The YCF focuses on community involvement and working with donors, as well as local residents, to collect funds to give back to local non-profits.
Some of the ways that the foundation gives back is through volunteerism and grants that are always available for organizations across north central West Virginia. It works with local residents and donors to address the region’s constant challenges and, most importantly, highlight the possible opportunities.
YCF granted Scott’s Place Shelter and Connecting Links in Fairmont a check for $1,000 each. Both of the non-profits survive from donations and community involvement. Timothy Dawson is the shelter manager, and he said that without donations like this, it would be hard to do what they do for the community.
“A lot of shelters are government grant funded, but those are very particular in what they pay for, and for how long, and you’re on a budget,” said Dawson. “So, these types of donations kinda help us make ends meet at the end of the year.”
The second place that was presented with a check is Connecting Links. The mission behind Connecting Links is to meet an individual’s immediate crisis needs in terms of finances and help with utilities, like gas, water or electric bills, or even eviction. Its main goal is to help residents of north central West Virginia locate resources to aid them in becoming more self sufficient.
Jone Webb is the executive director of Connecting Links in Fairmont, and she said they have a number of services for community members to utilize, including things like car seat installation, to make sure children are strapped in safely.
“We are so blessed by this donation. It’s meant to help keep people warm in the winter,” said Webb. “Whether it be gas or be electric, depending on how they heat. Maybe it’s wood, a wood stove, kerosene or propane. We want to be able to help them get through the winter months, without having frozen spaghetti.”
Both of these nonprofits in Marion County will put the money toward making the winter and tax seasons as easy as possible for area residents.