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In 2021, the Vernon L. Odom Fund awarded grants totaling $14,500 to 16 nonprofit organizations:

Two of this year's grants supported fatherhood mentoring programs.

  • Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, to distribute vaccine safety information to Black residents in Summit County, $1,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, for a year-round, after-school soccer program for inner-city youth, $1,000
  • Akron Soul Train, to support an artist-in-residence program that amplifies the voice of an artist from an underrepresented demographic, $500
  • Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC), to support HOME, a civic engagement initiative that shares the stories of West Hill residents through theater performances, $1,000
  • Chair-ity Inc., to provide furniture and household items to Summit County youth who have aged out of the foster care system, $750
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to support the BREAK Dance and BREAK Dance @ Home residencies, which offer virtual "brain break" curricula for students in Akron Public Schools, $1,000
  • Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio, to support fatherhood education programs that equip low-income, single fathers in Summit County to remain active in their children's lives, $1,000
  • First Tee of Akron, for the 2021 Putting with Police event, which aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the southwest Akron community through an informal golf competition and outreach activities, $500
  • Law and Leadership Institute, to support a tuition-free college preparatory program for promising high school students in Summit County who are at risk of not graduating or attending college, $1,000
  • Limitless Ambition, to supply girls in the Summit County foster care system with "Dream Kits" filled with self-guided curriculum workbooks, positive affirmation cards, personal hygiene products and more, $1,000
  • National Center for Choreography, to support "inCOPnegro," a dance project that illuminates the complexities of being a person of color working in Akron's criminal justice system, $1,000
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, to support a hip-hop music camp that empowers teens living in Southeast Akron to use their voice to become change agents in their community, $1,000
  • South Street Ministries, to provide re-entry and recovery support for Black residents, $1,000
  • Summit Metro Parks, to support the creation and installation of a Sojourner Truth statue in Akron celebrating the women's suffrage centennial and Sojourner Truth's pivotal role in attaining voting equality for all women, $1,000
  • Victory Gallop, to provide therapeutic horseback riding scholarships for children with special needs and life-threatening illnesses, $750
  • 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
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