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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

Community Foundation Grant Provides Financial Help for Lorain County Breast Cancer Patients

Grant round marks $90 million giving milestone.

Loss of income is often the largest uncovered cost that any family or individual undergoing cancer treatment must face.

Formidable medical expenses can reach tens of thousands of dollars, leaving little mystery as to why medical debt continues to be a leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States.

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.

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.

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

Oberlin Choristers
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

Atmosphere Adventures
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

Veggie U
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

Neighborhood Alliance
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


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