Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
In the early 2000s, Stark Community Foundation spearheaded an effort to create a charitable fund for women by women. Soon thereafter, The Women’s Fund was created by 12 local women to support women and children in Stark County. Since its inception, The Women's Fund has awarded nearly $150,000 to assist underserved women and children of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, races and abilities in our community.
Most recently, The Women's Fund awarded over $21,000 in grants to area programs including Dolly Parton's Imagination Library through the Stark Library. This unique program mails a free, new book every month to participating children from birth to age five – meaning kids could add 60 books to their personal libraries! Age-appropriate books are selected by experts in the education field, and there is no cost to sign up a child for the program. Thanks to a generous $3,000 grant from The Women's Fund, more children in our community will be inspired to dream more, do more and be more.
VIDEO: Diaper Bank
In this week's Straight from Stark episode, you'll hear from Shannon English Hexamer about how the Stark County Diaper Bank is working with distribution partners across the county to provide free diapers to families in need. Watch the six-minute video now »
Market Update
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COVID-19 Funding
Don't forget that if you are a local 501(c)(3) organization, tax-exempt private agency or government entity that's been impacted by COVID-19, you are eligible to apply for funding. While priority will be given to organizations that serve the under-served, all grant applications will be considered. Learn more and apply »
VIDEO: Refuge of Hope
Did you catch our Facebook Live episode of Straight from Stark last week? Refuge of Hope's Director of Development Jo Ann Carpenter gave us a tour and shared what the nonprofit is doing to continue providing meals, shelter and hope for those in need – even during a pandemic. Watch now »
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