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PARKERSBURG – Forty-one Mid-Ohio Valley nonprofit organizations were awarded grants by the Sisters Health Foundation, totaling $397,595 in fall grants.

“This cycle, healthy eating has become a major demand for active living as food prices continue to rise and many families are on fixed incomes.” Sisters Health Senior Program Officer Sr. said Mrs. Molly Bauer. “Thirteen of our Basic Needs/Direct Service Awards and six of our Responsive Healthy Eating, Active Living Awards address food insecurity and have a nutrition and healthy eating component.”

Twenty organizations that provide direct services, such as food and emergency assistance, received $55,000 from the Basic Needs/Direct Services Grant Program: Belpre Area Ministries, $2,000; Catholic Charities WV, Wheeling, $5,000; Christ United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, $1,800; FAO/Meigs County Foundation, Nelsonville, $3,000; Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer, $4,000; Meigs United Methodist Cooperative Parish, Pomeroy, $3,850; Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, $4,500; Ripley Nazarene Mission Baby Pantry, $1,500; Ritchie County Family Resource Network, $2,500; Roane County Helping Hand, $3,750; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown, $1,500; Savannah’s Closet, Ravenswood, $3,000; South Parkersburg United Methodist Church, $3,000; The Hope Shop, Elizabeth, $4,150; Ronald McDonald House in Huntington, $850; Marietta Salvation Army, $5,000; Torch UMC, Coolville, $2,000; Voices of the Streets Essentially Yours, Parkersburg, $1,000; Wesley UMC, Vienna, $600; West Central Regional Drug Court, Parkersburg, $2,000.

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Twenty-one organizations received $342,595 in support to address health needs in the priority areas of healthy eating-active lifestyles, thriving neighborhoods, and mental health and addiction.

Healthy Eating-Active Living Priority Area: Calhoun County Committee on Aging, $5,000; Federal Valley Resource Center, Stewart, $11,200; Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action, $20,000; Live Healthy Appalachia, Athens, $20,000; Roane County PATCH, $20,000; Washington State Agricultural and Mechanical Association, $5,000; Washington State Department of Health, $4,550; West Virginia University Extension Family Nutrition Program, $10,000.

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Thriving Neighborhood Priority Area: Athens City-County Health Department, $10,000; Cairo Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000; Community Resources, Parkersburg, $12,000; Glow Movement, Ravenswood, $1,250; Pleasants Christian Outreach Center, St. Marys, $4,000; Roane County Family Healthcare, $35,000; Washington State Community College, $50,000.

Mental Health and Addiction Priority Area: Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Athens, $18,595; Cornerstone Gospel Church, Vienna, $1,000; Hope House, Ravenswood, $45,000; Marietta College, $20,000; Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, Nelsonville, $40,000; Voices for Children Foundation, CASA Program, Parkersburg, $5,000.

The next deadline for requests under the priority areas of mental health and addiction, thriving neighborhoods and healthy food-active lifestyles is midnight on January 18.

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Submit a complete application for the Basic Needs/Direct Services Grant Program or a letter of inquiry for the Responsive Grant Program.

Nonprofits are encouraged to contact Bauer at 304-424-6080 or [email protected] with questions about whether their grant request qualifies for the Basic Needs/Direct Services grant program. Letters of inquiry for the Responsive Grant Program may be submitted online at without scheduling a prior phone conversation.

The foundation serves 11 counties in the mid-Ohio Valley in West Virginia and southeastern Ohio: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wert, Wood, Athens, Meigs and Washington counties.

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