According to staff reports
When more than 20 nonprofits asked for help in February, the Marietta Community Foundation was able to lend a hand. Now, $76,985 is on its way to nonprofits serving Washington County following the foundation’s spring grant cycle.
“Each project responds in a unique way to a need in our community”, said Heather Allender, President and CEO. “We are proud to support organizations that are mobilizing their good intentions and implementing a proactive approach to improving the quality of life in Washington County.”
Grant applications have been shared with fundraisers from the foundation to enable the co-financing of projects.
As a result, $25,700 is provided by 15 donor-advised funds. The remaining $51,285 is distributed from the Community Impact Fund. This fund brings together unrestricted donations from neighbors who want to help meet the greatest needs of the community.
Each application was thoroughly reviewed by staff and members of the awarding committee before the foundation board granted final funding approvals.
“As a member of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Awards Committee, I know the importance of ensuring that we perform due diligence when evaluating each grant application,” said Tatum Parmer. “Members of our community have trusted us with their charitable giving to ensure that every dollar donated has the greatest impact possible to better our community and those who call it home.”
Twenty-one community-serving nonprofit organizations in Washington County received a grant, including:
¯ Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry to purchase lean ground beef to provide an additional source of healthy protein.
¯ The iBELIEVE Foundation will cover the attendance of six Washington County high school students for their Summer Youth Leadership Workshop.
¯ LifeCare Alliance will provide scholarships for children with diabetes to attend Central Ohio Diabetes Association summer camps.
¯ Washington County Harvest of Hope to purchase approximately 1,500 pounds of lean ground beef, which will be distributed among 12 food pantries and five community meal sites.
¯ Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired, Inc. to purchase or repair 60 hearing aids for low-income deaf or hard of hearing people.
¯ United Church Homes Inc. will purchase portable blanket warmers for Harmar Place residents.
¯ Hopewell Health Centers to assist with the Youth Summer Program held at the Belpre location.
¯ Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley to help fund financial education programs for Washington County youth.
¯ The local school district of Fort Frye for the purchase of a playground cart and assorted balls for the middle school playground.
¯ Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley to furnish and erect a historical marker dedicated to Charlotte Scott.
¯ Marietta Family YMCA to purchase the necessary equipment to bring back their summer youth soccer camps.
¯ Friends of Sternwheel will be sponsoring COSI Curbside at the annual festival, which will be held September 9-11.
¯ Marietta College to support a three-week in-person STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) summer camp.
¯ O’Neill Center to assist with the purchase and installation of three sets of hands-free bottle filling on water fountains and a water cooler.
¯ Hippodrome Colony Historical Theater Association to help fund family and children’s programs at the Peoples Bank Theatre.
¯ Le Château to cover the costs of guest presenters during their summer history camp.
¯ Washington County Agricultural & Mechanical Association to purchase and install four picnic tables at Civitan Park, located at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
¯ Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support two Washington County students participating in their Civic Leaders program.
¯ Marietta High School Wall of Sound Band Boosters to help purchase new uniforms.
¯ River Cities Symphony Orchestra to support a concert featuring Red Wanting Blue, an Appalachian style rock band.
¯ Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to provide shelter for Washington County families with critically ill children at nearby hospitals through the Helping Hands program. This program helps bridge the gap between what families can give and the actual costs of their housing.
Any 501(c)3 organization serving Washington County is eligible to apply for funding during the foundation’s grant cycles. Applications for consideration in the fall grant cycle must be received by September 15.