Capital campaign off and running

-- Janice Kiaski

A $50,000 grant from the J.C. Williams Charitable Trust, administered through PNC’s Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee, officially was awarded to the Ohio Valley Health Center, which is in the midst of a three-year, $1 million capital expansion project for the health center that includes money to renovate what will be its new home at the former Neighborhood House Day Care Center at 423 South St., Steubenville, as soon as early 2018. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Francesca Carinci, board president; Trudy Wilson, the center’s executive director; and Susan Vargo, project manager for PNC Charitable Trusts. “Building Health & Hope: A Capital Expansion Project” has three distinct phases — first to renovate the former daycare center into the health center; secondly, to expand the current onsite pharmacy to become a charitable pharmacy serving those who are within 200 percent of the federal poverty level and uninsured; and thirdly, a collaboration with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide dental services to its patients, a goal in its infancy, according to Wilson. The center purchased the former day care building in April and until renovations are completed will continue to operate out of the Ross Park Professional Building of Trinity Medical Center East, 380 Summit Ave., Steubenville, where it is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The health center provides services to the uninsured and underinsured. Financial donations to the campaign can be made any time, or pledges can be made now and paid over three years. Financial gifts may be designated for bricks and mortar (renovation of the new building), program expansion or unrestricted gifts. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible, within IRS guidelines. For information, contact Wilson by phone at (740) 283-2856 or by e-mail trudyw@ovhealthcenter.org. Information regarding giving levels, designated giving areas and donor recognition opportunities is available at www.OVHealthCenter.org.

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