Immediate Impact Alert Update
Stark Community Foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund was created in late 2015 as a simple way for area residents to effectively and immediately respond to our community's most urgent needs. When pressing needs arise, the Foundation sends targeted communication with all the need-to-know information, potential solutions and ways residents can help. Throughout the years, the Immediate Impact Alert Fund has helped feed the hungry, replace a faulty fire alarm system, preserve and protect deteriorating historic murals and support disaster relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. Today, the fund is supporting local organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last few months, we've seen the care and compassion of Stark County firsthand through the outpouring of support we have received to our Immediate Impact Alert Fund. Individuals, families and businesses throughout the county have donated gifts of all sizes to the fund. It's inspiring to witness how our community continues to be supportive, caring and generous throughout this challenging time.
To date, a local philanthropic collaborative has collectively awarded $1.46 million to area organizations providing critical services to our community's most vulnerable, $491,000 of which came directly from the Foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund. Generous support to the fund has made a difference for many area organizations including Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, JRC, Stark County Diaper Bank, United Way of Greater Stark County and YMCA of Central Stark County.
Although Ohio is starting to safely and slowly reopen, the need will continue in the months and likely years ahead. You can continue to show your support for organizations affected by COVID-19 by making a gift to Stark Community Foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund today »
Grantmaking Response
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stark Community Foundation is focusing its community responsive grantmaking toward emergency funding. If you feel your organization has a need relative to this crisis, you can learn more and apply here » 
Faith in Stark Fund
Nearly 140 Stark County small businesses have received more than $500,000 in charitable support through the Faith in Stark Fund at Stark Community Foundation. The fund was created to help businesses with 10 or fewer employees survive during this challenging economic time. Read more »
Pegasus Farm
Due to COVID-19, Pegasus Farm's equestrian and adult day services programs were suspended, but the need to take care of its horses remained. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Margaret B. Eschliman Animal Protective Fund, Pegasus is able to continue providing direct care for its 38 specialty-trained horses. Continue reading »
Farm to School Program
Established in 2013, the Stark County Educational Service Center's Farm to School Program strives to connect classrooms, cafeterias and communities. A $30,000 Future of Food Security Implementation Grant from Stark Community Foundation recently supported the program that uniquely engages Stark County students in nutrition education and consumption of locally-sourced food through hands-on activities such as taste tests, procurement of local nutritious foods, field trips to farms and implementation of school gardens. While some activities were able to take place as originally scheduled during the academic year, others were slightly altered when the pandemic forced school districts to transition to remote learning. Most recently, students in the program had the opportunity to learn more about our community's food system by touring local farms virtually. Tour the local farms »
Canton Local School District, one of the many school districts participating in the Farm to School Program, distributed seed packets in its students to-go meal bags as a way to positively influence children's eating habits. The original plan was to plant gardens at school, but given the pandemic situation, students are now able to take their remote learning outdoors and start their own gardens at home. Ashley Ritz, the nutrition services director for the district, shared in a recent interview with News 5 Cleveland that the program is empowering families to grow their own fresh food and teaching lifelong lessons.
Ask Amy
Are you curious about a local organization's programs, but don't feel comfortable contacting the organization directly? Do you want to support financial literacy, but you aren't sure which organizations work in that space? Have you been wondering what our community's greatest needs are due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Amy Weisbrod, our director of donor relations, can help answer your charitable giving questions! Amy is here to help you on your personal path of philanthropy and is always available to answer your questions. Ask Amy »
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