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Millennium Fund for Children awards $43,750 to youth programs

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A grant to South Street Ministries provides elementary school children in Summit Lake with after-school enrichment activities.

AKRON, Ohio (Dec. 11, 2018) – Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded 31 grants totaling $43,750 to children’s programs throughout Greater Akron. The community foundation’s board of directors ratified the grants at its Dec. 7 meeting, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking to more than $750,000.

A partnership of the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com and Akron Community Foundation, the Millennium Fund for Children began in 1999 when local residents donated their last hour’s pay of the millennium to support children’s causes in the next century and beyond. Since then, thanks to gifts of all kinds and sizes, the endowment has grown to more than $1 million and awarded over 500 grants to programs that meet children’s basic needs, teach important life skills, enrich students’ lives through visual and performing arts, and much more. Grants support children’s programs throughout the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com’s audience coverage area, which includes Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, Wayne and Cuyahoga counties.

The fund continues to seek gifts both large and small from individual residents and corporations alike. “No matter the size, every gift to the Millennium Fund for Children impacts the lives of children in our community for years to come,” said Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr.

To donate to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit www.akroncf.org/give/millennium or text Millennium to 41444. Or, for information about making gifts of real estate, appreciated securities, retirement assets or life insurance, call Akron Community Foundation at 330-376-8522.

The following grants were awarded from the fund this year:

ACCESS, to provide meals, clothing, health assessments and academic support for children living at the shelter, $2,000

Akron Children’s Museum, to provide free tickets to the museum for disadvantaged children in Greater Akron, $1,000

Battered Women’s Shelter, to support enrichment activities for children living at the shelter, $2,000

Birthcare of Medina County, to provide diapers for infants and toddlers in need, $500

Bright Star Books, to provide books for young children who receive services from Summit County WIC clinics, $1,000

CASA Board Volunteer Association, to provide warm winter pajamas for abused and neglected children in foster care, $2,000

Child Guidance & Family Solutions, to provide trauma counseling for Bhutanese refugee students at Jennings Community Learning Center, $1,000

Children's Concert Society of Akron, to support scholarships for live concert performances at the Akron Civic Theatre for Akron Public Schools students, $500

Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide essential newborn items and child safety literature to mothers of at-risk babies, $1,000

Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to celebrate students’ achievements in the agency’s ballroom dance residency program at the annual Colors of the Rainbow Team Match event, $1,500 

Dreams Academy, for an eight-week mentoring program for African-American males ages 7 to 15 that teaches problem solving, etiquette, academic, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, $2,000

Family Promise of Summit County, to purchase linens, toiletries and diapers for homeless babies and children, $2,000

First Congregational Church of Akron, for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Program at Mason Community Learning Center, which provides students in need with healthy food for the weekend, $1,500

GASP: Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, to support child safety activities, including child identification kits, community outreach programs and educational materials, $1,000 

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to provide running apparel and supplies for girls in need so they can train for the program’s signature 5k event, $1,000

Good Neighbors, to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to children in need, $2,000

Good Samaritan Hunger Center, to distribute food to children at Findley Community Learning Center, $1,000

The Illusion Factory, to support free children’s theater performances for Akron Public Schools students, $1,250

Limitless Ambition, to provide Summit County girls in foster care with Dream Kits, an educational curriculum that increases self-esteem, promotes academic achievement, and cultivates leadership skills, $1,000

Medina Community Police Activity League, to support after-school field trips that foster positive relationships between police officers and students in Medina County, $1,000

OPEN M, to provide gifts, school supplies and food to children in need during the holiday season, $1,000

Proyecto Raices, to provide transportation for students in the Proyecto Raices program, which provides a safe space for Hispanic children in Greater Akron to celebrate their culture while engaging in educational and artistic activities, $2,000

Rape Crisis Center, for the Heroes 4 Hope program, which helps prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships, $2,000

RePlay for Kids, to support a workshop where volunteers in Summit County can learn how to adapt toys for children with disabilities, $1,000

Ronald McDonald House Akron, to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital, $2,000

South Street Ministries, to support an after-school enrichment program for elementary school students in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $2,000

Stewart’s Caring Place, to purchase craft supplies, toys and books for the Kids Room, a place where children affected by cancer can relax, play and learn coping skills, $1,500

Victim Assistance Program, for the “Kids Need a Firm Foundation” picnic for children who have witnessed or been victims of violence, $1,000

Victory Gallop, to support an eight-week winter fitness program for children with special needs to increase their agility and promote healthy behaviors, $1,000

Weathervane Community Playhouse, to provide theater class scholarships for children from low-income families, $2,000

The Well Community Development Corporation, to support a one-on-one mentoring program for fourth-grade students at Mason Community Learning Center, $2,000

About the Millennium Fund for Children
The Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment that was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. It supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com’s audience coverage area. Its mission is to make grants where even a small amount can make a difference. Since its establishment, the Millennium Fund has grown to over $1 million and awarded more than $750,000 in grants. During the 2017 campaign season, contributions totaling $31,683.16 from nearly 200 generous donors added to the fund. For more information, or to contribute to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit www.akroncf.org/Millennium, text Millennium to 41444, or call 330-376-8522.

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 Sept. 30, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $224 million with a growing family of more than 620 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 $158 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.