Barberton Community Foundation Announces Fourth Quarter Grants, New Board and Friends

Barberton Community Foundation’s Board of Directors met via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, to approve $89,224 in grants to 10 area nonprofits, to thank outgoing board members, to induct new board members, welcome the newest friends of the Foundation, and to approve the 2021 budget.

The City of Barberton was awarded $20,000 in matching funds for the Newton Park Improvement Project. Funding will be used to provide matching support for the Land and Water Conservation grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The finished project will include significant improvements to Newton Park for storm water management, as well as a playground, soccer complex, walking trail, lighting, and parking.

The Foundation granted $15,000 to Red Oak Behavioral Health to support the Barberton Community Wellness Collaborative. This Collaborative consists of seven community behavioral health agencies which are working together to support student needs at Barberton Schools. The Collaborative’s goal is to treat the needs of the whole child (pre-K – 12th grade students) and set them up for success.

Barberton Victim Advocacy Program received $15,000 to continue the services of a victim advocate at Barberton Municipal Court. The program is run by Victim Assistance Program, Inc. which provides support and safety to victims of crime, while informing them of their rights and guiding them through legal processes.

The Barberton Farmers’ Market Food Access Expansion program provided through Countryside received $9,500 in funding. The program provides tokens or vouchers to SNAP and WIC recipients which can be used to make purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables at Barberton Farmers’ Market.

The Foundation granted Child Guidance & Family Solutions $8,500 for their Toddlers & Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) Program. This program helps preschool teachers in childcare centers recognize and appropriately manage challenging child behaviors in the classroom, with the goal of reducing/eliminating expulsion from preschool. 

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was awarded $7,500 for their 2021 Barberton Food Distribution efforts. Funding will support the direct distribution program of the Foodbank which is carried out by the Barberton Salvation Army, as well as a Foodbank food credit to Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM).

The Foundation granted $7,500 to Magical Theatre Company for the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Video Project. This project builds on Magical’s partnership with Barberton City Schools by providing a series of videos for the elementary and middle schools, focusing on anti-bullying and the “three R’s” (respectful, responsible, and ready).  

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio received $2,500 to support their programming at Barberton Elementary West, Barberton Elementary East, and Barberton Middle School. GOTR has prepared programs for virtual participation that continue to promote their core mission of supporting healthy lifestyles in girls.

Barberton Girl Scouts, through Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, was awarded $2,000. Funding will be used to assist families in Barberton who cannot afford the participation fee. There are 20 Girl Scout Troops in Barberton with 187 girls currently participating.

The American Red Cross of Greater Akron/Mahoning Valley received $1,724 for their Disaster Cycle Services. This program supports emergency disaster funding for families in Barberton.

The Foundation then approved the 2021 budget and concluded the meeting by inducting three new members to the Board of Directors.

The Foundation thanked Edna Boyle and Tina Linton for their service to the board. Edna has served on the Board of Directors since 2012 and Tina since 2013. Both have been instrumental on the Grants Committee and have provided valuable guidance over their terms.

The Foundation holds a 15-member board, with several members approved through Barberton City Council. With the transition of Michael Vinay away from the City, the Foundation approved Trevor Hunt to a board position with approval of City Council. The Foundation also welcomed Moriah Cheatham-Williams and Elizabeth Mayreis to three-year terms.

The Board approved Josh Gordon as Board Chair, Jason Slater as Vice Chair, Lynne Holcomb as Treasurer, and Jennifer Bidlingmyer as Secretary.

The Foundation would like to formally welcome the newest Friends of the Foundation: Joyce Coburn, Stuart Glauberman, Robert McDonald, Judge Todd McKenney, Denise Ratchford, Christopher Richardson, Bob Ryan, David Wynn, Susan Wynn, and Dustin Zuravel. They join current friends: Edna Boyle, Michael Chisnell, Mary Jo Goss, Tom Harnden, Paula Kallio, Kathy Maybin, and Melanie Vinay.

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