NEWS & PRESS


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.

 

BCF feature in the Akron Beacon Journal

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 the Barberton Community Foundation was featured on the front page of the Akron Beacon Journal. The article celebrates the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary of Building a Better Barberton, while taking a look ahead at the next 20 years. To view the article in full click here.

TPHW Announces 3rd Quarter Grants

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation 3Q16 grants totaled $54,897. Following this granting cycle, there is $43,775 left for granting in the fourth quarter of 2016. Applications are due by Monday, October 3 to the Barberton Community Foundation offices.

 

Grantee Program Name Grant Amount
Victory Gallop, Inc Victory Gallop 2016-2017 Program Support $7,000
Elves & More of Northeast Ohio 2016 Elves & More of Northeast Ohio Annual Bicycle Giveaway $2,500
Art Sparks Fabulous Fitness $5,000
ACCESS Breaking Barriers Program $8,000
Stewart’s Caring Place Health & Wellness Programs $8,000
Embracing Futures Orthodontic Care Program $15,897
Summit County Farm Bureau Mobile Learning Laboratory Project, Inc. Ag Lab Visits Barberton Elementary Schools $1,500
The Salvation Army, Summit Co. Area Services Learning Zone Behavior Specialist Services $4,000
Lake Anna YMCA/Barberton City School CATCH in Barberton Schools Latchkey Program $3,000

 

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 www.barbertoncf.org/our-foundation/tuscora-park-health-wellness-foundation.