The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) awarded $79,350 in community grants and special awards at its annual OCCF Awards Presentation last Wednesday. A total of 33 local nonprofit organizations received funding in addition to the presentation of the 2nd annual Joy Roth Little Tiger award,
“We are pleased to partner with these fine organizations to enable the remarkable services they provide to the people of Ottawa County. We congratulate them!” said OCCF Executive Director Shea McGrew.
Funding for these grants was made possible from earnings from several unrestricted Community Funds and Donor Advised Funds held by OCCF, including the Kenneth and Naomi Akins Family Fund, Bob and Grace Armbruster Fund, Beck Family Fund, Earl J. Johnson Fund, Jane Ellen Gulau Fund, Joseph and Eleanor Kokinda Fund, OCCF Fund, Lenore Peterson-Blackburn Fund, Dr. James I. and Priscilla Rhiel Fund, Paul H. Rofkar Fund, Harry Stensen Memorial Fund and Dave and Jeanne Thierwechter Fund.
Numerous 2022 donations also supported the community grants program assisting a variety of county efforts in the fields of health, safety, human services, education, the environment and the arts.
In addition to distributing the annual community grant awards, OCCF presented the Little Tiger Award to Christy’s Corner Café in Elmore to honor the legacy of Joy Roth, founder and long-time President of OCCF. Joy passed away unexpectedly in July 2020, and the OCCF Board sought to establish a special recognition in her memory.
According to OCCF Past President Jan Preston, “Joy was an avid fan of the Auburn University Tigers football team, and she was known by her family and friends to be somewhat of a “little tiger” herself. Thus, the Joy Roth Little Tiger Award was created to recognize similar champions who go above and beyond to give back to the community.”
Christy’s Corner Café helps pave the way to long-term employment through job training while inspiring a culture of acceptance and awareness within the community. Kathy Barbee, the founder of Engaging Opportunities Foundation which operates the café, accepted the award on behalf of the nonprofit organization.
“Joy loved to visit Christy’s Corner Café and wanted to see them succeed. We often would take a trip to Elmore for coffee or breakfast and to see how they were doing,” said Jeff Roth, Joy’s husband and the donor of the $500 cash award given to an honored nonprofit annually.
The 2022 Ottawa County Community Foundation Grant Recipients
The 2022 grant recipients honored, and the goals set by the recipients, include: Arc of Ottawa County, Summer enrichment camp for students with disabilities; Cancer Services, Services and resources for cancer patients in Ottawa Co.; Catawba Island Historical Society, Laser printer/portable sound system; Courageous Community Services, Costs of camp for people with developmental disabilities; Cultivate the Clover of Ottawa County, Camp counselor expenses, supplies, training; Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center, 50 Shades of Purple outdoor painted awareness mural; Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Free concerts in Port Clinton and Marblehead; Friends of Ottawa County Parks, Support projects to promote Catawba Islander Bike Trail; Goodwill Industries, Wellness program for employees with disabilities; Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Construct beached fish for recycling bottles; Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County, Home repairs and ramps for people in need; Jacob’s Joy, Hospital care packages for those experiencing infant loss; Joyful Connections, Supplies to build and maintain a raised garden bed; Lake Erie Foundation, Interactive plastics and microplastics museum display; Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Great Lakes Island Alliance conference support; Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Supplies for nature camp – South Bass & Middle Bass Is.; Lakeside Heritage Society, Rehouse collections using preservation-quality materials; Light House Sober Living, Sober recreational activities and healthy living activities; Luther Home of Mercy, Disability-friendly book collection at Genoa Library; Marblehead Lighthouse Bicentennial Comm, Concerts as part of Bicentennial at the Lighthouse; Musical Art Series, Senior concerts and grandparents concerts; Oak Harbor Development Group, “Oak Harbor Barkyard” – dog park materials; Oak House, Create butterfly garden and expand existing garden; Ottawa Co. Ag. Society, Animal & Me Showmanship for youth with disabilities; Ottawa Co. Family Advocacy Center, Expand community garden and construct fruit stand; Ottawa Co. Museum, Frame two prints and purchase printer; Ottawa Co. Transitional Housing, Construct garden for Ruth Ann’s House families; Otterbein SeniorLife Marblehead, Pickleball and shuffleboard courts and putting green; Port Clinton Firefighters Assoc., Thermal imaging camera for firefighters; Project Noelle, Kids’ support group materials/training, clothing; PIB Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Signage for new brand “An Everyday Island Getaway”; Salvation Army, 5-day overnight Camp NEOSA for 31 at-risk children; United Way in Ottawa County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children 0-5 yrs.
Established in 1999, Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created to enrich the quality of life throughout Ottawa County. With more than 100 funds and assets of more than $12 million, the Foundation provides annual community grants and scholarships, while offering philanthropic services for individuals, businesses and organizations.