Harrison County Community Foundation Fund
The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) was founded in 2012 to create opportunities in our county and to give use all a place where we can give back to make the biggest difference in Harrison County. Though young, HCCF has been growing permanent funds to invest in our county’s nonprofits, schools, and communities.
A Harrison County Champion
“At summer’s height a honeybee hive is humming with about 60,000 bees, and Marcia Bedway’s natural inclination was to name every one of hers. She had an impossible tenderness toward her fellow creatures, and when she moved back to Cadiz in the early 1990s after decades of living in big cities, there were creatures aplenty to witness and name, and not infrequently, take in: cats, deer, bats, snakes, birds, the occupants of those five bee hives she kept with longtime friends Bob and Denise Henderson. You did not with intention step on a spider in her presence, or ignore hungry stray cats that mysteriously appeared with looks of great expectation on her back porch.
Of course she loved her fellow humans with a commensurate passion, and her way of showing it was evident in the many civic projects she became involved in. Not long ago I came across the typed notes she’d made for a talk she was giving, and under the heading ‘Great discoveries/joys since return,’ she’d listed first: ‘Community involvement.’
It’s true you could mark the seasons by her volunteer projects: the community sidewalk sale in spring; the Cadiz Business Association booth at the county fair in summer; Sally Buffalo Days in fall; the Christmas parade in December. Her home office teemed with printed programs for the CBA dinners; garden club projects; brochures for the Cadiz Visitors’ Center; decorations for the annual Christmas parade. She had just begun, in the last year of her life, to get involved in an organization that helped victims of domestic violence. What linked all these projects was her desire to help nurture and sustain the lives of those in her beloved community of Harrison County, and its sister counties. And she most especially recognized that whatever furthered the wellbeing of families was sure to be of benefit to all.
My siblings and I were greatly moved to learn she had left in her will a bequest to the Harrison County Community Foundation, to be used to assist residents who are working toward furthering their education or training, and need help with child care-related expenses. In this way, Marcia continues to be a benevolent presence in her community, and to extend the reach of her profound compassion and love.”
— Barbara Bedway, Marcia’s younger sister
A Growing Family of Funds
The Harrison County Family of Funds includes:
• Harrison County Community Foundation Fund
• Chad Clay Memorial Fund
• Chevron Community Fund
• Gulfport Energy Fund
• Husky School Fund
• Jewett United Methodist Church Endowment Fund
In addition to encouraging investments to provide grants and leadership for quality of life projects in Harrison County, the Community Fund also serves to encourage and support others in establishing funds to benefit the County’s organizations and citizens, including: scholarships, organizational endowments, school system endowments and other advised funds.
The Fund is overseen by an Advisory Committee, who will make recommendations on grant awards and participate in special opportunities. Advisory Committee members include Allison Anderson, Lori Milleson, Dr. Scott Pendelton, Bob Positano, Matt Puskarich and John Tabacchi.
The Harrison County Community Foundation recently launched its Puzzle for Prosperity campaign to develop $1 million in permanent dollars to benefit Harrison County for years to come. To learn more about the Puzzle for Prosperity, please visit the campaign webpage.
Contributions to the Funds
Contributions to the fund are tax deductible and can be made in a variety of ways, including: outright gifts of cash or long-term appreciated securities; memorial gifts of cash or assets in memory or in honor of someone special; and deferred gifts through bequests, life insurance, and charitable remainder trusts. Donations for the Harrison County Community Foundation Fund can be sent to PNC Bank Attn: Mike Sliva, 235 South Main Street, Cadiz, Ohio 43907 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 Harrison County Community Foundation Fund. For additional information, please call FAO at 740.753.1111.