Akron Community Foundation awards grants to six groups

Posted March 7, 2013 at 6:00 am

The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $13,069 to seven local organizations.

Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $101,000 has been awarded to support needs in the community and the services provided by Akron nonprofit organizations. This year grants have been awarded to:

• Akron Care Center Inc.: $2,981 – In order to provide an entertainment option for the benefit of residents, their family and friends, Akron residents and businesses, funding provided toward the purchase of a projector, DVD player and a large recessed screen to use in the multipurpose room. Equipment will also be used with employees receiving in-service training.

• Akron Historical Society: $1,965 – Currently are tracking donations, artifacts and memberships in paper form. Funding provided for the purchase of PastPerfect software program and a laptop computer.

• Akron Parks and Recreation Board: $2,500 – Goal is to improve Lefty Swift playground. Support provided for one spring rider and two benches.

• Akron Senior Center: $2,710 – Funding to add a ramp with handrails on the south side of the main entrance to improve accessibility to meals program and activities for senior citizens.

• Akron-Westfield Community Schools: $1,463 – For the purchase of math curriculum manipulatives and resources to impact primary grade students.

• Akron-Westfield Community Schools: $250 – For the purchase of all necessary iron to make welding booths and an iron storage rack in the work area to enhance the Industrial Arts Program.

• City of Akron: $1,200 – Funds to update the interior of the outdoor bathrooms on the Akron Golf Course and reseed the area south and west of the clubhouse with a weed-resistant alfalfa that can be harvested as a revenue crop by the City.

The mission of the Akron Community Foundation is to identify and fulfill community needs, impact future growth and development of Akron, promote volunteerism, attract and distribute funds, and enhance the quality of life in Akron by providing leadership, creating opportunities, and challenging the community to share time, talent, and resources through personal involvement and commitment.

In planting the first seeds of giving to establish the ACF, Florence and Fern Peterson created a vehicle for the people of Akron to give back to their community. All gifts to the ACF are carefully invested and the income from Akron’s endowment is used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in Akron.

“Gifts of any size to the Foundation are encouraged to help grow Akron’s endowment and increase the Foundation’s capacity to support current and future needs in our community,” stated Mike Hohenstein. “We also hope people will consider making memorial gifts as lasting tributes to loved ones and friends.”

The ACF is an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation which provides administrative and technical assistance to further the charitable efforts of all its affiliates, including the Akron Community Foundation.

Visit www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron.aspx to learn more about the Akron Community Foundation.

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