Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded 31 grants totaling $43,750 to children’s programs throughout Greater Akron. The community foundation’s board of directors ratified the grants at its Dec. 7 meeting, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking to more than $750,000.
A partnership of the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com and Akron Community Foundation, the Millennium Fund for Children began in 1999 when local residents donated their last hour’s pay of the millennium to support children’s causes in the next century and beyond.
Since then, thanks to gifts of all kinds and sizes, the endowment has grown to more than $1 million and awarded over 500 grants to programs that meet children’s basic needs, teach important life skills, enrich students’ lives through visual and performing arts, and much more. Grants support children’s programs throughout the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com’s audience coverage area, which includes Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, Wayne and Cuyahoga counties.
The fund continues to seek gifts both large and small from individual residents and corporations alike. “No matter the size, every gift to the Millennium Fund for Children impacts the lives of children in our community for years to come,” said Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr.
To donate to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit www.akroncf.org/give/millennium or text Millennium to 41444. Or, for information about making gifts of real estate, appreciated securities, retirement assets or life insurance, call Akron Community Foundation at 330-376-8522.
The following grants were awarded from the fund this year:
ACCESS, to provide meals, clothing, health assessments and academic support for children living at the shelter, $2,000
Akron Children’s Museum, to provide free tickets to the museum for disadvantaged children in Greater Akron, $1,000
Battered Women’s Shelter, to support enrichment activities for children living at the shelter, $2,000
Birthcare of Medina County, to provide diapers for infants and toddlers in need, $500
Bright Star Books, to provide books for young children who receive services from Summit County WIC clinics, $1,000
CASA Board Volunteer Association, to provide warm winter pajamas for abused and neglected children in foster care, $2,000
Child Guidance & Family Solutions, to provide trauma counseling for Bhutanese refugee students at Jennings Community Learning Center, $1,000
Children’s Concert Society of Akron, to support scholarships for live concert performances at the Akron Civic Theatre for Akron Public Schools students, $500
Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide essential newborn items and child safety literature to mothers of at-risk babies, $1,000
Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to celebrate students’ achievements in the agency’s ballroom dance residency program at the annual Colors of the Rainbow Team Match event, $1,500
Dreams Academy, for an eight-week mentoring program for African-American males ages 7 to 15 that teaches problem solving, etiquette, academic, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, $2,000
Family Promise of Summit County, to purchase linens, toiletries and diapers for homeless babies and children, $2,000
First Congregational Church of Akron, for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Program at Mason Community Learning Center, which provides students in need with healthy food for the weekend, $1,500
GASP: Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, to support child safety activities, including child identification kits, community outreach programs and educational materials, $1,000
Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to provide running apparel and supplies for girls in need so they can train for the program’s signature 5k event, $1,000
Good Neighbors, to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to children in need, $2,000
Good Samaritan Hunger Center, to distribute food to children at Findley Community Learning Center, $1,000
The Illusion Factory, to support free children’s theater performances for Akron Public Schools students, $1,250
Limitless Ambition, to provide Summit County girls in foster care with Dream Kits, an educational curriculum that increases self-esteem, promotes academic achievement, and cultivates leadership skills, $1,000
Medina Community Police Activity League, to support after-school field trips that foster positive relationships between police officers and students in Medina County, $1,000
OPEN M, to provide gifts, school supplies and food to children in need during the holiday season, $1,000
Proyecto Raices, to provide transportation for students in the Proyecto Raices program, which provides a safe space for Hispanic children in Greater Akron to celebrate their culture while engaging in educational and artistic activities, $2,000
Rape Crisis Center, for the Heroes 4 Hope program, which helps prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships, $2,000
RePlay for Kids, to support a workshop where volunteers in Summit County can learn how to adapt toys for children with disabilities, $1,000
Ronald McDonald House Akron, to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital, $2,000
South Street Ministries, to support an after-school enrichment program for elementary school students in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $2,000
Stewart’s Caring Place, to purchase craft supplies, toys and books for the Kids Room, a place where children affected by cancer can relax, play and learn coping skills, $1,500
Victim Assistance Program, for the “Kids Need a Firm Foundation” picnic for children who have witnessed or been victims of violence, $1,000
Victory Gallop, to support an eight-week winter fitness program for children with special needs to increase their agility and promote healthy behaviors, $1,000
Weathervane Community Playhouse, to provide theater class scholarships for children from low-income families, $2,000
The Well Community Development Corporation, to support a one-on-one mentoring program for fourth-grade students at Mason Community Learning Center, $2,000
The Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment that was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. It supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com’s audience coverage area. Its mission is to make grants where even a small amount can make a difference. Since its establishment, the Millennium Fund has grown to over $1 million and awarded more than $750,000 in grants. During the 2017 campaign season, contributions totaling $31,683.16 from nearly 200 generous donors added to the fund. For more information, or to contribute to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit www.akroncf.org/Millennium, text Millennium to 41444, or call 330-376-8522.