MEDINA — The Medina County Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation is awarding 14 grants totaling $30,523 to a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.
This year, several grants will support free community arts programs and concerts, including a $1,000 grant to the Medina County Arts Council for the 2014 Arts Week Festival.
The festival, which will be the week of July 14, features free afternoon children’s events and evening musical performances in cities throughout the county.
Another arts-related grant of $1,200 will bring award-winning visual and musical art to the county by supporting the 37th Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition and the Jazz Under the Stars free community concert series.
A $3,000 grant to the Matthew 25 Coalition will support its Transportation Assistance Program, which provides fuel and auto repair vouchers for people in poverty who cannot afford to own or maintain their own vehicle.
The program specifically targets residents in rural areas of the county who need transportation to their jobs, school or medical appointments.
“Reliable transportation is critical for people in rural areas who are working to support their family,” said Tim Hagerty, the fund’s executive director. “In some cases, it may help a person with $15 a week in food stamps get to the farmers market so they can supplement their nutritional needs.
“This is the heart of giving a hand up.”
Other grants this year will provide preventive health services for uninsured women; offer grief counseling to bereaved individuals; and provide support groups for victims of domestic violence.
“We’re proud to make grants that enrich the lives of all Medina County residents, from Valley City to Wadsworth and Hinckley to Homerville,” Hagerty said.
The grants were announced Friday at the fund’s annual Spring into Summer event at the Fox Meadow Country Club in Montville Township.
Other grant recipients were:
• Battered Women’s Shelter, for domestic violence support groups in Medina County, $2,000.
• Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, in which student “backpack journalists” create print, web and video stories about Medina County initiatives for broadcast by Northeast Ohio media outlets, $3,000.
• Children’s Center of Medina County, to increase the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse by purchasing educational materials to distribute to families and professionals in Medina County, $1,823.
• City of Wadsworth, for landscaping surrounding the Boy with the Leaky Boot Statue, which was built in honor of the city’s bicentennial celebration, $1,500.
• Cornerstone of Hope, for grief counseling and educational programs in Medina County, $2,000.
• Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall, for renovations to expand and modernize the Veterans Memorial Hall in Medina, $1,500.
• Medina Health Ministry, to provide free preventive care and health education to uninsured, working women in Medina County, $6,000.
• Oaks Family Care Center, to support a mediation program that helps couples in crisis resolve parenting and financial conflicts, $3,000.
• ORMACO Inc., for the Jazz Under the Stars free concert series on Medina’s Public Square, $1,000.
• RePlay for Kids, to support toy adaptation workshops in Medina County high schools, where students use STEM skills to adapt toys for local children with disabilities, $2,000.
• Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, for suicide prevention and depression awareness programs at Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina high schools, $1,500.
For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.akroncf.org/MCCF.