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Akron Community Foundation awards $1.8 million in grants

Beacon Journal staff report

The board of directors at the Akron Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $1.8 million.

More than $1.3 million was allocated in 176 grants from designated, donor-advised, agency endowment or scholarship funds.

There were 29 discretionary grants totaling $507,500, almost all directed to support local health and human services programs.

The recipients of the discretionary funds include:

• ACCESS, Inc., to provide housing and assistance to homeless women and children, $25,000.

• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, for food distribution, $50,000.

• American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, for transportation services, $10,000.

• AxessPointe Community Health Center Inc., for a program to combine primary and behavioral health care, $25,000.

• Battered Women’s Shelter, for crisis intervention and emergency services, $35,000.

• Beacon Journal Charity Fund Inc., to teach third-graders about dental health, $7,500.

• Bridges Summit County/UWSC, for the Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty workshops, $30,000.

• Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, for the $170 million Building on the Promise campaign for the campus expansion, $25,000.

• CORE Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to needy families in Summit County, $5,000.

• First Glance Student Center, Inc., for the Teen Moms parenting program for young moms and dads, $10,000.

• Freedom House for Women Inc., for a program to help prevent housing evictions, $10,000.

• Info Line Inc., for the Emergency Food Line that provides families with referrals to area food pantries, $20,000.

• Institute for Conservation Leadership, to create a report on the local food network, $20,000.

• International Institute of Akron, to teach refugees how to navigate the health-care system, $18,000.

• Interval Brotherhood Home, for program to measure success of sobriety initiatives, $10,000.

• Jewish Family Service, to prevent the eviction of seniors in subsidized housing, $5,000.

• Mature Services Inc., to provide in-home assistance to low-income seniors, $10,000.

• Mental Health America of Summit County, to assist families with children with severe emotional disorders through the PEERS project, $12,000.

• Mobile Meals Inc., to provide meals and supplements, $35,000.

• Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry, for OPEN M’s free clinic, $15,000.

• Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women with long-acting, reversible contraception, $15,000.

• Portage Path Behavioral Health, to upgrade to an integrated electronic health record system, $20,000.

• Prevent Blindness Ohio, to provide eye care to children and adults, $10,000.

• Rebuilding Together Summit County Inc., to provide home repair services, $15,000.

• Summa Health System, for the Center for Health Equity, $10,000.

• Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, for educational programs to help men become better fathers, $20,000.

• United Disability Services, to help individuals with severe disabilities secure unsubsidized employment, $15,000.

• Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and trauma, $20,000.

• Victory Gallop Inc., to provide therapeutic horseback riding, $5,000.

In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the Akron Community Foundation. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or go to


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