— Thumbs up ... to seven housing programs in West Virginia being awarded federal grants totaling more than $842,000. The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to assist homeless individuals and families, along with communities experiencing homelessness. Included from this area was the Raleigh County Community Action Association.
Thumbs up ... to a report from WorkForce West Virginia that says the average wage in the state rose by $478 last year. Workers in Boone County had the highest average wage at $50,670, followed by Marshall, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming at $45,160.
Thumbs up ... to the state for continuing the Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Family Assistance clothing vouchers. Each eligible child will receive $200 for clothing to help ensure all children return for the new school term with one less worry.
Thumbs up ... to the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve for taking steps to include the public in the 10,600-acre facility. On select Fridays and Saturdays the public, with a pass, can explore areas such as the Sustainability Treehouse, visitors center, wetlands, energy bridge and more.
Thumbs up ... to Cliffs Natural Resources for a $15,000 grant to a Mullens youth center. The Way, a faith-based center, will use the money for program costs and renovations. The Way offers a safe, drug-free and welcoming place for area kids to gather and interact.
Thumbs up ... to Allstate Insurance for a $2,000 donation to Slingshot Broadcasting to build a studio in the Soldiers Memorial building. When agents, in this case Jeremy Miller, volunteer at nonprofits, Allstate makes a donation. Through the efforts of Miller, the foundation has given more than $6,000 over the last two years.
Thumbs up ... to the West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association, which raised more than $88,000 for Children’s Home Society. The funds from OMEGA will be used for child assistance programs such as emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption, mentoring, early intervention and more.