Announcing our Third Quarter Grant Partners

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter grant partners

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our third quarter grants totaling $89,584 to six area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton. Grants were awarded to:

Greenleaf Family Center’s Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program was awarded $3,000. This program provides presentations to middle and high school students, staff, and community members regarding mental health, depression and suicide. Their goal is to reduce stigma, help identify and respond to youth in distress, and teach students a help-seeking process for themselves and peers in need. It is an evidence-based program that has been proven successful.

Embrace Clinic & Care Center’s program “Strong Start: Barberton” was awarded $3,000. The Strong Start program works in collaboration with the Safe Kids program from Akron Children’s Hospital. The program provides material assistance, as well as educational and emotional support to families for the first year of a child’s life. Funding this program allows Barberton families currently on a waiting list to receive support.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. was awarded $15,000 for the expansion of the Barberton Health Clinic. AxessPointe provides dental, medical, behavioral health, and women’s health services to Barberton residents. The expansion will provide additional dental, behavioral health, and medical services, as well as a 340b pharmacy.

Embracing Futures, Inc. received funding for their Orthodontic Care Program totaling $5,584.00. Embracing Futures is a nonprofit organization helping children with severe orthodontic problems. Serving southern Summit County, 95 children received care in 2018. Funding directly supports programming and services.

Child Guidance and Family Solutions received $8,000 to support their Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) program. This grant impacts the Foundation’s educational excellence focus area. The TAPS program provides coaching and professional development for early childhood educators. Educators learn how to incorporate social-emotional skills in the classroom, and how to support children as they learn to process and communicate emotions. The program has been successful in decreasing preschool expulsions. Child Guidance and Family Solutions currently supports four Barberton preschool centers, impacting 200 children and training 30 educators.

Barberton City Schools received $55,000 for playground improvements to provide safety and handicap accessibility at Barberton Preschool. We understand that play is an essential component of learning for young children. Barberton Preschool is a high-quality preschool program that works to get Barberton students ready for kindergarten. This grant provides rubberized flooring for the first phase of the play space.

Barberton Community Foundation partners with community stakeholders, donors, and charitable organizations to improve the quality of life for Barberton residents by maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions. Our mission is to strengthen the Barberton community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good.

Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due October 1, 2019. For those nonprofits interested in applying to the Foundation, please download a grant application from or contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and must benefit Barberton residents.

Foundation Fund Donates new boat to City of Barberton Fire Department

Barberton Fire Department was able to purchase a new boat thanks to a generous donation from the City of Barberton Safety Services Fund held by Danny Sanchez at Barberton Community Foundation. 

Lt. Mike Beckman said the fire department desperately needed a boat like this. “It’s quick, versatile, and deployable which is important. We can fill it up using the air at the station or off the truck,” he said. The boat is made of a heavy durable material, and has many straps for places to hold onto. When not in use, it collapses to the size of a duffle bag for easy storage on a truck. The boat was built by Phoenix Safety Services in Ohio. 

Lt. Beckman explained that the boat could be used in many instances, such as ice rescue, in the canal, or during a flood. “We have a larger metal boat, but we can’t use that in knee deep water. With this boat, we can walk beside it, or  row it,” he explained. 

During the June floods Lt. Beckman said they received multiple calls for rescue. “In flood situations, a boat like this is handy for multiple rescues as we work down a street. Even in shallow water, you can’t always see where you’re walking. You don’t know where a curb or hole could be. Now we can help elderly or disabled individuals get out of their homes more safely.” 

Lt. Beckman continued, “This boat has made our job a lot easier, so thank you to the Foundation and Danny Sanchez with the Safety Services Fund for making this possible. We really appreciate it.”   

Danny Sanchez, from Casa Del Ranchero, said he had the idea to start a fund because he wanted to give back. “Both the Barberton fire and police have been coming to our place for years. We just really wanted to give back and do something for them.” Danny typically hosts a golf tournament every year to support his fund. “It has done more and grown bigger than I ever thought it would. Everyone wanted to get involved.” 

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge


Tuscora Park Foundation Awards Nursing Scholarships

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation hosted their annual Nursing Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Summa Health System, Barberton on Monday, August 19, 2019. Six students were awarded a total of $22,000 from the Foundation. Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is proud to invest in the education of future nurses and in projects that promote health and wellness in our community.

The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the students, recognize their families, and meet the Foundation’s board of governors and scholarship committee members.

Dr. Douglas A. Gormley, chair of the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, said, “It was really a pleasure interviewing the students. As a whole this is the best group of students that we’ve had. We were really impressed.”  Dr. Gormley announced each recipient and presented them with their certificate.

Renee Andrews received the Kovalchin Memorial Scholarship. Renee is a Junior in Ohio University’s nursing program. She is studying to become a registered nurse. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner, and would like to work with children.

Madeline Gay received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. She is beginning her freshman year at Malone University and is studying to become a registered nurse. She said she has always liked helping people, and hopes she can help people each day as a nurse.

Heidi Hartzler received the Carol A. Storad Nursing Excellence Scholarship. She is attending the University of Akron, and this will be her first year in the nursing program. She is a graduate of Barberton High School’s Career and Technical Advancement to Nursing program, which she said gave her a lot of valuable opportunities and experiences, and has prepared her for her degree.

Tyler Mitchell received the Scholarship in Memory of Emma Rist, RN. Tyler is going to be a freshman at the University of Akron in the fall. When he was 12 years old he knew he wanted to be a nurse, and would like to work in the ER.

Kaylyn Patterson received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. This fall is her final semester at Ashland University, and she is also working as a nurse technician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She is working in the acute cardiology department now, and would like to move into trauma once she has more experience.

Jillian Semonin received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. She expects to graduate from the University of Akron in May, 2020. She is currently working at Cleveland Clinic Akron General with their medical/surgical team. She would like to work with the intensive care unit once she graduates.

Four students, Jillian, Kaylyn, Heidi, and Tyler all attended Barberton High School’s Career and Technical Advancement to Nursing program. The program aims to prepare students for careers in nursing, by giving them hands-on experience. Barberton teachers Cindy Boswell and Debbie Ritz were present to congratulate their students.

Barberton Community Foundation is the administrator for Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation. From everyone at Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park, we say, “Congratulations students!”

(L-R) Dr. Douglas A. Gormley, Kaylyn Patterson, Heidi Hartzler, Mary Jo Goss, Jillian Semonin, Diana Stevenson, Renee Andrews, Tyler Mitchell, Mike Moldvay, Madeline Gay

Foundation Fund Supports Flood Victims

Although the waters have receded, there are families in Barberton who are still recovering from the flooding in June. Barberton Community Foundation has been able to support recovery efforts through a fund called the City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund.

We are partnering with area agencies, including Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM) to provide meals, and Neighborhood Conservation Services (NCS) to replace basement utilities such as furnaces and hot water tanks.

Partnership is a key word at the Foundation for good reason: our work is reflected in the success of the nonprofit organizations we support. BACM provided over 20,000 meals to families in June and July.

Discussing their service, Dorothy Somerville, Executive Director of BACM said, “The need really is that great.” Many families impacted by the flooding utilized BACM, and their food stores were depleted. The Foundation donated $5,000 to BACM to help replenish their supply. “Already we have purchased 30 cases of canned corn, 600 lbs. of meat, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit, 90 dozen eggs. We’re just getting started replenishing our stores,” said Dorothy.

NCS, the second organization to receive support from the Foundation’s fund, is working to help families replace household mechanical systems affected by the flooding. “We’re really excited to be partnering with the Foundation to help residents meet their health and safety needs,” said Charles Drubel, Executive Director of NCS. “This funding will help us provide emergency repairs to HVAC, hot water tanks, or electrical systems that were affected by flooding in June.” Examples of services which NCS has provided include: replacing the furnace of a senior gentleman who had over five feet of water in his basement, and replacing the hot water tank for a family living on the South side with two young children.

Donations for the City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund continue to be received from the community, individuals, and organizations. At the end of June, M and M Taphouse held a flood relief fundraiser, giving almost $2,000 to the fund. A woman from Florida with ties to Barberton donated online. Burton D. Morgan Foundation based in Hudson granted $10,000 to the fund.

“Thanks to our donors, the disaster relief fund is able to accomplish what it was meant to do: provide relief to Barberton families,” said Dr. Suzanne Allen, Executive Director of Barberton Community Foundation. “I want to personally thank everyone for their donation, and for their trust.” The City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund was established by Mayor Bill Judge in 2013.

Anyone interested in donating to the disaster relief fund can go online to the Foundation’s website at or call us at 330-745-5995. If you are interested in donating directly to BACM’s food pantry, please call 330-745-3693.

(L-R) Dorothy Somerville and Dr. Suzanne Allen

M and M’s Taphouse hosted a benefit for flood relief. Proceeds were donated to the disaster relief fund.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation awarded a generous grant to the disaster relief fund.



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