POINT PLEASANT — Community foundations are being celebrated across the country this week, including right here in Mason County.
Members of the Community Foundation of Mason County (MCCF, Inc.), and Christy Sizemore Crowell, executive director of the foundation, recently met with Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, members of city council, as well as other local officials and guests, for a reception. The reception included Billings presenting a framed proclamation to the foundation, recognizing its efforts to improve the lives of people in Mason County. The proclamation was also a part of National Community Foundation Week, started by former President George H.W. Bush in 1989. It was recognized this year from Nov. 12-18.
Crowell said there are currently 36 funds which comprise the MCCF and the foundation became independent this year. Paul Simon, who is a board member of the MCCF, said the organization is now autonomous, as opposed to being attached to any other organization.
“This foundation is part of our community and their efforts here add to the quality of life in our community,” Glen Washington, CEO of PVH, said at the reception.
Crowell said there are 750 community foundations in the United States and only 35 in West Virginia. She said, with this being Community Foundation Week, it was a good time to let people know about the newly found independence of MCCF. She said those local MCCF funds stay in Mason County and are turned into grants as well as scholarships, as seen at this month’s fall awards reception and benefit dinner.
For more information about the funds or how to get involved to improve the quality of the community, please contact MCCF, Inc. The MCCF, Inc. is a non-profit public charity created by local citizens to build permanent endowment funds and issue grants and scholarships to meet community needs. Learn more about the Community Foundation of Mason County at cfofmc.com or contact Christy Sizemore Crowell, executive director at 304-372-4500 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crowell also visited with the Mason County Commission earlier this week as well.
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