Bank foundation awards $74,000 in grants

RECEIVE FUNDING — Representatives of 30 local organizations received funding Tuesday from the Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, for a total of $74,000. This was the 19th year the foundation has made such contributions, with $823,589 provided since its founding in 1999. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — The Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation continued its mission Tuesday, supporting 30 area organizations which strive to support others in their communities.

During a gathering in the community room of Hancock County Savings Bank’s Weirton branch, Cathy Ferrari, chair of the foundation board, announced $74,000 would be presented to the groups as part of its 19th-annual distribution.

“Each organization represented here is committed to helping others,” Ferrari said.

Since its founding in 1999 — through a $1 million contribution from the bank — the foundation has provided $823,589 to community organizations throughout the Tri-State Area.

Those organizations receiving funds Tuesday were Allen T. Allison Elementary; Amazing Grace Pillowcase Inc.; Blue Stream Farms Corp.; Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network Inc.; Brooke Hancock Veterans Memorial Park Inc.; CHANGE Inc.; City of East Liverpool; East Liverpool Fawcett Community Foundation; First United Methodist Church; Four Mile Presbyterian Church; Friends of Beaver Creek State Park; Friends of Georgetown; Greater Weirton Senior Citizens Center Inc; The HHH Foundation Inc.; Mary H. Weir Public Library; New Cumberland Ambulance Service; Oak Glen High School Math Department; Calcutta Rotary; Rotary Club of Beaver; St. Pauls Episcopal Church; Team MOJO Foundation; The Fish Inc.; The Salvation Army of Weirton; Tri-State Christian Academy/Mercy Baptist Church; Tri-State Young Marines; United Church Social Services Union; Valley Parish Nurse Ministry; Weirton Baseball Association; Weirton Christian Center and Youth Services System Inc.

Ferrari highlighted the programs offered by some of the recipients, including the Bed Program offered by the Rotary Club of Beaver, which provides beds to children who don’t have them.

“The Bed Program brings the children joy,” she said, noting many are in single-parent families and living in public housing.

She also noted the purchase of a specialty bicycle by Team MOJO for a child who was born without hands.

“Sometimes, you just need a little help,” Ferrari said. “We’ve all been there once or twice.”

The Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation works to promote charitable and educational activities, providing funding in areas such as seed money for startup costs of new and innovative programs, human services or educational programs, capital and equipment needs, matching grants and one-time grants for programs not requiring refunding.

The next round of grant applications must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2019.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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