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CTF Helps Provide a Summer of Fun and Learning for Children in West Virginia!


“Energy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities.”   The 20-year-program has 70 locations throughout the state.

In 2012, the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) awarded $75,000 to the three Energy Express programs located in Mineral County ($15,000 per year for five years).  The grant came from the Naylor Family Trust Fund—one of several CTF funds—and will assist in all aspects of the program.

CTF is passionate about contributing to the education of our youth. If you would like to join us in this important work, please consider creating a fund with us, or donating to our existing Education and Lifelong Learning Fund. Call 301-876-9172, or email us at, for details.

(All photos were taken in 2013, in Keyser, West Virginia, and provided courtesy of the Mineral County Family Resources Network.)


Two Energy Express students in Keyser, West Virginia, eagerly—and confidently—demonstrate their reading skills.


The Energy Express program, partnering with Aging and Family Services, provides plenty of nutritious, family-style meals for children in small groups.


Reading quality children’s literature is the focus of Energy Express. Art, writing, drama, and other activities are connected with the books they read. In this picture, an animal handler shows children a sugar glider (an Australian marsupial).


Left to Right: Brent McKee, Americorps VISTA; Kelly Denne, a program supervisor for Energy Express in Keyser, West Virginia; and Grant Irvin, CTF’s Donor Development Officer. Energy Express is a good example of community partnership.

CTF Helps Preserve Western Maryland Railroad History!

The B & O Museum in Oakland, Maryland is an “integral part of Garrett County and in particular Oakland’s history”.  Indeed, after a grand re-opening on July 20, 2013, the museum is set to be an educational resource, and an economic contributor, to Oakland and the surrounding area.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) awarded $200,000.00 to the B & O Museum project in 2012.  The funds helped the B & O Museum update its heating, plumbing, and electrical systems.  The award came from the Naylor Family Trust Fund, one of several CTF funds.

CTF is committed to helping preserve the rich history of our region.  If you would like to join us in this mission, please consider creating a fund with us, or donating to our existing Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Call 301-876-9172, or mail us at for details.


The B&O Railroad Museum in Oakland, Maryland, on Opening Day, July 20, 2013


Lon Naylor addresses the audience at the Grand Opening of the B & O Museum in Oakland, Maryland. Mr. Naylor is one of many people who helped make the new B & O Museum a reality.


Former Oakland Mayor—and current B & O Committee Chairman—Asa McCain performs the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, along with Mayor Peggy Jamison.


A display of railroad lanterns at the B & O Museum in Oakland.