Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Announces Second Quarter Grant Partners

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is pleased to announce the second quarter grant awards of 2020. The Foundation granted a total of $38,168 to five area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton and surrounding areas.

Embracing Futures, Inc. received $11,168 for their Orthodontic Care Program. This grant will fund the full cost of orthodontic care for two children. The program promises that children who complete treatment will receive straight and easy-to-care-for teeth, will have improved oral hygiene, and have increased confidence and self-esteem. Embracing Futures Inc. provides care for children with severe orthodontic problems who are growing up in economically disadvantaged families, and who have been turned down by Medicaid.

The Foundation awarded $10,000 to United Way of Summit County for their 2-1-1 Services for Barberton Residents program. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 24/7 information and referral helpline and website that helps residents find the health and social services they need.  During 2019, 2-1-1 provided 3,863 referrals to Barberton residents including referrals for food, utility assistance, and housing.

Rape Crisis Center (RCC) was awarded $8,500 for their RCC Summit County Advocate program. Funding will support one full time advocate providing core services to survivors and co-survivors of sexual violence in Summit County. The RCC provides counseling, outreach, advocacy, education, and many other services to the community.

The Foundation awarded $5,000 to OPEN M for their Medical and Dental Clinic and Pharmacy. Funding will support the continued operations of this free clinic and pharmacy for uninsured, low income patients. Funding will also be used to purchase medical supplies, equipment, and medications needed to treat patients. OPEN M is located in Akron and is currently providing free telehealth visits.

Victory Gallop’s Rider Scholarships for Children with Special Needs program received $3,500. The program will support rider scholarships for children with special needs who are from economically challenged families. They will participate for 12 to 36 weeks and be in at least one horse show and be able to participate in a range of other activities offered by Victory Gallop, including indoor and outdoor riding, horse shows, barn days, fitness activities, an in-hospital equine visitation program, an Adopt-a-Horse program and other fun activities and parties for children and their families.

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 July 15, 2020.  The Foundation asks any grant applicant to first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before submitting their application. More information about the LOI process is available online at www.barbertoncf.org/grants. 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 or email her at cherman@barbertoncf.org. Proposals must promote health and wellness opportunities to the residents of Summit and contiguous counties.

Barberton Community Foundation