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July grants highlight joint effort

The Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors handed out 14 grants at their July board meeting, this one at Summa Health – Barberton Campus.

Several board and friends members toured the hospital’s new Joint Replacement Center ahead of the July 21 meeting.

The board discussed regular business and voted to approve Hugh McMichael and Theresa Osbourne to the Friends of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s second grant cycle focuses on health and wellness and these 14 grants totaled $143,535.

The largest grant of the cycle was $25,000 awarded to Summa Health – Barberton Campus to support the purchase of a new CT machine supporting cardiac care, stroke therapy and more.

The Foundation awarded $15,000 to AxessPointe in Barberton for their Patient Assistance Fund, which will cover costs such as prescription copays, provide groceries, hygiene items and cleaning items.

Victim Assistance Program was awarded $15,000 for their Barberton Victim Advocacy Program, which serves victims of crime and trauma.

The city of Barberton received grants for two separate parks projects. Tuscora Park received $15,000 to support six new pickleball courts and Breitenstine Park received $10,000 toward renovating the tennis courts.

Countryside (Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy) received $10,000 to continue their community food access program at the Barberton Farmers Market. This program helps SNAP and WIC clients with options for more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods in their diets.

Girls on the Run received $10,000 to provide scholarships for girls interested in participating during the fall 2022 and spring 2023 seasons. Funding will also support the purchase of athletic shoes and coaching stipends.

The Humane Society of Summit County received $10,000 to provide services for pet owners in the Barberton community through their MABEL clinic.

The Foundation awarded $7,500 to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank to support costs associated with the monthly Barberton Direct Distribution, which provides access to healthy food at no cost for Barberton residents.

IBH Addiction Recovery received $7,500 for group and individual counseling for Barberton clients with substance abuse disorder.

Embracing Futures, Inc. received $6,000 to support their Orthodontic Care program, which supports low-income families by providing braces for children with severe orthodontic problems.

The Foundation awarded Greenleaf Family Center $5,000 to support school-based suicide prevention services to approximately 2,000 Barberton middle and high school students.

Ben Curtis Family Foundation received $5,000 to support their Birdie Bags program, handing out 1,400 to 1,500 take-home bags containing six nonperishable meals, four snacks and personal hygiene essentials to Barberton kids each month.

The Foundation supported the Rape Crisis Center with $2,535 for their program, Responding to Victims in Barberton community. Funding supports victims of domestic/family/intimate partner abuse and/or sexual violence.

The Foundation’s last grant cycle of the year focuses on arts and community programming and is due Oct. 1.

Friends of the Foundation Bob McDonald and Paula Kallio attend a tour with Summa nurse Michelle Rappach, joint replacement manager at Summa Health – Barberton Campus.


  1. Cuckoo on August 8, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    At least take off the masks for the photo. You all look silly.

  2. Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 7:16 am


  3. Proud American 🤡🤣 on July 26, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    You all look like clowns/criminals with those masks on. 🐑🐑🐑🐑 🌎🤡

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