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Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 12 with the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County

Date: September 16, 2020

In our most recent Straight from Stark episode, hear from Krista Allison and Sarah Schmidt of the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County, and learn about its recent 15 Day Unity Challenge to Dismantle Racism. The challenge, which can be completed at any time, is designed to help people explore race, power, privilege and leadership and provide a variety of tools to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. In this episode, you'll learn about: the community... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 11 with Stark Library

Date: August 25, 2020

In this week's Straight from Stark episode, learn how Stark Library engages people from all corners of our community through a common love for learning and reading. When it had to close its branches in March because of COVID-19, the Library continued to provide services to its patrons through digital programming and online resources. Now, all Stark Library locations are open to the public once again, with new guidelines to keep patrons and staff safe. In... Continue Reading

Deadline Approaching for Health and Wellness Grant Proposals

Date: August 24, 2020

Health Foundation of Greater Massillon (HFGM), a supporting foundation of Stark Community Foundation, is accepting grant proposals for its fall grant cycle. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, August 31 at 4:30 p.m. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, school, church or government entity in good standing with the IRS. Proposals must demonstrate well-planned programs and activities that promote physical, emotional and mental health and also directly impact residents living in Western Stark, Northern... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 10 with Mental Health Organizations

Date: August 14, 2020

In our most recent Straight from Stark episode, hear from a panel of local organizations serving our community's mental health needs including Joe French, CEO of Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Michelle Smith, chief officer of crisis services at Coleman Professional Services, and Allison Esber, systems initiative manager at Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought stress, anxiety and fear to many, creating an increased need for mental health services in... Continue Reading

2019 THINKBIG Results Reflect the Community’s Optimistic Future

Date: August 12, 2020

On October 25, 2019, individuals from all walks of life joined together for 170 engaging and inspiring discussions that took place in libraries, restaurants, office breakrooms, coffee shops, homes and everywhere in between to brainstorm solutions to community needs while celebrating the good in Stark County. Following these THINKBIG community conversations, participants were asked to complete a short survey about their thoughts, discussions and ideas they have to move our community forward. Nearly 800 surveys were... Continue Reading

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

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