The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley awarded $540,200 in grants and distributions for the second half of 2016. The funds include $84,500 in grants to 17 nonprofit organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties that made requests to the philanthropic funds that the Community Foundation manages. The remaining $455,700 was distributed by fund advisors apart from the grant process. Among grants from funds that the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley manages are:

$4,000: Basement Outreach Ministries in Warren for a weekly meal and food delivery service it provides to disadvantaged individuals. The Tuesday Night Family Meal and food distribution program are provided when other agencies are closed – Kennedy Family Fund.

$3,500: Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley Inc. to support the mentoring program for students in Lordstown, Niles, McDonald, Cardinal Mooney, Summit Academy and Warren schools – First Place Community Fund and Kennedy Family Fund.

$2,500 each:

Butler Institute of American Art, arts education programs in local schools – First Place Community Fund.

Creative Bridge Coalition, twice-weekly, music-based classes for students with special needs at The Fairhaven School, Youngstown City Schools and the Leonard Kirtz school – Kennedy Family Fund.

Making Kids Count Inc., “comfort kits” of toys, books, school supplies and other items for children and teens entering the foster care system in Trumbull County – VEC Community Fund and Kennedy Family Fund.

Opera Western Reserve, the November 2016 production of Carmen at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown — Ralph E. and Esther K. Meacham Memorial Fund.

Students Motivated by the Arts, for the lease and renovations at its new location in the Ohio One Building in downtown Youngstown — Kennedy Family Fund.

Youngstown Cityscape, develop a self-guided historical tour of sites throughout downtown Youngstown in partnership with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society — Kennedy Family Fund.

Homes For Kids Of Ohio, for additional behavior health and case management services at the Royal Mall, a low-income housing center in Niles; and meals at program meetings – Kennedy Family Fund.

The Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, an after-school program at Williamson Elementary that includes academic assistance, help with homework and parent engagement, and was credited with improved reading and math grades for those who participated in 2015 – Kennedy Family Fund.

$1,000 each:

Oak Hill Collaborative in Youngstown, to distribute credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computers to students for building technology skills. The devices plug into a television screen and keyboard to provide word-processing, internet browsing and other capabilities of a personal computer – E. Jeffrey & Carol A. Rossi Family Fund.

Youngstown Business Incubator, to educate students in Mahoning and Trumbull county high schools about 3D printing. Students learn the basics of 3D printing and 3D modeling and how to launch a technology startup — First Place Community Fund.

Beneficiaries of $455,700 in distributions:

Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, American Cancer Society of Cleveland, Angels for Animals, Inc., Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, Awana Clubs International, Beatitude House, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Boardman Booster Club, Boardman Township Park, Catholic University of America, Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley, Fund for Our Economic Future; Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America, Interfaith Home Maintenance Service Inc., John F. Kennedy High School, Junior League of Youngstown Inc., Leukemia and Lymphoma Societ Inc., Mahoning County Bar Association Foundation, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, Making Kids Count, Mercy Health Development Foundation, Midlothian Free Health Clinic, Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, Ohio State University Athletic Department, Park Vista Retirement Community, Penguin Club, Poland Township, Springfield Township Fire Department, Students Motivated By the Arts, Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, Valley Counseling Services, Inc., Walsh University, Warren G. Harding High School, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster College, Yellow Brick Place, Youngstown Business Incubator, Youngstown City School District.

Source: Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

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