Women’s Fund Invests in Seven Nonprofits Serving Stark County Women and Children

The Women’s Fund, an endowment fund of Stark Community Foundation, recently announced the recipients of its 2023 grant cycle. Seven nonprofits received nearly $30,000 in support of local programs meeting the needs of underserved women and children in Stark County.

Chosen programs serve at least one of the fund’s three priority focus areas: economic stability and advancement, mental and emotional health support and neighborhood-based programming. This year’s grantees include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Massillon: $5,000 to be used for Arts & Conversation, a once-a-week after-school program to build confidence, awareness, life skills and mentoring for girls grades 4-12. Arts & Conversation uses art projects to help young women express who they are and how they feel, along with discussions based on lifestyle and life skills.
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: $2,980 to provide 20 clinicians with basic training in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) through completion of the online CAMS overview course. In addition, five clinicians who work with clients at higher risk for suicide will be able to complete more advanced training on the use of the CAMS model.
  • Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI): $5,000 to provide a shelter care package of personal care and practical items for new clients who enter DVPI’s emergency shelters in Canton and Massillon. Oftentimes these clients are experiencing a crisis due to a traumatic event and arrive with only the clothes they are wearing. The package also includes a trauma-informed handbook of DVPI policies and procedures and other pertinent information that clients can review and refer back to as they settle in and begin to heal.
  • Feed Kids First: $2,000 to help purchase food and hygiene supplies for the on-site pantry programs at eight schools in Canton City School District. The program’s purpose is to ensure food and basic needs are accessible to all students and families. Pantries are located directly inside each school and provide readily-accessible food assistance in a familiar, trusting environment that supports students and their families.
  • The GRACE Project: $4,050 to support the Culinary Club, a weekly, hands-on project that is conducted during a mid-day class period at Canton Harbor High School. Preparation of simple and healthy food will be led by GRACE staff and volunteers, with students planning and actively participating and sharing preparation tasks. This project will introduce students to friendly conversation around the kitchen table as they learn how to create simple, economical and nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Tri County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates: $3,192 to support pregnant and parenting youth with appropriate books and information and diaper bag backpacks. With these supports and resources made available, JOG youth are more likely to remain in the program and can focus on completing their education and fulfilling their career pathway goals.
  • YMCA of Central Stark County: $5,000 will fund the addition of Girl Time to the Y Minority Achievers Program, a college and career readiness program for minority teens. Mentoring sessions and workshops educate and empower teen girls to achieve their personal and professional goals.

The Women’s Fund was created in 2006 by 12 visionary women out of concern for the growing poverty status of women and children in the community. They pooled their resources to create a charitable fund that would advance the status of Stark County women and children in perpetuity. What started as an initial investment of $120,000 in 2006 has grown to nearly $750,000 through the support of donations from individuals, families and businesses coupled with wise investing. Since its founding, The Women’s Fund has awarded $215,000 to over 40 area nonprofits supporting underserved women and children.

Learn more about The Women’s Fund at www.starkcf.org/womensfund.

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