May 13, 2014: The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with the Advocacy Committee of ProMedica, recently approved grants totaling $369,390 from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund to 21 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:
• Associated Charities of Lenawee County – to support the holiday food distribution program in Lenawee County.
• Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo – in support of Eliminating Barriers to Permanent Housing for Homeless Families, a joint effort between La Posada, Aurora Project, Bethany House and Family House, to remove obstacles for those transitioning from shelters to permanent housing.
• Catholic Club - in support of a kitchen upgrade to prepare healthy food for children and families receiving child care and other services.
• Children’s Hunger Alliance – to support the after school meal program for children in the Lucas County area.
• Diocese of Toledo - Padua Center – in support of the Ujima Urban Agriculture project, which will provide fresh produce and educational opportunities to adults and youth in central city Toledo.
• FOCUS – to obtain basic home furnishings for families transitioning to stable housing.
• Grace Presbyterian Church – for community gardens and enrichment activities for youth in central city Toledo.
• 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.
• Liberty Center of Sandusky County – in support of the Healthy Meals Program.
• Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc. – to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children over the weekends.
• Monroe County Opportunity Program – to support the children's summer food program and emergency assistance services.
• Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center - to provide capital support to La Cocina de Nana, a multi-purpose community kitchen installation at the Center.
• Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio, Inc. – in support of healthy food for the meal program of Safe Harbor, a homeless and runaway youth shelter located in Lima, Ohio.
• St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Wendelin Conference, Inc. - to support the basic needs assistance program serving individuals and families in the Fostoria area.
• Sunshine Foundation, Inc. - to support renovations of the organization's main residential facility and family care homes, which provide housing for individuals with developmental disabilities.
• 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.
• 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.
• United Way of Hancock County – to support the purchase of a box truck to transport food to organizations providing meals to residents of Hancock County through the Halt Hunger Initiative.
• YMCA of Greater Toledo - to support educational enrichment activities for children at summer meal sites in the community.
“As a not-for-profit, mission-driven healthcare system, it is imperative that we collaborate with our community partners to help address the social determinants of health. We believe that the programs these partners provide are truly prevention and, in keeping with our mission, will improve the health and well-being of those we serve,” states Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, ProMedica.
Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in the Toledo area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 650 funds with assets of approximately $200 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 it on Facebook.