RIPLEY - The Ripley Rotary has been a long-time fund holder with the Community Foundation of Jackson County (JCCF, Inc.). The Ripley Rotary Club holds an advised fund with the foundation so that they are able to take advantage of the benefits of working with JCCF Inc. Through the Ripley Rotary Advised Fund, the Rotary Club continuously deposits funds and makes grants back to community projects administered by both the Rotary as well as other community civic groups. JCCF, Inc. invests the funds in a pool of combined assets with other funds. “Many organizations, businesses and individuals in Jackson County hold funds with JCCF, Inc. and are extremely pleased with the returns on these investments” commented Executive Director, Christy Crowell. “Most of our fund holders simply work off the interest earned alone to direct their charitable contributions throughout the year. Our mission is to advise and assist our fund holders to build, start and make their funds last FOREVER.”

The biggest project managed by the Ripley Rotary is the Adopt A Family Program. Current President Steve Cogar commented that “it is astounding how far we stretch our resources throughout our community. I am proud to be a Rotarian and encourage everyone to take the kindness given this holiday season and pay it forward. The Chair of our Adopt A Family Program is Christy Crowell, who just so happens to also be the Director of the Community Foundation. We are thankful that her Board of Directors are so community minded that they allow for her to continue running this program for the Rotary through the Foundation office. Our co-chair, Melissa Kerns, City National Bank Manager is conveniently located in the same building as Christy. Together, these 2 ladies and their Adopt a Family Committee are absolutely amazing.”

The statistics for this years Adopt a Family Program are as follows:

• 297 applications with children were adopted. 

• 101 senior applicants were provided with food cards.

• 792 total children received a new outfit, coat, shoes, food and toys for Christmas. 

Monetary & other resources were disbursed to the following:

Daily Bread Food Pantry, several local community churches to be used for the needy or church fundraisers, CASA of the 5th Judicial District, Parchment Valley Baptist Church Snak Pak Program, Boy Scout Program for scouts below 125% of the poverty level, Animal Rights Fur-ever (ARF), Operation Fancy Free (OFF), Jackson County Schools, The Jackson County Animal Shelter, Elder Care of Ripley, and the Volunteer WV Flood Recovery Program.  

We were also able to connect 3 families with refrigerators; 5 adults and 9 kids with beds & bedding; 1 oven/stove; and a few other pieces of miscellaneous furniture.  

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS:

PCS Construction; United Bank; Constellium, Fairplain Yacht Club; Cunningham Realty; Premier Bank; Steve Westfall; Rob Fisher, Attorney at Law; Krystle Bailey, Realtor Cunningham Realty; Ranson Hallows; Connect Hearing- Dr. Ann Knopp; Benefits Assistance Corporation- Eric Evans; Teresa & Greg Mills; Steve Cogar Boy Scout Troop #43; Jeff Wiblen Boy Scout Troop #; Epworth; Cottageville UMC; Jackson General Hospital; City National Bank; Leading Edge Home Inspections- Tim Lee; Ripley Busy Beavers 4-H Club; Fairplain Union Church; First Presbyterian Church; Grasslick Baptist Church; Just For You Primitives; West Ripley Baptist Church; Ripley High School FFA; Ripley Middle School Student Government; David & Sarah Thompson; Jackson County Sheriff’s Department; Dr. & Mrs. James Hughes; Casto, Knopp & Franklin Family; Dick Ledford; FCCLA Ripley High School- Susan Daughtery; Ripley Family Care; Farm Credit; SOAR 5668; Mason, Jackson, Roane Labor Council; United Steelworkers; I-77 Chrysler; and many other anonymous donors/volunteers. 

 “The Art of Charitable Giving is a wonderful accomplishment for any civic organization. For the Rotary to use their resources and stretch the dollar as far as they do is amazing. Giving back to the community is the best gift that anyone can give. I urge you to contact us today to learn more about the funds held at JCCF Inc. as well as the projects and the need in Jackson County” commented Crowell.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS ARE FOR GOOD & FOREVER! 

HELPING TO BUILD THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF JACKSON COUNTY is the one thing you can do today that will make all the difference in the world to your community tomorrow as well. The Community Foundation of Jackson County- JCCF, 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. 

 Any size donation to any JCCF, Inc. fund is greatly appreciated and is recognized as a tax deductible. Donations can be sent to our office at 108 North Church Street, Ripley, WV 25271 To find out more about JCCF Inc. community funds or the community foundation, contact Christy Crowell, Executive Director, by calling 304.372.4500 or by e-mail at christyc@cfofmc.com.