NEWS & PRESS


Foundation Fund Supports Flood Victims

Although the waters have receded, there are families in Barberton who are still recovering from the flooding in June. Barberton Community Foundation has been able to support recovery efforts through a fund called the City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund.

We are partnering with area agencies, including Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM) to provide meals, and Neighborhood Conservation Services (NCS) to replace basement utilities such as furnaces and hot water tanks.

Partnership is a key word at the Foundation for good reason: our work is reflected in the success of the nonprofit organizations we support. BACM provided over 20,000 meals to families in June and July.

Discussing their service, Dorothy Somerville, Executive Director of BACM said, “The need really is that great.” Many families impacted by the flooding utilized BACM, and their food stores were depleted. The Foundation donated $5,000 to BACM to help replenish their supply. “Already we have purchased 30 cases of canned corn, 600 lbs. of meat, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit, 90 dozen eggs. We’re just getting started replenishing our stores,” said Dorothy.

NCS, the second organization to receive support from the Foundation’s fund, is working to help families replace household mechanical systems affected by the flooding. “We’re really excited to be partnering with the Foundation to help residents meet their health and safety needs,” said Charles Drubel, Executive Director of NCS. “This funding will help us provide emergency repairs to HVAC, hot water tanks, or electrical systems that were affected by flooding in June.” Examples of services which NCS has provided include: replacing the furnace of a senior gentleman who had over five feet of water in his basement, and replacing the hot water tank for a family living on the South side with two young children.

Donations for the City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund continue to be received from the community, individuals, and organizations. At the end of June, M and M Taphouse held a flood relief fundraiser, giving almost $2,000 to the fund. A woman from Florida with ties to Barberton donated online. Burton D. Morgan Foundation based in Hudson granted $10,000 to the fund.

“Thanks to our donors, the disaster relief fund is able to accomplish what it was meant to do: provide relief to Barberton families,” said Dr. Suzanne Allen, Executive Director of Barberton Community Foundation. “I want to personally thank everyone for their donation, and for their trust.” The City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund was established by Mayor Bill Judge in 2013.

Anyone interested in donating to the disaster relief fund can go online to the Foundation’s website at www.barbertoncf.org or call us at 330-745-5995. If you are interested in donating directly to BACM’s food pantry, please call 330-745-3693.

(L-R) Dorothy Somerville and Dr. Suzanne Allen

M and M’s Taphouse hosted a benefit for flood relief. Proceeds were donated to the disaster relief fund.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation awarded a generous grant to the disaster relief fund.

 

 

Barberton Community Foundation Announces New Director of Community Impact

Barberton Community Foundation welcomes Carrie Herman as the new Director of Community Impact.

Carrie will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. She will also be responsible for advancing initiatives for the Foundation’s mission, building relationships with community stakeholders, and working to identify community engagement opportunities that will lead to positive and lasting change.

“We are so happy to welcome Carrie to Barberton Community Foundation and to introduce her to the community,” said Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen. “She will be working closely with our nonprofits and donors to help us Build a Better Barberton.”

Carrie has over 30 years of experience in the social services sector and has successfully served as a leader and convener in Akron area organizations. Professionally, she was the executive director of Women’s Network for 13 years, coordinating and collaborating on economic development, as well as strategic issues and opportunities. Most recently, she has served for 19 years as the Business Development Group Manager for United Disability Services (UDS) in Akron, creating and implementing UDS’s social enterprises, as well as partnering with internal and external stakeholders to further the mission of the organization.

Carrie is one of the co-founders of the Women’s’ Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation and has spent 14 years on the grants committee.  Her volunteer work extends to Akron ATHENA’s Board of Trustees and Master Gardeners of Summit County.  Past volunteer commitments include Friends of Main Library Board of Trustees for the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Ohio Women’s’ Business Resource Network, where she served as treasurer.  Carrie was named one of YWCA’s 100 Women of Distinction, one of the 500 Most Influential Women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live Magazine, and was the Women’s History Project Woman of the Year in 2006.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and gardening, for which she has earned the designation of Master Gardener.

The City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund

When a disaster strikes, we all feel the impact and look for ways to offer help. Barberton Community Foundation stands ready to connect donors with our neighbors in need. The City of Barberton’s Disaster Relief Fund at Barberton Community Foundation was started to help victims of the 2013 flood and is ready to support nonprofits with programs that help flood victims in our community today.

All funds raised for the City of Barberton’s Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local individuals and communities in the impacted areas of Barberton.

 

How to give:

DONATE ONLINE

Checks can be mailed to Barberton Community Foundation at 460 West Paige Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203 and please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief.” If you need assistance with your donation, please call 330-745-5995. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you!

BCF Hires Director of Marketing

Kate DeAngelis joins Barberton Community Foundation

 

(July 1, 2019, Barberton, Ohio) – Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kate DeAngelis as the new Director of Marketing. Kate will be responsible for coordinating marketing initiatives, maintaining key community relationships, and communicating the overall mission of the foundation.

“We are excited to welcome Kate to the Barberton Community Foundation,” said Executive Director Suzanne Allen. “Her background with the Barberton community and her passion for community service makes her an excellent addition to our team.”

Kate has six years of nonprofit marketing and communications experience, previously working as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Neighborhood Development Services. In her time there, she contributed to many Barberton related projects, including Barberton Better Block, Kave Coffee Bar, the Barberton Walk of Fame, and the Barberton Arts and Entertainment District. From 2012-2016 she worked as the Public Relations and Marketing Associate at the Barberton Public Library. While working at the library, Kate became a Friend of the Foundation, and found her passion working closely with the Barberton community.

Kate is a native of Norton, Ohio, and currently lives in Akron. She graduated from Ellet High School, and attended Ohio Northern University, receiving a BA in Professional Writing. She is excited to be working in Barberton again and shared that it feels like coming home.

 

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About Barberton Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 3,400 grants and scholarships totaling more than $89 million since its inception and invested over $12.5 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton. The Foundation strives to improve, now and forever, the quality of life for Barberton residents by providing leadership on vital issues, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good. The Foundation strengthens the community for current and future generations by proactively directing its grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs. To read more about the Barberton Community Foundation visit www.barbertoncf.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/barbertoncommunityfoundation

 

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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.