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Vernon L. Odom Fund Grants

In 2018, the Vernon L. Odom Fund awarded grants totaling $9,500 to 11 local nonprofit organizations:

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Girls on the Run combines physical activity with discussions about self-confidence and healthy relationships.
  • Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, to help children from low-income families attend the Akron Urban League Summer Enrichment Day Camp, which builds students’ skills in reading, math and the arts through educational programs and field trips, $1,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, for a year-round, after-school soccer program for inner-city youth, $500
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to support a running-based program for immigrant girls in the North Hill neighborhood that combines physical activity with discussions about self-confidence and healthy relationships, $400

  • Law and Leadership Institute, for a college preparatory program that helps at-risk and minority youth graduate from high school, get accepted into college, and choose a professional career path, $1,000
  • Moving Beyond Hope, to support a summer youth camp that teaches financial literacy skills to economically disadvantaged students in Greater Akron, $1,000
  • OPEN M, to help people in poverty become economically self-sufficient through a financial literacy and job mentoring program, $1,000
  • Red Flags National, to translate youth mental health awareness materials for Bhutanese families in Greater Akron, $700
  • Summit County Councilman David Hamilton (FA: Akron Urban League), to support a summer enrichment camp for students at Buchtel Community Learning Center that builds academic, technical and leadership skills, $1,000
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support a workshop that introduces African-American middle school students in Akron Public Schools to STEM-related careers, $1,000 
  • Victory Gallop, to provide therapeutic horseback riding scholarships for African-American children with special needs and life-threatening illnesses, $900
  • Williams Challenge, for a fatherhood education and mentoring program that gives at-risk and absent fathers the support they need to develop positive relationships with their children, $500