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Toledo Community Foundation

$315,500 in Grants Awarded from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation

Published on 05/12/2015 by Joanne Olnhausen

The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with the Advocacy Committee of ProMedica, recently approved grants totaling $315,500 from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund to 24 area nonprofit organizations. 

ProMedica created a donor advised fund, the ProMedica Advocacy Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, to be used for charitable purposes. A request for proposals was offered to nonprofit organizations located in and providing services for residents of ProMedica’s 27-county service area whose programs provide food, clothing and shelter services that support the health and well-being of individuals and/or families. 

The following grants have been awarded to support these organizations’ programs: 
1Matters.org – to support housing deposits for formerly homeless veterans. 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lenawee – in support of programming that provides nutrition, fitness and self-esteem education to underprivileged youth.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo – in support of Eliminating Barriers to Permanent Housing for Homeless Families, a joint effort between Aurora Project, Bethany House, Family House and La Posada, to remove obstacles for those transitioning from shelters to permanent housing.
Center of Hope Family Services, Inc. – to support the United Pastors for Social Empowerment Diaper Distribution project. 
The Cocoon Shelter – for expanded services and facility upgrades to a domestic violence shelter in Wood County.
Fellowship Matters, Inc. – for capital expenses to transform a bus into a mobile food kitchen.  
Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County – in support of Together ReBuilding Lenawee, which will provide home renovations for low income families and vocational training opportunities for youth.
Habitat for Humanity-Maumee Valley – in support of affordable housing and home repairs to low income families. 
Lenawee Community Foundation – to support a weekend food distribution program for children in the Lenawee County area. 
Little Sisters of the Poor – in support of food costs for senior center programming.
Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc. – to expand a kitchen that will allow for fresh meal preparation for all clients.   
Monroe County Opportunity Program – to support the children's summer food program and emergency assistance services. 
Monroe Family YMCA – to expand the number of afterschool and summer feeding programs serving Monroe County.
Monroe Street Neighborhood Center – to support a weekly food distribution program.
The Salvation Army-Hillsdale – in support of emergency food assistance services in Hillsdale County.
Sandusky County Share & Care Center – to support renovation expenses for a new community service center serving Sandusky County.
Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center – to establish the Broadway Edible Urban Garden and Green Space, a community garden in South Toledo.
St. Paul’s Community Center – in support of healthy food for the meal program serving the homeless.
St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Wendelin Conference, Inc. – to support the basic needs assistance program serving individuals and families in the Fostoria area.  
Sylvania Area Family Services, Inc. – in support of the Weekend Backpack Program, which provides low income children attending Sylvania Elementary School with nutritious weekend meals.
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Inc. – to support a new Mobile Market providing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products to residents of Hicksville, Montpelier, Napoleon and Bowling Green.
United Way of Defiance County – to support the Back Pack Buddy Program, which provides nutritious weekend meals for low income children in the Defiance area.
Women Empowering Women, Inc.- Paula’s House – to support renovations and healthy food at a recovery shelter for women in Monroe County.
YMCA of Greater Toledo – to support educational enrichment activities for children at summer meal sites in the community.

“Our Advocacy Fund is another way in which ProMedica can help these valuable community assets meet their missions and help to improve the health and well-being of individuals in our region. We are privileged to work with each of them,” states Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, ProMedica.

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area.  In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 685 funds with assets of approximately $224 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook. 

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