CIRCLEVILLE — The Pickaway County Community Foundation has awarded $81,000 in grants as part of a first round of funding in 2022.

The grants include $10,000 to the Pickaway County Visitation Center; $2,000 to the Boy Scouts of America — Simon Kenton Council; $36,000 to Haven House; $23,500 to Pickaway County Community Action; $4,000 to RoundTown As One; $2,500 to Drug Free Clubs of America; and $3,000 to the Child Protection Center of Ross County.

“The funding for these grants came from many funds held by PCCF, including the Yamarick family; Well Being Fund; unrestricted funding; and a partnership with community nonprofit, Transformations Through Hope,” Jama Cobb, PCCF Grant Coordinator, said in a release.

Cobb said PCCF continues to work with employers and the community to grow the Community Impact Fund, which is the avenue for future unrestricted giving through PCCF. That fund began in 2021 and will assist in funding future grants to nonprofits in Pickaway County.

“No administrative or operational costs are incurred with this fund, which makes this a huge win for our community,” Cobb said.

“It is very rare that a donation is made to a nonprofit where every penny of it is reinvested back into the community. This is only the beginning of great things to come. We have teamed up with other grant funders in the community to help fill the needs of our nonprofits. It’s a win-win.”

There are still three more grant application windows for local nonprofits to apply and those can be found on the PCCF website, www.youtrpccf.org.

“By uniting as a community, we can leverage more funds while still impacting the nonprofits in Pickaway County,” Cobb said.

“With our local businesses and community firmly behind us, we can continue to provide opportunity and equal access to grants for area nonprofits through this funding. We are excited about this new funding collaboration and to see the value it will add to those who have funds to grant, as well as agencies who are in need of the funds.”

More about the organizations receiving funding

The Pickaway County Visitation Center provides children safe, conflict-free access to both parents, and keeping children away from disputes of their parents or other possible high-risk situations.

The Boy Scouts of America — Simon Kenton Council (Traditional Scouting) aims to help young people make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the value of the Scout Oath and Law.

Haven House provides domestic violence assistance and transitional housing with the goal to provide each family and/or individual with an alternative to domestic abuse, violence and sexual abuse, as well as provide shelter, counseling and community resources.

PICCA’s programs receiving support, include homeless prevention, education and training for people who have been disengaged or dislocated from school and work. Wheels to Work, a program, empowers people to become self-sufficient by offering a unique opportunity to purchase a reliable and affordable vehicle through matching funds and financial literacy.

RoundTown As One — Making Sense of Your Worth Program aims to strengthen families and support youth in Pickaway County through trauma-informed training by engaging through relationships, equipping with life skills and empowering to be impactful.

The Drug Free Clubs of America’s goal is to protect our youth from the horrors of drug abuse, using a highly effective tactical training model within the high school for preventing drug use and abuse.

The Child Protection Center of Ross County provides abuse assessments to the children of Pickaway County who have been physically and sexually abused.

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