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Grant meets vital transportation need in rural Medina County

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The Matthew 25 Coalition helps residents get back on the road by providing fuel and repair assistance.
Southwest Medina County is farmland dotted with a number of small villages.

The rural nature of this area makes the availability of personal transportation a must – there are no public alternatives. In many cases, people without a car can’t make it to work, school, doctor’s appointments or necessary shopping. This reality hits hard when circumstances prevent residents from making needed car repairs, paying for insurance or putting gas in the tank. Thankfully, the Matthew 25 Coalition can help.

Founded in 2003, the Matthew 25 Coalition provides member churches with a more efficient means of assisting community residents with emergency needs. The multi-denominational membership consists of more than 20 churches within a 10-mile radius of the village of Lodi.

The coalition serves members of the community who may be at risk of eviction or utility shut-offs, as well as those in need of necessary prescription medications and transportation. Each request is screened and evaluated to determine the real need. Recent examples include assisting a fixed-income resident with unexpected car repairs and helping a mother of small children get her car insurance reinstated so she could take her children to appointments.

In 2016, the Medina County Community Fund was pleased to award a grant for $4,000 to support Matthew 25 Coalition’s transportation program. To learn more about this critical program, visit https://matthew25coalition.wordpress.com/. Or, to see a complete list of grants awarded by MCCF, visit www.akroncf.org/MCCFgrants