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Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation, Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation, Inc.
Gilbert, Mingo County, West Virginia 25621

County (ARC Region) Mingo
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


Q1. Mission:

The Mission of the Larry Joe Harless Community Center is “To enrich people’s lives in our community and southern West Virginia by offering health, educational, recreational and cultural opportunities.”

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Larry Joe Harless Community Center (LJHCC) mission aligns with two of the five goals of the Appalalchian Regional Commission.   The LJHCC provides health community awareness events such as health fairs and health campaigns in addition to daily physical exercise classes to assist in increasing the education, knowledge skills and overall health of the persons in Southern Appalachian Mountains to help in maintaining independency, both at work and at home.

The LJHCC sponsors many cultural and historical events. We assist in promotion of local entreprenuers in multiple fairs and festivals to strengthen the economic development of the community.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/22 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/24 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $864000/$864000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $870875 / $870875

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $864000 / $864000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($157000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
For What Purpose(s):

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

The mandated closure of the fitness area and activities at the center for eight weeks resulted in a loss of over 20% of membership fee income.  In addition, rental income for community events and parties have declined by 41%.   Cafe and Catering income has decreased 20% due to restrictions for dining options and capacity seating.

The LJHCC provided grab and go meals to outreach sites to children and seniors to maintain staffing and assist the community.  In addition, we offered virtual programs to provide health awareness and education.  The LJHCC worked diligently with all community organizations and leaders to assist in the overall health and well being of our residents.  This promoted good will and public relations that resulted in some revenue through grants and contributions but did not equal projected 2020 revenue budget.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
How do we recruit and retain former consumers/patrons?
How do we recruit and retain new partnerships to develop and implement programs?
How do I retain personnel?

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

The program would assist in addressing these concerns by providing avenues to explore financial management and focus on areas to invest for greatest return, for example, i.e. promotion budget and most effective tools for fundraising.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Short-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)


Name: Cheryl Mitchem, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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