COVID-19 Small Business Loan Partnership and Expansion of Emergency Response Fund

Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors votes to create the Barberton Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund and provide further funding to the Emergency Response Fund

On Monday, March 30, the Board of Directors of Barberton Community Foundation held an emergency meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Barberton and the role of the Foundation during this difficult time.

In response to the pressure COVID-19 has placed on our community’s small businesses, the Foundation board voted to create the Barberton Small Business Emergency Loan Fund, in partnership with the Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC) and the City of Barberton. The fund will be administered by BCDC and will be available to Barberton small businesses who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scott Wagner, Executive Director of Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC) said, “This decision exemplifies how important it is for the Foundation, the City, and BCDC to work together. We’ve achieved a real strategy to help our small businesses weather this crisis.”

The Barberton Small Business Emergency Loan Fund will provide $200,000 to loan to small businesses. BCDC will oversee this fund, which will provide a maximum loan amount will be $10,000 per business. Loans will be offered at 0% interest and will provide short-term (1-3 year) payment terms. Additionally, payments will be deferred for 60 days. To be eligible, a small business must be a for-profit enterprise with its principal place of business located in the City of Barberton. The business must employ a minimum of three and a maximum of twenty-five individuals for at least twenty hours per week. Businesses must demonstrate a financial need and desire to continue operations by first applying for a U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or another SBA loan program established to support small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional guidelines are available. Additionally, the business must not be in receivership or bankruptcy and cannot primarily sell tobacco products. The loan proceeds also cannot be used for vehicle or equipment lease or rental payments for personal property acquired on or prior to March 15, 2020.

Mayor William Judge stated, “I am pleased we are able to administer a useful and needed program that can have a quick turn-around for the business community. We’re here to help in any capacity needed.”

Barberton Community Foundation Board Chair Denny Liddle said he is proud of the Foundation’s ability to quickly respond. “The Barberton Community Foundation strives to position itself as a community leader, and we are proud of our quick response to COVID-19. Today we were able to build on that response and expand our commitment to the community by making funds available to BCDC and in partnership with the City of Barberton. I want to thank our board members for recognizing the need in our community and for pursuing a plan that puts us ahead of this crisis.”

Barberton small businesses can apply for this Emergency Loan Fund, along with SBA loans and the new Summit County Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program to help provide continued working capital during the pandemic. For more information on this program, please contact Scott Wagner, Executive Director of Barberton Community Development Corporation ( or Brett Fogle, Director of Finance of the Barberton Community Foundation (

Additionally, during the emergency meeting the Foundation board voted to approve funding of an additional $50,000 from the Foundation’s Reserve Fund to the Foundation’s new Emergency Response Fund that was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Fund was created to provide financial assistance to nonprofits responding to the broader social impact of COVID-19 in Barberton. To date, this fund has distributed over $11,000 to nonprofits working in our community thanks to the donations of private individuals and organizations.

Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen said, “Today’s decision shows the commitment of our board to Barberton’s successful future. I’m encouraged by the creativity and willingness of our community leaders to think and respond quickly to the needs of the community.”

The emergency fund is something board member Tina Linton is particularly proud to see. She said, “Community members immediately looked to the Foundation in concern for our children when schools closed earlier this month. It quickly became clear there were also other related community needs as well. The Foundation stepped up to collaborate with the schools, the City, food banks, and donors.”

Allen said the community has already showed their resiliency by giving to the fund. “I want to thank the individuals and businesses that have already donated to the emergency fund. In this time of uncertainty, choosing to donate is a powerful decision and makes a direct impact.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the Emergency Response Fund should visit the Foundation’s website at or call 330-745-5995. To donate directly online follow this link:

If you are a nonprofit organization working to provide emergency food to insecure families, working in community health, or are providing additional services needed to alleviate hardships suffered by Barberton residents please contact Suzanne Allen, Executive Director ( or Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact (

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Youth Philanthropy Announces Grants

Youth Philanthropy is a Barberton High School student committee organized in partnership with Barberton Community Foundation. Every year, participating students award grants to nonprofits benefiting Barberton. Students work together as a grants committee, review grant proposals, develop questions for and interview grant applicants, then make grant award decisions. Youth Philanthropy receives $5,000 from Barberton Community Foundation each year for grant making.  Students selected six nonprofit organizations to receive funding.

Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM) received $1,470 for their program called Operation Reducing Senior Food Insecurities, which provides home delivered meals to seniors living in 44203 zip code.

Engineering the Future, a program at Barberton Elementary East, received $939.08 to purchase STEM enrichment carts for classroom use.

Soap Box Derby Club at Barberton High School received $938.33 to support food and transportation costs, and award plaques for students attending the Soap Box Derby Championship ceremony.

Students also funded Embrace Clinic & Care Center’s Safety First, Barberton Car Seats program for $705.06. This program provides convertible car seats to families in need.

Barberton Public Library received $539.98 for their program called VR for All @ Barberton Public Library. This grant funds the purchase of one virtual reality headset and case to be use by library patrons.

Students granted $407.55 to Ski Club at Barberton City Schools for transportation costs.

For their final meeting, students met on March 11 for a service day at BACM to pack 160 bags full of nonperishable food items for Operation Reducing Senior Food Insecurities.

2020 Youth Philanthropy Students

Students pack bags of food for distribution at BACM

Barberton Community Foundation Announces 2020 First Quarter Grants

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our first quarter grants of 2020 totaling $27,192 to five area nonprofits serving Barberton.

Battered Women’s Shelter received $8,192 to fund the Barberton Domestic Violence Support Groups. The Battered Women’s Shelter leads the area in the prevention of domestic abuse by providing emergency shelter, advocacy, and education in an effort to break the cycle of abuse and promote peace in every family. Foundation funding supports three Barberton support groups throughout the year.

Victim Assistance Program, Inc. received $6,000 for their Barberton Victim Advocacy Program. Funding allows for a dedicated victim advocate at the Barberton courthouse to serve victims of crime and trauma. In 2019, the program served 240 residents. Victim Assistance provides crisis intervention, accompanies victims to court, and assists in safety planning.

The Foundation granted $5,000 to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. for their Camp Invention STEM Based Enrichment for Underserved Barberton Youth program. Camp Invention is a summer enrichment program for children grades K-6. Funding allows 22 underserved children to attended the camp. Students learn creative problem-solving, work readiness skills, and team building.

The Summit Bike Share, organized by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, received $4,000 for the replacement, maintenance, storage, and equipment needs of the bicycles. Approximately 150 people used the bikes in Barberton last year.

The Foundation granted $4,000 to the International Soap Box Derby for their Soap Box Derby STEM Education Initiative. This grant will allow 350 Barberton students to participate in hands-on Soap Box Derby STEM activities.

Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. Proposals are due April 1, 2020 for the next grant cycle. If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Foundation, contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and programs must benefit Barberton residents.

Tuscora Park Foundation announces Christine Elaine Weigand RN Memorial Scholarship

Christine Weigand

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is proud to announce a new scholarship available this spring: the Christine Elaine Weigand RN Memorial Scholarship.

Robert Weigand started the scholarship, housed at TPHWF, to honor his wife’s legacy as a nurse and caregiver.

Christine’s nursing career is best defined by the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”

Indeed, Christine succeeded. She had always dreamed of being a caregiver for others and through her career as a registered nurse, she would realize this dream, “going the extra mile” for patients and touching the hearts of many.

Christine endured many personal health challenges, including juvenile diabetes and receiving a Life Banc kidney and pancreas transplant in 2006. Despite these challenges, she was an extraordinary clinician. She spent 30 years as an RN working as a charge nurse, preceptor for new RN employees, and as a care manager on the 5100 unit and in the emergency room at Akron General Medical Center (now Cleveland Clinic Akron General).

She was active in NAON (National Association of Orthopedic Nurses) and was honored with an Excellence in Nursing award during Nurses Week in 2002. She actively participated in Life Banc and Meals on Wheels.

The Christine Elaine Weigand RN Memorial Scholarship is meant to help future nurses overcome obstacles and to achieve their dreams. It provides one $2,000 scholarship each school year to a student in an accredited nursing program, who is a graduate of Barberton, Copley, Norton, Wadsworth, Rittman, Chippewa, Kenmore-Garfield, Coventry, Manchester, Northwest, or Green High School.

Robert Weigand hopes recipients will “go the extra mile” just as Christine did. He said, “If everyone went the ‘extra mile’ today, what a wonderful world we would live in.”

For a scholarship application, go online to and click on the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation’s page, or call 330-745-5995.

To make a donation to the scholarship, call 330-745-5995 or mail a check to Barberton Community Foundation at 460 W. Paige Ave. Barberton, OH 44203 make the check payable to the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, in the memo specify the donation is made to the Christine Weigand Memorial Scholarship.


New Emergency Response Fund

Barberton Community Foundation has established an Emergency Response Fund to provide financial assistance to nonprofits responding to the broader social impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
After Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement yesterday that all schools will close for three weeks, our community is asking an important question: how do we feed our children?

Many organizations are working to answer that question, including Barberton City Schools, where 77% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Superintendent Jeff Ramnytz stated that the schools will be organizing food drops at bus stops for families, and other organizations and businesses in town are stepping up as well.

“Barberton is made of resilient people who take care of their neighbors,” said Denny Liddle, Barberton Community Foundation’s board chair. “I am so proud and relieved that our city has an organization like the foundation that can respond quickly to meet our community where they are.”

How can you help? Click here to donate now.

If you are a nonprofit organization working to provide emergency food to insecure families, working in community health, or you are providing additional services needed to alleviate hardships suffered by Barberton residents, please reach out to us. Call us at (330)745-5995 or visit us at 460 W. Paige Ave. Or email our executive director Dr. Suzanne Allen, at

Tuscora Park Announces First Grants of 2020

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is pleased to announce the first grant awards of 2020. The Foundation granted a total of $44,362 to 11 area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton.
Organizations include: The Ben Curtis Family Foundation, Lake Anna YMCA, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center, Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, Battered Women’s Shelter, Barberton Middle School, Ohio Guidestone, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, Prevent Blindness (Northeast Ohio Chapter), and Embrace Clinic & Care Center.

Ben Curtis Family Foundation’s Birdie Bag program received a $10,000 grant to purchase food and to cover truck expenses. The Ben Curtis Family Foundation focuses on fighting food insecurity by providing children with food over long weekends. Birdie Bags consist of nine meals including snacks and toiletry items. The Barberton program currently provides 1,100 students with food each month.

Lake Anna YMCA received $5,000 for the continuation of their CATCH in Barberton Schools Latchkey Afterschool program. Proven to prevent childhood obesity, the Coordinated Approach to Child Heath (CATCH) is run at both elementary schools for kids in the afterschool latchkey program. The program includes an onsite food demonstration program. A copy of the recipe, produce used in the recipe, and healthy tips are sent home with each child.

Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy received $5,000 for their Farmers’ Market Food Access Expansion Project. This grant supports staffing at the Anna Dean Farmer’s Market to provide services, operate programs, and increase outreach for healthy food programs including SNAP and WIC. Barberton’s market was the highest performing for use of these healthy food programs.

The Cancer Health & Wellness Program at Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center received $5,000 to support programming needs. Stewart’s provides cancer support services to ensure access to care for those on a cancer journey. SCP served 1,700 people in 2019, and expect increased participation this year.

Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry has a mission to engage with formerly incarcerated men and women and to aid in their successful transition to the community. The Broken Chains Ministry Workforce Development & Lydia’s Home Recovery Program received $5,000 to support the purchase of a new van for use by the Lydia’s Home Recovery Program. Lydia’s Home is a six-bed opiate residential recovery program for women. It provides broad-based, structured recovery with a holistic continuum of care, including aftercare following graduation from the program.

Battered Women’s Shelter received $3,600 for their Child Safety Restraint Program. The program purchases car seats for domestic violence victims who are residing at the Battered Women’s Shelter and who are in need of safety seats for their children.

The “Calm to Avoid the Storm” project from Barberton Middle School received a grant for $3,326.11 to outfit a sensory room with equipment for students with special needs. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition in which a student is overwhelmed by daily activities. This project presents a solution by providing training for staff and creating a sensory room for students.

TPHWF granted Ohio Guidestone $3,000 to support their Summit County Barrier Busters Program. This program provides support for people in recovery with emergency financial needs. Ohio Guidestone is a behavioral health organization operating in 30+ Ohio counties. They provide substance abuse treatment and prevention, mental health interventions, child and family counseling, workforce development, and foster care.

TPHWF granted Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition $2,000 for the Summit Bike Share program. In 2019, a total of 450 people used the Summit Bike Share program, with nearly half of users in Barberton, Summit Lake, and Kenmore. Funding supports replacing bikes and bike maintenance at the sites. Bicycles are available from May 1 to November 15.

Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter received $1,200 for their Vision Care Outreach Program. Funding supports the staffing, education, training, supplies, and equipment to build and maintain a voluntary system of vision care. The program focuses on providing services to uninsured or medically disadvantaged children, adults and seniors.

TPHWF granted Embrace Clinic & Care Center $1,200 to purchase supplies for their Steadfast Fathers Educational Program. This program is a men’s group for local fathers and provides tools for creating good relationships with their children and others. The group meets weekly for six weeks, and teaches principles from the book Steadfast Fathers.

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation is a private and independent philanthropic organization and awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due April 15, 2020. For those nonprofits interested in applying to Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, please download a grant application from 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.

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