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WVPB Foundation Receives Grant To Support Books For Buddies Reading Initiative  

A child with red hair reads a children's book under a blanket while holding a stuff animal. The child is smiling and holding a small, pink flashlight. In the corner of the image is a logo with the words "Books with Buddies." Above the text is a little teddy bear sitting on a stack of books.
Children participating in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s new project "Books with Buddies" will receive free books and a stuffed animal to read to when they visit select libraries in the state.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. has received one of 60 grants recently announced by Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF). The grants were presented at a celebration sponsored by Hope Gas at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place on Nov. 15. The nonprofit distributed the donations to local charitable organizations in celebration of National Community Foundation Week.

These awards, ranging from $120 to $14,000, support community programs, schools, services and initiatives across Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties.

“The mission at West Virginia Public Broadcasting is to educate, inform and inspire,” stated WVPB Education Director Maggie Holley. “One of our favorite things to do is to get books in the hands of children. The Books with Buddies program provides books for kids across West Virginia. We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Stephen D. Tanner Children’s Enrichment Fund, which is made possible by Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia.”

These grants were awarded on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, which coincides with National Community Foundation Week, celebrated annually from Nov. 12-18. “On behalf of YCF’s Board of Directors, we thank our generous community of donors who make these grant awards possible,” said YCF’s Board Chair Martin Howe. “We also congratulate the nonprofits and schools receiving the awards and working to improve the lives of residents throughout our region.”

YCF’s mission is to promote philanthropy and build endowment funds to benefit our communities. Through financial resources, YCF extends many forms of assistance to qualified people, programs and projects. Primarily serving North Central West Virginia, YCF works to make charitable giving easy, flexible and effective.

For more information, please visit or call the YCF office at 304-296-3433.

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