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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 Board Approves $771,036 in Grants at July Meeting


Rekindling community pride in Lorain with the assistance of Vietnam Veterans.


            Elyria, OH, August 9, 2017

Recruiting Vietnam Veteran artists to beautify Lorain, teaching techie girls to code, and continuing to provide care and advocacy services for youth are just a few of the programs the Community Foundation of Lorain County is supporting with its recent grant awards.

$14,560 grant to the Lorain Arts Council will recruit and hire six Vietnam Veterans to help plan and create a mural in downtown Lorain.

Tech-minded girls in the Knollwood and Forestlawn Elementary Schools in Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District will learn coding and computer programming, how to build apps, and website design through a $13,000 grant to Techcorps. Camps will be held in 2018.

$3,300 grant is helping Voices for Children recruit volunteer Guardians ad Litem who advocate for youth in the domestic relations court system. In 2016, 150 volunteers worked over 16,000 hours to represent 415 children in Lorain County.

Over $771,000 in grants were awarded, the complete list of grants follows.

38 Total Grants = $771,036

Arts & Culture ‑ $127,430

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
      Transforming science and health education in Lorain County schools ‑ $14,370

      Summer Music Festival ‑ $3,500

Great Lakes Theater Festival
      2017‑2018 Great Lakes Theater education programs in Lorain County ‑ $35,000

Lorain Arts Council
      Lorain Arts Council mural project ‑ $14,560

Lorain Historical Society
      Children's History Center programming ‑ $25,000

Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras
      2017‑2018 season ‑ $25,000

Oberlin Children's Shakespeare Project
      General operating support ‑ $7,500

Oberlin Choristers
      Financial aid for minority students ‑ $2,500

Civic Affairs ‑ $40,000

Lorain County Urban League
      General operating support ‑ $40,000

Education ‑ $51,075

Atmosphere Adventures
      Science enrichment in Lorain County schools ‑ $12,000

College Now Greater Cleveland, Inc.
      College Access Advising in Lorain County ‑ $20,000

Du Bois Project
      Supplies for children's activities ‑ $3,000

Educational Service Center of Lorain County
      Lorain County Spelling Bees ‑ $3,075
      STEAM and Young Authors:  Preparing Students for Successful Futures ‑ $8,700

Herrick Memorial Library
      Literacy for the Wellington Latchkey Program ‑ $4,300

Environment ‑ $15,000

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
      Elyria Schools participation at Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center ‑ $5,000

Western Reserve Land Conservancy
      Land protection activities in Lorain County ‑ $10,000

Health & Health Outreach ‑ $131,716

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center
      Evolving and enhancing services for Lorain County's deaf and hard of hearing communities ‑ $10,000

Family Planning Services of Lorain County
      General operating support ‑ $50,000

The Gathering Place
      Cancer support outreach ‑ $9,716

Lorain County Free Clinic
      General operating support, capital sustainability, & transition‑ $62,000

Housing & Shelter ‑ $39,105

Neighborhood Housing Services
      Oberlin Community Land Trust planning & organization ‑ $14,105

Primary Purpose Center, Inc.
      General operations ‑ $25,000

Law Enforcement and Legal Aid ‑ $40,000

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
      Ensuring shelter, safety and economic security through legal aid ‑ $25,000

Lorain County Sheriff's Department Auxiliary
      Digital radios for Lorain County Auxiliary deputies ‑ $15,000

Science & Technology ‑ $13,000

      Techie Camp: Girl Power! ‑ $13,000

Social Services ‑ $246,300

Catholic Charities Corporation
      Emergency assistance services ‑ Lorain County ‑ $77,500

Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House
      Aftercare program and general operating support ‑ $50,000

Lorain County Lutheran Presbyterian Cooperative Ministries
      Food distribution and emergency assistance services: food pantries, hot meals, and community programs ‑ $12,500

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
      Volunteer guardianship of Lorain County ‑ $23,000

Neighborhood Alliance
      Haven Center Support ‑ $50,000

Oberlin Community Services Council
      Cultivating Hope project ‑ $25,000

Second Baptist Church
      Hot meals for seniors ‑ $5,000

Voices for Children
      Volunteer recruitment and support ‑ $3,300

Youth Development ‑ $67,410

Achievement Centers for Children
      Day and residential camp opportunities for adults and children with disabilities ‑ $7,500

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County
      After school teen programming ‑ $24,910

Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland
      Career‑readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education for Lorain County students ‑ $10,000

P.A.C.E. Foundation
      General operating support ‑ $25,000

We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency