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Community Foundation Board Approves $793,894 in Grants

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            Elyria, OH, December 23, 2014 ‑ The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Lorain County voted to approve grants totaling $793,894 at its December 17th meeting. The Community Foundation awards general competitive grants from over 550 endowed Funds in five program areas: Arts and Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Health, and Social Services. Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service and organizations must be located in or provide services to residents within Lorain County.

Thirty eight local agencies were awarded grants that will contribute to numerous programs and services benefiting Lorain County residents. A few examples of grants awarded to the county at large are highlighted below, followed by a complete list of all funded grants.

Elyria City Health Department has received $18,748 grant for the purchase of 250 infant survival kits. In 2012, Ohio recorded 1,045 infants who died before their first birthdays. The rates were 6.4 deaths per 1,000 live births for white infants, and 14 deaths per 1,000 live births for African American infants. In Lorain County, the rate for African American infants is 24 deaths for every 1,000 live births. "Sleep Safe" is a statewide awareness campaign to help reduce the number of babies that die in unsafe sleep environments. Elyria City Health Department will provide a survival kit to low-income new mothers. Included in each kit is a wearable blanket sleeper, a Pack n Play crib sheet, a pacifier approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a portable crib. This grant made possible by contributions from: Alfred T. Askew Fund, the First Merit Bank Elyria Region Fund, the Michelle and Kent Hageman Family Fund, the Jerry Janasko Fund, the Mary Elizabeth Keller Fund, the Carolyn and Edward Martin Fund, the North Ohio Heart Center Fund, the Helen Steiner Rice Foundation Fund, the Smitty Fund, and the Ernie and Ruth Watts Fund.

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (LACADA) has received a $50,000 grant for general operating support. LCADA provides a comprehensive range of alcohol and drug services for adolescents, adults, family members, and the handicapped. Substance abuse and its related problems are growing in Lorain County: Among Ohio's 88 counties, Lorain County has the fourth highest number of felony drug arrests on roads (State Highway Patrol, July 2013). This grant was made possible by contributions from an anonymous Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Fund, the Pat Lindley Charitable Fund, and the Robert J. and Helen J. Woodward Fund.

Salvation Army Elyria Corps has received a grant for $37,242 to provide partial support for staff salaries and emergency assistance for residents in Elyria, Grafton, LaGrange, Lorain, and Wellington. Staff are responsible for helping clients with emergency services, including utility assistance vouchers, public assistance referrals, food pantry, hot meals, and seasonal assistance (e.g., school supplies, Christmas). This grant was made possible by contributions from: the First Federal Savings of Lorain Fund, the Greater Wellington Area Public Health Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, the Modern Poured Walls Community Fund, and the Dale Yost Family Fund.

Second Harvest has been awarded a grant for $50,000 that will increase resources to the hunger network. In Lorain County, Second Harvest provides food to 69 member organizations that offer soup kitchens, food pantries, shelter for the homeless, after-school programs, and Backpack programs (where children receive backpacks filled with food for the weekend). This grant was made possible by contributions from: an anonymous Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, the Modern Poured Walls Community Fund, the Jane and Eric Nord Fund, and the Sanford and Thelma Slutzker Family Fund.

Veggie U: has been awarded a $10,000 1:2 challenge grant to support general operations. The grant will match $1 to every $2 that Veggie U raises in general contributions. Veggie U is located in Oberlin, and it provides a turn-key, standards-based science curriculum that engages children in the process of growing vegetables and making healthy dietary choices through a hands-on educational curriculum for use in the classrooms. In 2013-2014, Veggie U served the following school districts: Amherst, Lorain, and Midview. Veggie U also provided programs at Holy Trinity School in Avon, Open Door Christian School in Elyria, and Summit Academy in Lorain. For 2015, Veggie U plans to add programs for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities at Murray Ridge School in Elyria and Spectrum Resource Center and School in Lorain. This grant is made possible by contributions from: the Hickory Tree Grange Fund, the Nancy J and John Scott IV Fund, and the Stephens Family Fund.

Arts & Culture ‑ $66,845

Baldwin Wallace University
        Conservatory Outreach Summer Programs for Lorain County Students ‑ $5,300
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts
        General Operating Support ‑ $22,000
Lorain County Historical Society
        Community Educational Outreach Part XIII ‑ $13,050
Lorain Palace Civic Center
        Financial audit ‑ $5,000
Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.
        History Education Outreach ‑ $21,495

Civic Affairs ‑ $85,707
Leadership Lorain County

        Internship program and general operating support ‑ $23,000
Lorain County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
        Financial audit ‑ $3,250
Lorain County Reentry Coalition
        Community Coordination for Successful Reentry ‑ $24,457
Main Street Amherst
        General Operating Support ‑ $10,000
Main Street Wellington
        General Operating Support ‑ $15,000
Oberlin Business Partnership
        General operating support: Challenge Grant ‑ $10,000

Education ‑ $77,302
Educational Service Center of Lorain County

        Lorain County Spelling Bee 2014‑15 ‑ $3,782
        Be Well ‑ $10,000
Invent Now, Inc.
        Camp Invention Program in Clearview Schools and professional development for Lorain County teachers ‑ $26,850
Oberlin Community Services Council
        Removing Barriers, Opening Opportunities:  OCS GED Program ‑ $10,770
Scholastic Games of Lorain County
        Scholastic Games of Lorain County Radio Quiz ‑ $5,900
University Circle, Inc.
        Early Learning Initiative in Lorain City Schools‑ $10,000
Veggie U
        General operating support: Challenge Grant ‑ $10,000

Health ‑ $211,498
Elyria City Health Department

        Sleep Safe: Lorain County infant mortality reduction program ‑ $18,748
Lorain County Free Clinic
        General Operating Support ‑ $50,000
Lorain County General Health District
        Car Seat Program ‑ $4,000
Mercy Foundation of Lorain County
        Mercy Parish Nursing Program ‑ $50,000
W. G. Nord Mental Health Center
        Emergency/Crisis Services ‑ $43,750
Prevent Blindness Ohio
        Vision Care Outreach, Lorain County ‑ $15,000

Social Services ‑ $352,742
American Red Cross, Lake Erie Chapter

        General Operating Support ‑ $10,000
Avon / Avon Lake Community Resource Services
        Senior Assistance Program ‑ $5,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc.
        General Operating Support & Expansion ‑ $50,000
Blessing House
        Children's Crisis Care Facility ‑ $35,000
El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.
        General Operating Support ‑ $30,000
Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc
        General Operating Support ‑ $50,000
Let's Get Real Inc.
        General Operating Support ‑ $2,500
The Road to Hope Foundation
        General Office Support: Challenge Grant ‑ $15,000
Salvation Army Elyria Corps
        Emergency services for Elyria, Grafton, LaGrange, Lorain, and Wellington ‑ $37,242
Salvation Army Service Extension Department
        Life Skills Re‑entry Program ‑ $25,000
Save Our Children, Inc.
        After‑School Program ‑ $20,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio       
       Increasing Resources to the Hunger Network ‑ $50,000
United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Gr Cleveland
        Project SEARCH ‑ $5,000
Youth Challenge
        Lorain County Programs ‑ $18,000

            Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 550 endowed Funds valued at approximately $125 million dollars. Assets of the Funds are invested wisely and a percentage of those earnings provides $4.5 annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County. For more information on the Community Foundation visit www.peoplewhocare.org.

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