TROY — At its Fall Distribution Celebration on Oct. 18, the Miami County Foundation awarded 95 grants totaling more than $246,000 to organizations and schools throughout the county.
“These groups promote the health, education and welfare of our citizens,” said Cheryl Stiefel-Francis, executive director.
The programs that were given grant money meet a wide range of needs and assist people in countless ways.
The largest grant presented was $20,000 to the Bradford Fire & Rescue Services for the purchase of new Lifepacks. These lifesaving devices are used to monitor patients and defibrillate if necessary. The smallest request came from Tipp City’s LT Ball Intermediate School for $88. Students will be able to visit residents in senior living and nursing homes in Tipp City and perform dance routines and songs for them.
“Thanks to our donors who make these grants possible, we are able to assist groups like Miamibucs,” Stiefel-Francis said.
Overseen by Dr. Faye McNerney, a physical therapist with Riverside Developmental Disabilities, Miamibucs received funding for the purchase of eight trykes, which will be given to Miami County residents with disabilities.
One aspect of the quality of life in Miami County the Foundation takes great pride in supporting is education. The Future Begins Today received an award to help fund their “Eighth Grade Goes to College” program. This initiative allows the entire 8th grade class at Troy Junior High School to visit Wright State University and experience what it’s like to be on a college campus for a day and get a better understanding how post-secondary education can impact their career choices.
The following is a list of the organizations that were awarded grants: American Red Cross, Bethany Center, Bethel High School Art Program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bradford Elementary, Bradford Fire & Rescue Services, Bradford High School Art Dept, Bradford Junior High School, Brukner Nature Center, Centerpoint Christ Community Church, Child Care Choices, Covington Elementary School, Covington School District, Covington High School Science Dept, Covington Outreach Association, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Stable, Family Abuse Shelter, FISH Union Township, Friends of Hayner, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, GIVE Medical Ministry, Greene Street Daycare & Preschool, Habitat for Humanity, Health Partners Free Clinic, Heart-Song Inc., Lehman Catholic High School, Lehman Catholic High School Science Olympiad Program, Lockington United Methodist Church-God’s Grocery, Miami Co. Children’s Services Board, Miami County Contiuum of Care’s Rides To Work program, Miami County Dental Clinic, Miami County Recovery Council, Miami East High School, Miami Valley Veterans Museum, Miamibucs, Milton-Union Business Professionals of America, Milton-Union Elementary School, Milton-Union High School, Milton-Union Middle School, Milton-Union Senior Citizens & Community Club, New Creation Counseling Center, New Friends of Milton-Union Public Library, Newton Township Trustees, Partners In Hope, Piqua Braves Baseball, Piqua Catholic School, Piqua High School Football program, Piqua’s Springcreek Primary School, Piqua Fire Department, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, St. Patrick Catholic School, St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen, The Future Begins Today, The New Path, The Salvation Army, Tipp City’s LT Ball School, Tipp City’s Broadway Elementary, Tipp City’s Nevin Coppock Elementary, Tipp City’s Middle and High Schools, Tipp Monroe Community Services, Troy’s Cookson School, Troy Junior Football, Troy Lions Charities, Upper Miami Valley STEM Education, Upper Valley Career Center Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE), Upper Valley Career Center/Early Childhood Education & Care Program, Upper Valley Career Center, Village of Fletcher, WACO Historical Society, We Care Arts, West Milton Police Division and Western Ohio TV Consortium.
For more information about the Miami County Foundation, visit miamicountyfoundation.org.