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Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund awards record $23,325 in grants

Grants support the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of local women and children.

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $23,325 in grants to nine 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 21-year history. Fund officials announced these grants during the fund’s signature event, Seasons of Giving, on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Since its inception in 1998, the fund has awarded more than $190,000 in grants to improve the lives of local women and children.

Two impact grants totaling $10,000 were awarded this year to programs that empower and enable women or girls under the age of 25.

A $5,000 impact grant to Brunswick Educational Foundation will support the BEAT (Brunswick Educational Access Television) Video Program, an award-winning, youth-driven news outlet covering Medina County.

The BEAT Video Program is a sponsorship-funded Medina County news aggregate managed and operated by local students in grades six through 12. Through the outlet, students produce newscasts for more than 2,000 programs featured on the organization’s Educational Access Channel 22, the BEAT.

“Our impact grant will be used to support operational and maintenance costs for the BEAT, which is entirely self-funded,” said John Wasylko, BEAT Video Program advisor. “This funding will also allow us to explore the possibility of much-needed additions to equipment and technology for our team of more than 50 student reporters who cover Medina County’s businesses, nonprofits, community events and activities.”

The other $5,000 impact grant awarded this year will be used by Feeding Medina County to support its Weekenders for Children program, serving Medina County’s low-income preschool and elementary students.

Through this outreach, Feeding Medina County is taking the National School Lunch Program a step further by offering free nutritious food over the weekends, when students are away from school. According to Feeding Medina County, Weekenders for Children serves more than 1,000 children in Medina County.

 “Through the generous grant support by the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, low-income children across Medina County have been able to experience healthy meals,” said Sandy Hinkle, executive director of Feeding Medina County. “Children from homes that struggle with food insecurity are less likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables due to cost factors. Research shows that the more children are exposed to balanced foods, the more likely they are to make smart meal choices and continue to be healthy throughout their lives.”

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.

“Each year, the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund increases its positive work in the community,” said Ellen Hunter, grants committee chair. “We’re proud to not only have a record year in annual grantmaking, but to also award two more impact grants that focus our funding on some of the community’s most pressing needs.”

The following is a full list of organizations receiving grants in 2019:

Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, an award-winning, youth-driven news outlet covering Medina County, $5,000*

Child Guidance & Family Solutions, to support the Toddlers And Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) intervention program to reduce school expulsion in Medina County, $1,500

Feeding Medina County, to support Weekenders for Children in Medina County, $5,000*

Main Street Medina, to support fresh food access for low- to moderate-income residents in the City of Medina, $1,750

Marian’s Closet, to provide new bedding for Medina County’s residents in need, $2,500

OutSupport Inc., to purchase LGBTQ youth library resources for Medina County school districts, $2,075

Rape Crisis Center, to support the Heroes 4 Hope dating and sexual violence prevention program, providing teens with activity-rich education about healthy relationships, $2,500

Recovery Center of Medina County, to support art therapy interventions for women and children in distress, $2,000

Stewart’s Caring Place, to support cancer wellness services for women in Medina County, $1,000

* Denotes impact grant.

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 $190,000 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 64 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, 2019, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $220 million with a growing family of more than 640 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 more than $163 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.