BridgeValley Community & Technical College: $60,000 (CED)

The GRID (Generate, Renew, Innovate, and Design) offers programs that support small business development and creative expression while also offering access to machinery and technology. Members can access workshops, wi-fi, dedicated office space, and retail space. Funding from TGKVF will provide instruction for community workshops, supplies, and coordination.

 

WV Community Development Hub-Cultivate WV: $40,000 (CED)

Cultivate WV will provide the communities of Smithers and Montgomery in Fayette and Kanawha Counties with a community coach, monthly workshops, and trainings focused on topics such as community engagement, communications, leadership development, entrepreneurship, business development, and grant writing. This project will support communities with funding for small and large-scale project implementation.

 

Bob Burdette Center, Inc.-2020 Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School and Summer Enrichment Program: $20,000 (Education)

The Bob Burdette Center (BBC) will host a six week Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School during the summer of 2020 for 50 students who have completed kindergarten through 7th grade in Kanawha County. In addition, the BBC will provide traditional summer programming for an additional 40 students entering kindergarten through 5th grade in Kanawha County. The American Baptist Home Mission Society will serve as the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Sponsor.

 

West Virginia University Foundation, Inc.-Competition of VEX Educational Robotics to Advance Girls Education (COVERAGE): $50,000 (Education)

Funding will support West Virginia University Institute of Technology and teachers to organize Girls Robotics Clubs in Kanawha, Fayette, and Lincoln counties. A regional robotics competition is scheduled for Spring 2020 and eight more schools in Kanawha, Clay, Fayette, and Lincoln counties will be initiated. In addition, NASA Independent Verification and Validation (V&V) Facility Educator Resource Center will serve as a collaborator on this project.

 

WV Professional Dance Company- “Exploration Earth: Your World Through STEAM” Educational Dance Tour: $30,000 (Education)

This project will provide 22 educational performances and workshops in Clay, Lincoln, and Kanawha County schools, as well as two public performances. The tour connects dance and movement to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, as well as global and Appalachian cultures and histories, exposing creative forms of expression, communication, and exploration of STEAM concepts that will support the development of West Virginia students.

 

City of Montgomery-Kayak/Canoe Chute and River Access Development by Fishing Pier: $37,000 (Health)

Funding for this project will support the City of Montgomery in the development of a kayak and canoe chute on the Adams Street riverfront. As part of the City’s plan to build infrastructure and increase recreation and tourism opportunities, this chute will create a safe river access point for the public.

 

Community Access, Inc.-Horses & Journeys Lessons from the Herd Wellness Program: $35,000 (Health)

Horses & Journeys Lessons from the Herd Wellness Program will continue to assist military service members, first responders, adults who are transitioning from substance use disorder treatment, and children who are experiencing stress identify and strengthen their own practices for wellness. This project, which serves all of TGKVF’s service area, combines equine-assisted learning with guided hiking activities. The project promotes healthy lifestyles and develops and strengthens natural and community based supports.

 

FestivALL-FestivALL 2020: $24,000 (Arts & Culture)

This project is comprised of programs and events that fulfill FestivALL’s mission to create, produce, and present vibrant arts experiences and entertainment opportunities and serves as a catalyst for others in the community to do the same. Funding support will be put toward artist booking fees for Dance FestivALL, Carriage Trail events, public art projects such as BrickScape, major theater performances like AirPlay or American Shakespeare Center, and more.

 

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-All in for Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Artists: $10,000 (Arts & Culture)

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will connect visual, performing, and culinary artists from West Virginia with thousands of potential customers and clients by inviting them to exhibit and perform during MATRIC Symphony Sunday, a free day-long celebration of the arts on June 7, 2020. Funding will support renting and setting up the stage, display tables, chairs, and paying professional WVSO musicians to perform.

 

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley-Neighbors Engaging Neighbors: Beyond the Fence: $48,600 (Field of Interest)

The recruitment and retention of volunteers is the single most critical success factor of the work of Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley. Volunteers help to fulfill the mission of service to the senior citizens of Kanawha County. This project is designed around building recruitment opportunities, conducting engagement activities, implementing sustainable volunteer management systems that will strengthen and scale our current processes to grow the volunteer capacity, and positioning the organization for future growth.

 

Covenant House-HVAC Immediate Upgrades: $35,000 (Emergency Aid)

Emergency Aid funding will support immediate and significant equipment repairs and replacements at Covenant House that will impact the organization’s ability to operate at capacity. Funding will be used to upgrade HVAC systems at two Covenant House properties.

 

Appalachian Service Project, Inc. – Kanawha County Home Repair Program: $33,500 (West Side 2.0)

The Kanawha County Home Repair Program builds on partnerships developed in the Kanawha Valley and intentionally contributes to neighborhood revitalization on the West Side of Charleston. Activities include coordinating with hundreds of diverse volunteers to provide a meaningful volunteer experience while ensuring quality construction and the completion of critical home repairs for at least 8 families on the West Side. The program will strategically collaborate with other community organizations to provide a renewed sense of safety, pride, and hope among the West Side neighborhoods.

 

Kanawha Valley Senior Services – Feeding Seniors During Pandemic: $5,100.

Kanawha Valley Senior Services has 25 new requests from seniors at risk to COVID-19 and the stay at home order, many of who cannot have their caregivers come in their homes due to risk of infection. This program provides new seniors and those seniors now at home with two boxes of shelf-stable food. Each box contains five meals and will last through the month of April. This addition will soon deplete current funding. Kanawha Valley Senior Services staff includes cooks, dietary aides, and meal delivery drivers who are essential to the process and will deliver meals to the potentially food insecure seniors.

 

West Virginia Health Right, Inc. – Medication Assistance for Impoverished Medically At-Risk Adults: $10,000.

The Medication Assistance project is a direct result of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing lifesaving medications to the 29,000 established patients served by WV Health Right, the clinic is now serving furloughed workers who are unable to obtain needed medicine. All six Foundation service counties will be served. Funding will be used to purchase medications to ensure that chronically ill patients continue to have their maintenance medications during this crisis.

 

Zion Child Development Center, Inc. – COVID-19 Emergency Funding to Support Children in the Community: $7,500.

Zion Child Development Center is remaining open for business during the COVID-19 crisis. Zion serves as a childcare facility not only for the normal clientele who are considered essential workers but has expanded to serve the children of those who work with Thomas Health System and other children who are not being covered during this crisis. Funding will aid in establishing a call-in system to provide hot food for these children. This will prevent any child from going hungry by giving them good, homecooked, nutritious meals.

 

West Virginia Local Health Inc.- Protecting the Public’s Health: The Local Public Health Response to COVID-19 in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln and Putnam Counties: $50,000.

West Virginia is facing a pandemic and local health departments are on the front lines, prepared with the expertise and knowledge to respond and support their counties. However, as this pandemic is rapidly advancing and impacting Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, and Putnam counties in different ways and at different rates, such conditions strain even the most well-resourced agencies. This project will leverage funding to strengthen capacity, infrastructure, and public health response to ‘flatten the curve’ and save lives in each of the five counties. Activities include key public health functions of testing, disease investigation, isolation and quarantine, community education, and project evaluation.

 

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The program and work approved for first quarter 2020 distributions are supported by the following funds: Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Chilton, III; Senator William E. Chilton, Sr.; Ellsworth R. and Caroline H. Clark; William O. Clarkson; Cox-Morton; Mary Lewis Dickinson; Lloyd Jr. and Margaret B. Erhard; General City National Bank; Rebecca Dickinson Goldsmith Memorial; Bessie E. Henson Memorial; Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural; Raleigh and Rita Jimison #2; F. B. Lamb; Lowenstein #1; Lillian Ostrin; Mabel W. Walker; Glenn (Fritz) and Lois Wingett Memorial; and General BB&T.

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