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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

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

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