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Austin-Bailey foundation approves $180,800 in grants

Beacon Journal staff report

Trustees of the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation recently approved grant requests totaling $180,800 to 14 nonprofit organizations.

The money will support programs that promote the physical and mental health of residents in Stark, Wayne, Tuscarawas and Holmes counties.

Those receiving grants include:

• ABCD, $10,000 for a wheelchair van for transportation of Medicaid patients.

• Boys & Girls Club of Massillon, $15,000 for its Triple Play nutrition/fitness/personal program to combat obesity.

• Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, $9,800 to provide music therapy to each inpatient room.

• Early Childhood Resource Center, $4,000 for educational outreach to combat childhood obesity.

• Homeless Continuum of Care, $7,500 to support hotline to address homelessness in Stark County.

• Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County, $24,000 for behavioral health system assessment.

• New Leaf Center, $15,500 to support specialized medical care for Anabaptist children in the Mount Eaton area.

• Pegasus Farm, $10,000 to provide equine-assisted therapy through its Veterans Salute Program.

• Margaret B. Shipley Child Health Clinic, $15,000 for a pediatric nurse practitioner at Canton center.

• Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured, $10,000 for a part-time physician assistant.

• Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community, $5,000 for junior high education program regarding personal choices in smoking, drugs, alcohol and sexual conduct.

• Tuscarawas County General Health District, $20,000 for dental care.

• Viola Startzman Free Clinic, $25,000 for nurse practitioner at Wooster center.

• Western Stark Free Clinic, $10,000 for operating support at Massillon center.

In addition, Austin-Bailey provided $4,000 scholarships to students at Aultman College, Kent State University’s Stark Campus, Kent State University-Tuscarawas, Malone University, Stark State College, University of Mount Union and Walsh University who are engaged in health-related studies.

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine also received $11,000 for two scholarships from the foundation.

Austin-Bailey foundation awards grants twice a year. The next deadline is June 19.

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