HCF Grants at Work
Our Mission is Achieve Your Charitable Goals While Helping Your Community. That means supporting organizations that contribute to the long-term success of this very special community. Our core areas of interest include: Youth Education and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Hudson Social Services and Historical and Environmental Preservation.
Most Recent Grants -
HCF is pleased to announce the approval of nine year end grant awards totaling over $21,000 to organizations that benefit the Hudson Community. This brings the total grant awards for 2017 to over $53,000, the most Hudson Community Foundation has awarded in its 17 year history.
The following organizations and programs received year end grants:
- Case Barlow Farm for the design and construction of an ADA compliant barn bank leading at the main barn entrance
- The Grief Care Place for the support of open ended grief programming for Hudson residents
- Hudson Community Service Association to help fund the annual holiday lighting of downtown Hudson
- Hudson Community Television for the purchase of a Sony multipurpose full HD camcorder to provide expanded community programming
- The Illusion Factory to fund five performances of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to Hudson area elementary schools
- Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio to fully underwrite three programs offered at Hudson High School
- Music from the Western Reserve for artists fees
- Shelter Care to provide therapeutic activities for children and youth from Hudson in the Safe Landing Youth Shelter and Shelter Home programs
- Hudson High School Music Association in support of the Jazz I Essentially Ellington competition
2017 2nd Grant Cycle
HCF awarded foundation grants to eight recipients for fall 2017. They represent more than $20,000 in investments in local Hudson community not-for-profit organizations and programs.
The following organizations and programs are receiving HCF grants in fall 2017:
- Greenleaf Family Centers for an adolescent suicide prevention program administered through Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy
- Hudson City School District for support of the Drug Free Clubs of America
- Hudson Community Chorus for its annual holiday concert on Dec. 3, 2017
- Hudson Heritage Association for reprinting brochures on local architecture and history
- Destination Hudson as it prepares a new community picture book
- Destination Hudson for the “Bye Bye Barrels” event to support the reopening of Main Street
- The Habitat for Humanity Hudson Coalition for its 26th sponsored home project
- Hudson Special Olympics for a local recreation program.
Bill Wooldredge, Chairman Emeritus of the HCF and founder of the designated fund Hudson City Schools Student Endowment Fund, presented the annual distribution to the Hudson City School Board. This fund was created by Bill Wooldredge to provide ongoing financial support to economically disadvantaged students with specific supplementary items that may be necessary to function at school on a daily basis.
2017 1st Grant Cycle
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $2,400 to Music from the Western Reserve to support the artist fees for the Black Squirrel Quintet performance. Music from The Western Reserve is currently in its 34th concert season providing rich cultural and educational opportunities for the Hudson community. This grant was made possible through the Tobin Fund for Culture, Arts and Preservation.
Through the Social Services Fund, HCF issued a grant in the amount of $2,000 to The Salvation Army of Summit County to support the Hudson Extension Office of the Salvation Army for assistance to the needy who reside in the Hudson School District. The Hudson Extension Office is led by Hudson volunteers and provides vital services such as emergency financial assistance, food pantry, and emergency family shelter.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $2,000 to the Hudson City Schools – East Woods to support the purchase of a Sway Fun which is a fully-inclusive piece of playground equipment which students in wheelchairs can independently play on with their friends. This grant was made possible through the Youth, Education & Recreation Fund. The students compiled a proposal, including testimonies from several students, outlining the need for this piece of playground equipment at East Woods. East Woods houses the fourth and fifth grade students.
Through The Youth, Education & Recreation Fund, HCF issued a grant in the amount of $3,750 to the Hudson Library and Historical Society Community to support, in partnership with Akron Children’s Hospital, the 2017 Summer Reading Program, entitled Build a Better World, for Hudson-area children and teens. This grant will be used to further the library’s comprehensive and progressive STEM-related activities and resources offered to our area’s youth and help combat the “summer slide” of learning.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $1,500 to Case Barlow Farm for the restoration and painting of the exterior wood siding, porches, and handicapped ramps on the restored farm house. The Case Barlow Farm is a regional model of Western Reserve life, historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Case Barlow Farm offers many programs for youth education, recreation, arts, and cultural events to the Hudson community. This grant was made possible through the Historical and Environmental fund.
Through the Historical and Environmental Preservation Fund, HCF issued a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support a new venture-Next Exit History which will allow Destination Hudson to promote Hudson’s history and heritage. Next Exit History is a smartphone app which encourages mobile users to connect with historical and cultural sites around them. This app works on both Apple and Android smartphones, providing an innovative, complete and affordable way to connect new audiences to tourism in Hudson.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $500 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through the Hudson Social Services fund. This grant will be used to partially support the 2017 Looking Ahead program in Summit County which provides short-term emergency assistance, equipment and home modification, respite and homemaker services, and transportation assistance modifications for individuals living with MS in Summit County that are uninsured, underinsured and unable to pay for these services.
Through the Arts and Culture fund, HCF issued a grant in the amount of $1,000 for concert sponsorship during the 2016/2017 concert season. Music from the Western Reserve is in its 34th season presenting critically acclaimed chamber music concerts performed by musicians from Northeast Ohio providing audience members with an up-close and personal experience with artists and music.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Hudson Community Youth Chorus to support a joint performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet with the youth of Hudson Conservatory of Ballet in November. This grant was made possible through the Youth, Education & Recreation Fund. The Hudson Community Youth chorus is open to youth in grades 3-12. This is the 2nd year of joint productions with the Hudson Conservatory of Ballet. Members of these youth ensembles receive musicianship training, experience the joy of shared musical harmony, and serve the Hudson community through concerts and public service events.
Through The Tobin Fund for Arts, Culture and Preservation fund, HCF issued a grant in the amount of $1,500 to the Hudson Community Chorus for the production of John Rutter’s Magnificat in December. This grant will be used to underwrite the cost of the 17-piece orchestra needed for this production The Hudson Community Chorus is a volunteer chorus in its 29th year providing an opportunity for singers of all ages to share their love of music and perform, and for audiences to hear wonderful music locally.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $1,000 to Hudson City Schools Foundation/Hudson Community First for support of the 2016 Family Fun Night at Memorial Stadium/Middle School.
Photo: Ed Sogan, President of the Hudson City Schools Foundation, members of Hudson Community First Youth Board, and Bill Wooldredge, Board Member of the Hudson Community Foundation.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Greenleaf Family Center for the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program at Hudson City School District. This program provides Hudson students with the knowledge needed to seek out lifesaving resources within the community; for themselves, friends or family. This grant was made possible from The Social Services Fund.
HCF issued a grant in the amount of $2,000 to the Music from The Western Reserve for artist fee support for the March concert: Jinjoo Cho, violin, Feature Young Artist. This grant was made possible by The Tobin Fund for Arts, Culture and Preservation Fund. For thirty-three seasons, Music from The Western Reserve has brought timeless classics performed by the region’s most talented chamber music artist to the stage. Their concert series provides rich cultural and educational opportunities for all.
Through The Social Services Fund, HCF issued a grant of $2,000 to The Salvation Army for the Hudson Extension Office for assistance to the needy who reside in the Hudson School District. In fiscal year 2015, the Hudson Service Unit supported 31 different Hudson families with groceries, utilities payments and rent in the amount of $13,179.42.