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NELSONVILLE — The Steubenville-based Ohio Valley Youth Network is one of three organizations to receive a grant from the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund, officials said.

The Ohio Valley Youth Network, which serves the Jefferson, Columbiana, and Harrison counties area, received funding to support the Sycamore Young Entrepreneurs program. The program provides financial literacy and is designed to inspire young people to start their own business. The funds will be used to purchase items to create products for the businesses the students are starting.

The Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center, which serves Athens, Meigs, and Perry counties, received funding for Project RISE: Paid Summer Internships, a program that provides paid internships for high school students in Athens and Perry counties. Students gain hands-on work experience and improve their social and communication skills. The grant will provide stipends to students to overcome barriers to participation, such as transportation or work clothes.

Cambridge Main Street, County Guernsey, has received funding for the Even Bigfoot Shops Downtown Marketing scheme. Cambridge Main Street serves as an advocate and promoter for small businesses in Cambridge city centre. The funding will allow the organization to expand the Even Bigfoot Shops Downtown marketing campaign launched in 2020 through the creation of videos, print and social media encouraging residents to support small businesses downtown.

The organizations received a total of $2,300.

The fund supports organizations working to promote economic growth in the 16 counties served by the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance, including Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas and Washington.

“We are pleased to honor Dale through grants that will continue his legacy and support economic development in eastern Ohio,” said Jim Schoch, Executive Director of EODA. “We look forward to seeing the impact these programs will have in the region.”

Hileman died in February 2015. A native of Columbiana County, he worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio for 40 years serving Carrollton, Jackson and Cambridge in Ohio’s Appalachia. After his retirement, he remained committed to improving the quality of life and promoting his Cambridge community in the county of Guernsey, where he shared his final years with his wife, Evelyn.

EODA made the initial donation of $10,000 to establish the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to recognize and honor Hileman’s legacy. Columbia Gas of Ohio also donated $25,000 to the fund to recognize Hileman’s years of service to the organization and region.

This year’s presentations were made at the EODA’s 32nd Annual Meeting held April 29 at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek.

Donations to the fund are tax deductible and can be made in a number of ways, including cash, bequests and life insurance. To mail your donation, please designate the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund and send to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Donations can also be made online at AppalachianOhio.org by selecting the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund during the donation.

Since 1998, FAO has worked with donors who are passionate about Ohio’s Appalachia, its communities and its future. The organization helps donors give back in meaningful ways – for them and for our region.

For more information about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or contact [email protected] or (740) 753-1111.



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