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Stark Community Foundation awards $87,000 in grants to Alliance-area organizations

Published: The Review, November 22, 2014 3:00AM

Stark Community Foundation has awarded $87,000 in grants to Alliance-area organizations.

"We continue to see growing needs across eastern Stark County, and in particular the city of Alliance," said Mark J. Samolczyk, president of the foundation. "We are pleased to assist community-minded organizations such as the Salvation Army, the University of Mount Union and Alliance Area Development, which provide programs and services to improve the lives of area residents. In particular, we welcome the opportunity to work with local organizations to leverage their local fundraising efforts to assist those in need and strengthen the overall Alliance community."

The largest grant -- $30,000 -- was approved for the Salvation Army's Emergency Social Services Program. Located at 57 W. Main St. in Alliance, the Salvation Army provides residents in need with groceries and utilities assistance. The Salvation Army's food pantry serves between 100 and 250 families weekly, and its hot meals program serves approximately 60 individuals each week.

The Salvation Army's program also provides after-school youth programming.

Friends of the Parks received a $22,000 grant from the SCF for the pavilion project at Maple Beach Park.

The structure will serve as a facility for group gatherings and concerts. Friends of the Parks hopes to organize a daylong gospel music event at the pavilion in conjunction with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Alliance Area Development received a $15,000 grant to assist in funding for the Alliance Branding Project. AAD is conducting a two-year branding effort to enhance the image of the Alliance community, thereby retaining and attracting business, as well as promoting community pride.

The University of Mount Union received $10,000 in grant money to fund the Shakespeare at the Castle program, which began earlier this year. The group is planning to present one of William Shakespeare's earliest comedies this year, "The Taming of the Shrew," July 23-26.

The production is also designed to mentor young actors, designers and technicians, providing them with hands-on experience.

The Hartville Migrant Ministry received $10,000 from the SCF for its educational programs for both children and adults. Over 50 children were provided with back-to-school supplies, including a backpack, this fall. The ministry also offers English as a Second Language classes to the adult migrant population during the summer.

Stark Community Foundation, a public charity, connects people and the charitable causes which are important to them. SCF works closely with donors to manage their charitable gifts of all amounts and help them meet their individual goals for giving to nonprofit organizations that are important to them. The foundation is dedicated to responding to local needs through carefully designed funds and programs.

"As we complete our work, we continue to strengthen Stark County, providing an improved quality of life for the residents of our community," said Samolczyk.

Doug Schwarz, executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation, said the GAF and SCF share a common cause.

"The Stark Community Foundation has been serving Stark County for 51 years. It was through their blessing 15 years ago that the Greater Alliance Foundation was founded to accelerate the philanthropic nature of our residents to meet the needs of the Alliance community.

"Over the last 15 years, the Greater Alliance Foundation has awarded $6 million in grants to Alliance area organizations. The Stark Community Foundation continues to augment the work we do and continues to fund initiatives that improve the lives of Alliance and Stark County residents."