Richland County Foundation annual meeting, senior food boxes, dance floor party

Richland County Foundation granted over $8.8 B in 2022

Board Chairwoman Jessica Gribben hands over the gavel to incoming Chairman Chris Hiner during the Richland County Foundation's annual meeting.

Board Chairwoman Jessica Gribben hands over the gavel to incoming Chairman Chris Hiner during the Richland County Foundation’s annual meeting.

The Richland County Foundation granted $8,805,272 in 2022. President Brady Groves also reported during the foundation’s annual meeting that gifts for the year totaled $3,544,561.

Foundation donors were most passionate about supporting education with grants totaling 2,995,520. Other sectors receiving grants were children/families/youth $1,646,478; community development $1,185,896; health services $841,996; arts & culture $762,800; environments $664,344; human services $363,967; economic development $216,296, and churches $128,975. To review the 2022 annual report, go to

Also during the meeting, Richland Public Health Commissioner Dr. Julie Chaya spoke about a new AED program. The Health Department received a grant to provide pediatric AED equipment and education. Automated external defibrillators (AED machines) are being placed at Richland County schools and nonprofit organizations. Health Department staff are providing CPR training.

During the business portion of the meeting, Rand Smith and Jason Guilliams were approved as incoming Board of Trustee members. Carl Fernyak, Dr. Norman Jones, Julie McCready and Gog Meisse completed their terms and were recognized for their dedication and service to the community.

First English Lutheran to distribute food boxes to low-income seniors

First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West, along with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, offer Senior Boxes on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Anyone 60 and over who falls into the “low income” guidelines can register and pick up a 30-pound box of nonperishable food including two pounds of cheese and a 15-pound box of prepackaged produce. This is a year-round distribution. Age is a qualification, so a current identification card complete with date of birth and proof of income must be provided.

Participants should come to the east side of the church between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to get registered and pick up a Senior Box. There is no cost for the food.

Richland Academy plans Dance Floor Send Off Party

Richland Academy of the Arts is announcing its Dance Another Day, Dance Floor Replacement Project with a Dance Floor Send Off Party from 3:30 to 5 pm Sunday, featuring raffle baskets and refreshments. Those attending are invited to wear their favorite past dance costumes.

The Robert and Esther Black Family Fund of the Richland County Foundation and the PNC Asset Management Fund have provided money to help support phase one of the project to replace the 20-year-old dance floor. If you would like to learn more or donate to support the completion of phase one’s project expenses, please call 419-522-8224 or visit and click on the give option under the main menu.

This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Richland County Foundation holds annual meeting, senior food boxes

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