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Capital campaign underway for Children’s Home Society of West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia has started a capital campaign for a new facility in its Morgantown area office.

Site Manager Abby Miller said the agency serves 40 to 45 children on a regular basis, including some post-foster care children, at their current facility at 11 Commerce Drive in Westover.

The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $2 million in order to purchase a larger facility. The programs and outreach efforts are outgrowing the current Westover location, and more space is needed to maintain supplies for families and operate programs in an efficient manner.

“We are just hopeful we are able to get enough money to get into a bigger building to help us better segregate the populations we work with,” Miller said.

Permanency Supervisor Traci Bodkins said they have a Community Resource Room open to families in need at the Westover location that is frequently used.

“It is open to anybody who needs some help,” Bodkins said. “They can come in and get what they need with no stipulations, and if we don’t have it and we get it in, we’ll give them a call.”

The organization has a variety of events they promote on their Facebook page, including a Black & White Gala coming up in February 2024 and a Trunk or Treat on October 13 at the Commerce Drive location. Bodkins said the events are very important to families who need help and create opportunities for residents to identify ways to help and get involved.

“We also do community giveaways throughout the year,” Bodkins said. “We’ve had a few in the past, and at each one we help about 300 families, so it’s always a great turnout.”

Any resident who would like to make a donation to the campaign can also request an information package from the organization or call 304-284-0992.

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