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.