The Community Impact Fund (originally established as the General Endowment Fund) is a discretionary endowed fund which provides annual grant funding in March for the ever-changing charitable needs of the Hinton and Summers County community.
Jack A. Holt and a core group of dedicated individuals established this fund with a goal of bettering this special place they call “home,” now and in the future The funds are used to facilitate improvement in the Hinton area thus securing a stronger, more vibrant community in which to live and visit. Grants from this fund are issued annually in the October.
This fund has grown into a vehicle for providing Summers County teachers with mini-grants for materials and programs that will supplement their standard class routine. Mini-grants are awarded annually in October. Jay Word, Beckley businessman, and his mother Sally Word, created this fund originally to focus on improving student academic achievement. The Words, who currently live in Beckley, have their family roots are in Pence Springs.
The Animal Control & Welfare Project, Inc. is the “Humane Society” for Summers County. Its mission includes finding homes for displaced animals, spaying and neutering animals, investigating animal abuse, and public education.
Col. James McCreery Baylor was a retired senior vice president of A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and a retired US Marine Corps Reserve Colonel. 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 this discretionary fund in the Hinton Area Foundation to honor his memory and his ties to Hinton.
This discretionary fund, established by the family and friends of Jean Dressler Beasley, provides grants for the furtherance of the objectives 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.
The Will of Lacy Wood left half of his estate to help children with medical issues. The Hinton Area Foundation has established this Field-of-Interest fund to receive and assesses requests for aid from the families of children who need medical assistance.
Thomas Crawford’s great-grandfather, Giles Ballengee, donated the property for the Oak Grove Cemetery, located in Ballangee. He has established the fund to help maintain this cemetery. Although born with muscular dystrophy, Thomas Crawford had a 32 year career at Summers County Hospital. His inspiration for establishing this fund has been the many people who have helped him and his family over the years.
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. Income from the fund is distributed to the Church annually and benefits youth who participate in church activities or display an active leadership role.
The Graham House, located at Lowell on Route 3 is the oldest home in Summers County. James Graham built his home in 1770. 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. Popular viewing opportunities are in December when the Society recreates Christmas dinners from the 1770s. The Graham House Preservation Society created this fund to help insure the future of the house.
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 also. The fund was established by Regina Gwinn Eckle to preserve and maintain the cemetery.
This discretionary fund was established with the intent that funds would remain in Summers County to assist with the educational, vocational or health-related needs of citizens who live here. “Becky” Eades Hess is a graduate of Hinton High School, Concord University and WVU. She taught French and other foreign languages in schools in Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
Established by Benny and Gayle Vest, this fund provides for the preservation, restoration, and promotion of the historic Hilltop Cemetery in Hinton WV with the intent of supporting activities that would lead to the cemetery becoming a cultural and historical tourist destination.
Lena Jane Jones, widow of Stephen D. Jones, has established this fund to support the growth of writing proficiency in Summers County. In recent years, grants have supported the Student Writing Contest for Summers County student in Grades 3 through 12. Groups or individuals that demonstrate a specific need in writing proficiency with a measurable outcome are invited to apply for grants.
The purpose of this fund is to provide funding for tools, education, and recognition to assist individuals of any age, or groups, in Summers County who wish to grow, augment, or demonstrate their skills in management and leadership. The Summers County community has benefited from the hard work of many people; some who have formal training and experience and others who are just natural leaders and managers. Managers are individuals who handle the details of planning, organizing, and coordinating of projects; leaders are individuals who influence, inspire, motivate, and bring people and communities together to reach a common goal.
Ralph and Patty Wilson 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. The Wilsons 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.
Dr. Seaton served on the Board of Directors of the Hinton Area Foundation for many years. This discretionary fund was created by his friends and the HAF Board to honor his long service. In addition to sitting on the Hinton Area Foundation Board, Dr. Seaton was seemingly everywhere in his charitable activities benefitting the people of Summers County.
At an early age, Hildred M. Smith Allard, the creator of this fund, became the pianist at Spruce Run Church where her uncle, Harry Peyton, was the pastor. Grants from this fund will be used to preserve and maintain the Spruce Run Chapel at Forest Hill, West Virginia
This is the largest of our designated funds. It was created by a combination of estate bequests, Friends of the Library fundraisers, and general contributions. The income earned on this endowed fund supports the operations and maintenance of the Summers County Public Library.