The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $12,835 to four local organizations.
Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $113,835 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 Parks & Recreation Board: $5,626 to improve Lefty Swift Ball Field with additional playground equipment.
• Akron Public Library: $3,000 to purchase a new circulation desk and chair for the library.
• Akron Care Center, Inc.: $2,959 to purchase Wellness Center exercise equipment.
• Akron Children’s Center/Helping Hands Thrift Store: $1,250 – Toward replacement of the furnace at their current facility.
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 Akron Community Foundation, Florence and Fern Peterson created a vehicle for the people of Akron to give back to their community. All gifts to the foundation 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 Akron Community Foundation 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.