July 3, 2012
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton recently published its summer 2012 newsletter, which includes the following highlights from 2011:
- In 2011, the foundation awarded 64 grants totaling $2.7 million.
- The foundation embarked upon a year-long strategic planning process to ensure that our work is rooted in our mission and tailored to the current needs of our community. We will strengthen current efforts and existing programs while adding new areas of focus such as obesity prevention, educational resources for families of children in grades k-6, and workforce development.
- The foundation co-sponsored and helped to plan a conference on Surviving and Thriving in Stark County. Keynote speaker Ruby Payne, co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty, addressed more than 300 attendees from social services, education, health care and other human services fields.
- In 2009, the Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, a collaborative outgrowth of the foundation’s health care access initiatives, established the third charitable pharmacy in Ohio. In 2011 alone, the pharmacy filled 19,380 prescriptions valued at $1.4 million for 1,009 low-income clients.
- The foundation convened leaders in an unprecedented effort uniting public and parochial schools to address the bullying epidemic. A grant of $89,460 for programming and $10,000 to support evaluation over three years will allow hundreds of school staff members from all over Stark County to be trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
- The foundation awarded a grant of $148,000 for a two-year effort to provide health screenings for young children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) from our community’s most impoverished early childhood centers, to identify issues with vision, hearing, oral health, hemoglobin (anemia), and lead levels that are known to cause developmental and learning delays.
- The Bethlehem Project for Oral Health provided oral health care and/or education to 363 Stark County residents. The Bethlehem Project began working with a new evaluation team headed by Dr. Catherine Demko from Case Western Reserve University.
- In 2011, the SPARK Ohio kindergarten readiness program served the families of 1,362 preschool-age children in six Ohio counties. In Cuyahoga County, SPARK expanded to serve two additional elementary school neighborhoods, thanks to the efforts of several Cleveland-based funders.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.