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Monroe County Community Foundation


In 2014 four community members came together to  establish the Monroe County Community Foundation in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). Nikki Baker-Lude, Ryan Moyer, Karena Reusser, and Gwynn Stewart created the permanent endowment fund at FAO to help Monroe residents give locally, ensuring Monroe County resources benefit its citizens and communities forever.

The Monroe County Community Foundation recently made a series of grants to organizations benefitting Monroe County citizens. These grants include:

  • A $250 grant to the Monroe County Care Center for its Memory and Music program to develop personalized digital music programs to help residents struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments;
  • A $500 grant to the Dally Memorial Library for its Children’s Read-Along program to purchase and iPad to not only keep up with technology, but to encourage the next generation of readers;
  • A $500 grant to the Monroe Family Health Center for its National Health Center Week Medication Disposal program to implement activities and education at the health center for citizens of all ages, especially young people; and
  • A $150 grant to the Monroe County Tourism Guild for its Scenic Routes Marketing program to promote motorcycle and car tours in Monroe County.

Gifts to the Community Foundation are not spent, but invested with the interest and earnings used to support community efforts through grants. For this reason, local community foundation funds are powerful vehicles for communities looking to grow resources to address their current and future needs, as well as support developing opportunities. Starting a community foundation fund, where many come together to contribute and grow resources over time, creates a great asset for a county and its residents.

“While the initial gift came from the four of us, this is intended to be something we build, grow, and guide together,” said Monroe County Community Foundation Committee Member Karena Reusser. “The Community Foundation is something we have dreamed about for Monroe County, and we are thrilled to have this new avenue of support for our community to make a difference here locally.”

The Monroe County Community Foundation Family of Funds:

Jennifer Garrison Public Service Scholarship
Gulfport Energy Fund
Hoops for Heart VFD Fund
Kiwanis Coats for Kids Fund
Lewisville and Community Volunteer Fire Department Fund
The Statoil Monroe County Energy Fund
Supporting Student Success Fund

Donations for the Monroe County Community Foundation Fund can be sent to PO Box 494, Woodsfield, OH 43793 or to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, 35 Public Square – PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Credit card donations can also be made by clicking here and designating the Monroe County Community Foundation Fund. For additional information, please call FAO at 740.753.1111.