Contest seeks West Virginia charitable organizations needing marketing help

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charitable organizations in the Mountain State needing help with internet marketing and website design are being sought for the annual Frank Brown Community Partnership from Bricks Without Straw, a Charleston company.

Each year, one applicant is chosen to receive the assistance at no charge.

The application period for 2019 is underway now and continues through Dec. 31.

As for the criteria, “You just have to be a charitable organization in the State of West Virginia,” said Jamie Summers-Brown, president of Bricks Without Straw.

“To me, that means that you’re in the right place, doing the right stuff and it’s never easy to pick, but I think a lot of times there are some that really resonate with me and, most of the time, those get chosen.”

Summers-Brown said his goal with the program is to support the Mountain State’s communities.

“They need help now more than ever,” he said.

“I think that everybody is talented in a way and we can give back in a special way so I think that’s sort of within all of us so we just have to find out what that is and what we can do with it to help others.”

Services could include either initial website design and development or redevelopment of an existing brand and website.

Past recipients of the free work of Bricks Without Straw include Secret Santa, Manna Meal, Charleston’s Bob Burdette Center, The Children’s Therapy Clinic and the Family Refuge Center in Lewisburg, last year’s recipient.

“The program is starting to get out there,” said Summers-Brown. “It’s really, really great. It’s going some great stuff in the state.”

Applications can be submitted online at

The winner will be announced in January.

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