Akron Community Foundation announces $2.3 million in distributions, including first-ever capital grants

December 8, 2018

Akron Community Foundation announces $2.3 million in distributions, including first-ever capital grants

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Community Foundation has announced more than $2.3 million in grants and distributions, including 27 first-ever capital grants totaling $250,000.

The capital grants, which will be awarded every two years, aim to bolster local nonprofits by addressing needs such as building renovations and equipment improvements.

“Akron Community Foundation and its board of directors recognize that specific needs in our community extend far beyond those we see in our traditional, quarterly grant requests,” said foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. in a news release. “These capital grants will provide much needed resources throughout greater Akron which will have a positive impact on the actual brick and mortar needs of so many worthwhile nonprofit organizations.”            

Receiving capital grants, according to a news release, are:

“Akron Civic Theatre, to support the capital campaign to renovate the theater and create an additional performance venue, $25,000.Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, for a permanent office facility and warehouse, $7,600.Akron Score, to purchase new conference room equipment and computers, $3,600.Asian Services in Action, to renovate a new community room that will host language and citizenship classes and other large-group gatherings, $20,000.The Blick Center, to improve accessibility to the building by widening and automating the doors in the main entryway and restroom, $5,000.Bounce Innovation Hub, to support first-floor renovations for the Generator, a public innovation hub that will feature coworking space, a makerspace and the University of Akron’s eSports lab, $15,000.Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, to purchase kitchen equipment for the Urbean Cafe, a workforce development program for formerly incarcerated residents, $5,000.CASA Board Volunteer Association, to create a respite space for child advocate volunteers, $5,500.Crown Point Ecology Center, to support greenhouse renovations and the creation of a new honey-extraction facility for local beekeepers, $5,000.Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, to convert a train car into an “Edu-Trainment Car” that will host interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and educational programs for area children, $10,000.East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to construct a  storage facility, $10,000.Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio, to buy an adaptive vehicle to transport clients to the Adult Day Center and to create a sensory room for adults with disabilities, $5,000.Family Promise of Summit County, to secure a new transitional housing building for families facing homelessness, $10,000.Freedom House for Women, for external building improvements to the New Journey Recovery Housing for women, $6,200.Good Neighbors, for internal building improvements, including new refrigeration equipment and energy-efficient lights for the food pantry, $4,600.Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, for improvements to the Romig Road campus, including loading dock repairs and parking lot resurfacing, $10,000.H.M. Life Opportunity Services, for roof replacements at two supportive housing locations, $10,000Legacy III, to renovate the agency’s new administrative building, including electrical and plumbing upgrades and roof repairs, $10,000.Open M, for food pantry improvements, including energy-efficient lighting and new doors and flooring for the walk-in freezer and cooler, $5,000.Portage Path Behavioral Health, for repairs to the Akron outpatient clinic, including masonry work, weather sealing and painting, $5,000.Stark State College, for the construction of a commercial driver’s license training facility, $20,000.Summit County Historical Society, to improve accessibility at the John Brown House for people with disabilities, $10,000.Summit Metro Parks Foundation, to convert a historical barn into a welcome center at the new Valley View park, $10,000.Truly Reaching You, to renovate the agency’s new employment training facility on East South Street, $12,500.Vantage Aging, for capital improvements to the behavioral-health center on Romig Road, $10,000.Victim Assistance Program, for construction and relocation costs to combine the agency’s service providers and administrative staff under one roof, $7,500.Weathervane Community Playhouse, to replace wireless microphones for theatrical productions, $2,500.

The foundation also awarded $543,000 in competitive health-and-human-services grants, which were selected by the foundation’s Community Investment Committee.

Receiving grants, according to a news release, are:

“ACCESS, to provide services to women facing homelessness, including short-term secure housing, case management, health counseling and job readiness training, $15,250.Akron Area YMCA, to teach water safety and swimming skills through the Safety Around Water program to local elementary school students who lack the resources and financial means to take lessons, $12,750.Akron Blind Center, to support collaborative programs, essential resources and educational classes for the blind and low-vision populations in Summit County, $7,500.Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to support a program that distributes food directly to agency sites, as well as the Feeding Kids Initiative, a program that supplies after-school snacks for children in Summit County, $46,500.Akron Children’s Hospital, to support an asthma-outreach program in Summit County schools that will help reduce environmental triggers and encourage policies for responding to severe asthma episodes, $5,000.American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, to support disaster cycle services in Summit County, including preparedness classes, disaster response and recovery assistance, $15,250.The Arc of Ohio, for civil-rights advocacy on behalf of Summit County residents with disabilities, $10,000.ARC Recovery Services, to provide certified peer support to people in the early stages of substance-abuse recovery, $7,500.Battered Women’s Shelter, to support crisis-intervention services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, $25,500.Better Block Foundation, to support the New Americans Safe Driving Initiative, a six-week course that prepares refugees and immigrants for their written driving exam, $7,500.Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, to support mentoring and workforce-development programs for former offenders in Summit County to help eliminate barriers that lead to recidivism, $5,000.Catholic Charities of Summit County, to support the 2019 Emergency Assistance Program, which offers rent and utility assistance to residents in need, $13,000.Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide school-appropriate clothing for low-income students, $10,250.Cleveland Clinic Health System, to support the 44307 Community Health Initiative, which provides medical services such as vaccines and wellness visits to students at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center and their families, $1,500.Community Legal Aid Services, to provide critical legal services for Akron’s refugee population, combating obstacles related to health, housing, education and basic needs, $20,000.Community Pregnancy Center, to support the Strong Start Program, which provides cribs, car seats, formula and educational programs to families in need, $5,000.Core Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to Summit County families in need, $7,750.Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to support and expand food access programs at Summit County farmers markets, $10,000.Donovan’s Kids, to develop adaptive bicycles for children with limb amputations or spina bifida, $2,500.Embracing Futures, to provide orthodontic treatment for children in need who have been turned down by Medicaid, $5,000.Emerge Counseling Services, to provide mental-health counseling for Summit County residents who are uninsured or cannot afford counseling, $5,000.Family & Community Services Inc., for the Mobile Meals program, which provides home-delivered meals and supplements to low-income children, elderly and disabled residents in Summit County, $20,000.Family Promise of Summit County, to help homeless families with children remain together and achieve lasting independence, $7,500.First Glance Student Center, to support mentoring and outreach programs for at-risk teens in Kenmore, $7,500.Freedom House for Women, to decrease addiction and homelessness in Summit County women by providing substance-abuse treatment, recovery housing and support services, $8,000.Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to support an activity-based, youth- development program that promotes confidence and healthy choices for girls in high-poverty neighborhoods throughout Summit County, $7,500.Good Neighbors, to support the Good Neighbors Food Pantry and Outreach Center, which provides food, toiletries and other essential items to residents in need, $5,500.Hattie Larlham Foundation, to provide pre-employment transition services, including career assessment and hands-on training, for Akron-area high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, $15,000.IBH Addiction Recovery Center, to track the long-term, post-treatment success of clients who have completed residential substance-abuse treatment, $10,000.International Institute of Akron, to support refugee resettlement services, including housing, transportation, health screenings and social services, $15,000.Jewish Family Service of Akron, to support the Happy, Healthy and At Home program, which offers case management, information referrals, counseling and other services for Summit County seniors, $7,500.NAMI Summit County, to provide basic household items to residents with serious mental illness who are transitioning from homelessness, group-home living or incarceration, $5,000.Northeast Ohio African American Health Network, to support the Soul Food Cooking for Diabetics program, which includes nutrition education, food samples and cookbooks for residents with diabetes, $3,500.Ohio Living Communities Rockynol, to offer assisted living for senior residents with limited financial means, $5,000.Open Arms Adoptions, to increase awareness and support for keeping adoptable siblings together when finding permanent homes, $6,000.Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women at the Akron Health Center with long-acting reversible contraception, $20,250.Prevent Blindness Ohio, to provide vision screenings and eye care for disadvantaged, high-risk adults and children in Summit County, $7,500.RAHAB Ministries, to support a mentoring program for juvenile victims of human trafficking through a partnership with Summit County Juvenile Courts, $23,500.Ronald McDonald House Akron, to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital, $12,500.Stewart’s Caring Place, to offer support groups and educational programs for residents affected by cancer, $5,000.Summa Health System, to support the launch of the Mommy Care-Group Care initiative, which offers support groups and educational services for new mothers, $7,500.Summit County Community Partnership, to support the Deterra Project, which reduces access to unused and expired opiates by providing drug deactivation pouches that safely neutralize prescription medicines, $10,000.Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, to provide education, legal assistance, mentoring and other support services for fathers in Summit County who have previously been incarcerated or estranged from their children, $25,000.Tri-County Independent Living Center, to provide home accessibility improvements for low-income residents with disabilities, $5,000.United Disability Services, to provide employment services, including skills assessments and interview training, for Summit County residents with severe disabilities, $15,000.United Way of Summit County, to help residents navigate health and social services available in Summit County through the 2-1-1 information and referral helpline, $15,000.VANTAGE Aging, to help older adults remain in their homes by providing in-home assistance, including personal care, cleaning, grocery shopping and other critical services, $17,500.Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and sudden trauma, $20,000.Victory Gallop, to support therapeutic horseback riding programs for children with behavioral challenges and life-threatening illnesses, $5,000.Women’s Auxiliary Board, Summit County Children Services, to promote safer sleeping conditions by providing beds for kids in the care of children’s services, $6,000.

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