Bath Community Fund Adds Two New Members to Advisory Board
During the fund's annual meeting in August, Bath Community Fund added two new members to its advisory board. Both individuals are community leaders with a history of supporting nonprofits in Bath Township.
Carolyn Kean moved to Bath Township about 10 years ago and became a volunteer at Crown Point Ecology Center. Kean explained, "I became acquainted with some of the board members of Bath Community Fund and saw what a difference the fund makes in our community, funding so many projects and fulfilling the needs of local nonprofits. It was an easy decision to first donate to, and then become deeply involved in, this generous fund."
Kean, the former interim executive director at Crown Point Ecology Center, is particularly passionate about the funding Bath Community Fund has provided to the ecology center over the last several years. "Bath Community Fund has generously supported Crown Point over the years," she said. "In the spring of 2020, Bath Community Fund provided a grant to build raised garden beds at Crown Point. One hundred percent of the harvest grown in the beds that BCF funded is donated to local food pantries and agencies supporting people who are experiencing difficulty feeding their families."
Since 2016, Bath Community Fund has given Crown Point six grants for various programs, ranging from educational workshops for youth and families to resources needed to increase fresh produce donations to local nonprofits during the pandemic. "I am passionate about ensuring people have fresh, healthy food," said Kean. "Bath Community Fund has supported Crown Point's mission, as well as its many educational initiatives."
Steve Strayer has also been involved with Bath Community Fund for years. He first learned about the fund when he served on the Akron Community Foundation board of directors from 2009 to 2020. "I was aware of the good work that the fund did throughout my time on the ACF board. When I was invited to join the committee, I was happy to do so to support this worthwhile effort for the community I live in," said Strayer.
Strayer shared his admiration for Bath Community Fund's longtime support for programs benefiting local youth, especially those with disabilities. "I think the work being done at Victory Gallop is inspirational," Strayer said. "The therapeutic equestrian activities they provide for children with special needs is unique and impactful."
Carolyn and Steve stepped up to fill the shoes of retiring board members Mary Anne Krejci, a founding donor who will continue serving the fund as a member of its grants committee, and Scott Siddall, who served as the fund's financial officer prior to Steve's appointment. Bath Township has benefited greatly from Krejci's and Siddall's service, both as advisory board members and community advocates.
For more information about how you can get involved with Bath Community Fund, contact Deb Hoffman, Affiliate Fund Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.