Community Foundation Provides Funding Update
Susie Nelson and Lisa Moore of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley provided an update to the Wetzel County Commission Tuesday, July 7 regarding Wetzel County’s fund.
Nelson informed the commission that the foundation had received donations in the previous year totalling $15,600. The donations were as follows: Quota Club of New Martinsville, $500 in May 2015; Donor, $100 in May 2015 (Amazing Raise); Wetzel County Commission, $5,000 in January 2014; Anonymous Donor, $5,000 in December 2013; and Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, $5,000 in December 2013.
Grants totalling $7,500 were awarded, including the following: Community Resources, $1,250; Hundred Area Pride, $1,250; Northern Panhandle Head Start, $1,250; Wetzel County Animal Shelter Supporters, $1,250; Wetzel County Cancer Coalition, $625; Wetzel Tyler Child Advocacy Center, $1,250; and Friends of Wetzel County, $625.
The Wetzel County Fund Committee includes Don Riggenbach, President of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce; Tulane Mensore, member of the CFOV Board of Trustees; Christine Mitchell, Dominion; and Josh Jefferson, Regional Economic Development Group. Nelson stressed the necessity for publicity of the fund. She said the community foundation conducted mailings and postcards, but “after a while, it becomes white noise.” Nelson said she hoped the showing of the philanthropy that had been done, would inspire others to donate.
Also in regards to Wetzel County, Nelson said the Community Foundation had been working with Wetzel County Hospital with the hospital’s endowment fund. She reported the hospital was trying to decide where best to use their funds.
The commission and Nelson also discussed the possibility of an economic development fund to help create jobs. Nelson said she wanted to speak with the commission about how the county would best benefit from the fund.
Commission Vice President Larry Lemon remarked on the difference Wetzel County residents can make. “They talk about ongoing problems. They have the opportunity to donate to help make a diffrence.”
Nelson agreed, stressing the importance of residents thinking longterm and taking advantage of the oil and gas boom while it is happening.
“We need to capitalize on this boom,” she said. “When it is gone, it is gone. Philanthropy can have a role in the gas boom.”