Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley issues $136,000 in grants

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley recently announced the award of $136,000 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations across Mahoning and Trumbull counties for the quarter ended Sept. 30.

The largest grant was $10,000 for D&E Counseling Center’s Upstream Plus program, a home-based training and mentoring service that helps parents nurture the literacy, social and emotional development of their children in kindergarten through second grade.

Also included in the grants is $7,500 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s Campbell Backpack Program, which provides 150 students at Campbell Elementary School with a bag of nutritious food for a weekend.

These funds came from the Kennedy Family Fund. Other major grants included:

$6,000 for the YWCA of Warren’s Permanent Supportive Housing program, which provides housing for 12 women and families with physical, mental or emotional impairments that impede their ability to live independently. (Kennedy Family Fund and the Ralph E. and Esther K. Meacham Memorial Fund.)

$6,000 for the Antonine Sisters’ Adult Day Care transportation service, which brings elderly adults to the Sisters’ North Jackson facility for care and socialization during the day so they can continue living in their homes or with family. (The DA Fund.)

The CFMV awards grants each quarter to organizations that enhance the quality of life for residents and future generations of the Mahoning Valley. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at the foundation’s website,

These additional organizations also received grants of $2,000 or more from one or a combination of the funds the Community Foundation manages:

Compass Family & Community Services: $5,000 for Project Kind (Kennedy Family Fund).

Opera Western Reserve: $3,000 for the recent production of Don Giovanni (Ralph E. and Esther K. Meacham Memorial Fund).

YSU Foundation: $2,500 for the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition (Kennedy Family Fund).

Homes for Kids of Ohio: $2,500 for Trumbull County Transitional Aged Youth Initiative (Kennedy Family Fund).

Help Hotline Crisis Center: $2,500 for the VIP Workplace Program (Kennedy Family Fund)

Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry: $2,000 for Casa Madre program (DA Fund).

These organizations also received distributions: Akron Children’s Hospital, American Heart Association, Cardinal Mooney High School Mahoning Valley Historical Society,The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Pelotonia – Ohio State University, Sister Jerome’s Poor, Youngstown State University.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley enhances the quality of life for residents and future generations of the Mahoning Valley by managing donor assets, distributing grants and advancing philanthropy and good works. The foundation and its affiliates hold more than $56 million in assets and distributed more than $1 million in grants during its 2014 fiscal year. It is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board. More information is available at the foundation’s website,

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