May 13, 2014: The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community
Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with the Advocacy
Committee of ProMedica, recently approved grants totaling
$369,390 from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund to 21 area nonprofit
ProMedica created a donor advised fund, the ProMedica Advocacy
Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, to be used for
charitable purposes. A request for proposals was offered to
nonprofit organizations located in and providing services for
residents of ProMedica’s 27-county service area whose programs
provide food, clothing and shelter services that support the
health and well-being of individuals and/or families.
The following grants have been awarded to support these
• Associated Charities
of Lenawee County – to support the holiday food distribution
program in Lenawee County.
• Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Toledo – in support of Eliminating Barriers to
Permanent Housing for Homeless Families, a joint effort between
La Posada, Aurora Project, Bethany House and Family House, to
remove obstacles for those transitioning from shelters to
• Catholic Club - in support of a kitchen upgrade to
prepare healthy food for children and families receiving child
care and other services.
• Children’s Hunger
Alliance – to support the after school meal program for
children in the Lucas County area.
• Diocese of Toledo -
Padua Center – in support of the Ujima Urban Agriculture
project, which will provide fresh produce and educational
opportunities to adults and youth in central city Toledo.
• FOCUS – to obtain
basic home furnishings for families transitioning to stable
• Grace Presbyterian
Church – for community gardens and enrichment activities for
youth in central city Toledo.
• Habitat for Humanity
of Lenawee County – in support of Together ReBuilding
Lenawee, which will provide home renovations for low income
families and vocational training opportunities for youth.
• Habitat for Humanity
- Maumee Valley – in support of affordable housing and home
repairs to low income families.
• Lenawee Community
Foundation – to support a weekend food distribution program
for children in the Lenawee County area.
• Liberty Center of
Sandusky County – in support of the Healthy Meals Program.
• Mobile Meals of
Toledo, Inc. – to provide nutritious meals and snacks to
children over the weekends.
• Monroe County
Opportunity Program – to support the children's summer food
program and emergency assistance services.
• Sofia Quintero Art &
Cultural Center - to provide capital support to La Cocina
de Nana, a multi-purpose community kitchen installation at
Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio, Inc. – in
support of healthy food for the meal program of Safe Harbor, a
homeless and runaway youth shelter located in Lima, Ohio.
• St. Vincent de Paul
Society St. Wendelin Conference, Inc. - to support the basic
needs assistance program serving individuals and families in the
• Sunshine Foundation,
Inc. - to support renovations of the organization's main
residential facility and family care homes, which provide
housing for individuals with developmental disabilities.
• Sylvania Area Family
Services, Inc. – in support of the Weekend Backpack Program,
which provides low income children attending Sylvania Elementary
School with nutritious weekend meals.
• United Way of
Defiance County - to support the Back Pack Buddy Program,
which provides nutritious weekend meals for low income children
in the Defiance area.
• United Way of Hancock
County – to support the purchase of a box truck to transport
food to organizations providing meals to residents of Hancock
County through the Halt Hunger Initiative.
• YMCA of Greater
Toledo - to support educational enrichment activities for
children at summer meal sites in the community.
“As a not-for-profit, mission-driven healthcare system, it is
imperative that we collaborate with our community partners to
help address the social determinants of health. We believe that
the programs these partners provide are truly prevention and, in
keeping with our mission, will improve the health and well-being
of those we serve,” states Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE,
president and chief executive officer, ProMedica.
Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable
organization created to enrich the quality of life for
individuals and families in the Toledo area. In existence since
1973, the Foundation has more than 650 funds with assets of
approximately $200 million. The Foundation provides
philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses,
and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs.
For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit
www.toledocf.org or follow it on Facebook.