Mission & History
Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation 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 healthcare in our area. Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation 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.
Barberton Community Foundation has partnered with the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation and is responsible for its administration.
Board of Governors
- Dr. Douglas Gormley, Retired – Chairman
- Jason Ondrus, Barberton City Schools – Vice Chairman
- Michael Moldvay, S.A. Comunale, Co., Inc.- Secretary/Treasurer
- Patti Cleary, Retired
- Kathy Elkins, Retired
- Mary Jo Goss, Retired
- Shawnna Jones, Barberton City Schools
- Aaron Lepp, Stark & Knoll Co.
- Duane Isham, Roetzel & Andress
- Lawrence Lauter, Retired
- Pat McGrath, Retired
- Diana Stevenson, Clerk of Courts Barberton Municipal Court
- Dan Warder, Retired
Grant proposals may be submitted any time during the calendar year. The Board of Governors meets in February, May, August, and November. To be considered in a timely manner, proposals should be received by January 2, April 1, July 1 or October 1. Grant recipients are required to submit a six-month evaluation form, via email and a one-year annual evaluation, the Director of Community Impact at Barberton Community Foundation.
Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Grants
Grant proposals may be submitted any time during the calendar year. The Board of Governors meets in February, May, August, and November. To be considered in a timely manner, proposals should be received by January 2, April 1, July 1 or October 1. After receipt of a proposal, the applying organization will be contacted to set up an interview, which may include a site visit. If the application falls in line with the mission of Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation, it will be submitted to the Grants Committee. If approved, it will be sent to the Board of Governors for final consideration.
To request a grant application, please contact our office at 330-745-5995.
Application Deadlines: January 2, April 2, July 2, October 1
Proposals must promote health and wellness opportunities to the residents of Summit and contiguous counties.
- Support is awarded for one year at a time.
- Support for any one program will be for a maximum of three years, although exceptions may be made by the Board.
- New projects, with a plan for continuation beyond the Foundation’s support, are of interest to the Foundation.
- Projects should demonstrate a direct benefit to the client.
- Requests should be between $2,000 and $15,000; larger requests, potentially multi year, may be considered.
- Funding preference is given to activities within southern Summit County.
- Capital campaigns may be considered.
Generally, grants are not given to:
- Projects outside of the defined giving area noted above.
- Fund on-going operating expenses
- Fund debt-reductions, deficits or previous obligations
- Fund annual fund raising drives or fund raising activities
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Submit a total of 10 copies:
- Cover sheet
- Narrative pages
- Organization history page (if applicable)
- Submit one copy each:
- Most recent annual report
- Financial statements from your most recently completed fiscal year, whether audited or unaudited
- List of board members.
Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation provides nursing scholarships to residents of the historical service area of Barberton Citizen’s Hospital, now Summa Barberton, for the purpose of encouraging careers in nursing.
Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Scholarships
The service area encompasses southern Summit and Medina counties, and northern Stark and Wayne counties. Applicant must be a resident of Barberton, Kenmore, Manchester, Coventry, Norton, Doylestown, Rittman, Canal Fulton, Green or Clinton.
- Scholarships will be awarded to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing degree program leading to LPN or RN certification. Students not formally accepted/enrolled in a nursing program and students working on their graduate degree are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Scholarships may be used for tuition, room and board and books. Award amounts are at the discretion of the committee, with a range of $2,000 to $5,000. Six awards will be given each year.
- Scholarships may be used at any accredited institution, whether for-profit or non-profit. Awards are made directly to the educational institution.
- Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Recipients who continue to meet eligibility requirements may re-apply in subsequent years. Past selection does not guarantee future awards.
Basic Criteria for Selection:
- Student should demonstrate a desire to practice in the local area
- Student must demonstrate financial need
- Student must have a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average
- Selected students must conduct an interview with the committee
- Incomplete applications will not be reviewed (see application for checklist)
- Selected students must be available to interview with the committee on July 26 between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m