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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

Local Philanthropic Collaborative Mobilizes $1.46 Million in COVID-19 Relief

Local Philanthropic Collaborative Mobilizes $1.46 Million in COVID-19 Relief

Date: June 24, 2020

Over the course of nine weeks, a local philanthropic collaborative including Stark Community Foundation mobilized $1.46 million in COVID-19 relief to area organizations serving Stark County’s most vulnerable. Of the $1.46 million awarded, $491,000 came directly from the Foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund, a flexible funding source that directly supports organizations affected by COVID-19. From March to May, the philanthropic collaborative funded more than 30 organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. Funding provided food,... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 3 with TomTod Ideas

Date: June 17, 2020

In our third Straight from Stark episode, hear from Joel Daniel Harris, executive dreamer at TomTod Ideas. As a nonprofit with a service model centered around being with middle school students in-person, the new social distancing guidelines required TomTod Ideas to quickly adjust so that it could continue providing resources to middle schoolers, their educators and the community. In this episode, you'll learn about: ways TomTod Ideas has responded to challenges raised by COVID-19 including remote learning how... Continue Reading

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