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Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 9 with Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Date: July 30, 2020

Every year, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides food for more than 200,000 people in our community through food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other hunger-relief partners. That number has surged because of the pandemic, and the Foodbank has been actively responding to our community’s 41% increase in food insecurity due to its difficult economic effect. This time of crisis has shown how essential the Foodbank is to feeding and proving hope for residents. In Episode... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 8 with the Stark County Diaper Bank

Date: July 23, 2020

In this week’s Straight from Stark episode, 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. Statistics show that an infant needs up to 12 diapers each day, which equates to almost $1,000 a year spent on diapers alone. The Stark County Diaper Bank’s hope is to relieve some of that financial burden for low-income families... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 7 with Refuge of Hope

Date: July 17, 2020

In episode 7 of Straight from Stark, we’re at Refuge of Hope Ministries to talk with Jo Ann Carpenter, director of development, as she gives us a look into the nonprofit’s mission to supply meals for hungry families, provide emergency shelter for homeless men and assist those men with transition to independence— even during a pandemic. Since early March, Refuge of Hope has provided 11 hot carry-out meals each week for families in need and has... Continue Reading

Stark Community Foundation Accepting COVID-19 Grant Applications

Date: July 15, 2020

Stark Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area organizations impacted by COVID-19. In order to be eligible for funding in this competitive process, grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS and either located within Stark County or directly benefitting Stark County. Applications will also be considered from tax-exempt private agencies and government entities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a need for funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 6 with Habitat for Humanity

Date: July 9, 2020

While Ohio's stay-at-home order was in effect, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio quickly witnessed the impact the order had on families who were living in unsafe, unsuitable and unaffordable housing. How can a family shelter in place in an unsafe environment that they can't afford? However, for the first time in 32 years, Habitat didn't know if it would be able to build houses because of COVID-19. The nonprofit recognized the heightened need for safe,... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 5 with Local Arts Organizations

Date: July 2, 2020

In our fifth Straight from Stark episode, hear from a panel of local arts leaders, including Robb Hankins, president and CEO of ArtsinStark, Michelle Charles, president and CEO of Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Alex Coon, executive director of the Massillon Museum. In a time where we need inspiration more than ever, these area arts organizations have been hard at work bringing our community together through virtual events, digital programming and socially-distanced opportunities to appreciate... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 4 with Goodwill

Date: June 25, 2020

In our fourth Straight from Stark episode, hear from Anne Richards, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio. When it was forced to close its shopping locations in March, Goodwill Iost 90% of its revenue. That revenue provides the primary funding of the organization’s mission services, including rape crisis services, parenting classes and many other programs that support individual and community development. In this episode, you'll learn about: how COVID-19 has... Continue Reading

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