This fund serves to coordinate with the Summers County Prevention and Recovery Coalition Endowed Fund to provide funding for the first year projected budget, future unforeseen expenses and related special projects.
Better Opportunities for Our Students’ Talents, Education, and Resources (“BOOSTER”)
The “Booster” fund provides funding for the educational and experiential enrichment of the children of Summers County. The fund will finance in whole or part programs and projects which will enhance the lives of our children.
Sandy Turner established this fund in order to more efficiently use the funds donated to the 4-H. The fund will support special projects at Camp Summers and also be used as a vehicle to solicit further donations.
Camp Waldo is a three-week overnight camp on the banks of the Greenbrier River. The camp is dedicated to adventure, fun, and teaching children who are rising 4th – 7th graders (both boys and girls) about nature and ecological principles. Our goal is to connect kids with the environment through outdoor learning and exploration. Campers engage in our ecology program daily, learning to understand our ecosystem and to become wise stewards of the earth’s natural resources.
The fiery destruction of the “brick row” residences in February of 2013 inspired generosity from friends of the community, local and distant. Once named “Fire Victims Fund,” this Hinton Area Foundation fund served as a conduit for donations and over $25,000.00 was contributed and disbursed to victims of that tragedy to help them rebuild their lives. Currently, donations are still accepted and the fund, now named “Disaster Relief,” retains a balance to help victims of other disasters, such as the flood that affected Summers County, as well as many other southern West Virginia communities, in June, 2016.
This fund was established by a grant from National Environmental Education Fund to be used by the fledgling organization, Friends of the New River Gorge, to expand their membership through logo development, website development, membership drive printing, marketing materials development and the purchase of community tabling fees.
The New River Gorge National River established this fund to provide transportation to the Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center and healthy meals for 4th grade students who will attend to receive place-based environmental education.
This fund was created by Gene Fife to help maintain the ballpark for the Hinton Little League. Gene graduated from Hinton High School, attended Virginia Tech, and went on to a very successful career in business and finance in London, England. Gene has served as a beacon for the people of Summers County and helped many students with his own scholarship fund.
The Hinton Memorial Lighting Fund (HMLF), a non-profit, all volunteer organization, is striving to continue the legacy of Leon R. and Ruth Pivont who worked to light the town during the Christmas Season. Created in 2012, the HMLF has been raising money in an effort to light the buildings of Hinton in the style seen in many other Historic communities around the United States as well as those already lit through Ken Allman’s vision for Hinton. The Fund has been established with Hinton Area Foundation to effectively and efficiently use the monies raised for the beautification of Hinton and as a venue to accept further donations for Christmas Lighting projects.
The Richman “Hometown Doctor” fund has been established to help provide financial support to any deserving student in Summers County and the immediate surrounding area who has qualified for admission to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The goal of the fund is two-fold: to provide financial assistance to help defray the high cost of tuition and associated expenses, and to ensure that continued medical care will be provided by those who have grown up here and intend to practice medicine in our area.
This fund provides a tax-deductible vehicle to gather and administer funds to be used for matching grants. The eventual goal is to create a historically themed park to interpret John Henry’s legendary battle with the steam drill and to educate visitors on the advancement of the C&O Railroad down the Greenbrier River and through the New River Gorge.
The Leader in Me® (“TLIM”) is a whole-school 5-year transformational process developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based upon the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader. Through a partnership with the Steeley Foundation, Hinton Area Foundation has funded the Leader in Me® process at Hinton Area Elementary under the leadership of HAE Principal Angela Gumm. Qualities and skills such as self-reliance, initiative, planning, setting and tracking goals, prioritization, emotional management, manners, art of persuasion, conflict resolution, valuing diversity, and balance are developed. For more details browse the TLIM website at http://www.theleaderinme.org/.
Created by Ken Allman, a Hinton native who has tied the destiny of his businesses to his hometown, the PracticeLink Pass-Through Fund supports the community building activities of others. Mr. Allman believes in the abilities of local people to compete in an international market place. The fund will support community organizations that focus on children, the arts, parks, and recreation.
This fund, established by Cheryl Kula, helps support an annual Summers County Student Writing Contest to encourage Summers County students to expand their writing skills, and to provide information on writing workshops, writing mentors, and opportunities to submit work to magazines and other writing contests. The Summers County Student Writing
Contest offers cash awards in different categories (i.e., short story, poetry, graphic narrative) and in different age groups. The contest was held for the first time in 2014.
This fund was created by the National Park Foundation and is a grant award from the New River Gorge National River to engage local students through a Cultural Heritage Festival at New River Gorge National River. Hinton Area Foundation has agreed to be the fiscal manager of New River Gorge National River’s Ticket to Ride grant.
The purpose of this Pass-through fund, created by Beth Vuolo, is to create a “Welcome to Hinton” landscape in the West End on Route 20, which is the gateway to the city of Hinton. The project proceeds as funding is obtained.
The purpose of the Hinton FUMC Yummy Bags Ministry Fund is to provide children in Summers County with a bag of food to take home on weekends. A Yummy Bag is packed with nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods and is given to children in our local schools at the end of each week. Hinton First United Methodist Church sponsors the Yummy Bag Ministry