Within Appalachian America lie beautiful rolling mountains, diverse ecosystems, and some of the most kind-hearted people in the country.
However, it is also a well known fact that the college attendance rates for Appalachian students are much lower than those for students in other areas of the US. The goal of the iBELIEVE Foundation is to provide students with the leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills that they need to be successful, and to also give them a better understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses to enable them to become better students, leaders, and citizens.
$10,000 donation supports students in Gallipolis and surrounding areas
Columbus, OH - January 25, 2019
Earlier this week, Ohio Valley Bank pledged a $10,000 donation to The iBELIEVE Foundation. Students of today’s generation seek to obtain skills learned outside the classroom. Vital social skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills are increasingly demanded to secure successful positions in the workforce. In rural Appalachia, The iBELIEVE Foundation is taking measures to increase access to leadership development programs for high school students. The Foundation prioritizes the future of these students by providing expense-free opportunities for local participants to develop these skills at annual program events hosted year-round. The iBELIEVE Foundation’s mission would not be successful without contributions like those from Ohio Valley Bank.
Ohio Valley Bank has been a generous sponsor of The iBELIEVE Foundation in the past and this donation shows their continued support of the region and iBELIEVE. “Ohio Valley Bank is honored to support a program that gives local youth the tools they need to become our community’s next leaders,” said Ohio Valley Bank President and CEO Tom Wiseman. Ohio Valley Bank’s donation will help student leaders from Gallipolis and the surrounding areas attend iBELIEVE programs.
The iBELIEVE Foundation is honored to have Ohio Valley Bank as a supporter and sponsor, and looks forward to their continued support in the future. "I want to thank Ohio Valley Bank for their continuous support of The iBELIEVE Foundation. We are impacting many students in the Southeast Region and giving them impactful leadership opportunities. We focus on leadership, self-awareness, communication, team building, and networking skills. We want the students to be servant leaders within their communities. Ohio Valley Bank's partnership only strengthens our mission and vision for this foundation,” said iBELIEVE’s Chief Development Officer Roger Mace.
The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Gifts to The iBELIEVE Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To support leadership opportunities for Appalachian students, please designate your gift to The iBELIEVE Foundation and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made online at www.theibelievefoundation.org.
The iBELIEVE Foundation