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"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

 

 

The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. promotes philanthropy by fostering charitable giving, serving our donors' interests, and effectively responding to the needs and opportunities of communities in Mercer County, West Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia.

 

Through scholarships and grants in the areas of Education, the Arts, Culture and the Humanities, Health, and Human Services, the Community Foundation matches the generosity of the people of our area with the needs of area organizations and individuals.

 

 

Grants Committee begins reviewing 2014 Grants applications

 

The Community Foundation's Grants Committee begins formally reviewing the applications from the 18th annual Grants Application Period this week. The review process extends through July and August, and the Committee's recommendations will be presented to the Foundation Board of Directors at its September meeting. Successful applicants will be notified that their application was approved following action by the Board.

 

Scholarship checks will be sent to the recipient after the Board meeting, and checks will be made payable to the institution the student had indicated he or she would attend on their application.

 

The Community Foundation of the Virginias provides grants support to nonprofit organizations serving the people of Mercer County, West Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia, and has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants and scholarships to worthwhile organizations and students in its service area since its inception .

 


 

Area Students Receive Scholarships from the

Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.

 

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. met Tuesday, May 13, and approved scholarship recommendations from the Scholarship Committee for 56 students who are graduating seniors at high schools in Mercer, McDowell and Fayette counties in West Virginia, and Tazewell County, Virginia, or are college students who have been awarded a scholarship on a continuing basis.

 

Scholarship recipients are chosen through a competitive application process by the Scholarship Committee, which is chaired by Carole Dodson, with members Mary Azzo, Gene Bailey, Carl Gillespie, Eugenia Hancock, Harry Kammer, Mary Raub, Jim Steorts, Bettye VanDyke, and Susan Whittaker.

 

Eighteen individual endowed funds awarded a total of 70 scholarships totaling more than $68,000. The scholarships came from the following endowed funds:

Alex B. Mahood, Jr. Scholarship; Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Scholarship; C.B. and Ora Hunter Hancock Memorial Scholarship; Dr. Jack Walter Witten Scholarship; E.R. Gillespie Scholarship; Graham High Scholarship; Grants Supermarket Scholarship; James and Rebecca Steorts Fund; Joetta Collins Hooker Memorial Scholarship; Joshua Lee Shutt Memorial Scholarship; Kendrick Family Scholarship; Lindsay Rebekah Haun Memorial Scholarship; Marsha A. Mead, PhD. Scholarship; Maurice and Grace Hanna Weinberg Scholarship; Max L and Virginia S. Kammer Family Scholarship; Rose Sinicrope Scholarship; Roy R. Raub, M.D. Memorial Scholarship; and the William G. Skewes Memorial Scholarship.

 


 

Marine Corp League and Foundation exchange "gifts"

 

 

               

 

In the photo at left, Rodney Mayberry of the Marine Corps League receives a check for $2,000 from Foundation Executive Director, James Shott.

 

The award came from the Fund for Mercer County to support the League's efforts in the Toys for Tots program that provides toys for disadvantaged children each Christmas.

 

In the photo at right, James Shott receives a plaque expressing the appreciation of the Marine Corps League from Rodney Mayberry.

 

 

 

 


 

 

BHS Science Department Receives Funding

for Equipment and Materials

 

The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. presented a grant award in the amount of $10,000 to fund a request by the Bluefield High School Science Department for computer equipment and materials for the chemistry, biology, Earth science and physics labs.

The grant was funded by the Bluefield High School Endowment Fund, which was created by Marshall Miller, Ray Ratliff, Jr. and the Bluefield High School Foundation in 1999.

On hand for the presentation were (left to right): BHS Foundation Chairman Stephen Hopta, BHS Principal Michael Collins, Science Teacher Anna Lilly, Community Foundation Executive Director James Shott, Science Teacher Kerry Richmond, and Craig Hammond, member of the Board of Directors of both the BHS Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Virginias.


 

 

Foundation Celebrates 20th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

A large crowd was on hand Thursday, Nov. 14 to help the Foundation celebrate its 20th year of service to the Mercer/Tazewell County area. The audience heard brief descriptions of the formation of the two parent organizations — the Bluefield Area Foundation and the Greater Mercer County Charitable Foundation — and the formation of the Doctor Jack Witter Scholarship Fund, a fund begun in honor of Dr. Witten and his many good works benefitting young boys.

 

In its 20th year the Foundation has crossed two significant threshholds, surpassing the $4 million mark in invested assets, and awarding more than $1 million in grants and scholarships to support organizations and students in Mercer County, West Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia.

 

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List of 2013 Grant Recipients now available

 

To view a list of organizations that received grants this year, follow this link.

 

 


 

 

Community Foundation Funds Renovation

of Two Bluefield Playgrounds

 

 

A program to renovate the City of Bluefield, West Virginia's playgrounds got a boost from the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. with the funding of renovations to two of those playgrounds, the Bedford Street and Midway playgrounds, through a grant in the amount of $22,250.

 

The funding comes through the Foundation's participation in the State of West Virginia's Neighborhood Investment Program, which awards tax credits to charitable organizations, which they in turn exchange for charitable donations dedicated to funding a project that the organizations identified in their applications to the West Virginia Development Office.

 

The Community Foundation's Community Impact Project submitted the playground restoration as its focus in this year's tax credit program.

 

Pictured above, left to right: Julie Johnson, Foundation president; James Shott, Foundation Executive Director; Bluefield Mayor Tom Cole; City Board Members Ellen Light and Chuck McGonagle; Vice Mayor Barbara Smith; and City Manager Jim Ferguson.

 

Organizations interested in applying to the Community Foundation for consideration for funding through the Community Impact Project may contact the Foundation in January for information on the process.

 

 


 

 

Foundation Board Approves Grants for 2013

 

The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. Board of Directors approved 41 grant awards totaling more than $80,000.

 

Recipients will be notified by letter in the near future, and a public announcement of grant recipients will be made at that time.

 

The Grants Committee is chaired by Bob Perkinson, and members Mary Jo Babbit, Rich Bezjak, Kathleen Blaydes, Phyllis Beaver-Horwitz, Carole Dodson, Craig Hammond, Doris Sue Kantor and Kermit Moore unselfishly donated their time and effort to review and recommend the grant recipients.

 

 


 

Featured Grant Recipient:

Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc.

 

 

 

The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens received a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation to replace the stove in its Tazewell nutrition site. The funding came from the American Electric Power Community Service Fund, and from the Unrestricted Fund.

 

In correspondence, the Agency said, "Without the generosity of the Community Foundations of Virginia, we would have to close our nutrition site in Tazewell because we would not have a way to prepare our meals."

 

The Foundation is pleased to have assisted the Agency in its efforts on behalf of area senior citizens.

 

 


 

Community Foundation Awards Scholarships for 2013

At its May meeting the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. reviewed and approved scholarships for 56 students seeking to further their education.

 

Most of the students are graduating high school seniors from high schools in Mercer, McDowell and Tazewell counties, although 14 are existing college students who had their financial aid renewed for another year.

 

This year’s awards bring to 329 the total number of scholarships awarded since the Foundation began these awards in 1998. The scholarships are funded by 18 individual endowments among the Foundation’s nearly 60 funds. This year’s awards total $52,545.

 

The recipients were chosen from more than 200 applications reviewed by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, chaired by Carole Dodson, with members Mary Azzo, Gene Bailey, Carl Gillespie, Eugenia Hancock, Harry Kammer, Mary Raub, Jim Steorts, Susan Cooper-Snyder, Bettye VanDyke, and Susan Whittaker.

 

This year’s scholarships are funded  by the: Alex Mahood Fund, Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Scholarship Fund, Dr. Jack Walter Witten Scholarship Fund, E.R. Gillespie Scholarship Fund, Graham High School Scholarship Fund, Harman Masonic Lodge #222, James and Rebecca Steorts Fund, Joetta Collins Hooker Memorial Scholarship Fund, Joshua Lee Shutt Memorial Scholarship Fund, Kendrick Scholarship Fund, Lindsay Rebekah Haun Memorial Scholarship Fund, Maurice and Grace Hanna Weinberg Scholarship Fund, Max L. and Virginia S. Kammer Family Scholarship Fund, Robert Austin Family Scholarship Fund, Rose Sinicrope Scholarship Fund, Roy R. Raub M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund, and William G. Skewes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

The Foundation congratulates the recipients, and gratefully thanks the donors and Scholarship Committee members for their generosity and time.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Featured Grant Recipient:

Southwest Virginia Community College

Educational Foundation, Inc.

 

 

Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.'s 2013 Festival of the Arts -- NO LIMITS! has ended and has been termed a great success. The Festival, the 19th annual edition, featured 13 days of performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, culinary and experiences.

 

The Community Foundation is pleased to have supported this year's Festival with a $2,000 grant from the Foundation's Unrestricted Fund.

 


 

Community Foundation Celebrates

Twenty Years of Community Service

 

Twenty years ago last month the first of two organizations that eventually merged to form the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. was founded. A group of community leaders formed the Bluefield Area Foundation serving Mercer and Tazewell counties. A few years later, community leaders in Princeton formed the Greater Mercer County Charitable Foundation in 1998.

 

The two foundations merged in 2002 to form the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc., and in March of 2003 the new organization announced its first grant awards.

 

With its Board of Directors and committees comprised of dedicated volunteers from the communities it serves, the Community Foundation has worked diligently to provide funding for important and beneficial projects in the areas of Human Services, Health, Education and the Arts and Humanities, and to assist deserving students in continuing their education at the college or university of their choice.

 

Today, the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. has well over 50 individual endowed funds aimed at supporting community projects and prospective college students, and since those beginning days 20 years ago, the Community Foundation and its parent organizations have awarded nearly $900,000 to dozens of worthy community projects managed by nonprofit organizations, and to scores of students seeking to continue their education.

 

The Foundation is grateful for the confidence fund donors have shown by entrusting our organization to carry out their charitable desires, and the strong level of support of the general public whose annual contributions make it possible to continue supporting area projects and students.

 

 

 


 

 

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Featured Grant Recipient:

John Chapman Chapter, DAR - Davidson Cabin

Members of the John Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on October 17 with Community Foundation President Charles Carter and Executive Director James Shott to show the improvements to the historic Davidson Cabin in Bluefield, WV, resulting from a Foundation grant from the Unrestricted Fund.

Pictured left to right, front row, seated: Lynn Burnette, Carolyn Denopolous, and Mary Kay Mosco. Standing, left to right: Ruby Harrison, Emily Maxwell, Toni Russell and Betty Bailey.


 

 

Featured Grant Recipient:

Beautification Commission of Bluefield, Virginia

 

James Shott, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.,  presented two checks to support the Town of Bluefield, Virginia.

 

 

Janet Gunn (left) and Donna Kelly, Co-Chairs of the Bluefield, Virginia Beautification Commission, receive the award for the replacement of picnic tables in Jack Asbury Park.

 

 

Lesley Catron, Town Clerk (left), and Kim Hernandez, Executive Assistant, receive the award to help fund the installation of audible pedestrian signals at the four-way intersection downtown.

 


 

Featured Grant Recipient:

Beautification Commission of Bluefield, Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town of Bluefield is in the process of installing three new signs to welcome people to town.

 

 

 

 

 

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Featured Grant Recipient:

Child Protect of Mercer County

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Protect of Mercer County conducted a car seat installation and inspection event.

 

 

 

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Featured Grant Recipient:

The Wade Center

 

 

 

 

The Wade Center reopened with a Summer Camp program for kids in 1st through 8th grades.

 

 

 

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Featured Grant Recipient:

City of Princeton Fire Department

 

 

 

A grant from the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. helped the Princeton Fire Department in purchasing a piece of equipment to help protect firefighters and also find and rescue people trapped in burning buildings.

 

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Featured Grant Recipient:

Gary Bowling's House of Art

 

 

Gary Bowling's House of Art received a grant to support a creative art activity for kids.

 

 

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Featured Grant Recipient:

W.I.S.E. Women's Resource Center

 

 

The Foundation is pleased to have been able to assist W.I.S.E. through a grant in 2011 in its efforts to help women remain or become self-sufficient.

 

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Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.

128 North Street  ● P.O. Box 4127  ● Bluefield, WV 24701

Phone: 304-324-0222  ● Fax: 304-324-7716

Email: admin@cfvinc.org

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Foundation

of the Virginias, Inc.

128 North Street  ●  P.O. Box 4127 

Bluefield, WV 24701

Phone: 304-324-0222 

Fax: 304-324-7716

Email: admin@cfvinc.org

 


   
     
       

 

 

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