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Vernon L. Odom Fund Grants

In 2019, the Vernon L. Odom Fund awarded grants totaling $8,750 to nine local nonprofit organizations:

Father holding his toddler son
Two of this year's grants supported mentoring programs that help at-risk fathers develop healthy relationships with their children.
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, for a year-round, after-school soccer program for inner-city youth, $1,000
  • Centenary United Methodist Church, to support a drama camp for at-risk youth in Akron’s Lane-Wooster neighborhood, $750
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to support a ballroom dancing program for fifth-grade students at Leggett Community Learning Center that teaches teamwork, self-confidence and respect, $1,000
  • Dreams Academy, to support a mentoring program for African-American male youth that builds problem solving, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, $1,000
  • Grant deadline

    Vernon L. Odom Fund grant applications open online Nov. 15 and are due by Dec. 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Embrace Clinic & Care Center, for a fatherhood mentoring program that equips fathers to connect with and care for their children, $1,000
  • First Tee of Akron, for the 2019 Putting with the Police event, which aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the southwest Akron community through an informal golf competition and outreach activities, $1,000 
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support a workshop that introduces African-American middle school students to STEM fields, $1,000 
  • 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, $1,000
  • World Relief Akron, to support an English as a Second Language tutoring program for refugees, $1,000

See a complete history of Vernon L. Odom Fund grants.