Richland County Foundation Women’s Fund Grants Over $25,000

The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation recently awarded $25,100 to 14 organizations during its annual luncheon. The endowed fund exceeds $1 million and has granted over $343,000 in the community since its inception in 1996.

The Women’s Fund grants are awarded to agencies that provide programs to empower women and girls. Grants were awarded this year to the following agencies and programs:

Catalyst Life Services received a grant for a community enrichment series for women and girls who are deaf and hard of hearing. The program will focus on financial independence, safety and self-advocacy.

A grant was awarded to Community Action for Capable Youth for its People Encouraging People program.  The program will bring teenagers and women together to talk about risk taking behaviors through interactive, small-group activities. The goal is to influence the girls to make changes in order to live a healthy and safe life.

The Harmony House received funding for its Transitions Program. Homeless women and their daughters need special support, guidance and services during their transition into and out of homelessness. Extra support will be provided through weekly activities to focus on stress reduction and coping skills as well as a mentorship program.  

The Independent Living Center of North Central Ohio received a grant for its Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren program. An Information Fair will be held in March to provide resources and services targeting senior women who are parenting grandchildren, step grandchildren and/or grand nieces and nephews.

The Mansfield Area Y received a grant to fund its American Red Cross Babysitters Course. The course is designed to teach girls ages eleven and up how to provide care to children in a safe, professional, and nurturing manner.

The North End Improvement Collaborative received funding for its Women on the Rise program. It is to support women in transition from public assistance to the workforce. The network will encourage women to move forward, connect assets, and develop confidence and leadership skills.

The Ohio State University at Mansfield received a grant for a Coding is Cool program. It will provide intermediate school African American girls in the Mansfield City School District an opportunity to explore a STEM-related field and empower them to consider new career options. 

The Parent Aide Program received funding for its Life Skills program which provides support at critical times. Parent Aide will provide help so women can achieve educational and parenting goals.

Pioneer Career and Technology Center received funding for its GRADS students to take a field trip to North Central State College to explore career paths, the admission process, and financial assistance. GRADS is an in-school Family and Consumer Science program for pregnant girls, expectant fathers, and young parents.

Pioneer Career and Technology Center received a grant for a women’s mentorship program. The program will meet monthly and have guest speakers to empower girls to become successful in the workforce.

Plymouth Shiloh Youth Volleyball received a grant to establish a youth league for girls in grades third through sixth to develop them physically, emotionally and socially.

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center received funding for an equine-facilitated class. Ten women referred from the Mental Health Docket of the Mansfield Municipal Court will participate. Horses are therapeutic by nature. The program is designed to teach the participant to manage stress, anxiety, frustration and anger by adjusting the way they ask a horse to perform a task.

The Salvation Army of Mansfield received a grant to fund its home economics after school program for teenage girls. The program will teach the girls life skills to promote independence.

The Third Street Family Health Services received a grant to purchase two new exam tables for its OB/GYN office.

    About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all of the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

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