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The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
For immediate release: Tuesday September 26, 2016
Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO
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).
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.
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.
Foundation Announces 2020 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants
Charleston, WV-The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grant funding totaling $611,700.
Funding supports programs such as Backpack Buddy, a food box delivery program serving students and their families in Boone, Kanawha, and Putnam Counties. Backpack Buddy recently received a special thank you note from a grateful family who had previously received food boxes in a time of need. The volunteers at Backpack Buddy were thrilled to learn that the family was in a better financial position and was volunteering to host a job fair for families currently receiving assistance. Backpack Buddy distributed job fair announcement fliers in 800 food boxes, and many of those people attended the fair. Because of Backpack Buddies’ program and this family’s generosity, two people receiving food boxes found good, steady jobs.
TGKVF awarded seven responsive grants totaling $141,000 to Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, and Field-of-Interest programs, and awarded four grants totaling $150,700 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Education and Health. Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for one Dental and seven Emergency Aid grants totaling $320,000.
Arts in Action-Arts in Action Student Classroom and Performance Supplies: $18,000 (Arts & Culture)
Arts in Action’s new program – Superstars ARTReach – will provide classes for 17 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kanawha County. School year classes and summer camps provide instruction in dance, acrobatic dance, Appalachian clogging, show choir, music, and theater including improvisational comedy and visual arts. The program is committed to “arts for everyone” and provides need-based financial aid. Funding from TGKVF will support classroom and performance supplies.
Charleston Ballet, Inc.-Charleston Ballet 2020-2021 Season: $17,000 (Arts & Culture)
Funding from TGKVF will provide support for the Charleston Ballet’s 2020-2021 season, assisting with guest artist rehearsal and performance fees, travel, and housing for 9-10 performances. This includes three mainstage performances in October and December’s Nutcracker performance with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, along with additional smaller performances that take place throughout the season at various venues. Audiences are from the six counties TGKVF serves and beyond. All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components, including BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century After School Learning Programs.
Children’s Theatre of Charleston-A New Decade, A New Home, A New CTOC: $12,500 (Arts & Culture)
Children’s Theatre of Charleston’s renovations will allow children in Kanawha, Putnam, and surrounding counties to be exposed to the performing arts in a professional rehearsal setting. The larger space will increase the number of children who can participate in the full theater experience that includes acting, singing, and dance. Additional space will also allow older children to be involved in the art of costume creation and set design.
BackpackBuddy.Org-BackpackBuddy.Org Summer Program: $27,500 (Basic Needs)
BackpackBuddy.Org empowers community partners in Boone, Putnam, and Kanawha Counties to provide nutritional, personal care, and educational support to underprivileged students in their communities during the summer breaks from school. Funding from TGKVF will support food delivery to participating students.
Rea of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc.-Rea of Hope Utilities: $22,000 (Basic Needs)
Funding will support the operation of Rea of Hope’s mission to help West Virginia women suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction by teaching the life skills and self-sufficiency required to reach sustained recovery, while promoting safe and affordable housing.
YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families-YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families: $27,500 (Basic Needs)
Funding will assist with operational support of the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter, a licensed 75-bed facility. This community-based program provides shelter with supportive services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, Veterans, and intact families.
Southern Appalachian Labor School-SALS Life Support: $16,500 (Field of Interest)
The Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) will distribute food, study guides, reading materials, and books to students, seniors, and those who are disabled in rural areas of Fayette County. SALS will also set up cell, internet, and hot spot connections whenever possible to monitor and to connect those involved when social distancing and home isolation is required.
Marshall University Foundation Incorporated-Accelerating West Virginia: $57,000 (Education)
Accelerate West Virginia is a grant partnership between The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, the June Harless Center at Marshall University, and the West Virginia Department of Education. This project will provide support and guidance to Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties as they make preparations for the 2020-2021 school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will focus on reaching children grades Pre-K through Third Grade in the area of early literacy while addressing the social and emotional needs of all students.
Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, Inc., WV Chapter-Expanding Services and Improving Care for Families Touched by Dementia: $40,000 (Health)
The West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will increase its presence and outreach in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties by working to increase equity in accurate dementia diagnoses. The Association will focus on increasing the number of families who have access to free services and who receive affordable, high-quality care and support for living better with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. By expanding its reach through the Volunteer-Powered Program Delivery Initiative, The Alzheimer’s Association will enable more education programs and increased access to care and support programs in underserved areas.
TEAM West Virginia Children, Inc.-ACEs Coalition of West Virginia: $23,700 (Health)
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Coalition of West Virginia will serve organizations and individuals in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties through education, awareness, and prevention of ACEs. The Coalition advocates for resources that support best practices and reduce the burden of ACEs, coordinates across agency boundaries to deliver the best possible services, and educates the public and influential leaders on the impact ACEs have on the health and economic problems facing West Virginia.
West Virginia Free, Inc.-Love Your Birth Control: $30,000 (Health)
This second year of funding from TGKVF will support The Know Your Options, Love Your Birth Control Campaign that is focused on increasing access to the full spectrum of contraceptive options. WV Free addresses the lack of access and education around these issues in a three-pronged approach: intensive community outreach and education; shared decision-making training on contraceptive counseling for health care providers and mental health professionals; and technical assistance to those trained. This campaign will cover the entire state of West Virginia with focuses in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Fayette, and Putnam Counties.
West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-Dental Care for Impoverished Adults: $175,000 (Dental)
While approximately 50% of West Virginia Health Right, Inc.’s patients are insured through governmental insurances, adults insured through Medicaid have limited dental coverage and seniors covered through Medicare have no dental benefits. Additionally, only those veterans with a 100% service-related disability qualify for dental coverage through the Veterans Administration. WV Health Right fills these gaps for impoverished, uninsured or underinsured adults through an on-site dental clinic that serves 34 West Virginia counties and through its Mobile Dental Unit that serves the five rural counties of Boone, Clay, Logan, McDowell, and Roane. During the past year, 7,161 adults were provided a full range of dental treatments, with 4,795 of those being residents of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s six county service area.
Kanawha County Commission-Juvenile Drug Court Needs: $20,000 (Emergency Aid)
Kanawha County’s Juvenile Drug Court is a court-led and community supported program of early intervention to address the specific needs of its substance-abusing youth participants. The objectives of Juvenile Drug Court are to improve youth’s general functioning by reducing internal and external problems and to increase family self-sufficiency and ability to cope with life’s difficulties. The program seeks to divert non-violent juvenile offenders from the traditional Juvenile Court process to intensive, individualized treatment with the goal being to reduce future court involvement for these youth.
Mountain Mission, Inc.-Roof Replacement: $25,000 (Emergency Aid)
The Roof Replacement Project will assist Mountain Mission in securing two new roofs for its facilities in Kanawha County. The two buildings that house the food pantry, food sorting area, furniture and clothing areas, and volunteer areas are connected, yet the roofs are independent. This project will help Mountain Mission provide services without structural interferences due to leaking roofs.
REA of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc. –New Life Apartments III: $15,000 (Emergency Aid)
Due to the extreme demand for safe and supportive housing for graduates of its programs, REA of Hope (ROH) is expanding its programs for the third time since opening in 2005. ROH provides housing and rehabilitative support for women aged 18 and older who are recovering from alcohol and/or drug use and who want to remain abstinent from use. The ROH model is based on teaching women how to live without drugs and alcohol while providing safe and supportive housing for families.
University of Charleston-Naloxone Distribution Day: $30,000 (Emergency Aid)
Naloxone Distribution Day will be a one-day event held in multiple locations where community members may obtain Naxolone education and kits to take home. Locations will be spread throughout Kanawha and Putnam Counties and will be identified through overdose report data to determine the areas of highest risk. At each location, volunteers will train each person requesting Naloxone. In total, 600 kits containing 1,200 does of Naloxone will be distributed to community members during Naloxone Distribution Day.
Walking Miracles Family Foundation-Country Roads Care Assistance Program: $15,000 (Emergency Aid)
Walking Miracles Family Foundation will utilize its Care Assistance Program to provide families experiencing childhood cancer with Care Cards to cover expenses such as transportation, lodging, and food incurred in accessing treatment. The various costs associated with travel are a major barrier to accessing cancer treatment for many families. In West Virginia, this burden is severe as many rural areas have no public transportation system or healthcare facilities. This assistance will ensure that every West Virginia child will receive cutting-edge cancer care.
West Virginia Council of Churches-We Are All Kin: $20,000 (Emergency Aid)
The West Virginia Council of Churches will increase the services and resources available to meet the growing needs of foster, adoptive, and kinship (FAK) families by: building capacity within FAK families; establishing a formalized network of FAK parents; building FAK support from faith and local communities; and by expanding the knowledge base concerning FAK families’ needs and available resources. Funding from TGKVF will support project supervision and accountability, project coordination and travel, and conference scholarships for families in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties.
West Virginia University Foundation, Inc.-Feeding Dreams in Kanawha County: $20,000 (Emergency Aid)
The West Virginia Family Nutrition program and Feeding Dreams are partnering to provide 450 low-income Kanawha County residents with meal kit boxes each week for six weeks in the Fall of 2020. Meal kit boxes contain fresh produce and nutrient-dense dry food and well as information on healthy cooking and recipes. Box distribution will be paired with nutrition education classes and activities provided by the Family Nutrition Program, which is designed to address food security and issues in access while also providing education on healthy eating and stretching food dollars.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for the second quarter of 2020 distributions are supported by the following funds:
Anonymous/Dental; Anonymous/Emergency Aid; Honor J. Davis, II; Zelma Drennen, Memorial; James F. Duncan; Mr. and Mrs. William L. Goldsmith, Memorial; Blanche Jacobson; Alfred and Lucy W. McClung; McJunkin-Jones; Mary S. Moses; L. Newton and Katherine S. Thomas; Nancy Gay Randolph; Ann Bond and Thomas R. Stephens.