July 1, 2016

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Endowment fund awards $12K to local nonprofits, reaches milestone

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund awarded $12,000 to seven local nonprofit organizations on Friday, bringing its total donations to more than $100,000 since 1998.

“We are so honored to be part of these organizations’ programs, and we welcome them to the growing list of MCWEF grant recipients,” said Cathy Posner, president of the fund’s advisory board and chairwoman of its grants review committee. “Their invaluable work is changing the lives of women and children across Medina County.”

The endowment fund supports organizations that improve life for the county’s women and children.

This year’s awards included:

• $3,000 to Friends of Medina County Parks Inc., which plans to build an inclusive playground accessible to children of all physical abilities at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township.

• $2,500 to Medina Health Ministry to provide free preventive care and health education to uninsured working women in the county.

• $2,500 to the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, which provides programming on suicide prevention and depression awareness at Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina high schools.

• $1,000 to Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, which gives programming to parents about Internet safety, sexting, bullying and abuse.

• $1,000 to the Matthew 25 Coalition, which provides prescription vouchers to women in southwest Medina County who can’t afford co-pays on medication.

• $1,000 to Oaks Family Care Center, which has a program to help single mothers learn to communicate effectively with their children’s fathers so they can work better as parents.

• $1,000 to RePlay for Kids, which puts on workshops in the county’s high schools to teach students to adapt toys for local children with disabilities.

“We are so proud to have awarded more than $100,000 in grants to nonprofits serving women and children in our community,” Posner said. “We look forward to the day when some of these projects will no longer be a pressing concern.”

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