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.