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In 2020, the Women’s Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $200,004 to 31 nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to Birthing Beautiful Communities helped to address the systemic and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes.

  • Access Inc., for the Women and Children in Crisis Program, designed to address the homelessness crisis holistically, $10,000
  • Akron Children’s Museum, to support S.T.E.A.M. Team Saturday sessions, offering team-based design activities for middle school girls to explore engineering in a fun, hands-on environment, $2,650
  • Akron Municipal Court, to purchase workbooks for the Peace of Mind Probation Program, to uncover and treat mental health issues in previously incarcerated women, $1,854
  • Akron Zoological Park, to support the Girls in STEM Program, a specialized after-school program that connects girls with female role models working in STEM fields, $2,500
  • Alchemy Inc., to support its in-school group mentoring program, which uses storytelling and mythology to empower girls in Akron Public Schools, $6,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to support protective shelter services for victims of domestic violence and their children, $10,000
  • Birthing Beautiful Communities, to address and improve the systemic and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes, $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, to support SMART Girls, a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program that enables adolescent girls in Summit County to develop to their full potential, $5,000
  • Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, to support Lydia’s Home Recovery Program for women struggling with drug addiction, $2,000
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, providing education, training, support and resources for impoverished families, $5,000
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, to support the Centering Pregnancy nutrition program, offering educational sessions about healthy eating habits for positive pregnancy outcomes, $7,500
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to expand food access and nutrition education programming for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program participants, $7,500
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to support the renovation of the Glendora House, a community shelter for homeless single mothers and families in West Akron, $10,000
  • First Glance Student Center Inc., to support The Connect program, providing weekly meals, counseling and parenting education for young moms and their families, $5,000
  • First Tee of Akron, to improve local girls’ health and wellness through golf-based youth development programming, $5,000
  • Freedom House for Women Inc., to provide supportive services and recovery housing to women in Summit County, $5,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support the Girl Scout Journey Program, a 20-week after-school leadership program covering topics such as STEM, financial literacy, and healthy living, $5,000
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to expand the organization’s physical activity-based youth development programs in more of Akron’s elementary schools, $10,000
  • International Institute of Akron, to provide low-income immigrant women and children trauma survivors with social services, employment services, education, and legal representation, $10,000
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., to deliver trauma intervention services for at-risk expectant and postpartum mothers in Summit County, $10,000
  • Legacy III Inc., to support the Women’s Empowerment Program, providing transitional housing to homeless women recovering from addiction and mental health disorders, $7,500
  • North Akron Community Development Corporation, to address gender, racial and cultural disparities through the launch of Market House, an intersectional women’s empowerment center, $10,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to support Get Real!, a sex education curriculum for students in Summit County, $10,000
  • Project Ujima, to support the Zalika Gathering Home, a respite and simulation home for at-risk expectant and postpartum mothers, $10,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, to support 24/7 crisis services for women impacted by sexual violence, $9,000
  • Ruling Our eXperiences, to support the ROX program, teaching girls how to navigate challenges faced during adolescence, $3,500
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, for wigs and beauty services for women on a cancer journey, $2,500
  • Summa Health System, to support the expansion of the Mommy Care-Group Care initiative, which offers support groups and educational services for new mothers, $5,000
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., for 24-hour crisis intervention services for victims of crime and trauma, $5,000
  • Victory Gallop Inc., to support equine-assisted therapy for girls with social, emotional or behavioral needs, $2,500
  • Women’s Network Inc., to create new, local programming in conjunction with gender equity and inclusion efforts, $5,000
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