Chestnut Ridge grants cash to 9 service organizations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nine service organizations will receive grants ranging from $300 to $1,000 in the annual West Virginia University Hospitals Chestnut Ridge Center Grassroots Grant Program for 2009.

Hospital officials will present the awards during a lunch June 22 at noon in the conference room at Chestnut Ridge Center, the behavioral medicine treatment center of WVU Hospitals.

The annual grants competition provides seed money for community projects relating to mental health, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse and family preservation. The Grassroots Grant Program supports groups that make a significant difference in their communities. Grants of up to $1,000 were awarded to:

  • CASA for Kids – to assist with training for volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children through the court system
  • Compeer of Monongalia County Inc. – to provide public awareness materials regarding mental health needs
  • In Touch & Concerned – to purchase birthday cards for elderly and homebound clients
  •  Marion County Family Resource Network – to assist with Teen Leadership Camp
  •  Mental Health Association of Morgantown – to purchase art supplies for an outreach project for the Friendship Room
  •  Milan Puskar Health Right Inc. – to support the caregivers luncheon
  •  On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Camp – to support an equine-based summer camp for people with disabilities
  •  Stepping Stones – to purchase aquatic supplies for children under age 5 with disabilities
  •  West Virginia Family Grief Center – for counseling resources to address behavioral, social and emotional needs of grieving children

Chestnut Ridge Center 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 youth suffering from psychiatric and addiction disorders.
For information about the Grassroots Grants Program see http://health.wvu.edu/grassroots/.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 5-29-09

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