The Nakon Foundation, located in Avon, Ohio, provides assistance such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, transportation, medication, and medical insurance payments. Applications are taken once a year, but emergency assistance is available based on need.
A recent grant from the Community Foundation of Lorain County may help lessen this burden.
A $20,000 grant awarded to the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation will provide direct financial assistance to Lorain County residents undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
With the help of the Lorain County Community Foundation and other members of the Lorain County community, the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation has grown from a personal family tribute into a significant force in breast cancer patient assistance. Through this grant, we can now reach many more families here in Lorain County. ~ Matt Nakon, President, Board of Trustees, Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation.
Since 2003, nearly 100 individuals in Lorain County have received financial assistance from the Nakon Foundation.
The Community Foundation hopes raising awareness of the grant award will connect even more patients and families with this valuable resource.
This grant round marks a major milestone for Community Foundation giving. On July 20th, its Board of Directors approved 44 grants for a distribution of $849,454 from 88 Endowment Funds. Since 1980, the Community Foundation has now made over $90 million in grants back to the community.
It is so rewarding to be a matchmaker between donors and organizations making an impact in our community. Every dollar we grant is the result of gifts made by people who care about our community. ~ Brian Frederick, President and CEO of the Community Foundation.
Grants were also awarded to fund a yearlong urban swim program for low income youth, a child abuse prevention conference, a Lorain County interest free loan pilot program, expanding medical services in Lorain County to confront the opiate crisis, and many more. The complete list of grants awarded follows.
For more information about the Nakon Foundation and how to apply: www.nakonfoundation.org
Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 580 endowed Funds valued at approximately $117 million dollars. On average, $4.4 million is awarded annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County. Visit www.peoplewhocare.org.
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A Total of $849,454 in Grants Back to the Community.
Arts ‑ $152,000
Credo Summer Music Festival Outreach / Service Days ‑ $7,000
Great Lakes Theater Festival
2016‑2017 Education Programs in Lorain County ‑ $35,000
Lorain Historical Society
Exhibit Planning 2016 ‑ $20,000
Lorain Palace Civic Center
Safety First ‑ $28,000
The MAD Factory
Theater Arts Based Programming ‑ $7,500
Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras
Scholarships and General Operating Support ‑ $25,000
Oberlin Children's Shakespeare Project
General operating support ‑ $7,000
Scholarships for ethnic minorities ‑ $2,500
Ohio Dance Theatre
General Operating Support ‑ $20,000
Civic Affairs ‑ $142,340
Friendship Animal Protective League
Free Cat and Kitten Spay/Neuter Day in Elyria ‑ $10,000
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.
Refurbish FAITH House Apartments ‑ $5,000
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Access to Justice for Basic Needs for Lorain County Residents ‑ $22,500
Lorain County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
General Operating Support ‑ $15,000
Lorain County Metropolitan Park District
We Swim ‑ $9,840
Lorain County Urban League
Financial services and general operating support ‑ $25,000
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Land Protection Activities in Lorain County ‑ $10,000
Zion Community Development Corporation
General Operations ‑ $25,000
Education ‑ $115,041
Science Enrichment Project ‑ $15,000
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Science and Health Education for Rural Lorain County Schools ‑ $13,200
College Now Greater Cleveland, Inc.
College Access Advising ‑ $20,000
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
2017 Lorain‑Elyria School Partnership Program ‑ $14,110
Du Bois Project
Du Bois Project in Oberlin Public Schools ‑ $5,000
Educational Service Center of Lorain County
Building up STEAM for a Brighter Future and Spelling Bee ‑ $12,731
Herrick Memorial Library
Continuing Latchkey Literacy ‑ $4,300
Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland
K‑12 Economic Education for Lorain County Students ‑ $10,000
Lorain City Schools
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Field Trip ‑ $11,900
Second Baptist Church
Senior Nutrition and GED Assistance ‑ $3,800
Growing Healthy Children with Veggie U Classroom Gardens in Lorain County Schools ‑ $5,000
Health ‑ $139,823
Family Planning Services of Lorain County
General Operating Support ‑ $50,000
Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation
Direct financial aid to Lorain County residents with breast cancer ‑ $20,000
Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc.
Transportation Assistance ‑ $2,500
Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
Expansion of Medical Services ‑ $67,323
Social Services ‑ $320,250
Catholic Charities Corporation
Emergency Assistance in Lorain County ‑ $80,000
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center
Lorain Office General Operating Support ‑ $24,500
Family Promise of Lorain County, Inc.
General operating support ‑ $12,000
Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House
Aftercare Program and General Operating Support ‑ $50,000
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
After‑School Journey Program in Lorain Schools ‑ $10,750
Hebrew Free Loan Association Northeast Ohio
Lorain County‑Interest Free Loan Fund‑Pilot Program ‑ $25,000
Lorain Co Lutheran Presbyterian Cooperative Ministries
Hot Meals and Food Pantry Program ‑ $5,000
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Volunteer Guardianship Program of Lorain County ‑ $20,000
General Operating Support and Haven Center ‑ $50,000
W. G. Nord Mental Health Center
Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Prevention Conference ‑ $8,000
Oberlin Community Services Council
Financial Literacy Program and General Operating Support ‑ $25,000
The Road to Hope Foundation
Staff Salaries ‑ $10,000