The Medina County Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded 14 grants totaling $30,523 to nonprofit organizationsthat improve the lives of Medina County residents. The grants were announced on Friday, June 20, at the fund’s annual Spring into Summer event.
Since its inception in 1993, the Medina County Community Fund has awarded 177 grants totaling $436,081 to organizations that serve residents of Medina County.
This year, several grants will support free community arts programs and concerts, including a $1,000 grant to the Medina County Arts Council for the 2014 Arts Week Festival. The festival, which will be held the week of July 14, features free afternoon children’s events and evening musical performances in cities throughout Medina County. Other arts-related grants will bring award-winning visual and musical art to Medina County by supporting the 37th Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition and the Jazz Under the Stars free community concert series.
In addition, a $3,000 grant to the Matthew 25 Coalition will support its Transportation Assistance Program, which provides fuel and auto repair vouchers for people in poverty who cannot afford to own or maintain their own vehicle. The program specifically targets residents in rural areas of Medina County who need transportation to their jobs, school or medical appointments.
“Reliable transportation is critical for people in rural areas who are working to support their family,” said Tim Hagerty, the fund’s executive director. “In some cases, it may help a person with $15 a week in food stamps get to the farmers market so they can supplement their nutritional needs. This is the heart of giving a hand up.”
Other grants this year will provide preventative health services for uninsured women; offer grief counseling to bereaved individuals; and provide support groups for victims of domestic violence.
“We’re proud to make grants that enrich the lives of all Medina County residents, from Valley City to Wadsworth and Hinckley to Homerville,” Hagerty said.
The following is a full list of grants awarded in 2014:
Battered Women’s Shelter, for domestic violence support groups in Medina County, $2,000
Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, in which student “backpack journalists” create print, Web and video stories about Medina County initiatives for broadcast by Northeast Ohio media outlets, $3,000
Children’s Center of Medina County, to increase the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse by purchasing educational materials to distribute to families and professionals in Medina County, $1,823
City of Wadsworth, for landscaping surrounding the Boy with the Leaky Boot Statue, which was built in honor of the city’s bicentennial celebration, $1,500
Cornerstone of Hope, for grief counseling and education programs in Medina County, $2,000
Matthew 25 Coalition, to provide fuel and auto repair vouchers to rural residents in poverty who need transportation to their jobs, school or medical appointments, $3,000
Medina County Art League, to host the 37th Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition and bring award-winning art to Medina County, $1,200
Medina County Arts Council Inc., to support free performances and arts programs throughout Medina County as part of the 2014 Arts Week Festival, $1,000
Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall, for renovations to expand and modernize the Veterans Memorial Hall in Medina, $1,500
Medina Health Ministry, to provide free preventative care and health education to uninsured, working women in Medina County, $6,000
Oaks Family Care Center, to support a mediation program that helps couples in crisis resolve parenting and financial conflicts, $3,000
ORMACO Inc., for the Jazz Under the Stars free concert series in Medina’s public square, $1,000
RePlay for Kids, to support toy adaptation workshops in Medina County high schools, where students use STEM skills to adapt toys for local children with disabilities, $2,000
Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, for suicide prevention and depression awareness programs at Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina high schools, $1,500
About the Medina County Community Fund
The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of Akron Community Foundation, serves as a permanent philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to more than $750,000 and awarded more than $436,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.akroncf.org/MCCF.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 59 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of $181 million with a growing family of more than 450 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $114 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.