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The Jenco Foundation Fund

The Jenco Foundation Fund was established at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to recognize citizens of Appalachian Ohio who demonstrate visionary leadership in serving others throughout the region. The Jenco Awards, which began in 2002, uphold the legacy of Father Martin Jenco, who dedicated his life to the service of others.

The Jenco Foundation Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio celebrates people who, like Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, have made a difference in their communities through community service and visionary leadership, including through activism. Established to continue the work of the Jenco Foundation, the Fund offers individual achievement awards to recognize visionary leaders and volunteers who by direct, person-to-person action have worked to increase the dignity and sense of worth of individuals in Appalachian Ohio through creative problem-solving. The award is open to people of all ages serving their communities.

The 2020 Jenco Award recipients include:

  • Roberta “Bobbi” Bishop was recognized for her lifetime of service addressing needs in Hocking County. Through the creation of Bishop Educational Gardens, Bishop has dedicated herself to environmental preservation and education. Bishop has taken a leadership role in the organization’s annual arts and music festival, Lilyfest, supporting local artists and musicians.
  • Crystal Cole of Athens County was recognized for her work to meet community needs during a time of crisis and unknown risk through service with the Salvation Army, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lillian Ford, a high school student in Belmont County, was recognized for her dedication to address community needs and inspire the service of other youth through the creation of Kindness U: Lillian’s Leaders for Tomorrow. The nonprofit club engages kids of all ages in volunteering and fundraising to give back to their communities.
  • Karen Kumpf was recognized for her visionary and inclusive leadership in creating Washington County Harvest of Hope to address food insecurity in her community. Kumpf created the organization after seeing students and families struggling with food insecurity while working as an educator. Harvest of Hope has now rescued and delivered over 1,200,000 pounds of food to people who need it.
  • Josh Montgomery of Highland and Ross counties was recognized for the quick mobilization and creation of the Southern Ohio Makers Against COVID Coalition. The organization has worked to create protective face shields with 3D printers and distribute the face shields to medical personnel, first responders, and others at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Clinton Nowicke was recognized for going above and beyond in his service with Hopewell Health Centers during a time of need in the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowicke worked to support mental and behavioral health for the youth of Gallia County by creating engaging videos and learning materials, including resources for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

In the past, the Jenco Foundation Fund has honored a wide array of exceptional individuals in Appalachian Ohio and West Virginia who have been active in furthering Father Jenco’s vision of philanthropy. To learn more about past recipients, click here.

Want to make sure the Jenco Awards keep uplifting the heroes in your community? Make an online donation through Network for Good to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, designating the Jenco Foundation Fund or mail gifts to:

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
PO Box 456
35 Public Square
Nelsonville, OH 45764

For more information contact the Foundation at 740.753.1111