Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our second quarter grants of 2020 totaling $49,084 to five area nonprofits serving Barberton.
Coleman Professional Services received $20,000 for the Student Success Initiative which assists Barberton Middle and High School students who are struggling with excessive absenteeism or disruptive behavioral challenges at school. The program utilizes a three-prong approach. It recognizes that excessive absenteeism and disruptive school behavior are challenges that have unique origins for every student and that interventions are only effective if they are individualized and catered to the holistic needs of each student. This initiative expands on a successful Truancy Mediation program conducted at the middle school from September 2019 through February 2020.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio received $10,000 for a pilot program at Barberton Elementary West. The program provides after-school enrichment for students by focusing on three key outcome areas: academic success, character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. This program has been offered at the clubs in Akron with notable results including improvements to math and reading levels, attitudes toward school and higher education, likelihood of volunteering, willingness of students to stand up for what they think is right, attitudes toward alcohol and tobacco use, improved eating habits, and physical activity.
The Foundation granted $5,000 to Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center for their Services for Barberton Residents project. Stewart’s Caring Place provides comfort, care, and support, and promotes wellness and healing to anyone impacted by cancer. In 2019, 48 Barberton residents participated 97 times in programs and services including wig fittings, beauty services, integrative care services, legal consultations and support groups.
The Orthodontic Care Program organized by Embracing Futures, Inc. received $5,584 which will fund the full costs of orthodontic care for one child. The program promises that children who complete treatment will receive straight and easy-to-care-for teeth. Embracing Futures Inc. provides care for children with severe orthodontic problems who are growing up in economically disadvantaged families, and who have been turned down by Medicaid.
The Foundation awarded two separate projects for United Way of Summit County. 2-1-1 Information & Referral for Barberton Residents received $3,500. Funding will be used to support operating the 2-1-1 service, responding to at least 3,000 requests, and to secure at least 500 appointments for Barberton residents who are seeking emergency food. The Foundation also awarded $5,000 to Financial Empowerment Services for Barberton Residents. The program will support meaningful client progress in four areas: banking, credit establishment and management, increased savings and debt reduction. It will also give Barberton residents greater access to financial empowerment education and services. Due to COVID-19, anyone requiring services can visit https://www.uwsummit.org/FEC to schedule a phone call or virtual financial coaching.
Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. Proposals are due July 1, 2020 for the next grant cycle. The Foundation asks any grant applicant to first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before submitting their application. More information about the LOI process is available online at www.barbertoncf.org/grants. 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.