WEIRTON - After each councilman received $5,000 they could use for what they wished in each of their respective wards, Ward 4 Councilman George Ash is giving part of his funding to local service organizations.
Ash presented executive directors and representatives from the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, the Community Bread Basket, 4-H, the Weirton Christian Center and the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network with a check for $500 each.
"There are many residents throughout the city and in Ward 4 who benefit from the services that are provided by each of these organizations," he said.
Ward 4 Councilman George Ash presented several local organizations located within Ward 4 with a $500 contribution toward the services provided by the organization. From left, Steve Ivady, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center; Tara Shepherd, Community Bread Basket; LouAnn Decker, Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network; George Ash; Carole Scheerbaum, Energy Express; Kim Weaver, Weirton Christian Center, Tony Bongiovanni, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center; and Dennis Jones, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. -- Angelina Dickson
The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network, located at 4215 Wells St. in Weirton, is a primary coordinating and planning body for local services for children and families in West Virginia.
Executive Director LouAnn Decker said although the FRN does not provide direct services, the local FRN represents an important partnership between state government and local communities that empowers local communities to identify their needs and develop and implement local action plans for drug prevention.
Ash confirmed the funds given to the FRN must be used for drug prevention only.
Energy Express, a relatively new program to the local area, strives to improve a child's reading skills through several techniques including one-on-one and group reading, according to WVU Extention Agen Carole Scheerbaum. Efforts, she said, are made to boost a child's confidence and self esteem while creativity and imagination are encouraged as the children continue learning through the summer program.
Tara Shepherd, executive director for the Community Bread Basket, said the organization is a cooperative outreach ministry of the local churches and other supportive organizations, businesses and individuals.
"We work together to assure the basic needs of life for people and families in our community are met," she said, "and the needs continue to grow."
The Weirton Christian Center, according to Director Kim Weaver, is a recognized mission project of the West Virginia Baptist Convention and is one of the Neighborhood Action Program projects sponsored by the Board of National Ministries of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. She said funding for the center comes through the West Virginia Baptist Convention and National Ministries with considerable support of the Weirton United Way as well as individuals both local and national.
"I know all of our organizatins are so grateful for any amount of funding we get so we can continue to provide the services we can to those in need of them," said Weaver.
Although he expressed no specific idea as to what the funds would be utilized for, Tony Bongiovanni, a representative of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, thanked Ash for the donation as well.
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