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Grants from Akron Community Foundation and its funds are changing the lives of people here at home and throughout the world.

imageAging in Place: Seniors find solace, services in their home »
Colleen Shaffer settles into her favorite chair in the corner of the living room. As her home health aide runs the vacuum across the floor, excited chirps emerge from a cage. It’s Colleen’s blue parakeet, Baby, who she says is infatuated with noisy appliances.

imageJournalism program builds skills, confidence in students »
The BEAT (Brunswick Educational Access Television) Video Program is a unique backpack journalism program run by an ambitious group of young people. Supported in part by a grant from the Medina County Women's Endowment Fund, the BEAT program has about 40 student participants ranging from sixth through 12th grades.

imageGrant helps African-American girls reduce anxiety »
With the help of a grant from the Women's Endowment Fund, Kent State University faculty members have developed an innovative app to help teenage girls manage stress as part of a larger intervention program.

imageDowntown Akron ties trails together with new Towpath signs »
With support from Akron Community Foundation, Downtown Akron Partnership has improved the Towpath experience while building a stronger connection to dining, shopping and recreation destinations in downtown Akron.

imageKids dig into farm-fresh food with Millennium grant »
“Where do eggs come from?” For many kids, especially those in inner-city neighborhoods, the answer is simply, “the grocery store.” In fact, many of them have never seen a chicken in person or even visited a real farm. But all of that is changing with the help of a Millennium Fund grant that is providing scholarships to the Summer Farm & Science Camp at Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath. 

imageGrant brings new shoes, confidence to children in Akron Public Schools »
As a former guidance counselor for Akron Public Schools, Barbara Oldham knows how heart wrenching it can be to see students whose basic needs aren’t being met. Often, she could tell just by the shoes on their feet. Thanks to a grant from the Millennium Fund for Children, counselors like Oldham are able to make a tangible difference in these kids’ lives by helping them purchase brand new shoes – something most of them have never had before.

imageWEF enriches lives of women, girls throughout Summit County »
ACCESS and Girls on the Run are among the many nonprofit organizations serving local women and girls that have been helped by grants from the Women’s Endowment Fund.

imageAgency helps refugees establish roots in Akron »
The International Institute of Akron provides services to the foreign-born population of Akron and the greater Summit County area. The agency was awarded an $18,000 grant from Akron Community Foundation to help fund a refugee volunteer coordinator.

imageH.M. Life offers new start for homeless families »
Moving to Akron was a big adjustment for Kizzy Woodson. The city doesn’t have nearly the amount of concerts, restaurants or museums that Atlanta offers to its residents. But it does offer something that Kizzy couldn’t find in Atlanta — a home.

imageCORE provides free furniture for tough times »
The act of giving for the Community Outreach Resources Exchange (CORE) began in 1998 with a truck filled with furniture. Now, tucked behind the Marc’s building on State Road is an attached, adjacent full warehouse. Every Saturday morning, 20 to 25 families sit in a waiting room, ready to pick out items for their homes for free.