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Bath Community Fund celebrates $200,000 grant milestone

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Latest grants support student enrichment, equine therapy programs and more
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The Revere Power Pack Program received a grant to provide Revere students facing food insecurity with bags of food to take home over the weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 2, Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $50,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the residents of Bath Township. This brings the fund's cumulative grantmaking total to more than $200,000 since it initiated grantmaking in 2016.

This is the second year in a row that the fund is distributing $50,000 to nonprofits dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Bath community. This milestone was made possible in part by an anonymous donor who generously gifted $13,000 to increase the fund’s grantmaking to the $50,000 level.

Several of the grants awarded in 2022 will support local students in and out of the classroom. These include funding to support a drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention program in Revere schools; an oral health education program at Bath Elementary School; and summer education camps at Western Reserve Playhouse. Additionally, a $2,000 grant to the Revere Power Pack Program will provide weekend bags of food to Revere Local Schools students facing food insecurity.

"We wish to see that no child within the Revere Local Schools has to worry about having food on the weekends. We heard of a student who didn’t want to eat lunch so the child could save it for dinner. These are the children we wish to serve," said Revere Power Pack Program President Jill O'Hara. "Grants like the one from Bath Community Fund have allowed us to increase the amount of food we provide each weekend."

Other grants awarded this year will support the implementation of a drone program for the Bath Township police, fire and zoning departments; provide equine therapy programs for students in the Revere Local Schools district; and sponsor a concert at the 2023 Made in Ohio Festival at Hale Farm & Village, among other initiatives.

"Children are the future of the Bath community," said Jim Bernard, chair of BCF's Grant Committee. "We're proud to invest in programs that contribute to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our young neighbors."

The following is a complete list of grants awarded by Bath Community Fund in 2022:

Akron Symphonic Winds, to support a concert celebrating the role that bands have played throughout U.S. history at the 2023 Made in Ohio Festival at Hale Farm & Village, $2,500

Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, to provide free and discounted concert tickets for students and senior citizens in Bath Township, $1,500

Bath Park Board, to replace swing sets at Bath Community Park and Bath Hills Park, $5,000

Bath Township Fire Department, to purchase training aids for public education programs and to install emergency bleeding control kits at public gathering areas, $2,600

Bath Township Police Department, to support the implementation of a drone program that will enhance the police department’s crime prevention tools, $2,500

Bath Township Service Department, to purchase a large tent for use during events at Bath parks, $1,200

Crown Point Ecology Center, to support workshops to teach adults and families how to sustainably use Bath Township’s natural resources in creative ways, $2,500

Embracing Futures Inc., to support an oral health education program for third-graders at Bath Elementary School, $760

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to support a running-based youth development program for girls in the Bath community that combines physical activity with lessons about social and emotional well-being, $2,500

The Heart of Revere, to provide clothing, shoes, toiletries and school supplies for students and families in the Revere community, $4,000

Herberich Primary School PTA, to build an inclusive playground for students in the Bath and Copley-Fairlawn communities, $2,000

Hope Meadows Foundation, to support equine therapy programs at Misty Acres of Bath for students in the Revere Local Schools, $2,500

Revere Community C.A.R.E., to support a district-wide drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention program, $1,300

Revere Power Pack Program, to provide Revere students facing food insecurity with bags of food to take home over the weekend, $2,000

Stewart’s Caring Place, to provide support services for Bath residents impacted by cancer, $4,000

Summit County Astronomy Club, to enhance the optical system of the telescopes and optimize the public viewing experience at the observatory, $2,140 

The University of Akron Field Station, to support the development of nature-inspired curriculum kits promoting STEM education for students at Bath Elementary School, $1,500

Victory Gallop, to provide therapeutic equestrian activities and in-hospital visitation programs for children with special needs and life-threatening illnesses, $2,500

Western Reserve Historical Society, to support the restoration of the historic Edward Cranz Farm and repurpose it into a new inn and event center at Hale Farm & Village, $5,000

Western Reserve Playhouse, to support summer education camps for students in the Revere community, $2,000

About Bath Community Fund                          
Established in 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, Bath Community Fund is a permanent endowment dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of charitable giving. The fund is committed to responding to community needs, helping the less fortunate, supporting local nonprofits, and reinforcing and preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy. Since its inception, the fund has grown to nearly $1 million and reinvested more than $200,000 into the Bath community. For more information, contact Kathy Sidaway, advisory board chair, at 330-285-5893 or kathysidaway@hotmail.com.

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 67 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. It is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $260 million with a growing family of more than 800 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 nearly $214 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.

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