Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.     

"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.



Community Impact Project applications now being accepted


Applications for the 2017 Community Impact Program may submitted until May 31. The CIP is funded by NIP tax credits, and benefits low income West Virginians and distressed neighborhoods.


If your organization assists low income West Virginians and distressed neighborhoods, consider applying for the CIP.


Click the link for information on the Community Impact Project.


CIP-funded upgrades to Earl Muse Park completed



The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. provided a $16,500 grant to the City of Princeton Park and Recreation Department last year through its Community Impact Program for upgrades to Earl Muse Memorial Park.


The Park is located in a low income neighborhood, and is well utilized by residents as a playground for children, and also for birthday parties, family reunions and church gatherings.


The grant helped to fund a playground unit, two benches and a trash receptacle in the $19,076 project to upgrade the Park, according to Amanda McCabe, Executive Director of the Park and Recreation Department. Additional funding came from the Mercer County Commission and Mountaineer Lifelines.






Scholarships Committee begins work on 2017 applications


The Scholarships Committee of the Community Foundation of the Virginias began work April 11 reviewing application for scholarships. The committee's work will conclude in early May with recommendation to the Foundation's Board of Directors




Bluefield, WV Police Department receives Foundation grant



The Community Foundation of the Virginias grant to the Bluefield, WV Police Department was acknowledged at the March 14 meeting of the Bluefield City Board of Directors. The award to help fund safety partitions for five police cruisers in the amount of $5,000 was presented to Police Chief Dennis Dillow by Foundation Treasurer Julie Johnson.


Pictured above, front row, l to r: Director Ellen Peters Light, City Ambassador Marie Blackwell, Police Chief Dennis Dillow, Jr., Foundation Treasurer Julie Johnson. Back row, l to r: City Manager Dane Rideout, Director Chuck McGonagle, Mayor Tom Cole, Director Mike Gibson, and Vice Mayor Barbara Thompson-Smith.



Foundation grant supports Mercer/Tazewell Reading Bee



Foundation President Kermit Moore (second from left) presents a grant award to Michael Johnson, Chair of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce's "Mercer/Tazewell Reading Bee." Bud Clapp, Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors, is pictured at the far left, and  Kim Allen, Immediate Past Chair of the Chamber Board, is at the far right.


The $2,000 grant used funds from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Literacy Fund and the Foundation's Unrestricted Fund.




"Toys For Tots" Presents Plaque to the Foundation



Rod Mayberry came by the Foundation office January 10 to express the thanks of the Mountaineer Marine Corps League Detachment 957 for its support of the "Toys For Tots" program for 2016.


The Foundation has helped the "Toys For Tots" program for several years, and in 2016 awarded a $2,000 grant in support of the program.


The Foundation appreciates this acknowledgement from the local Marine Corps League.



Community Foundation Board Awards Grants



The Foundation's Board of Directors met on September 13 and approved 37 grant applications and three donor-designated awards totaling more than $74,000. Human Services grants led the list, with 17 awards, followed by 13 Arts and Humanities awards, 9 Education awards, and 1 Health award. Six applications were not funded, due to a shortage of available funding.


The Grants Committee, chaired by Bob Perkinson, includes Board Members Mary Jo Babbitt, Marie Blackwell, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Kermit Moore, and Community Member Cathy Zimmerman.


The recipients are:



Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, $2,800.00, "Free to Be Me" Program

Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, $2,000.00, Mercer and Tazewell Reading Bee

Oakvale Elementary School, $2,000.00, To purchase Lego building kits

Appalachian South Folklife Center's Learning Day Camp,  $1,000.00, Learning Day Camp

Bluefield College New Opportunity School for Women Program, $640.00, Program expense

Career Connections:  Mercer County Schools,  $1,500.00, 7th/8th graders visit colleges and technical schools

Explore!, $2,000.00, Three hands-on exhibits at the Explore! Science Center

Satira, Inc. , $1,500.00, The Science Addiction Program

Bible in the Schools, $904.28, Donor-Designated


Human Services

American Red Cross, $1,000.00, emergencey services to Mercer county residents

Bluefield Police Department, $5,000.00, Purchase five officer safety partitions for vehicles

Bluefield WV Fire Department, $7,250.00, Jacket and trousers for 8 firefighters

Child Protect of Mercer County, $2,000.00, Well-being and health of families

Childlaw Services, Inc., $2,000.00, curriculum and service project materials

Children's Home Society of WV, $2,000.00, Twelve monthly group sessions

City of Princeton Fire Dept, $2,000.00, Senior citizen fire and fall prevention program

Family Refuge Center, $1,000.00, general support for the Mercer county office

Feeding America Southwest Virginia, $2,000.00, Food distribution program for Tazewell County

Make a Wish Foundation of Greater PA and WV, $2,000.00, Mercer County Make A Wish

Mercer County Spay Association, $1,000.00, Program costs

Princeton Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners, $1,500.00, fitness equipment and dog waste stations for new 2-mile walking trail

Save A Pet Food Bank, $3,000.00, cat food and dog food distribution

Second Chance for Cats, $2,500.00, to spay, neuter and vaccinate 40 cats

The Wade Center, $2,000.00, Help Wade Kids Thrive Program

Toys for Tots, $2,000.00, Program cost

The Wade Center, $376.03, Donor-Designated


Arts & Humanities

4 Pals Productions, $2,000.00, Annual Theatre Festival for local high schools

Alliance for the Arts, Inc., $1,500.00, Refurbish restrooms

Blue Mountain Performing Arts, $2,000.00, Birth of the Beat" opening show

Bluefield Preservation Society, $1,000.00, to purchase ten tents

Bluefield State College Foundation, $2,000.00, Pole banners and hardware

Bluewell Improvement Associates, $1,000.00, Installation of proper equipment for 60 poles used for holiday lights

Bluewell Lions Club ,$2,000.00, 42 new flags, poles and brackets for the Town of  Bluewell

City of Bluefield Beautification Commission, $2,000.00, One bench and one trash receptacle

Community Connections, $1,000.00, Paint and supplies for revitalization program

Mercer County Historical Society, $1,500.00, Expenses associated with Mercer County Heritage Festival

The Trails at Bluefield City Park, $1,690.00, Add a new children's station to the family friendly trail

Town of Bluefield, Beautification Commission, $2,000.00, Banners and seasonal decorations for downtown

Town of Bluefield, IDA, $1,500.00, Tables for the annual quilt show



Mercer Charitable Clinic, $265.19, Donor-Designated




Community Foundation Honored for Support of Child Protect


Celebrating its 15th year, Child Protect of Mercer County held a ceremony recognizing that milestone and recognized 15 individuals and organizations who had provided significant support for its mission. Foundation President Kermit Moore received the certificate of appreciation at the event on August 11.


The Foundation appreciates this recognition of its service to Mercer County and Tazewell County non-profit organizations.




Bluefield State College Foundation Receives Award

for Student Center Improvement



Pictured above, BSC President Dr. Marsha Krotseng (left) receives a $2,500 grant award from Community Foundation President Kermit Moore at the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center.


The grant helped to fund improvements to the  Center's patio area, including landscape shrubs, trees, mulch, solar landscape lighting, and patio pavers and substructure. The Student Center and patio are a high traffic area, used by students, faculty, staff and visitors.


This improvement will help the appearance of the outer area of the Student Center, and create a more inviting "feel" for students, college personnel and visitors.




Community Foundation Awards $101,000 in Scholarships

The Community Foundation of the Virginias has awarded scholarships to 86 applicants who applied in the 2016 Scholarship Cycle that concluded earlier this month. The Board of Directors approved awarding $101,250 to assist deserving area students in furthering their education on May 10.

The awards came from 22 individual scholarship funds, and benefit students from Bluefield, Graham, Pikeview, Pipestem Christian, Princeton, Tazewell, Richlands, and River View high schools, as well as several existing college students who qualified for awards to continue their education. The scholarships help students attending 17 colleges and universities.

The following funds awarded scholarships this year:

  • The Alex Mahood, Jr. Scholarship Fund

  • The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Scholarship Fund

  • The Bluefield High Schools' Alumni Scholarship

  • The C. B. and Ora Hunter Hancock Memorial Scholarship

  • The Doctor Jack Walter Witten Scholarship Fund

  • The East River Mountain Harley Owners Group #5432

  • The E.R. Gillespie Scholarship Fund

  • The Maurice and Grace Hanna Weinberg Scholarship Fund

  • The Graham High School Scholarship Fund, in memory of Donald E. Neal

  • The Grants Supermarket Fund

  • The Harman Masonic Lodge #222 Scholarship Fund

  • The James C. Ramey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

  • The Joetta Collins Hooker Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • The Joshua Lee Shutt Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • The Kendrick Scholarship Fund

  • The Lindsay Rebekah Haun Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • The Margaret "Trika" Smith-Burke Scholarship Fund

  • The Marsha A. Mead, PhD. Scholarship Endowment

  • The Robert Austin Family Scholarship

  • The Rose Sinicrope Scholarship Fund

  • The Roy R. Raub M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • The William G. Skewes Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation thanks Scholarships Committee members Carole Dodson, Chair; Gene Bailey; George Brooks; Lisa Lineberry; Kermit Moore; Mary Raub; Bettye VanDyke; and Cathy Zimmerman for their diligence in the scholarship application evaluation process.

 Information about Foundation scholarships and funds is available through a link in the right column of this page.



College Students Spend Spring Break Helping the Wade Center


Twenty-nine young adults and two adult supervisors from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA traveled to Bluefield, and spent their spring break working with children at the Wade Center. This activity is part of SJU's "Appalachian Experience," where students and associates travel to communities in Appalachia to work with local organizations to support community initiatives. The "Appalachian Experience" is guided by the mission of Saint Joseph’s University and the Catholic Jesuit tradition, and is in its 24th year.


The SJU students and the children of the Wade Center are shown enjoying after school activities, including a wholesome snack.


Mission trips like the one the SJU students participated in are a key element in spiritual growth the Wade Center provides, offering opportunities both in community improvement and relational ministry to mission trip participants.


The Wade Center exists to nurture Bluefield’s children, youth and their families spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually through practical programs and mentoring relationships. The Center seeks to be a centerpiece in the community for spiritual, educational, recreational, and cultural resources.


A $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation helped fund the Center's Blessings in a Backpack program. The grant was funded by the Community Action Grant Fund, the Jeffrey Edward Shott Memorial Fund, the American Electric Power Community Services Fund, and the Judge Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Memorial Fund.



Notes of Appreciation and Photos Received from Grant Recipients


Mercer County WE CAN Outings ―


As part of its "In Our Own Backyard" monthly activities, WE CAN sponsored activities for Mentors to share with their Mentees. Activities included the Pumpkin Patch, the Ridge Runner, Chestnut Springs, Tate Lohr Fishing, Pipestem State Park, Wolf Creek, Back to School, and four other activities.





Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council


The  Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council offered girls the opportunity to build courage, confidence and character while they make the world a better place. Among the activities the girls participated in are learning to make healthy snacks (upper left), learning the importance of exercise (lower left), and playing parachute games, having fun and exercising at the same time (right).






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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



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