Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Front Page

December 23, 2013

Local causes get helping hand — The future looks bright for a Pauls Valley effort as it continues to get stronger with the hope of helping all kinds of local causes for some time to come.

Established a few years ago the Pauls Valley Community Foundation is seen as some as ideal for establishing the financial resources to fund a whole variety of community projects well into the future.

The effort is going so well the PV group is the local foundation set to be featured in a publication by the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO).

“We’re being featured on their annual report,” said Arlen Williams about the CFO.

“They look at Pauls Valley as the poster child because we’ve done so much for the community,” he said.

“It’s worked well for Pauls Valley.”

It was back in 2009 when a group of local residents that included Williams banded together to establish the PV foundation.

It was started with around $16,000 raised by the group for the local foundation’s endowment fund, which is invested and managed by the CFO.

Things started slowly at first before picking up steam as the investments started to pay off in a big way by paying for a number of community projects here in Pauls Valley.

The reason is simple — the endowment has grown to around $80,000 with about 10 percent of that now available to fund various local projects.

For Williams and others the foundation is a way to create the funding needed to complete any number of things needed in the community.

“It’s a way for people to give back to their community,” Williams said. “We want to be advocates for the future of the Pauls Valley community.

“We want to give to projects that help the entire community; for projects that help out all the community.”

The first project ever funded by the foundation was to place a series of cigarette receptacles at various sites all over town. The project is described as having helped “keep the city clean.”

Next up was helping with a large beautification project in downtown PV. For that project the foundation contributed to some of the landscaping upgrades.

Other projects receiving foundation help over the years have been the signs welcoming visitors to Pauls Valley, assisting the local chamber of commerce and Main Street program with supplemental funding during a time of budget cuts for both and donating to the construction of a new local water park.

Each year the foundation also gives money to the Pauls Valley High School marching band for a contest that brings in bands from all over the region each fall.

Outside money was also raised in the foundation’s name, nearly $12,000, to go toward the building of a new recycling center here.

Through the CFO, the foundation here has also helped a handful of other local organizations achieve true non-profit status giving them a better opportunity to thrive well into the future.

“That’s why we’re the poster child,” Williams said.

“Through the foundation we’ve helped set up all these other entities here in town.”

Some examples are the local Toy and Action Figure Museum, the PV Foundation for Academic Excellence, Main Street PV and most recently the PV Samaritans food pantry.

“It’s now officially designated as a non-profit entity,” Williams said about the Samaritans.

“This means any individual or groups giving to the Samaritans will have a true tax deductible donation.

“This will also allow them to enhance their ability to raise funds.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Oneta K. Goss

    Oneta K. Goss of Pauls Valley passed away April 4, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 90 years.

    April 8, 2014

  • Gary Don Parkey

    Gary Don Parkey, 69, of Paoli, Oklahoma was born May 31, 1944 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Harold “John” and Charolette Parkey, and entered this life on April 4, 2014.

    April 8, 2014

  • Carl Lloyd White

    Carl Lloyd White, 76, of Maysville was born April 17, 1937 in Garvin Springs, Okla., to Archie Aaron White and Hazel Mae (Jensen) White. He passed away April 2, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

    April 8, 2014

  • Larry E. Morris

    Larry E. Morris, 59, of Lindsay was born Aug. 2, 1954 and passed away April 2, 2014 in Hennessey, Okla.

    April 6, 2014

Community News
  • Capitol trek is for county jails

    Tuesday, April 22 is the day for county law enforcement officials, including a few from Garvin County, to let lawmakers know what they think about a recent shift in policy taking state prisoners out of their county jails.

    April 22, 2014

  • New race set for this summer
State News

"Speedy" the chihuahua was reunited with his Oklahoma City family thanks to a microchip after missing for two years.

Business Marquee
Entertainment Reviews
Book Thief Poster

Art for "The Book Thief," available for rent on DVD.

  • ‘Book Thief’ an underappreciated gem

    The atrocities and crimes committed during the Nazis’ rise to power may be one of the most documented time periods for cinema, but that does not mean that all the great stories have been told.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Raw: Man Fatally Shot During Police Standoff Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security Raw: Royal Couple Tours Uluru in Australia 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Raw: Tesla Delivers First China Cars Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects Raw: Sinkhole Swallows Part of Fla. Yard David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Hong Kong Residents Help Create Green Roofs Raw: MN Lakes Still Frozen Before Fishing Opener