People Who Care

Creative Giving Makes Philanthropy a Possibility for Lorain Family

Francisco and Theresa Hernandez

It’s all about family for Francisco and Theresa Hernandez. Both are natives of Lorain and graduates of Admiral King High School. Francisco, a veteran of the United States Air Force, got his Journeyman’s card and went on to work at the Avon Lake Ford plant. Theresa stayed home to raise their growing family. A lively flurry of children, grandchildren, and extended families pack their evenings and weekends with fun.

Francisco and Theresa were compelled to create the  Francisco and Theresa Hernandez Family Fund in January of 2000 as a component of the Hispanic Fund. Working with Rachel Ocasio (now the Relationship Manager here at the Community Foundation) in the Trust Department at Lorain National Bank (LNB), the couple wanted to contribute to their Fund through weekly donations and set up automatic transfers from their bank account to Community Foundation. They still make those weekly contributions to their Fund. In the 20+ years since the Fund’s inception, over $10K has supported organizations like Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP), El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Lorain County Free Clinic, Lorain County Urban League, Prevent Blindness, and Second Harvest Foodbank. 

At the Community Foundation, we often refer to the People Who Care. We are grateful and humbled that Francisco and Theresa chose to be a part of our philanthropic family.