The Ottawa County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved $26,819 in grants at its May meeting. An awards breakfast was held June 18 to present the 23 approved grants to the following projects and programs:
-Ability Center Ottawa County: outdoor recreation activities for disabled through "A Day at the Range"
-American Red Cross of Ottawa County: to provide scholarships for Babysitter Training
-Bethel United Brethren Church: modular stage for use by programs at "The Block" in Elmore
-Black Swamp Conservancy: kiosk at Scheef Point Nature Preserve
-Camp Sabroske: kitchen equipment in remodeled lodge
-Firelands Positive People: design and printing of promotional brochures
-Friends of P.C. Parks: bicycle racks in Lakeview Park
-Friends P.C. Parks: landscaping around the new lighthouse
-Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County: construction of a home for a family in need
-Musical Arts Series at Firelands: concerts at six senior residence facilities
-Ohio Buckeye National M.S. Society: short term assistance, equipment, home modifications and respite services
-Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: automatic gate for self-guided auto tour route
-Ottawa County 4-H Program: camp scholarships for those not able to afford a camping experience
-Ottawa County Board of D.D.: six transmitters to expand Project Lifesaver
-Ottawa County CASA: obtain domain name and develop a website
-Ottawa County Museum: to create a staff workroom and uniform preservation display cases
-Otterbein North Shore: watercolor painting classes for seniors
-Riders Unlimited, Inc: handicapped accessible viewing entrance
-Schedel Arboretum and Gardens: establish Schedel Summer Science Camp
-The Church of Truth Ministries: food for disabled and veterans
-The First Tee of Lake Erie: scholarships for youth to attend the First Tee program
-The Salvation Army: school supplies and book bags for low-income students
-United Way Ottawa County: produce an Ottawa County Resource Directory
Funding for these grants comes from the earnings from several unrestricted funds held by the Ottawa County Community Foundation including the Armburster Fund, Peterson-Blackburn Fund, Rhiel Fund, Rofkar Fund, Stensen Memorial Fund, and Theirwechter Fund.
The Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area.
It supports a variety of charitable programs and projects designed to address needs of local residents in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environment, natural resources and the arts.
For more information on how you can establish a fund or support the Foundation’s work, visit the website: www.ottawaccf.org