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Community Foundation Kicks Off 2014 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program

Wheeling, WV – The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley will continue a Civic Leaders Fellowship Program during the summer of 2014 in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program will again be offering a college internship program for a number of students from the Ohio Valley.  Participating students are from the Ohio Valley and have at least completed their freshman year of college or their first year of a technical or trade school.  Cooperating businesses in the region are hosting the students and providing them with a mentor during their six-week internship.  The interns will work Monday through Thursday at their designated work sites.  On Fridays, the students will convene at the Community Foundation offices for a Leadership Forum, in which students will discuss topics such as personal development, workplace ethics, civic leadership, alternative career choices, and much more.

The goals for the program are to enhance students’ personal skills as well as the students’ ability to find a meaningful position in our region upon graduation; to introduce area nonprofit entities, government entities, and identified businesses to these students through the Fellows placement with their organizations; and to offer a collaborative way for employers, nonprofits, and the foundations of our area to work together to improve our region’s potential workforce for the future.

There will be 16 students participating in the program during the summer of 2014.  Host companies include:  Touchstone Research Laboratory, The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, Wheeling-Nisshin, The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, Kalkreuth Roofing, The City of Wheeling, Wheeling Truck Center, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Direct Online Marketing, Ohio County Schools, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, the Wheeling Health Department, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Orientation for the students was held today at the Community Foundation.  Today’s events included Mr. Lee Blundon, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at WesBanco and a panel of young professionals from the Ohio Valley to share their reasons for wanting to live and work in the Ohio Valley.

Funding for the program is provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation with support from the Schenk Foundation, the JB Chambers Foundation, and the Pugliese Foundation.

Since 1972, The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected people who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $30 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $1.5 million in charitable grants last year. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at

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