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In 2022, the Vernon L. Odom Fund awarded grants totaling $9,300 to 10 nonprofit organizations:

  • Good Samaritan Hunger Center volunteers load food into a car in the North Hill community.

    Funding from the Vernon L. Odom Fund will allow the Good Samaritan Hunger Center serve those facing hunger in the North Hill community.

    Akron Civic Theatre, to support four free public performances of the Millennial Theatre Project’s Say It Loud, $500

  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support an after-school soccer program for low-income families in Akron, $1,000
  • Akron Soul Train, for an artist-in-residence program featuring poet and performer Latecia Delores Wilson, $1,000
  • Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio, to fund fatherhood education programs that provide low-income, single fathers with the tools needed to become active, positive role models in their children's lives, $1,000
  • Good Samaritan Hunger Center, to alleviate food insecurity in the North Hill community, $900
  • Law and Leadership Institute, to support a tuition-free, four-year college preparatory program for promising high school students who are at risk of not graduating high school or attending college, $1,000
  • Limitless Ambition, to equip parents from low-income families with the tools needed to empower teens to thrive, $1,000
  • South Street Ministries, to assist and empower Black women to overcome obstacles to their re-entry in the community, $900
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support workshops through the National Society of Black Engineers that introduce Black middle school students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, $1,000
  • Williams Challenge, to strengthen families by providing a six-week fatherhood mentoring program at no cost to approximately 90 low-income fathers, $1,000

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