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Medina County Community Fund Grants

In 2014, the Medina County Community Fund awarded grants to 14 area organizations totaling $30,523:
 
A grant to the Medina County Arts
Council supported the countywide
Arts Week Festival.
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, for domestic violence support groups in Medina County, $2,000
  • Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, in which student “backpack journalists” create print, Web and video stories about Medina County initiatives for broadcast by Northeast Ohio media outlets, $3,000
  • Children’s Center of Medina County, to increase the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse by purchasing educational materials to distribute to families and professionals in Medina County, $1,823
  • City of Wadsworth, for landscaping surrounding the Boy with the Leaky Boot Statue, which was built in honor of the city’s bicentennial celebration, $1,500
  • Cornerstone of Hope, for grief counseling and education programs in Medina County, $2,000
  • Matthew 25 Coalition, to provide fuel and auto repair vouchers to rural residents in poverty who need transportation to their jobs, school or medical appointments, $3,000
  • Medina County Art League, to host the 37th Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition and bring award-winning art to Medina County, $1,200
  • Medina County Arts Council Inc., to support free performances and arts programs throughout Medina County as part of the 2014 Arts Week Festival, $1,000
  • Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall, for renovations to expand and modernize the Veterans Memorial Hall in Medina, $1,500
  • Medina Health Ministry, to provide free preventative care and health education to uninsured, working women in Medina County, $6,000
  • Oaks Family Care Center, to support a mediation program that helps couples in crisis resolve parenting and financial conflicts, $3,000
  • ORMACO Inc., for the Jazz Under the Stars free concert series in Medina’s public square, $1,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to support toy adaptation workshops in Medina County high schools, where students use STEM skills to adapt toys for local children with disabilities, $2,000
  • Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, for suicide prevention and depression awareness programs at Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina high schools, $1,500

BCF celebrates growth, grants at annual meeting

Bath Community Fund's third annual meeting drew almost 60 supporters and donors.

BATH TWP., Ohio (April 13, 2017) – On March 30, nearly 60 supporters of Bath Community Fund gathered to celebrate the fund’s growth and impact in the community at its third annual meeting.  

In front of an audience of donors and volunteers at Victory Gallop, fund leaders announced the endowment had grown to more than $320,000, thanks to nearly 300 gifts from 149 individuals, families and organizations since BCF was established at Akron Community Foundation in 2014.  

“Bath Community Fund was created to give back to this community, and in less than three years, we were able to do just that, thanks to all of you,” said Jody Miller Konstand, chair of the fund’s advisory board. “That’s what we’re celebrating tonight, and that’s our springboard for what we want to do in the years to come.” 

The event took place at Victory Gallop, one of BCF's first grant recipients.

In 2016, Bath Community Fund awarded its first grants totaling $14,500 to five nonprofit organizations in Bath Township. Representatives from each of the agencies spoke during the event about the impact those funds will have on the community. Jack Steele, treasurer of the Western Reserve Playhouse, publicly thanked fund leaders for their grant to upgrade the playhouse’s aging air conditioning system and expressed his appreciation for their dedication to investing in the Bath community.  

“This capital improvement made possible by Bath Community Fund will help preserve the playhouse and its longstanding history in this community,” he said. “What you’ve done for the Bath community is awesome, and you should be commended for that.”  

The evening culminated with advisory board members announcing the official launch of the fund’s “For Bath, Forever” endowment campaign, which aspires to raise $2.018 million by Bath’s bicentennial in 2018. Konstand introduced three couples who have committed to serving as co-chairs of the campaign: Dr. Tom and Mary Ann Jackson, Thom and Lisa Mandel, and Brad and Amy Bowers, all of whom have deep connections to the Bath community. 

Brad and Amy Bowers are one of three couples co-chairing the "For Bath, Forever" campaign. 

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have the support of these three couples, and we are set to go to work,” Konstand said, adding that reaching their goal of a $2.018 million endowment would enable Bath Community Fund to grant at least $100,000 to deserving nonprofits in Bath every year, forever. 

“You just heard the impact of grants we gave for $14,500. Think of the impact of grants totaling $100,000 a year,” she said. “That $100,000 a year can give back to so many people in so many ways.” 

The meeting also included the election of the Rev. Mark Frey to the Bath Community Fund Advisory Board. Frey, who recently retired after more than 25 years at The Bath United Church of Christ, is well-known for his service to the community. Prior to his work in ministry, Frey worked as a project coordinator for Habitat for Humanity and served as the national coordinator in central Africa. He is active with several other causes, including Family Promise of Summit County and the Millennium Fund for Children of Akron Community Foundation. 

The Rev. Mark Frey was elected to the Bath Community Fund Advisory Board.

“I am excited to join the Bath Community Fund Advisory Board because we have the opportunity to create a community endowment to help future generations enjoy and thrive in Bath for the next 100 years and beyond,” Frey said. “I have been intimately involved in the Bath community for the last 25 years, and I look forward to working with everyone to achieve our goal in the bicentennial year.” 

The slate of incoming advisory board officers elected at the meeting included Konstand as chair, Nancy Fay as vice chair, Kathy Sidaway as secretary, and Kevin Kroskey as financial officer. Their terms will commence July 1. 

Before concluding the meeting, Konstand paid tribute to two friends and supporters of the fund who died in the last year – Judy Read and Dick Krejci – saying their generosity is an example of the lasting impact people can make on their community.

“They are why we are building a legacy in Bath Community Fund. Even when we aren’t here, something bigger than ourselves will live on forever,” she said. “That’s what this fund will do, and that’s what Judy and Dick and so many others have taught us.” 

To learn more about Bath Community Fund, visit www.akroncf.org/BCF. Or, to get involved in the “For Bath, Forever” campaign, contact Jody Miller Konstand, advisory board chair, at 330-618-4477 or jmkmedia@msn.com.  

About Bath Community Fund

Established in 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, Bath Community Fund is a permanent endowment dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration and creating a legacy of charitable giving. The fund is committed to responding to community needs, helping the less fortunate, supporting local nonprofits, and reinforcing and preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy. Since its inception, the fund has grown to more than $320,000 while reinvesting $14,500 into the Bath community. The fund is currently embarking on the “For Bath, Forever” endowment campaign to raise $2.018 million by Bath’s bicentennial in 2018. For more information, contact Jody Miller Konstand, advisory board chair, at 330-618-4477 or jmkmedia@msn.com

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 62 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of Dec. 31, 2016, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $196 million with a growing family of 560 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded nearly $138 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.