Editor’s Note: Media are invited to attend award luncheon at noon, July 25, at Chestnut Ridge Hospital.

Chestnut Ridge Awards Grants to 14 Service Organizations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Chestnut Ridge Hospital recently awarded grants to 14 non-profit groups serving north-central West Virginia for improving the mental health of West Virginians at the community level.

Hospital officials will present the grant awards, which range from $250-400, to the agencies during a luncheon at noon, July 25, in the Chestnut Ridge Hospital Conference Room.

Through its Grassroots Grant Program, Chestnut Ridge Hospital, the behavioral medicine treatment center of West Virginia University Hospitals, financially supports groups that make a significant difference in their communities.

“Mental health services are a valuable resource to communities,” said WVUH President Bruce McClymonds. “It is important to recognize the contributions that these non-profit groups make.”

This year’s recipients of awards and their projects include:

After School for All Coalition – to fund “Lights On After School”, Oct. 20

Alzheimer’s Association – to create “Signs and Symptoms” posters

CASA for Kids – to purchase manuals and other materials to train volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children through the court system

Family Resource Network – to fund “Family Swim Night”

In Touch & Concerned – to purchase birthday cards for elderly and homebound clients

Monongalia Medical Alliance – to purchase placemats and tapes for reduction of violence among school-age children

Milan Puskar Health Right Inc. – to purchase mental health workbooks, training manuals, educational videos and self-help material

Mental Health Association of Morgantown – to purchase art supplies for an art-based outreach project for the Friendship Room

Rock Forge Neighborhood House – to purchase non-consumable materials for the before-and-after school program

The Shack Neighborhood House – to purchase materials for the monthly family fun night

United Way Volunteer Action Center – to fund the intergenerational picnic between Youth United and local nursing home residents

Valley Healthcare System – to purchase educational materials

Visiting Homemaker Service Inc. – to fund home health aides

West Virginia Family Grief Center – to purchase equipment and materials that will create a comfortable and welcoming space for grieving families

Chestnut Ridge Hospital is a 70-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency facility staffed by WVU psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals. Chestnut Ridge offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services to adults and adolescents suffering from various psychiatric disorders.

- WVU -

For more information:
Janet Scarcelli, CRH, (304) 598-6422

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