The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards grant money to local charities.
On Tuesday, 28 charities received a total of $158,000 in grant money. Organizers say this foundation is unique because the grant money comes from community donations.
And for them, it's humbling to see the difference they can make with each check.
"To see the variety of projects, to see the great number of lives that are touched in this region. It's very humbling, but it's also very gratifying because we may hold a lot of resources right now as a foundation, but all the resources in the world don't do you any good if they're not being deployed in a way that benefits the community. So I think being able to see the money be put to work is what gives life to all the assets that we hold," says Executive Director Judy Sjostedt.
You can now submit grant applications to the foundation online at www.pacfwv.com.