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Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund awards $22,200 to nonprofits serving women, children

MEDINA, Ohio (June 15, 2018) – The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $22,200 in grants to seven local nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of Medina County’s women and children. This year’s round of grants represents the largest amount awarded in a single year in the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund’s 20-year history. Fund officials announced these grants during the fund’s new signature event, Seasons of Giving, on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Since its inception in 1998, the fund has awarded more than $170,000 in grants to improve the lives of local women and children.

This year, the fund awarded its first-ever impact grant totaling $10,000 to the Children’s Center of Medina County. This grant will help build and furnish additional playroom space to accommodate a recent increase of foster children, largely due to the opiate epidemic. The additional playroom space will allow the center to serve at least 50 more children per year, resulting in approximately 300 additional foster care visitation sessions.

The Children’s Center of Medina County works to nurture abused and neglected children through collaboration, advocacy, treatment and prevention. Since the center opened in 2007, it has served more than 9,000 children in Medina County through child abuse prevention and education programs, foster care visitation and victim advocacy services. The center also serves as a centralized location for interviewing and examining children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. 

 “It’s a milestone moment for us to be able to award our first impact grant and to present this year’s round of grants as our largest yet,” said Mary Isaac, president of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund. “We’re proud to support these local organizations and encourage the advancement and full participation of women and children in our community and society.”

Other grants from the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund this year will support the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of local women and children.

“We’re thankful that we have such a strong community in Medina,” said Ellen Hunter, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund board member. “The success of our Seasons of Giving event shows this community cares about making a difference and is willing to get involved with our organization to do so.”

The following is a full list of organizations receiving grants in 2018:

Catholic Charities Community Services of Medina County, to support the Step Strong school-based prevention education program, $3,000

Children’s Center of Medina County, to build and furnish a playroom for family visitation at its new location, $10,000

Feeding Medina County, to support the Weekenders for Children program, which provides bags of healthy food for hungry elementary and preschool students to take home for the weekend, $2,500

Main Street Medina, to increase fresh food access for low- to moderate-income residents by accepting SNAP benefits at the Medina Farmers Market and offering a dollar-to-dollar match on purchases of fruits and vegetables, $2,000

Operation Homes, to provide transportation for home­­less women and children, $2,000

Recovery Center of Medina County, to support an art therapy program for women and children who have a family member recovering from addiction, $2,000

Summer Reinforcement Program Inc., to purchase Chromebooks for students in the remedial reading program to increase their literacy and digital learning skills, $700

About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic, and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to nearly $415,000 and awarded more than $170,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.medin­­­awomensendowment.org.

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 63 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 March 31, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $220 million with a growing family of more than 600 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 $153 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.