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Millennium Fund for Children
Posted on 12/17/2018
Image of Millennium Fund Logo(Courtesy Beacon Journal)

The Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children has selected 31 recipients of grants totaling $43,750 this year for children’s programs throughout Greater Akron.

The fund, a partnership of the Akron Beacon Journal/ and Akron Community Foundation, began in 1999 when local residents donated their last hour’s pay of the millennium to support children’s causes in the next century and beyond. Since then, thanks to gifts of all kinds and sizes, the endowment has grown to more than $1 million and awarded more than 500 grants to programs that meet children’s basic needs, teach important life skills, enrich students’ lives through visual and performing arts, and more.

The fund continues to seek gifts both large and small from individual residents and corporations.

“No matter the size, every gift to the Millennium Fund for Children impacts the lives of children in our community for years to come,” said Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr.

Grants support children’s programs throughout the Akron Beacon Journal/’s audience coverage area, which includes Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, Wayne and Cuyahoga counties.

The community foundation’s board of directors ratified the grants at its Dec. 7 meeting, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking to more than $750,000.

The following grants were awarded:
  • ACCESS, $2,000 to provide meals, clothing, health assessments and academic support for children living at the shelter.
  • Akron Children’s Museum, $1,000 to cover admission for disadvantaged children.
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, $2,000 to support enrichment activities for children living at the shelter.
  • Birthcare of Medina County, $500 to provide diapers for infants and toddlers in need.
  • Bright Star Books, $1,000 to provide books for children who receive services from Summit County WIC clinics.
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, $2,000 to provide winter pajamas for abused and neglected children in foster care.
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, $1,000 to provide trauma counseling for Bhutanese refugee students at Jennings Community Learning Center.
  • Children’s Concert Society of Akron, $500 to support scholarships for live concert performances at the Akron Civic Theatre for Akron Public Schools students.
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, $1,000 to provide essential newborn items and child safety literature to mothers of at-risk babies.
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, $1,500 to celebrate students’ achievements in the agency’s ballroom dance residency program at the annual Colors of the Rainbow Team Match event.
  • Dreams Academy, $2,000 for an eight-week mentoring program for African-American boys ages 7 to 15.
  • Family Promise of Summit County, $2,000 to purchase linens, toiletries and diapers for homeless babies and children.
  • First Congregational Church of Akron, $1,500 for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Program at Mason Community Learning Center.
  • GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection), $1,000 to support child safety activities.
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, $1,000 to provide running apparel and supplies for girls in need participating in the program’s signature 5K event.
  • Good Neighbors, $2,000 to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to children in need.
  • Good Samaritan Hunger Center, $1,000 to distribute food to children at Findley Community Learning Center.
  • The Illusion Factory, $1,250 to support children’s theater performances for Akron Public Schools students.
  • Limitless Ambition, $1,000 to provide Summit County girls in foster care with Dream Kits educational curriculum.
  • Medina Community Police Activity League, $1,000 to support after-school field trips that foster positive relationships between police officers and students.
  • OPEN M, $1,000 to provide gifts, school supplies and food to children in need during the holiday season.
  • Proyecto Raices, $2,000 to provide transportation for students participating in educational and artistic program that celebrates Hispanic culture.
  • Rape Crisis Center, $2,000 for the Heroes 4 Hope program, which works to prevent teen dating violence through educational outreach.
  • RePlay for Kids, $1,000 to support a workshop where volunteers in Summit County can learn how to adapt toys for children with disabilities.
  • Ronald McDonald House Akron, $2,000 to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital.
  • South Street Ministries, $2,000 to support after-school enrichment for elementary school students in the Summit Lake neighborhood.
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, $1,500 to purchase craft supplies, toys and books for the Kids Room, a place where children affected by cancer can relax, play and learn coping skills.
  • Victim Assistance Program, $1,000 for the Kids Need a Firm Foundation picnic for children who have witnessed or been victims of violence.
  • Victory Gallop, $1,000 to support an eight-week winter fitness program for children with special needs.
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, $2,000 to provide theater class scholarships for children from low-income families.
  • The Well Community Development Corp., $2,000 to support a one-on-one mentoring program for fourth-graders at Mason Community Learning Center.
For more information, or to contribute to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit the website, text Millennium to 41444, or call 330.376.8522.
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