Akron Community Foundation Awards Multiple Grants and Scholarships

The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants and scholarships totaling $35,607 to several local organizations and Akron-Westfield high school seniors.

Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $316,000 has been awarded to support needs and services in the community provided by Akron nonprofit organizations.

The following nonprofit organizations or local projects were awarded grants from ACF.

Akron Child Care Center IncPlayground Replacement$11,500.00
Akron Golf CourseAkron Golf Course-HVAC System$11,500.00
Akron Parks and RecParks & Rec-Akron Family Aquatic Center$5,482.18
Akron Public LibraryAkron Library-Youth Technology Project$1,974.82
New Horizons United Church of ChristHabitat for Homework & More$1,600.00
Senior Companion ProgramSenior Companion Volunteer Service Support$550.00

The mission of the Akron Community Foundation is to identify and fulfill community needs, impact future growth and development of Akron, promote volunteerism and enhance the quality of life in Akron. “This years’ grants will benefit our community across all ages. From helping provide new playground equipment for children at the local daycare, to companion support for Akron seniors.  As the endowment fund continues to grow it will provide the opportunity to award more grants each year and continue to have a positive impact for residents in Akron, Iowa,” says Mike Hohenstein, Akron advisory chair.

The following students were awarded $500 scholarships from ACF: Nash Lininger, Spencer Olson, Jennifer Ritz, Sarah Ritz, Autumn Stowe and Marlene Zamora-Ruiz.

In planting the first seeds of giving to establish the ACF, Florence and Fern Peterson created a vehicle for the people of Akron to give back to their community.  All gifts to the ACF are carefully invested and the income from Akron’s endowment is used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in Akron.  “Gifts of any size to the Foundation are encouraged to help grow Akron’s endowment and increase the Foundation’s capacity to support current and future needs in our community,” stated ACF Chair Mike Hohenstein.  “We also hope people will consider making memorial gifts as lasting tributes to loved ones and friends.”

The ACF is an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation which provides administrative and technical assistance to further the charitable efforts of all its affiliates, including the Akron Community Foundation.