Tuscora Park Announces First Grants of 2020


Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is pleased to announce the first grant awards of 2020. The Foundation granted a total of $44,362 to 11 area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton.
Organizations include: The Ben Curtis Family Foundation, Lake Anna YMCA, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center, Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, Battered Women’s Shelter, Barberton Middle School, Ohio Guidestone, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, Prevent Blindness (Northeast Ohio Chapter), and Embrace Clinic & Care Center.

Ben Curtis Family Foundation’s Birdie Bag program received a $10,000 grant to purchase food and to cover truck expenses. The Ben Curtis Family Foundation focuses on fighting food insecurity by providing children with food over long weekends. Birdie Bags consist of nine meals including snacks and toiletry items. The Barberton program currently provides 1,100 students with food each month.

Lake Anna YMCA received $5,000 for the continuation of their CATCH in Barberton Schools Latchkey Afterschool program. Proven to prevent childhood obesity, the Coordinated Approach to Child Heath (CATCH) is run at both elementary schools for kids in the afterschool latchkey program. The program includes an onsite food demonstration program. A copy of the recipe, produce used in the recipe, and healthy tips are sent home with each child.

Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy received $5,000 for their Farmers’ Market Food Access Expansion Project. This grant supports staffing at the Anna Dean Farmer’s Market to provide services, operate programs, and increase outreach for healthy food programs including SNAP and WIC. Barberton’s market was the highest performing for use of these healthy food programs.

The Cancer Health & Wellness Program at Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center received $5,000 to support programming needs. Stewart’s provides cancer support services to ensure access to care for those on a cancer journey. SCP served 1,700 people in 2019, and expect increased participation this year.

Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry has a mission to engage with formerly incarcerated men and women and to aid in their successful transition to the community. The Broken Chains Ministry Workforce Development & Lydia’s Home Recovery Program received $5,000 to support the purchase of a new van for use by the Lydia’s Home Recovery Program. Lydia’s Home is a six-bed opiate residential recovery program for women. It provides broad-based, structured recovery with a holistic continuum of care, including aftercare following graduation from the program.

Battered Women’s Shelter received $3,600 for their Child Safety Restraint Program. The program purchases car seats for domestic violence victims who are residing at the Battered Women’s Shelter and who are in need of safety seats for their children.

The “Calm to Avoid the Storm” project from Barberton Middle School received a grant for $3,326.11 to outfit a sensory room with equipment for students with special needs. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition in which a student is overwhelmed by daily activities. This project presents a solution by providing training for staff and creating a sensory room for students.

TPHWF granted Ohio Guidestone $3,000 to support their Summit County Barrier Busters Program. This program provides support for people in recovery with emergency financial needs. Ohio Guidestone is a behavioral health organization operating in 30+ Ohio counties. They provide substance abuse treatment and prevention, mental health interventions, child and family counseling, workforce development, and foster care.

TPHWF granted Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition $2,000 for the Summit Bike Share program. In 2019, a total of 450 people used the Summit Bike Share program, with nearly half of users in Barberton, Summit Lake, and Kenmore. Funding supports replacing bikes and bike maintenance at the sites. Bicycles are available from May 1 to November 15.

Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter received $1,200 for their Vision Care Outreach Program. Funding supports the staffing, education, training, supplies, and equipment to build and maintain a voluntary system of vision care. The program focuses on providing services to uninsured or medically disadvantaged children, adults and seniors.

TPHWF granted Embrace Clinic & Care Center $1,200 to purchase supplies for their Steadfast Fathers Educational Program. This program is a men’s group for local fathers and provides tools for creating good relationships with their children and others. The group meets weekly for six weeks, and teaches principles from the book Steadfast Fathers.

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation is a private and independent philanthropic organization and awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due April 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.