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Tuscora Park Announces Fourth Quarter Grant Partners

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is pleased to announce our fourth quarter grants totaling $32,000 to five area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was awarded $7,500 for the 2020 Barberton Direct Distribution Program. In our region, one in seven individuals and nearly one in five children are food insecure. This distribution program places fresh produce, often the surplus products of Ohio farmers, into the hands of food-insecure families. The Foodbank uses partner agency sites such as the Barberton Salvation Army to reach more people in our community. On average the program serves 141 families with about 19,000 pounds of food every month.

Tuscora Park awarded $10,000 to Family Promise of Summit County’s Family Wellness Initiative. Family Promise assists families facing a housing crisis. Their mission is to help families with children stay together while they achieve sustainable independence. Families receive overnight shelter, transportation, meals, support, and case management services. Funding will provide general program support, as well as support for the purchase of hygiene products, clothing, toiletries, and more.

Girls on the Run received $5,000 for their “Healthy & Confident Barberton Girls” program. Funding will enable girls at Barberton East Elementary, Barberton West Elementary and Barberton Middle School to participate in Girls on the Run, which instills self-confidence and healthy behaviors. Girls on the Run is a national program.

Hattie Larlham’s Barberton Constant Companions Community Program was awarded $5,500. This program allows for adults with disabilities to spend weekdays at a hub for social, educational, volunteer, and recreational activities. Barberton is one of eight “Constant Companion” locations in northeast Ohio. Funding will support program activities, including community trips and outings in Barberton.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign was awarded $4,000. Funding will support the campaign, including fire safety walks to test alarms, install smoke detectors, home fire safety education and community outreach to inspire people to check smoke alarms and practice home evaluations. Funding will also support the “Pillowcase Project” program to kids in grades 3-5 in Barberton City Schools.

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation is a private and independent philanthropic organization. Tuscora Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due January 15, 2020. For those nonprofits interested in applying to Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, please download a grant application from www.barbertoncf.org/our-foundation/tuscora-park-health-wellness-foundation/ or contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact for Barberton Community Foundation, at 330-745-5995. Proposals must promote health and wellness opportunities to the residents of Summit and contiguous counties.

Announcing our Fourth Quarter Grant Partners

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our fourth quarter grants totaling $48,375 to six area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign was awarded $5,000. The campaign seeks to reduce the number of fires and fire-related injuries by educating people about the dangers of home fires, helping them prepare for a fire emergency, ensuring that homes have working smoke alarms, and providing assistance for those affected by a home fire. Foundation funding supports the installation of smoke alarms and hardware, literature, project supplies, and staff time for the “Pillowcase Project” which covers fire safety preparedness for Barberton City Schools students.

A Children’s Makerspace at Barberton Public Library was awarded $875. Makerspaces are places where people can learn, explore, and create with a variety of tools and materials. The Library’s makerspace will focus on providing elementary and middle school age children with a place to explore with art supplies, building materials, and computer programs. Kids will learn problem solving skills, use their imaginations, and work cooperatively.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was awarded $7,500 for the 2020 Barberton Direct Distribution Program. In our region, one in seven individuals and nearly one in five children are food insecure. This distribution program places fresh produce, often the surplus products of Ohio farmers, into the hands of food-insecure families. The Foodbank uses partner agency sites such as the Barberton Salvation Army to reach more people in our community. This grant will also allow for Barberton Area Community Ministries to secure a food program credit for the purchase of food from the Foodbank.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio was awarded $3,500 for the Junior Achievement Barberton City Schools program. Junior Achievement is a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade program that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills in students. The program has engaged 580 students throughout the district with over 2500 contact hours by volunteers.

Magical Theatre Company’s P.A.C.T./Barberton (Performing Arts Can Teach) program was awarded $7,500. We know that engagement in the arts is proven to help students increase test scores, build self -awareness, promote creativity and literacy, and help meet common core standards. This program will provide 1,100 Barberton students (elementary and middle) with a free performance at Magical Theatre Company, including post-show discussions with the actors and technical team. Teachers are given a study guide with lesson plans that connect the classroom with the performance.

Barberton Public Library and Barberton City Schools partnered on an esports project called Expanding Our Horizons. This program was awarded $24,000. Barberton High School currently has an esports team. This grant will allow the school to purchase additional technology for the school team, and allow the Library to establish an esports program open to the general public. Esports is a relatively new program but it has been widely accepted as a team sport that creates an environment of competition, increasing student engagement and skill development. The Barberton esports team is currently competing with other school districts, and college scholarship opportunities for esports are growing.

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 January 2, 2020. For those nonprofits interested in applying to the Foundation, please download a grant application from www.barbertoncf.org or contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and programs must benefit Barberton residents.

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