The Landry Family Foundation is located in Boston, MA, and they support innovative leaders and organizations addressing the issues of global poverty, the rights of children, gender equity, and social justice through transformative and sustainable solutions. Their areas of focus include education, health, and the protection of marginalized populations.
Sarah Gauger, Philanthropic Advisor for the Landry Family Foundation, said "When, we heard about the high unemployment in your area, and the fact that so many families are displaced or experience homelessness, we wanted to respond. We also appreciate your partnership with the Raleigh County Board of Education to provide food for families in need, as well as your Students First program, and your community grants. Clearly, the needs are significant, and we’re grateful for the work you're doing."
The Landry Family Foundation was generous to award the Beckley Area Foundation with funds to distribute to programs related to children with special needs, education, food insecurity and homelessness.
After conducting a thorough grant application process, BAF Staff and Board of Directors are excited to award $25,000 to seven non-profit organizations serving Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell and Fayette counties located in southern West Virginia. This includes $2,500 added to the BAF Kaplan Family Fund for Learning Disabilities in Southern West Virginia.
“We are honored that the Landry Family Foundation chose BAF to act as a grant maker on their behalf. What a difference they have made to the families and communities in southern West Virginia!” said Dena Cushman, Executive Director of the Beckley Area Foundation.
Distributions were as follows:
Helping Hands Community Resource Center – This grant will be used to purchase food and will have an impact on approximately 4,000 individuals - $5,000
Raleigh County Public Library Bookmobiles – This grant will be used to purchase food for the summer reading program. This past summer, 15,000 meals were served with the help of a BAF Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund (CERF) grant - $3,000
United Way of Southern WV – This grant will serve approximately 360 children in the Equal Footing Shoe Program - $2,500 (serves Fayette, McDowell, and Wyoming counties)
Catholic Charities WV- This grant will support CCWVa's Adult Learning Program that will help individuals in recovery become more employable. The program addresses career development and educational goals, which ultimately helps individuals in maintaining recovery and a stable living wage. - $5,000
Calvary Baptist Church – This grant will serve approximately 60 school age children over a 6-month period and will be used to successfully tutor at-risk students by purchasing laptops, internet upgrade, background checks and supplies - $2,000 (BAF is also granting $4,040 from its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to purchase food and food-related items.)
Itmann Food Bank – This project aims at increasing self-sufficiency and will impact 20 families in Wyoming county. These families will learn how to build, care for and manage chicken coops in their own backyards. - $5,000
The Wyoming County Economic Development Authority is hosting a writing competition to encourage and recognize, through grant awards, new or established writers of Wyoming County, WV. The purpose is to help keep alive and inspire new historical and cultural endeavors through the craft of writing. Applicants must submit an entry to the Planning Commission comprised of writers and Wyoming County residents approved by the Beckley Area Foundation (BAF). These awards are made possible by the generous gift of a Wyoming County donor, Lonnie Bailey, who created the Literature Fund for Wyoming County at BAF.
Entries must be submitted to the Planning Commission between April 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021.
The entrant must be a resident of Wyoming County in grades 1-12 or 18+. Public, private and homeschool students are allowed. All entries must be the original work of the entrant. Published works are not eligible to be entered.
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Entries must be sent to the Planning Commission at 506A River Road, P.O. Box 1828, Pineville, WV, 24874 OR emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing, please include “Wyoming County Writing Contest” in the subject line.
Elementary students may choose to write from one of the following prompts (or create your own):