The Marietta Community Foundation is proud to sponsor Nonprofit Night, Marietta Main Street’s First Friday event on March 2nd in Downtown Marietta, OH. The event will feature local nonprofit and charitable organizations from across the Mid-Ohio Valley, giving them an opportunity to share their mission with the community.

“Nonprofit Night is a great way for nonprofits to connect with community members who may or may not know the full scope or mission of the organization,” said Heather Allender, President and CEO of the Marietta Community Foundation. “It’s also a chance for these organizations to recruit volunteers and share the impact of their work.”

In addition to awarding funding through two grant cycles each year, the Marietta Community Foundation is expanding their resources for nonprofits in Washington County in 2018, in part through the addition of a Communications and Program Services Director. The Foundation hopes to share more capacity building opportunities, host grant writing workshops, and more.

“We have hundreds of nonprofit organizations here in Washington County, each fulfilling a unique and necessary mission for our community,” said Allender. “Our goal is to help each organization increase their own abilities and their impact on the people they serve.”

The Foundation will be open throughout Nonprofit Night, which takes place from 5-9pm on March 2nd, hosting the Washington County Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a companion group of MCF. The YAC will be collecting young adult books and hygiene products for their upcoming project – the installation of four Little Free Libraries throughout Washington County.

“Some people take things such as books and hygiene products for granted and it is important to provide those items for teenagers who might not be as fortunate as others,” said YAC member Ryleigh Barrett, Belpre High School. “I joined YAC in hopes of making a difference in the lives of the youth in my community. Books are so important for education, and for pleasure, and I think everyone should always have access to a good selection of literature.”

Local nonprofits interested in participating in March’s Nonprofit Night can visit Marietta Main Street’s website for more information or to sign up.