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YCF Awards Over $130K in Grants

Distribution coincides with Community Foundation week

Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia Inc., announced the distribution of grants totaling over $130,000 to 27 local charitable organizations to coincide with National Community Foundation Week.

Awards range from $500 to $15,000 and support many community programs, services and initiatives in the region YCF serves including Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties.

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants include:

  •  American Red Cross of the Allegheny Highlands
  •  CASA For Kids of Monongalia and Preston Counties
  •  Catholic Charities WV
  •  The Change Initiative Inc.
  •  Empty Bowls Monongalia
  •  Flemington Elementary School
  •  Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia
  •  Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center Inc.
  •  The Homestead Farm Center Inc.
  •  Libera Inc.
  •  Literacy Volunteers of Monongalia and Preston Counties
  •  Milan Puskar Health Right
  •  Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center
  •  Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels
  •  Mountaineers for Mutts
  •  Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School
  •  On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship
  •  Pantry Plus More Inc.
  •  Planned Approach to Community Health Coalition of Taylor County
  •  Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center Inc.
  •  Read Aloud West Virginia Inc.  
  •  Salvation Army of Grafton
  •  Shack Neighborhood House Inc.
  •  St. Ursula Food Pantry and Outreach
  •  Taylor County Arts Council Inc.
  •  Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network
  •  WVU Foundation — Monongalia County 4-H

The grants include awards from the Billy Atkins and Carolyn Peluso Atkins Fund for Children, the Mavis Grant and George W. Lilley Jr. Community Enhancement Fund, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Field of Interest Fund, the Rape and Domestic Violence Field of Interest Fund, the Stephen D. Tanner Children’s Enrichment Fund, the YCF IMPACT Fund, the Taylor County Charitable Interest Fund and The Women’s Giving Circle of North Central West Virginia, a component fund of YCF.

YCF is awarding grants as a kickoff to National Community Foundation Week, celebrated Nov. 12-18. Community Foundation Week was established in 1989 by former President George H.W. Bush to recognize the important work of community foundations throughout the country. Community foundations are independent, public entities that oversee philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits. They represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy with more than 750 in the United States.

“On behalf of YCF’s Board of Directors, I thank the generous donors and congratulate the grant recipients,” said YCF’s Board Chair Martin Howe. “We are pleased to be able to celebrate YCF’s 10th anniversary with support for people and programs in our five-county region.”

The YCF Community Grant Program is supported, in part, by the YCF IMPACT Fund, which was established to respond to local community needs.

“The YCF IMPACT Fund provides a pool of unrestricted grant dollars, allowing YCF flexibility to meet the changing community needs,” said YCF President Patty Showers Ryan. “Donations to YCF’s IMPACT Fund are currently being matched as part of our $1 Million Match Campaign. The annual earnings will provide grant funds to important nonprofits like the ones we are gathering to celebrate today.”

To donate to the YCF IMPACT Fund,  visit or mail a check made payable to YCF to P.O. Box 409, Morgantown, WV 26507.

YCF’s mission is to promote philanthropy and build endowment funds to benefit its communities. Through financial resources, YCF extends many forms of assistance to qualified people, programs and projects. Primarily serving north-central West Virginia, YCF’s underlying goal is always to enhance the quality of life for those the organization serves.

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