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Medina County Community Fund awards $33,210 in grants

Grants support local causes that enrich the quality of life for all Medina County residents.

MEDINA, Ohio (June 28, 2019) – The Medina County Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation presented grants totaling $33,210 to 16 local nonprofit organizations during the fund’s annual Spring into Summer event on Thursday, June 27, 2019. This latest round of grants brings the Medina County Community Fund’s cumulative grantmaking total to more than $570,000.

A grant of $3,000 was awarded to Medina Cares, Inc. to support underserved Medina residents, ages 19-59, with temporary financial assistance for medical expenses during crisis situations. In 2017 alone, the organization distributed nearly $8,000 to Medina County residents in need.

“We’re proud to fund organizations like Medina Cares, that helps individuals faced with horrible medical situations and resulting unplanned and expensive bills,” said Terry Pfleiderer, Medina County Community Fund’s grants committee chair. “Our group of carefully considered 2019 grantees fill critical roles in the lives of Medina County residents.”

The Medina County Community Fund also awarded a $5,000 grant to Newbridge Place to support the organization’s housing program for low-income Medina County residents suffering from mental illness.

Newbridge Place is dedicated to helping its residents by providing 24-hour care and long-term housing. Most residents suffer from severe mental illness and conditions that range from PTSD to paranoid schizophrenia. Newbridge Place’s services allow its residents to maintain more independent living while lowering their risk of hospitalization, jail or homelessness.

Other grants from the Medina County Community Fund this year will support local causes that enrich the quality of life for all Medina County residents. The following is a full list of organizations receiving grants in 2019:

  • Akron Symphony, to support the Link Up music education program in Medina County schools, allowing students, grades three through five, to explore music through a year-long curriculum of classroom activities and a culminating concert, $2,000
  • Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, an award-winning, youth-driven news outlet covering Medina County, $1,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, to support the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) intervention program to reduce school expulsion in Medina County, $3,000
  • Community Assessment & Treatment Services, Inc., to support the Recover Strong initiative, a residential and outpatient physical health & wellness program for substance abuse patients at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, $3,000
  • Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio, to create a continuum of enhanced care for adults with disabilities in Medina County, $1,000
  • Friends of Medina County Parks, Inc., to support the Connecting Children & Nature program, allowing thousands of Medina County students, grades two through six, to attend educational field trips to Wolf Creek Environmental Center in Sharon Township, $3,000
  • Leadership Medina County, to support Medina County civic engagement through the Government Academy, a series of classes for individuals interested in learning about serving Medina County through public office, $1,000
  • Medina Cares, Inc., to support underserved Medina residents with temporary financial assistance for medical expenses during crisis situations, $3,000
  • Medina Community Police Activity League, to support the MCPAL soccer tournament, $1,910
  • Medina Creative Housing Inc., to support vocational training and supportive employment for individuals with disabilities, $2,500
  • Newbridge Place, to support the organization’s housing program for low-income individuals suffering from mental illness, $5,000
  • Oaks Family Care Center, to support the Creative Living Program, offering post- high school and college students life skills for independent living, $1,300
  • ORMACO, Inc., to support the Jazz under the Stars 2019 summer concert series, $1,000
  • Recovery Center of Medina County, to support Sérénité Culinary Institute, offering addiction recovery through food and hospitality, $1,000
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to support cancer wellness services for Medina County residents, $1,000
  • Wayne County Fire and Rescue Association, to support agricultural safety and rescue training for first responders in neighboring communities, including Medina County, $2,500

About the Medina County Community Fund
The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of Akron Community Foundation, serves as a permanent philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to more than $940,000 and awarded more than $570,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.mccfund.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.