The William Swanston Charitable Fund today announced $374,900 in 2017 grants for 8 initiatives focused on health and wellness of at-risk children, including new projects to connect more physically challenged kids to inclusive play equipment and increase access to opportunities for physical activity through changes in Warren’s built environments.
The Swanston Charitable Fund, which is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children, also announced continuing support for ongoing health and fitness programs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
YNDC RECEIVES $150,000 FOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENTS FOR INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The largest grant was $150,000 to Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation for its Built Environment Improvements for Increased Physical Activity project. This initiative seeks to reduce childhood obesity in Youngstown’s neighborhoods through strategic investments in the built environment at two key locations-parks and schools-that serve the highest number of children in the city.
The project’s first component includes improvements at four Youngstown city parks—Homestead, Crandall, John White and Glenwood. The addition of ADA-accessible playground equipment, outdoor fitness stations, upgraded lighting and safer street crossings near the parks are just some of the plans for improvement.
The second component of the grant supports Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a project encouraging and enabling safe physical activity for school students on their way to and from school. Funding will purchase bicycles, helmets and bicycle racks for city schools and students.
TRUMBULL NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP TO INSTALL PLAYGROUND
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) received $50,000 for Project Play, an initiative aimed at increasing healthy recreational opportunities for children living in historically low-income neighborhoods in the city of Warren. TNP will partner with the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority (TMHA) to install a playground for children onsite at Highland Terrace, a 118 unit affordable housing complex on the southwest side of Warren. Team Sanders Inc., Ignite Ministry and the Warren G. Harding High School basketball program have all committed to hosting continuing activities at Highland Terrace, utilizing the available recreational space and new playground. This multi-year project will create the necessary environmental change to make opportunities for physical exercise and creative play available and accessible.
Other grants emphasize fitness, nutrition, inclusive play, shelter for at-risk children
The William Swanston Charitable Fund also announced grants to these six organizations:
- Alta Care Group, Inc., $35,000 for the second year of its Alta Head Start Nutrition Education and Support Initiative which includes access to fresh produce for families in the program through onsite farmer’s markets.
- Children’s Hunger Alliance, $20,000 for the continuation and expansion of their Afterschool Meal Programs in Youngstown.
- Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Inc., $14,900 to support their Healthy Hand, Healthy Body: Improving Children’s Accessibility to Fitness and Nutrition project, which includes adaptive fitness classes, cooking and nutrition education and gardening activities for medically fragile children and those with developmental disabilities.
- Compass Family and Community Services, $30,000 for the operation of Daybreak Youth Crisis Center, a short-term emergency shelter for runaway, homeless and throwaway youth.
- Taft Promise Neighborhood, $25,000 for a paid, full-time staff person to coordinate and improve services provided to Taft area students, parents, residents and businesses.
- The Walnut Grove-Field of Opportunity, $50,000 for the purchase and installation of equipment at a new inclusive playground designed specifically for individuals with special needs.
The William Swanston Charitable Fund, established in 1919, seeks to help improve the lives of at-risk children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. It has provided grants for such causes as early childhood education, health and fitness initiatives, after-school programs, parent-involvement seminars, anti-bullying measures and many other efforts in support of local children. The Swanston Fund is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.