Safelite AutoGlass Foundation has awarded $300,000 in Impact Grants to 12 separate Columbus, Ohio-area, nonprofit groups. Each received $25,000.
The recipients of Safelite’s Third Annual Impact Grants are:
—Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus (BGCC): BGCC’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Several of their programs include Techie Club, designed to teach members technology skills needed to advance their academic and professional success; the Music Makers program, which gives members the chance to compose and record music; and a creative Digital Arts program. The Impact Grant will allow them to purchase new technology to be used at a new Southside club next year, according to officials.
—Children’s Hunger Alliance, which aims to ensure all children are fed regular and nutritious meals and develop lifelong healthy eating habits, will use the grant to expand their Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools program. The grant will help increase breakfast participation at 20 schools, improve food quality at ten schools, and introduce “Fuel Up to Play 60” at three schools.
—City Year: As tutors and mentors, City Year Columbus corps’ members provide critically needed services to some of Columbus’s most underserved children and youth. Wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis, City Year will use the Impact Grant to provide attendance monitoring, decrease behavioral incidents and provide tutoring in English Language Arts or math for focus-list students, according to officials.
—Community Shelter Board was created to end homelessness in Columbus and FranklinCounty through homelessness prevention initiatives, emergency shelters, housing services and supportive housing. The Impact Grant will help to redesign the shelter system and open a new shelter space by early summer 2014.
—Flying Horse Farms is a 200-acre, medically safe, cost-free camping experience for children with serious illnesses. The Impact Grant will be used to support a second Hematology/Oncology summer residential camp in 2014 for 65 campers.
—Furniture Bank: The mission of the Furniture Bank is to provide free furniture to central Ohio neighbors in need. The Impact Grant will provide 1,500 pieces of furniture (kitchen tables, chairs, dressers) to 111 families in the community.
—LifeCare Alliance strives to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs. The Impact Grant will support the Meals on Wheels program to provide 3,571 client meals, especially the unfunded and growing population of those 60 years and older.
—Lutheran Social Services will use the Impact Grant for installation costs of refrigeration equipment for the new Delaware County Food Pantry, promoting fresh produce donations.
—Mid-Ohio FoodBank will use the Impact Grant to distribute 125,000 pounds of food and fresh produce to 7,200 people toward their mission of ending hunger one nourishing meal at a time.
—See Kids Dream aims to develop educated, philanthropic, self-determined youth who become active citizens and leaders working together to make their communities exceptional places to live. The Impact Grant will support the creation and implementation of a new service learning program to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication and leadership skills. Students will raise and donate $45,000 to central Ohio nonprofit organizations in 2014.
—St. Stephen’s Community Center strives to provide support to families, focusing on keeping them together as well as building strong healthy families. The Impact Grant will help implement the “Two Goals-One Strategy” project that will address the food insecurity epidemic in the Linden community by using innovative technology through “Aquaponics.”
—YWCA Columbus is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The Impact Grant will support the YWCAFamilyCenter operations, the only emergency shelter for homeless families in central Ohio.
Applications were reviewed by members of the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation, a volunteer committee, and selected by the breadth and depth of impact the grant would have on the local community, according to officials. The foundation received 64 grant requests this year. Funding for the Impact Grants is provided by the Foundation’s Annual Charity Golf Classic, which also funds a number of other donations.
Checks were recently presented to the grant recipients by Safelite leaders along with representatives from Sika Corp. and Pittsburgh Glass Works, which are presenting sponsors of the Safelite AutoGlass Charity Golf Classic, plus representatives from several of the founding sponsors, including Adrian Steel, Asahi Glass Co., Installer Edge, Ron Foth Advertising, Embree Group and HNS.
On a related note, Safelite AutoGlass’ president and CEO Tom Feeney was recently recognized with a 2014 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service in the Kent Clapp CEO Leadership category.
The Pillar Awards, sponsored by Medical Mutual and Smart Business Columbus, honor companies whose charitable works contribute to the central Ohio region and demonstrate a commitment to philanthropy.