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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.

Announcing our Third Quarter Grant Partners

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter grant partners

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our third quarter grants totaling $89,584 to six area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton. Grants were awarded to:

Greenleaf Family Center’s Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program was awarded $3,000. This program provides presentations to middle and high school students, staff, and community members regarding mental health, depression and suicide. Their goal is to reduce stigma, help identify and respond to youth in distress, and teach students a help-seeking process for themselves and peers in need. It is an evidence-based program that has been proven successful.

Embrace Clinic & Care Center’s program “Strong Start: Barberton” was awarded $3,000. The Strong Start program works in collaboration with the Safe Kids program from Akron Children’s Hospital. The program provides material assistance, as well as educational and emotional support to families for the first year of a child’s life. Funding this program allows Barberton families currently on a waiting list to receive support.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. was awarded $15,000 for the expansion of the Barberton Health Clinic. AxessPointe provides dental, medical, behavioral health, and women’s health services to Barberton residents. The expansion will provide additional dental, behavioral health, and medical services, as well as a 340b pharmacy.

Embracing Futures, Inc. received funding for their Orthodontic Care Program totaling $5,584.00. Embracing Futures is a nonprofit organization helping children with severe orthodontic problems. Serving southern Summit County, 95 children received care in 2018. Funding directly supports programming and services.

Child Guidance and Family Solutions received $8,000 to support their Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) program. This grant impacts the Foundation’s educational excellence focus area. The TAPS program provides coaching and professional development for early childhood educators. Educators learn how to incorporate social-emotional skills in the classroom, and how to support children as they learn to process and communicate emotions. The program has been successful in decreasing preschool expulsions. Child Guidance and Family Solutions currently supports four Barberton preschool centers, impacting 200 children and training 30 educators.

Barberton City Schools received $55,000 for playground improvements to provide safety and handicap accessibility at Barberton Preschool. We understand that play is an essential component of learning for young children. Barberton Preschool is a high-quality preschool program that works to get Barberton students ready for kindergarten. This grant provides rubberized flooring for the first phase of the play space.

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 October 1, 2019. 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 must benefit Barberton residents.

Foundation Fund Donates new boat to City of Barberton Fire Department

Barberton Fire Department was able to purchase a new boat thanks to a generous donation from the City of Barberton Safety Services Fund held by Danny Sanchez at Barberton Community Foundation. 

Lt. Mike Beckman said the fire department desperately needed a boat like this. “It’s quick, versatile, and deployable which is important. We can fill it up using the air at the station or off the truck,” he said. The boat is made of a heavy durable material, and has many straps for places to hold onto. When not in use, it collapses to the size of a duffle bag for easy storage on a truck. The boat was built by Phoenix Safety Services in Ohio. 

Lt. Beckman explained that the boat could be used in many instances, such as ice rescue, in the canal, or during a flood. “We have a larger metal boat, but we can’t use that in knee deep water. With this boat, we can walk beside it, or  row it,” he explained. 

During the June floods Lt. Beckman said they received multiple calls for rescue. “In flood situations, a boat like this is handy for multiple rescues as we work down a street. Even in shallow water, you can’t always see where you’re walking. You don’t know where a curb or hole could be. Now we can help elderly or disabled individuals get out of their homes more safely.” 

Lt. Beckman continued, “This boat has made our job a lot easier, so thank you to the Foundation and Danny Sanchez with the Safety Services Fund for making this possible. We really appreciate it.”   

Danny Sanchez, from Casa Del Ranchero, said he had the idea to start a fund because he wanted to give back. “Both the Barberton fire and police have been coming to our place for years. We just really wanted to give back and do something for them.” Danny typically hosts a golf tournament every year to support his fund. “It has done more and grown bigger than I ever thought it would. Everyone wanted to get involved.” 

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge

 

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Announces 2nd Quarter Grants

 

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation 2Q18 grants totaled $41,000.

Grantee Program Name Grant Amount
Info Line Increasing Access to Services for Barberton and Norton Residents Through 2-1-1 $3,000
OPEN M OPEN M Medical Clinic $12,000
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy Farmers’ Market Food Expansion Project $5,000
Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter Vision Care Outreach Program $4,000
Mobile Meals Meals & Supplements for Recipients in Southern Summit County $2,000
United Way of Summit County iC.A.R.E. Mentoring $15,000

The Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation (TPHWF) was created in 1996 via the merger of the original Barberton Citizens Hospital Foundation and the Barberton Citizens Hospital Auxiliary, which had long histories of improving the quality of health care in our area. TPHWF is a private and independent philanthropic organization that provides grants to charitable organizations that share our mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for citizens of Barberton and surrounding communities.

The Barberton Community Foundation has partnered with the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation and is responsible for its administration. For more information visit ww.barbertoncf.org/tphwf.

BCF 2018 – Quarter 2 Grants

Grants Focus on Community Image as Top Priority

Barberton, OH (May 25, 2018) – Barberton Community Foundation (BCF), an organization that has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents, announces its second quarter grants. BCF awarded $81,500 to eight organizations upon its board of directors’ approval at the May 10, 2018 meeting.

Organization Name Focus Area Program Title Strategy Area Amount Received
Barberton City School District Educational Excellence Preschool Expansion – Helping the Youngest Learners Strategic Collaboration $10,000
United Way of Summit County Educational Excellence iC.A.R.E. Mentoring Strategic Collaboration $15,000
Barberton All Sports Boosters Educational Excellence Barberton Synthetic Turf Project Strategic Collaboration $20,000
City of Barberton Beautification Community Image Holiday Display Lights Responsive $2,500
City of Barberton Beautification Community Image 28th Annual Mum Fest Strategic Collaboration $10,000
City of Barberton Community Image Barberton Labor Day BBQ and Music Festival Strategic Collaboration $5,000
Summit Artspace Economic Development/Community Image Permanent External Art Installations Foundation Facilitated $15,000
Barberton Parks & Recreation Community Image Lake Anna Summer Entertainment Series 2018 Responsive $4,000

Press Release -Q2 2018 BCF Grants

BCF 2018 – 1st Quarter Grants

Grants Focus on Economic Development as Top Priority

Barberton, OH (February 26, 2018) – Barberton Community Foundation (BCF), an organization that has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents, announces its first quarter grants. BCF awarded $55,000 to six organizations upon its board of directors’ approval at the February 15, 2018 meeting.

Organization Name

Focus Area

Program Title

Strategy Area

Amount Received

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Educational Excellence

Camp Invention STEM Based Enrichment for Underserved Barberton Youth

Responsive

$2,500

College Now Greater Cleveland

Educational Excellence

Barberton College Access Initiative

Strategic Collaboration

$20,000

Stewarts Caring Place

Social Services

Cancer Support Services for Barberton Individuals and Families

Responsive

$4,500

Barberton Public Library

Social Services

Barberton Library Teen Central Improvement

Responsive

$4,500

BCDC

Economic Development

Business Incubator Funding Scan

Foundation Facilitated

$10,000

City of Barberton

Economic Development

Project Impact and Housing Rehab

Foundation Facilitated

$25,000

Applications for the next quarterly grant cycle are due by April 2, 2018. Additionally, the Foundation’s Small Grant Program accepts applications monthly for grants up to $1,000, due the Last Friday of every month. More information is available at www.barbertoncf.org.

About the Barberton Community Foundation:

The Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents since 1996, through the continual giving power of the original endowment and through funds established by donors with their hearts focused on Barberton.

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BCF 2017-4th Quarter Grants

Barberton, OH (November 20, 2017) – Barberton Community Foundation (BCF), an organization that has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents, announces its fourth quarter grants. BCF awarded $55,393 to four organizations upon its board of directors’ approval at the November 16, 2017 meeting.

Press Release -Q4 2017 BCF Grants

TPHW Announces 1st Quarter Grants

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation 1Q17 grants totaled $25,500.

 

Grantee Program Name Grant Amount
Barberton City School District Helping “Magics” Succeed – offset medications and eyeglasses for Barberton students $4,000.00
American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign – smoke detectors and home fire plans for those in Summit County $2,000.00
IBH Addiction Recovery Center REACH Project – transportation costs for the participants in the REACH Program $2,500.00
OPEN M OPEN M Dental Services $10,000.00
Love An Angel Foundation The Gathering Place – outdoor playground installation $4,000.00
Leadership Akron Barberton Community Leadership Institue (CLI) – programmatic costs $3,000.00

 

The Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation (TPHWF) was created in 1996 via the merger of the original Barberton Citizens Hospital Foundation and the Barberton Citizens Hospital Auxiliary, which had long histories of improving the quality of health care in our area. TPHWF is a private and independent philanthropic organization that provides grants to charitable organizations that share our mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for citizens of Barberton and surrounding communities.

 

The Barberton Community Foundation ​has partnered with the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation and is responsible for its administration. For more information visit ww.barbertoncf.org/tphwf.

BCF Awards 1st Quarter Grants

Grants Address Barberton’s Most Pressing Needs

Barberton, OH (February 24, 2016) – Barberton Community Foundation (BCF), an organization that has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents, announces its first quarter grants. BCF awarded $76,000 to five organizations upon its board of directors’ approval at the February 16, 2017 meeting.

Organization Name Focus Area Program Title Strategy Area Amount Received
College Now Educational Excellence Barberton College Access Initiative Strategic Collaboration $55,000
The National Inventors Hall of Fame Educational Excellence Camp Invention STEM Based Enrichment for Underserved Barberton Youth Responsive $3,000
Barberton Parks Community Image Lake Anna Summer Entertainment Series 2017 Responsive $4,000
Barberton Parks Community Image Canadian Geese Control Strategic Collaboration $6,000
Stewarts Caring Place Social Services Cancer Support Services for Barberton individuals and families on their cancer journey Responsive $5,000
Leadership Akron Economic Development Barberton Community Leadership Institute Strategic Collaboration $3,000

 

Applications for the next quarterly grant cycle are due by April 3rd, 2017. Additionally, the Foundation’s Small Grant Program accepts applications monthly for grants up to $1,000, due the Last Friday of every month. More information is available at www.barbertoncf.org.

About the Barberton Community Foundation:

The Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents since 1996, through the continual giving power of the original endowment and through funds established by donors with their hearts focused on Barberton.