Celebrating ALL that Lorain County has to Offer!

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou 

My heart is full as I am still savoring the joy and immense gratitude that I felt at our annual meeting last week. Being able to see so many of you face-to-face, give overdue hugs, and be together to celebrate was a gift. We are so grateful to all of you that joined us in person and virtually to recognize and honor our Affiliate Funds and the Community Impact Award recipients, our 2021 Jim Doughman Community Service Award recipient Catherine Woskobnick, and all our community partners that work diligently to foster a healthy community every day.  

Of the many programs, people, and partners that we highlighted this year, featuring our young people and the accomplishments of our Youth Fund were among the most inspiring part of our annual gathering During a year that tested their resilience, our youth showed up, stepped up, and completely exceeded our expectations. They serve and guide our Youth Fund, engage and inspire through the Toni Morrison Essay Contest, and celebrate our scholarship recipients. Now it is our turn to step up for our young people through Lorain County Scholars Connect 

We know that scholarships open the door to opportunity, but opening the door isn’t enough. Students — especially first-generation college students – need support, and that is where our Lorain County Scholars Connect program comes in. As many of us called or visited with our fathers or father figures on Father’s Day, we are reminded of the power of connection, especially in a young person’s life. That may look different for each of us, but we can think of a person that made an impact on our lives, provided guidance at a pivotal time, or was just there when we needed them. Lorain County Scholars Connect is a real opportunity to connect with our youth, and you can help in a big way. We are looking for 500 individuals to mentor students across Lorain County as part of our Lorain County Scholars Connect mentoring program. Your involvement in this program will make a difference for our next generation as they aspire to realize their promise. A trusted mentor has been proven time again to open eyes to opportunities and share social capital in ways that can be truly transformative for young people.  Check out details about the program and register to be a mentor today. While this is a new program, I can promise you that you will find it rewarding.   

 One of the most hopeful moments of the year is the scholarship celebration we host at our office.  In a year where you helped us distribute over $415K in scholarships to 148 students across Lorain County in our competitive scholarship process, this joyous occasion shines a well-deserved spotlight on our scholarship recipients and their families.  Since our inception over 40 years ago, we have distributed over $9M in scholarships. While we are proud of this number, the need for affordable, attainable education is immense. We know the transformational power of education, and you can be a part of it. You can donate (any amount!) to a scholarship fund, create a scholarship fund of your own, sign-up to be a mentor, or share an idea with us on how we can creatively address the need in our community.  

Speaking of inspiring young people, we are fortunate to have our Leadership Lorain County intern and new fellow working with us this summer. Cole Thompson, who attends Baldwin Wallace University and is a scholarship recipient himself, and our new Community Engagement Fellow Miyah Byers. We are excited to have them with us, and we are inspired by their interest in our mission to Connect People Who Care with Causes that Matter 

Enjoy this beautiful weather and the long summer days. They are fleeting for sure but full of opportunities for memories while they are here.  

Be well,    

Cindy  

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