The Animal Control & Welfare Project, Inc. (ACWP) is the “Humane Society” for Summers County. This fund was established in 2003 by the organization’s members to support its mission, which includes finding homes for displaced animals, spaying and neutering animals, investigating animal abuse, establishment of a full service shelter, and public education.

Col. James McCreery Baylor of Richmond, VA died in 2004. He was a retired senior vice president of A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and a retired US Marine Corps Reserve Colonel. A native of Hinton, he attended Ascension Episcopal Church. He was a graduate of Command and Staff College at Quantico, VA, and also earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Commerce from the Universities of Virginia and Richmond, respectively. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War.Although he left Hinton at a young age, he retained a strong interest in the area. His family and the directors of the Piney Land Company, McCreery Coal Land Company and James T. McCreery Company, on whose boards Mr. Baylor served for over 40 years, have established a fund in the Hinton Area Foundation to honor his memory and his ties to Hinton.

Established by the family and friends of Jean Dressler Beasley, this fund will provide modest grants to organizations and individuals selected by the board of the Hinton Area Foundation. Jean Beasley – accomplished artist, musician, teacher and scholar – decided that her time, energy and creativity could best be spent as a mother to her three daughters. Her principal contributions to community stemmed from her devotion to children and family. She was an ardent advocate for improved schools and student achievement. She was a gubernatorial appointee to the West Virginia Women’s Commission and the West Virginia Humanities Council. She also served as a member of the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation. She is remembered as a woman of high integrity, courageous convictions, unaffected humility, and winning personal warmth. Her friends from the West End and Hinton days were friends for life.

Application requirements: Concord University, superior academic records

The Will of Lacy Wood left half of his estate to help crippled children. The Foundation has established a committee which receives and assesses requests for aid from the families of children who need medical assistance.

Tthe Graham House, located at Lowell on Route 3 is the oldest home in Summers County, occupied continuously into the 1980s. James Graham built his home in 1770 from logs hewed from the flats on the Greenbrier River. The original logs and stone chimneys are still intact. To preserve the structure and the history associated with it, the home was purchased by the Graham House Preservation Society, a non-profit, all volunteer organization that is gradually refurbishing the house with period furniture and artifacts. Popular viewing opportunities are in December when the Society recreates Christmas dinners from the 1770s. In 2007 the directors of the Graham House Preservation Society took the step of creating an endowed fund to help insure the future of the house.

Ralph and Patty Wilson had an enormously positive impact in our community after they retired and moved back to Hinton in 1990. Ralph served as President of the Kiwanis, the West Virginia State Water Festival, Hinton Main Street, the Summers County Chamber of Commerce and the Hinton Area Foundation. He was the Treasurer of the Lilly Family Reunion Association. The Wilsons created the Lilly-Wilson Education Fund to honor their parents, Mabel Lilly Lazio, Cecil C. Lilly, Helen Chadwick Wilson and Ralph O. Wilson, Sr. The award benefits the Summers County Teacher of the Year without restriction for its use.

Jack A. Holt has taken advantage of the option to transfer a fund to the Hinton Area Foundation to establish this donor-advised fund.With a goal of bettering this special place they call “home,” now and in the future, Mr. Holt and a core group of dedicated individuals will seek to identify important issues and areas of concern within the community. The funds will be used to facilitate improvement in the Hinton area thus securing a stronger, more vibrant community in which to live and to visit.The principal of this fund will remain as long as a need exists and contributions are welcomed to increase this fund.

The income from this fund, created by the Marcella Morrison estate, is used to provide food and clothing for children in need.

The Friends of the Library have had several very successful fund drives, including a challenge drive from the Walker Foundation. It is the largest of our designated funds. The income supports the operations and maintenance of the Summers County Public Library.

This fund was established in 2001 by the veterans to use for community projects.

This fund was created when the late Clifford Young made a bequest in his will to allocate monies to help those suffering from diabetes. His wishes were fulfilled by his wife who placed $20,000 with the Foundation for this purpose.

This fund was created by David Ziegler and Richard Gunnoe. The primary purpose of this fund is to create a program to be administered by a committee of the Hinton Area Foundation to bring special cultural, scientific, artistic and historic programs to Summers County.

The Community Impact Fund was established to provide community funding for health, human services, artistic, public recreation, beautification and other charitable projects. This name of this fund was changed in September 2018 and was originally called the General Endowment Fund.

Thomas Crawford’s great-grandfather, Giles Ballengee, donated the property for the Oak Grove Cemetery, located in Ballengee. Mr. Crawford has now established a fund to help maintain this cemetery. Thomas Crawford, although born with muscular dystrophy, had a career spanning 32 years at Summers County Hospital. In spite of deteriorating health forcing him into an early retirement, he maintains a cheerful attitude. His inspiration for establishing this fund has been the many people who have helped him and his family over the years.

The Summers County community has benefitted from the hard work of many people; some who have formal training and experience and others who are just natural leaders and managers. The purpose of this fund is to assist either individuals or groups in the promotion of leadership skills in Summers County. Ted and Cheryl Kula have established this fund to provide resources for the tools, education, and recognition of members of the Summers County community who wish to grow, augment, or demonstrate their skills in management and leadership. Managers are individuals who handle the details of planning, organizing, and coordinating ofprojects; leaders are individuals who influence, inspire, motivate, and bring people and communities together to reach a common goal.

Jay Word, Beckley businessman, and his mother Sally Word, created this fund to focus on improving student academic achievement. Originally started as challenge grants, this fund has grown into a vehicle for providing teachers with mini-grants for materials and programs that will supplement their standard class routine. Although the Words currently live in Beckley, their family roots are in Pence Springs. Contributions to this fund are matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

This fund was created under the leadership of Carl Edwards, a World War II veteran, to support the Veteran’s Memorial Museum in the old Carnegie Library Building on Ballengee Street. The museum is open to the public and contains many interesting artifacts and memorabilia from local veterans.

The Chanlett-Avery Fund was established to support efforts in and around Summers County to enhance the health and environment of its residents.

The Moody Gwinn Cemetery Trust was created to maintain the historical nature of the Meadow Creek Community Cemetery, aka the Gwinn Cemetery.

The Florence & Peggy Rossi Fund was established by the generous gift of Florence Rossi to support the REACHH Family Resources Center.

Geraldine and Billy Joe Edwards have established the Youth Activities Fund to enhance the opportunities of youth attending James Chapel Church in True, West Virginia.  The principal of this fund, like all endowed funds in the Hinton Area Foundation, will remain in perpetuity and contributions are welcomed to increase this fund.  Income from the fund will be distributed to the Church annually and will benefit youth who participate in church activities or display an active leadership role.

The Gwinn Cemetery was originally a family cemetery, which was established in the late 1700s.  As the Green Sulphur Springs community grew, other members of the community were buried there.  The fund was established by Regina Gwinn Eckle to preserve and maintain the cemetery.

Created by John & Betty Hendrick, the purpose of this fund is for maintenance of Oak Grove Cemetery in Ballengee, WV.  The people or organization eligible for grants from this fund are Trustees of Oak Grove Cemetery.

This fund was started by the Hinton Area Foundation with proceeds from the Autumn After Five social event and a matching grant from the Carter Family Foundation.  It provides a discretionary fund to fulfill the mission of the Hinton Area Foundation.

Lena Jane Jones, widow of Stephen D. Jones, has established this fund to support the growth of writing proficiency in Summers County.  Groups or individuals that demonstrate a specific need in writing proficiency with a measurable outcome are invited to apply for grants.

The R.T. Rogers Family Trust was established by Ted and Susie Rogers, and Greg and Lori Rogers, owners and operators of the R.T. Rogers Oil Co., Inc.  In 1953, Ted bought a faltering Southern States Supply Co. known as Rogers Farm Supply, thus the start of a family business.  In 1971, he sold Rogers Farm Supply and purchased a fuel company owned by Exxon. This business has grown into a major distribution center for various fuels and equipment and employs approximately 75 people.  Son, Greg, joined the business in 1986 and under his leadership, it has grown to where it is today.  It is his desire to keep young, prospective entrepreneurs in our local area.  Our purpose is to make funds available for educational advancement or community development.

With roots that run deep through Summers County, Will and Joyce Meador became grounded in the value of the golden rule, fairness, and hard work from birth.  Children of the Great Depression, their parents were respected citizens and entrepreneurs; their ancestors were railroaders, farmers, educators, civic leaders, local church founders, and some of the earliest European settlers in what is today Summers County.
As a very young boy, Will worked with his widowed mother at the William Meador Grocery Store in downtown Hinton.  Joyce’s first teaching job as a graduate of West Virginia University was at the two room Meadow Creek School and after family responsibilities , she returned to teaching in adult and remedial education.
The Meador family values–faith in God, family, community, equality, and opportunity and the significance of reputation, resilience, and resourcefulness–were impetus for this fund.  Created by the children of William and Joyce–Ann M. Wells and William “Bill” Meador–this fund is to help provide encouragement, inspiration, and support to individuals or groups who seek to engage in lifelong learning for personal and/or professional reasons, and whose ultimate goal is to serve others through their learning.

This fund was established to insure continuous funds for the day to day operations of the Hinton Area Foundation.  Funding is provided by a small administrative fee charged annually to each endowed fund.

Dr. Seaton served on the Board of Directors of the Hinton Area Foundation (HAF) for many years.  In addition to his service on the HAF Board, Dr. Seaton was seemingly everywhere in his charitable activities benefitting the people and community of Summers County.  To honor his long service, his friends and the HAF Bord have created this fund in his honor.  It is a discretionary fund and the HAF Board may use the income from it for any charitable activity.
Billy was a 1975 graduate of Hinton High School. He owned and operated Turner Lane Farms.  He will be remembered for his ethic of hard work, both as a railroader and farmer.  The characteristics that will never be forgotten by Billy’s family and friends were his generosity and willingness to help others.  Created by his wife, Linda K. Turner, and his parents, Earl and Jane Turner, the fund is to benefit those interested in farming or related trades or pursuits.  It can also be used to assist the Future Farmers of America (FFA).  The people or organizations eligible for grants from this fund are individuals preparing for farming or related fields.  If there are no qualified applicants in these fields, then consideration may be given to individuals considering health-related fields.

the Vest Family Cemetery Association created this fund to perpetually maintain and care for the Jackson Vest Cemetery and the Farley-Vest Cemetery located in Jumping Branch, WV.

Grants from this fund, established by Myra and David Ziegler, with a matching grant from the Carter Family Foundation, will be used to further the purposes of the Hinton Area the discretion of the Board of Directors.  Any organization or individual whose project falls within the guidelines of the Mission Statement of the Hinton Area Foundation may apply.

The purpose of this fund is to provide for the preservation, restoration, and promotion of Hilltop Cemetery in Hinton, West Virginia to include activities that would lead to Hilltop Cemetery becoming a cultural and historical tourist destination.  It would not be the intent of this fund to provide for routine maintenance, but, if no other means to accomplish routine maintenance is available, this fund could be used for that purpose. It is the hope of the donors that the non-profit Hilltop Cemetery Company and its successors would continue to undertake fundraising efforts to provide for routine maintenance, and it is the belief of donors that routine maintenance for the entire cemetery must be continued in order for the cemetery to become a viable cultural and historical tourist destination that would stimulate additional economic activity in the area.

The purpose of the Luther Vest Cemetery Fund is to provide funds for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of the cemetery grounds and tombstones including fences, landscaping, signage, and assistance to the landowner for access road maintenance.