MARTINSBURG – The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation recently awarded 49 grants, totaling $ 123,661.21, to 40 Eastern Panhandle groups dealing with youth and education issues.
These grants were made possible by donations from generous donors, who established the C. Scott and Elizabeth C. Shade Youth Fund, the Jane P. Snyder Youth Fund, the Tom and Virginia Seely Morgan County Children’s Fund, the EWVCF Endowment for the Community, the Bonn Poland Family Roundhouse Recreation Fund, the Frada Fine Berkeley Education Fund, the Calarma Farm Fund, the EWVCF Endowment for Recreation and the EWVCF Endowment for the Arts.
Nine of these grants, totaling $ 32,500, were made to organizations serving more than one county in the Eastern Panhandle, including the Eastern Panhandle CASA, the Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center, and the Faith Community Coalition. for the Homeless. 21 grants totaling $ 40,012.37 went to organizations serving Berkeley County. 12 totaling $ 27,798.84 went to organizations focused on Jefferson County; 7 totaling $ 23,350 to Morgan County organizations.
The majority of the funding went to programs that meet basic needs in our region, with $ 40,500 being used to purchase diapers, wipes, formula, food and clothing, and to provide shelter to populations. the most vulnerable. Karen Reyes of Renewed Life Ministries, Inc., a group serving both Jefferson and Berkeley counties that received a $ 3,000 youth grant, kindly wrote that the Foundation “will probably never know what [their] the support made for our local families […] with you we can help you.
Eastern Panhandle Public Schools received $ 40,311.21. Katlin Grantham of Washington High School plans to use her grants to set up Water Tower Gardens and to further fund Washington’s FFA community meals. Susie Howell and MJ Pavlik will use their grant to fund a dedicated playground for their pre-kindergarten program hosted at Musselman Middle School.
Laura Bohrer, a 6th grade science teacher at Spring Mills Middle School, received exactly $ 785, which she will use to purchase an UV sterilization glasses cabinet and twenty additional pairs of glasses, ensuring hygiene and safety of his students.
Programs addressing the social and emotional health of our youth received $ 12,650. Berkeley Heights Elementary School will now be able to set up a Calming Corner, which will be particularly useful for students with autism, ADHD and / or attachment disorders. The Martin Robison Delany Opportunity Learning Center will be able to continue offering yoga sessions, which have been shown to decrease behavioral benchmarks and increase their students’ GPAs.
Youth arts programs received funding of $ 10,600. The $ 2,600 grant from Black Cat Music Cooperative will allow them to invite Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero, innovator in residence at the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University, to participate in their mentorship program for students. youth. Taylor Fox and Kelli Polen of South Jefferson Elementary plan to use their $ 1,000 grant to create a mural in their school made of ceramic tiles decorated by students.
Other issues receiving funding include recreation programs, receiving $ 9,200; traditional educational programs, receiving $ 22,953.84; technology and equipment upgrades, receiving $ 15,335.37; and educational programs related to environmental, agricultural and conservation issues, receiving $ 12,422.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society, which received four grants totaling $ 8,500, will continue to host its “Nature in the Neighborhood” summer camps for children in the very poor neighborhoods of Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Caitlin Mitchell, a physical education teacher at North Jefferson Elementary School, received a grant of $ 2,500 to install a climbing wall in the school’s gymnasium. Climbing “teaches concentration, concentration, mindfulness of the body, […] stability, […] [and] whole body resistance force, ”Mitchell wrote in the app. Other teachers and educators will use their grants to buy books, math games, and to upgrade classroom technology. April Bageant of Bunker Hill Elementary School impressed our grants committee with her plan to purchase magnet letters and cookie sheets for a guided reading program for her very young students.
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) was established in 1995 to help donors create permanent endowments to provide grants and scholarships throughout the region. Since its inception, the EWVCF has awarded $ 13.7 million, including $ 1.2 million in 2020 alone. The Community Foundation now holds over 260 endowment funds with assets of just over 38 million dollars and she is the primary steward of philanthropic giving in the region. The EWVCF works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations that fund projects ranging from human wellbeing and scholarships to affordable housing and natural resource conservation; youth and animal welfare and historic preservation education, and much more. For more information, visit www.EWVCF.org or contact EWVCF Executive Director Michael Whalton at [email protected], 304-264-0353.