Happy Spring Lorain County
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
As we near the end of March, recognized as Women's History Month, I have been reflecting on the trailblazing women in our community who have left a lasting impact. Among them are Dorothy and Elizabeth King, two remarkable sisters who grew up on Erie Avenue in Lorain and were dedicated to serving their community.
Today, their fund at the Community Foundation, as described by Elizabeth, supports down-to-Earth bread and butter public charitable programs. It is a privilege to live in Lorain County, where we are surrounded by determined and influential women who strive to improve our corner of the world. This time of year brings a sense of rejuvenation and new opportunities.
Community Foundation Staff Spotlight!
Rachel Ocasio | Relationship Manager
Meet Rachel Ocasio, the Relationship Manager at the Community Foundation of Lorain County, who recently celebrated her 10th anniversary in March. Rachel is a jack-of-all-trades with a broad understanding of just about everything. She bridges the gap between donors and grantees and builds meaningful one-on-one relationships.
Rachel's favorite part of the job is the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life and see their contributions' positive impact. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Rachel, she'll welcome you with open arms, whether with a warm smile, a firm handshake, or a friendly hug - whichever you prefer!
Connect to a Cause
Registration Deadline March 31!
Connect to a Cause 2023 is right around the corner, and we are excited to announce that non-profit organizations who wish to participate must register by March 31st. This annual event brings together local non-profits and community members for a day of learning, networking, and supporting worthy causes, on September 21st 8 am-8 pm.
Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your organization and connect with like-minded individuals. Whether you're looking to recruit volunteers, raise awareness about your mission, or connect with others in the community, Connect to a Cause is the perfect platform.
Community Grant Cycles
Education & Youth Development Community Grant Cycle
The Education & Youth Development Community Grant Cycle opens on March 1 and closes on April 1. Education & Youth Development Grant Awards will be announced by July 2023.
NTEE Codes: B and O
If you have any questions or concerns about our updated grant cycles, please contact Jamie Simoneau, Program Evaluation and Integration Officer at the Community Foundation at email@example.com or call our office at 440.984.7390 and speak to any of our staff.
Cleveland Clinic Cycle 1 Partnership Application
Our partners at Cleveland Clinic are now accepting applications for the 2023 Cycle 1 Partnership until March 31. Partnership requests must align with at least one of the following categories: Heal, Hire, or Invest. Apply now to partner with Cleveland Clinic and make a difference in our community.
Residential Engagement Initiatives
Neighbor Up Lorain County
Neighbor Night aims to foster relationships, establish reliance, and motivate progress. Whether you seek to advance a concept or maintain relationships with your fellow residents of Lorain County, Neighbor Night provides an excellent launching point. Please join us on Thursday, April 27th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Lorain's Harrison Cultural Community Center. Individuals of all ages are invited, and complimentary childcare services will be available.
In Our Backyard (ioby)
In memory of William Otis Jordan, aka Billy, a lifelong swimmer who passed away unexpectedly in June 2022, the I Can Swim My Way project was established by community member and Billy's older sister, Gloria Buxton,to promote water safety education and provide free swim lessons for children. The program will fund free swim lessons for students through the Lorain County Metro Parks at Splash Zone in Oberlin in honor of Billy's passion for swimming.
If you're interested in participating in our residential engagement activities or have questions regarding Neighbor Up Lorain County or In Our Backyard (ioby), please contact Cieria Ramon, our Community Engagement Fellow, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440.984.7390.
Awards Will Be Announced in Late May
We are pleased to announce the conclusion of another successful scholarship process, thanks to the generosity of our community. Our scholarship committee is working hard to read applications, and we look forward to announcing the awards in late May. With your support, we were able to provide educational opportunities for deserving students in our area. We want to thank all our donors and fund holders dedicated to our community's students. Let's continue to make a positive impact on our community together.
If you're interested in opening a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation, please email Laura Malone, our Development Officer, or call 440.984.7390.
Power of Giving
A Legacy of Supporting Causes that Matter
As someone who frequently speaks with donors about their charitable giving, I am grateful for the opportunity to help individuals create a legacy that supports causes that matter to them. One question that frequently arises in these conversations is, "Why is it so complicated and expensive to support the causes I care about?"
The truth is legacy and estate giving does not have to be tied to creating a foundation or trust account at a bank.
For those who only wish to support a small number of nonprofits or focus areas, there are simple and inexpensive options available for legacy and estate planning.
Cleveland International Film Festival 47
The Community Foundation is delighted to sponsor the film JUNETEENTH: FAITH & FREEDOM at CIFF47 on Thursday, March 30, at 5:05 PM as part of our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging. This powerful film, which explores the history of our nation's newest federal holiday and the intersection of slavery, racism, and faith, aligns with our mission to support and uplift marginalized communities. Use the discount code PEP to redeem tickets to the in-person Cleveland International Film Festival (March 23-April 1, 2023) or CIFF47 Streams (April 2-9, 2023) Ticket discount codes cannot be redeemable for any other purchases.
Leadercast Women: Amplify
The 2023 Inspiring Women Series begins on Tuesday April 18th, starting at 8:30am- with Leadercast Women – Amplify Your Voice. Research indicates that women routinely feel undervalued and unappreciated in the workplace. Our own Britt Lovett will be the moderator! Amplify Your Voice is designed to address this problem. It is tailored to help women discover the unique value of their voice and how to share their wisdom, passions, and ideas. You will learn to unlock your potential and stand out in a noisy world.
Attendance fee is $59 each, or a table of six for $300.
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Our Hispanic Fund will be hosting the annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser on April 22 from, 6:00 pm-11:00 pm at Antlers Hotel to fund Latinx Scholarship. Each student who receives an education or advanced training has the power to uplift the entire Latino community. By becoming a part of this mission, you can help create a brighter future for us all. Tickets are available.
Change the Cycle Fundraiser
The Women’s Fund is hosting a casual happy hour with small plates and inspiring conversation to support menstruators in need on Thursday, May 4 from 5-7PM at Union Town Provisions in Lorain.
It takes just $35 to supply one menstruator in need with products for an entire year, thanks to the pricing the Women's Fund has secured as a chapter of the Alliance for Period Supplies.
The Women’s Fund continues to work to combat period poverty in Lorain County through our Change the Cycle Initiative. As a chapter of the Alliance for Period Supplies, we have been able to secure 90,000 menstrual pads at a significantly reduced cost. Due to the volume of this shipment, we will be making these available to Lorain County non-profit organizations, schools, and churches for FREE.
Out in the Community
Celebration of Philanthropy
Cindy shares her heartwarming experience of meeting Community Foundation scholarship recipient, Manimone and a friend at the Celebration of Philanthropy Gala held at Baldwin Wallace University.
Mercy Health Fair
Michelle and Linda from the Women’s Fund enjoyed educating our community about period poverty at the Mercy Health Fair at Great Lakes!
Harvest for Hunger Kick-off
Jamie, Britt, and Cindy had a wonderful time attending the Second Harvest Harvest for Hunger Kick-off with Naga, the President and CEO of Nordson Corporation. As proud supporters of Second Harvest Food Bank and its Harvest for Hunger campaign, we are honored to be part of a collaborative effort to provide food to those in need.
Jamie had the privilege of attending the Lifesaver Ball for the American Cancer Society, where she learned from Dr. Zolli that the event is the longest-running cancer society event across the nation.
JB Thomas Fund
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum, founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, was recently showcased at a public viewing event at Oberlin Elementary. This opportunity was made possible through a grant from the JB Thomas Fund at the Community Foundation of Lorain County and Mrs. Harriett Thomas, a retired Oberlin City Schools orchestra teacher. Mrs. Thomas hosted a dinner for friends at Steel Magnolia after Monday night's public viewing, attended by Cindy and Laura, Board member A.G. Miller, Brenda Miller, and Gloria Buxton.
Community Foundation works tirelessly with our donors, our partners, and friends to make Lorain County the best and strongest it can be. Endowments built by you, our community, make all of this possible.The Community Foundation wisely invests its endowment assets, and a percentage of those earnings provides sustainable support through grants and scholarships for our community.
Connecting People Who Care
With Causes That Matter