Support toward the Robertson Community Center to replace the existing pool cover and make appropriate repairs to the concrete at the recreational facility.
Funding for additional furniture and software specifically designed for pregnancy centers that includes practice management, clinical electronic health records and donor management.
Community beautification including the North Union Corridor, the Maple Beach Pavilion, trimming trees on Union Avenue and Memorial Park, planting, replacing and maintaining additional trees around the city with a focus on E. Main Street and W. State Street.
Support toward the 20/20 vision for the Alliance community which includes banners, a sidewalk museum and a collaborative piece with the University of Mount Union.
This subcommittee of GAF provided valuable financial assistance enabling eligible adults to advance through vocational, technical or apprenticeship job training. It opens the door to new career choices and provides the ability to earn a living wage to support their families at the Alliance Career Centre.
Support for ECEA's leadership role of quality education for the youngest learners in our community.
Funding toward purchase of 12 passenger van for transportation reliant programs such as feeding, youth, emergency services and seasonal operations.
Marlington Local Schools recently launched the Marlington Education Innovation Fund at the Greater Alliance Foundation to promote, encourage and enhance educational opportunities. The Marlington staff is encouraged to submit grant proposals either individually or as a group for one of the following strategic plan areas: STEM Education, 21st Century Learning Skills, Common Core State Standards, 1-to-1 Technology Integration, Professional Development for Teachers and Community Engagement. The Trustees approved a $1,000 award to demonstrate their support for the students and teachers in the school district. This grant was made possible by the Stuckey Family Educational Fund.
A grant of $2,500 was awarded to the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter to hire a facilitator to create a Strategic Plan for the shelter. This grant will help define and focus the shelter's efforts and resources on goals that will advance their mission and provide necessary services to the survivors of domestic violence in the community. The AADVS is an important safety net in the community providing transitional support services and emergency shelter.
Alliance Works will provide Alliance High School Seniors and/or Alliance Career Centre adults a follow-up career training pathway by providing much needed scholarships for career and technical programs offered through Alliance High School to Stark State College. This initiative strives to provide students with an associate degree that will lead to careers that help students become better contributors to the further economic development of the greater Alliance area. The Trustees committed to a $5,000 grant award for the initial funding of the Alliance Works program. The grant award was funded through the Stuckey Family Educational Fund which was created by Arthur Stuckey to help support education purposes in the greater Alliance area.
Assistance to help create the Downtown Alliance Historic District for the National Registry of Historic Places. There are approximately 90 buildings that will be surveyed for potential to go on the registry and may benefit from tax abatements through this grant award.
Stephanie (Hunt) Boyd, director of the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital receives a check from Douglas Schwarz of GAF. The grant money is for a Physio-Control Lifenet system which will transmit information from first responders who take electrocardiograms at the scene of an emergency to the hospital. This technology increases communication between first emergency responders and doctors to help expedite the process of diagnosing a heart attack when it's happening so that when a patient arrives at the hospital, doctors can begin work right away. This matching grant was awarded from the Richard Spittler Memorial Fund.
ECRC recently received funds to help teachers in Alliance provide help in their classroom. This award provided on-site observation, mentoring and coaching for educators at the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center to work individually with teachers Addison, Katrina, and Erin. ECRC is a leader recognized for working together with community partners to ensure schools are ready to receive, educate, engage and involve all children and their families. Addison was taught to use innovative Baby Doll Circle Time curriculum to practice empathy with her three-year-olds in her classroom. Erin learned techniques to help children understand their emotions and is learning how to develop partnerships with the parents by giving them easy parenting strategies they can use at home. Katrina learned professional development and received resources in the production lab for her classroom. Through this grant, a great deal of technical assistance and professional development to Interfaith and First Baptist. They have also provided parenting education to low income neighborhoods throughout Alliance.
The continuation of the Summer Explorers Camp to reduce summer learning loss for elementary students received the support of the GAF Trustees. This program provides high quality programming and opportunities during non-school hours to support graduation and lifelong learning. The program focuses on academic growth in reading and mathematics, positive youth development, character virtues and positive behavior. Family engagement, community resources and teen leadership are used during this 8 week camp which is held at the Alliance Middle School for 2nd and 3rd graders over the summer months.
Carnation City Players embarked on a capital campaign to overhaul the lights and sound systems with state-of-the-art equipment. This is their largest fundraising campaign since their move to the Firehouse Theater in 1979. The Greater Alliance Foundation supported the campaign with a dollar for dollar matching grant for $30,000 from the Forrest Ramser Endowment Fund.
Our trustees caught the vision and enthusiastically supported the collaboration between two great school districts, Alliance and Marlington. The Foundation trustees recently approved a $300,000 grant, one of the largest Foundation gifts to date, for a joint educational venture that will benefit not only the districts' high school students but create a new home for the Alliance Area Adult Career Center. The trustees' $300,000 grant approval was instrumental for the two districts in receiving an additional $500,000 in funding through the recommendation of the Stark County Capital Campaign Committee in June. The vision is for a new "alliance" for college and career readiness. The goal of the collaboration of districts is that it will produce Alliance and Marlington graduates who meet the needs of the Alliance business community which will result in a strong economic future for the area.
The Greater Alliance Foundation took the lead by providing the initial matching funds from the Alison Draves Performing Arts Fund to the University of Mount Union to produce a Shakespeare play for the greater Alliance community. The title of the project says it all: Shakespeare at the Castle. The university created an outstanding outdoor event this past summer, Shakespeare at the Castle performed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, utilizing Glamorgan Castle as the set for the production and the lawn as the seating. The production was accompanied by live music, composed by a local composer. The designers, directors, conductor, composer, and support staff for the first year's production came from the university. Most performers were from the Alliance community via Alliance and Marlington High Schools, the Carnation City Players, and the University of Mount Union, making the performance a true community event.
The Foundation Trustees responded to a grant request from the ArtsinStark organization to help support a public art project inside the city. For the last three years, a group of community leaders have worked with ArtsinStark on a 20/20 Alliance Vision plan to revitalize a section of downtown through the arts. One of the goals of the plan was to create more public art for residents and visitors to enjoy. The ArtsinStark grant request to the Foundation was for funds to create public art bike racks to connect the University of Mount Union's campus to downtown. According to Robb Hankins, President and CEO of ArtsinStark, "I am calling them bicycle racks, but they are actually public art installations that are being transformed into bike racks. Each bike rack will celebrate a historic moment in Alliance." The Foundation's support for the first phase will consist of five to seven racks to be installed in 2015.
Beech Creek Gardens was granted funds from the Greater Alliance Foundation for the construction of a pavilion as part of their "REALL about Nature" development phase. The "REALL about Nature" (Recreational Event Areas & Lifelong Learning about Nature) initiative includes new facilities and improvements which will help them operate their current educational programming more efficiently. In addition, the improvements will allow the Beech Creek staff to offer additional educational programs which will enhance the recreational and nature experiences of the their visitors. Educational programs at Beech Creek have successfully reached over 80,000 children and adults. Visitors to Beech Creek enjoy the nature trails, walkways, visitor center, butterfly house, amazing garden science center, and beautiful gardens. Ultimately, the Foundation's grant will help support Beech Creek Gardens' long-term financial stability.
This past winter the Greater Alliance Foundation trustees approved a proposal from Rodman Public Library to bring authors to Alliance to augment the library's outreach to the community, and to allow readers to connect with authors in a more personal manner. The Foundation awarded the grant through the generosity of Mr. Esmond E. Fogle. Through estate planning, Mr. Fogle wished to benefit the work of the Foundation to support worthwhile projects in the community. Mr. Fogle was well known in the community and served sixteen years on the Board of Trustees at Rodman Public Library. He owned an extensive personal library which reflected his expansive reading tastes. Different genres of writing reflecting the varied reading tastes of Alliance area residents will be represented by the visiting authors thanks to Mr. Fogle's gift.
Music, song, and applause will emit from the northeast corner of the city this coming summer thanks to the work of many people to erect a concert pavilion at Maple Beach Park. The Foundation approved approximately 25% of the funding needed to purchase the pavilion to the Friends of the Parks. The Foundation joined two other families whose gifts along with funds from the Alliance Municipal Court's civic improvement account and the Stark Community Foundation will provide the majority of the funding. The remainder of the funds will be raised from local churches, service clubs, and businesses. The pavilion will be the center piece of community activity at Maple Beach Park and will highlight the continued efforts of many in the community who have worked hard to make the park a special place to enjoy.
The University of Mount Union was awarded a gift from the Greater Alliance Foundation Trustees to name a dressing room in their new state of the art performing arts complex under construction in memory of Alison Draves through the Alison Draves Performing Arts Fund. The fund was designated in Alison's memory to support the performing arts and this new venue will provide a dynamic learning platform for the next generation of young adults to express their immense talent through the arts. Alison shared her exuberance toward life through a wide variety of creative expression. She was a truly incredible person accomplished in academics, music, and dance. She was an avid student who embraced the joy of discovery and learning. The new fine arts complex will open in 2015 and was recently named the Giese Performing Arts Center by the university's Board of Trustees in honor of University President Richard Giese and his wife Sandra.