BUCKHANNON — More than $100,000 in charitable awards by a local foundation were announced Friday.
The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon has awarded 13 nonprofit organizations in Randolph, Upshur, Barbour, Lewis and Webster counties grants totaling more than $108,413 as part of its Healthy Communities Initiative.
“We are inspired by the passion of these organizations and their commitment to improving the health of people in our communities,” said Janell Ray, executive director of Buckhannon’s Pallottine Foundation.
The Healthy Communities Initiative supports funding requests of up to $25,000 that address community needs related to food insecurity, substance use disorders, smoking prevention and cessation, health and well-being, spiritual and pastoral care and capacity building.
“We are especially grateful for their resilience and their ability to continue to provide vital services given the challenges of the pandemic,” says Ray. “These non-profit organizations have worked tirelessly to meet the increased needs of the community and we are delighted to partner with them.”
The following organizations have received Healthy Communities grants:
• Randolph County Committee on Aging ($10,000) – The Randolph County Committee on Aging will purchase raw foods to support the nutrition program at the Randolph County Seniors Center.
• Upshur Parish House ($9,600) – Upshur Parish House will provide community support to neighbors in need by providing gas cards for medical appointments, assisting with dental and medical expenses, and providing providing hams for Christmas boxes.
• Barbour County Senior Center, Inc. ($10,000) – The Barbour County Senior Center will purchase fitness equipment for use by seniors at its Philippi and Belington sites.
• Heart and Hand House, Inc. ($11,495.05) — Heart and Hand House will engage a consultant to assist with strategic development and team building. Heart and Hand House will also purchase local fresh produce and market bags to run children’s markets and nutrition education.
• Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council ($13,000) – The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council will provide mileage reimbursement for its Senior Companion Program and Foster Grandparents Program volunteers.
• Brownton Helping Hands ($4,000) – Brownton Helping Hands will provide a weekly meal to approximately 50 seniors in the Brownton community in Barbour County.
• Catholic Charities West Virginia ($10,000) – Catholic Charities West Virginia will purchase $5,000 worth of food for each of the WellnessWorks food pantries in Elkins and Webster Springs.
• Highland Community Builders ($9,000) – Highland Community Builders will obtain property to launch a heated shelter in Randolph County. The organization will also provide transportation for customers from multiple pickup stops across the county to the heated shelter.
• New Vision Renewable Energy ($3,200) – New Vision Renewable Energy will convene a health focus group to help strategically inform its program offerings. It will also provide financial assistance to clients accessing the behavioral telehealth program and transport community members to and from the programs.
• Nicholas County Family Resource Network ($6,000) – The Nicholas County Family Resource Network, in conjunction with the Webster County Child Advocacy Center, will purchase the Abuse Prevention Education Program Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe to provide outreach services to children in kindergarten through fourth grade in Webster County schools.
• West Virginia Hemophilia Foundation ($5,000) – The West Virginia Hemophilia Foundation will work with the WV Oral Health Coalition to engage dentists in providing dental care for people with bleeding disorders . The program will include a continuing education course for dentists, as well as financial assistance for people with bleeding disorders who cannot afford their insurance deductible, copayments or other costs. dental care at their expense.
• West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ($15,000) – WV VOAD will purchase feminine hygiene kits, male hygiene kits, and feminine hygiene products to distribute to health and human service agencies.
• YMCA of North Central West Virginia ($2,118.72) – The YMCA of North Central West Virginia will launch two wellness and community engagement programs in Lewis County for youth and adults.
For more information on the Pallottine Buckhannon Foundation, visit www.pallottinebuckhannon.org.