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Forums Held to Discuss 2018 Stealey Community Fund

By Staff | Dec 6, 2017

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Inc, in partnership with the Stealey Community Fund Advisory Committee hosted two community forums entitled Think Big Middlebourne in November. Community members, business owners, town leaders, students, nonprofit and government officials gathered at the Tyler County Senior Center to discuss big ideas for the use of the 2018 Stealey Community Fund for the future growth and development of Middlebourne.

The Stealey Community Fund was created by Ruth Stealey Green, a retired school teacher who died at the age of 84 on Feb. 14, 1996, at her home in Middlebourne, to honor Green and her brother, Phil Stealey, who died in 1993. It was her desire that special consideration be given to programs and projects which will improve the quality of life of the residents of Middlebourne.

The goal for the forums were to discuss ideas to fund one big project instead of allocating money towards several smaller programs and projects.

Some of the ideas for the growth and development of Middlebourne included;

* broadband and countywide cell phone service

* local food economy

* prevention and treatment of drugs and addiction

* increase of affordable and quality housing to rent or purchase

* cultural opportunities such as arts and theatre

* charitable opportunities

* recreational opportunities Jug/Middle Island with kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

The group agreed that broadband and countywide cell phone service would be extremely beneficial for the future growth and development of Middlebourne.

The CFOV will hold a future forum to to follow up, develop strategies and possible grant projects discussed during the November Think Big Middlebourne forum.

The Stealey Community Fund is approximately $300,000 and is administered by the CFOV. Grant applications are due mid April and checks are awarded on June 1.

The forums were made possible through a grant from the ARC Flex-E-Grant program and Philanthropy, W.Va.