Over $1M Announced in December Grants

Thanks to our donors, Community Foundation distributes over $1M in grants in a challenging year

Community Foundation of Lorain County Board of Directors announced over $1M in grant awards to 31 non-profit organizations. 

2020 has had an overwhelming effect on our community and the non-profits that serve Lorain County. “Thanks to our generous donors and our grants committee, we can continue to support our local non-profits during this challenging year,” says Cindy Andrews, President & CEO at the Community Foundation of Lorain County. “Many organizations have seen an increase in services.  We will continue to be responsive and support our community.”

Due to Covid-19, most of us will not be able to get together with our family members, and many vulnerable and older individuals will be alone this holiday. “Our grant of $25,431 will support outreach to seniors in six communities in southern Lorain County: Brighton, Huntington, Penfield, Pittsfield, Rochester, and Wellington,” says Maria Grega, Grants Committee Chair.  “Services include home-delivered meals, transportation to medical appointments, and supportive social work services.” 

As we approach the holiday season, organizations like RePlay for Kids are actively bringing joy to youth in our community. RePlay for Kids’ mission is to increase toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities. This year’s grant will enable RePlay for Kids to adapt toys for Lorain Public Library. The Library will create a lending library of bags with adapted toys and books for children. We thank the donors of the following funds for making this grant possible: Cy Pres Fund, Lorain Glass Company Fund, North Ohio Heart Center Fund, Ruth and Ted Jacobs Fund, Sanford and Thelma Slutzker Fund, and the Vanek Family Fund. Four of these funds are unrestricted, which gave the Community Foundation the most flexibility to use the funds to support programs addressing the most critical needs in the future. None of these donors would have known of the opportunity to adapt toys for children with disabilities when they established their funds.

If you would like to donate unrestricted dollars to our Touch the Future Fund or learn more about setting up an unrestricted fund to address future community needs, please contact our Development Officer, Laura Malone 440.984.7390 or visit peoplewhocare.org.

If you or someone you know needs a switch-adapted toy this season, please call RePlay for Kids at 216.536.1731 or visit replayforkids.org

December 2020 Grantees:

ACES Program: Achievement thru Community Education and Support$35K
Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services$5K
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County$50K
Blessing House$75K
Business Volunteers Unlimited$25K
Coalition for the Uninsured of Lorain County$38.7K
Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio$5K
Effective Leadership Academy$24.9K
El Centro de Servicios Sociales$55K
Elyria Arts Council$29.8K
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts$10K
Hospice of the Western Reserve, Inc.$25.4K
Humility of Mary Housing$35K
Karen P Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation$20K
Lorain Civic Center Committee$50K
The LCADA Way$50.4K
Lorain County Historical Society$25K
Lorain County LGBTQ+ and Allies Task Force$20.2K
Lorain County Office on Aging$25.4K
Lorain Public Library System$20K
Oberlin Business Partnership$7.5K
Main Street Vermilion$7.5K
Mercy Foundation of Lorain County$55K
National Inventors Hall of Fame$40K
North Pointe Ballet$7.6K
North Ridgeville Community Care$10K
Oberlin Choristers$10K
Oberlin Heritage Center$25K
Passages, Inc.$25K
Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter$7K
RePlay for Kids$14.1K
Road To Hope House Inc.$50K
Salvation Army$30K
Save Our Children$35K
Scholastic Games of Lorain County$6K
Youth Challenge$22K
Youth Opportunities Unlimited$10K