The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the awarding of an important grant to Child Protect of Mercer County. Pictured above are WV State Police Sgt. M. D. Clemons, Family Court Judge and Bar Foundation Board member Mary Ellen Griffith, and Child Protect Executive Director Shiloh Woodard, surrounded by Child Protect staff members.
The Bar Foundation Board has dramatically increased its grant making activities over the past decade to meet its mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s men, women and children. One of the priority areas has been child abuse and neglect prevention. In the past nine years, more than $300,000 has been distributed through 65 specific grants with child abuse and neglect prevention programs across the state receiving 23 grants totaling more than $48,000.
Child Protect of Mercer County has distinguished itself as a leader in child abuse and neglect endeavors. State Police Sgt. Clemens is actually co-located in Child Protect’s office in Princeton. This child character building grant will enable Child Protect to initiate this innovative program that focuses on elementary school students.
Previously, the Bar Foundation has supported Child Protect’s child victim forensic interviews and counseling services for child victims of crime which have helped hundreds of children in southern WV.
The Bar Foundation Board will continue to give its best efforts to assist worthy charitable groups which benefit West Virginia and its citizens.
Congratulations to Child Protect of Mercer County!
Thank you for your valuable assistance!

The Bar Foundation has recently received two significant donations from a Board of Directors member from southern West Virginia, Harry G. “Chip” Shaffer, III, from Madison.
Chip made a sizeable contribution to the Justice Fund, which is moving forward to meet its $1 million goal by December 31, 2017. Once the goal has been reached, the Bar Foundation Board will dramatically incease the amount given annually to worthwhile charitable organizations that meet the Bar Foundation’s mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the state’s citizens.
In addition, Chip made a second tax deductible contribution to further the Bar Foundation’s position as the philanthropic organization for WV’s legal profession and justice system. The Bar Foundation Board, consisting of two judges and thirteen lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, plans to provide a better understanding of the good work that is being accomplished.
Thanks so much to Chip Shaffer!

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Please plan on making a tax deductible donation to the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund on Tuesday, November 28.
Every dollar you contribute is used solely to make grants to charitable WV organizations which work to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the state’s men, women and children.
It’s easy—- Donations can be made by check to the Justice Fund (WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364) or by credit/debit card, through the simple PayPal donation process on the Bar Foundation’s website—

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