The Millennium Fund for Children is a partnership of the Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal.

It makes grants to programs and initiatives for the betterment of children’s lives. Recipient organizations often make big differences with small budgets.

Hattie Larlham’s Youth Volunteer Corps is one of the groups benefiting this year from a Millennium Fund grant. Among myriad others are a walking program at Jennings school in Akron to fight childhood obesity and a production at Magical Theatre Company in Barberton of the youth-focused program “Bullying: Not Funny.”

Readers interested in supporting programs of this type are encouraged to contribute to the Millennium Fund for Children, either by using the coupon below or by clicking the “Initiatives” tab at, where more information is available.