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Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund awards 2013 grants

UPublish story by Tracy Burt

Funding supports mental, physical health programs for women, children

MEDINA, Ohio (June 11, 2012) – The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation, announced its 2013 grant distributions Friday. Grants totaling $9,100 were awarded to six qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving women and children in Medina County.

Since its inception in 1998, the fund has awarded 62 grants for a total of $99,452 to nonprofits with programs that benefit women and children in Medina County.

One of the programs receiving a grant from Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance for an education program it is creating for Medina High School that focuses on recognizing teen depression and preventing suicide.

“According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health, more than 20 percent of high school students have seriously considered suicide,” said Marsha Pappalardo, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund board president. “Helping prevent suicide is such an important initiative, and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is proud that we can provide funding that will help inform Medina County students about depression and suicide, and let them know where to turn for help.”

Other grants this year will provide food for residents in need, adapted toys for children with disabilities and training for those who care for them.

The following is a full list of organizations receiving grants from the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund:

Catholic Charities Community Services Corporation, for assault prevention workshops for Medina County elementary school students, $3,000

Feeding Medina County, for a partnership with the Medina County Juvenile Courts that teaches life skills to troubled teens by growing fresh food for distribution through a community garden, $2,000

Mobile Meals Inc., for nutrition education and healthy meals for women and children in need, $600

RePlay for Kids, to create adapted toys for children with disabilities, $1,000

Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County Inc., for a sitter training program for caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, $1,500

Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, to prevent suicide in Medina County high schools by helping teens recognize the warning signs in themselves and their peers, $1,000

About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the quality of life of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has made grants totaling more than $90,000. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 58 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $150 million with a growing family of more than 430 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $106 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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