With Gratitude to Our Community

By Cindy Andrews

We are excited about our recently-published annual report celebrating 40 years of Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter. You can find it on our website peoplewhocare.org, or we would be happy to mail you a copy. 

We have received great feedback, as well as an update on one of our Legacy Stories. Specifically, while King is a familiar name in Lorain, Dorothy and Elizabeth King were not the children of Admiral King.

How wonderful that we have community members like Jane and Ben Norton, who knew the King sisters and wanted us to know the real story. They encouraged us to visit with Barb Piscopo at the Lorain Historical Society, who shared with us the book: Images of America: Lorain, Ohio. We quickly learned of the many King families in Lorain. 

Dorothy and Elizabeth were members of the King family that were one of the earliest to settle in Lorain. The Kings built a substantial and beautiful home during the last half of the 1800s, according to Images of America: Lorain, Ohio. Highlighted in the story and pictured in front of the house is Henry George King, who later became a lawyer in Lorain. On the porch is Dorothy King, his younger sister. A 1902 fire caused the house to burn to the ground.

After the fire, the family moved into the remodeled carriage house in the back and continued to live there until the last family member, Elizabeth King, died in the late 1900s. Upon her passing, the city bought the property, which added many acres to Lakeview Park. Her estate created the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund. 

In walking through Lakeview Park, one senses the history of the community. Likewise, it allows learning more of the many stories of People Who Care that have participated in the upkeep and ongoing investment in Lakeview Park and the Lorain County MetroParks.

Throughout this year, as we celebrate 40 years of impact in our community, we will continue to share both our history and the stories of those who have helped to shape the work of our Community Foundation. We will also offer accounts of those who have created endowments to sustain impactful work.  

I wanted to share some important work and thinking being done by our Community Foundation Board. The Board’s Community Engagement Committee drafted, and the full Board adopted a Statement on Racism, Inequality, and Segregation. That statement recognizes inequality in our community today and serves as a call to action addressing that inequality. One of the first actions coming out of that statement is a challenge adopted by our staff and Board: the YWCA 21 Day Challenge. Thanks to Jeanine Donaldson and the YWCA Board and Regan Philips and the MHARS Board for raising our awareness of this 21 Day challenge to promote Racial Equity in our community. The challenge involves readings, videos, and other materials that enlighten, educate, and inform about racism. Will you join us…?

Finally, for our younger community members, we have been focused on a different letter each month. From our Philanthropy Book, the letter for July is the letter “T” – for Talent. Use your unique Talents to show your love toward people in need. Act in ways to show them how you know that they are essential. Let us all look for ways to help one another.

Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to continue to honor each other and all members of our community.