TO OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE VALLEY
A message from the president and board chairperson
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has at the core of its mission to improve the quality of life for residents of the Valley, and 2016 was a year of growth in that mission with a focus on creating a healthy community for all.
 
We began the year investigating the factors behind the region's health outcomes, identifying their improvement as an essential aspect of our intended impact. We began brainstorming the best way to address those poor outcomes and talking about how we could engage the community in determining what a healthy Mahoning Valley looks like.
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BOUNCING INTO BASCOM 
Innovative pre-kindergarten summer invention program gives students a jump on education and social skills
With a high-need population,
coming up with creative and effective programming to address school readiness is essential for the LaBrae School District. Bouncing into Bascom was one innovative solution they were able to put into action.
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" This partnership enabled academic and social-emotional foundational skills to be taught to students in most need of those valuable lessons," said Maggie Kowach, Bascom Elementary Principal. 
INVESTING IN THE NEXT GENERATION
First Place Community Fund Scholar
Royal S. Smith is a young man in whom the First Place Community Fund is proud to invest. From the Warren area, Smith fell in love with the University of Dayton's atmosphere on his first campus visit, but with a single mother supporting him and another sibling enrolled in college, he stressed about how feasible his dream of attending would be.

Receiving support from his hometown community helped ease that stress, when Smith was selected as the 2016 First Place Community Fund Scholar. Provided through the Fund's work with The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, this scholarship allowed him to redirect his energy from worrying about how he would pay for his degree in sports medicine to accomplishing that dream.
 
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MAKING CARE A CHOICE
Hospice of the Valley implements Medicare Care Choices Model
Above: Members of the clinical team for HOTV's Medicare Care Choices Model program.
Hospice of the Valley (HOTV) began offering a Medicare Care Choices Model program in January 2016. One of only 141 hospices in the country to implement this program, the model allows patients, who are eligible but who do not elect their hospice benefit, to instead continue curative therapies while receiving medical interventions and support typically provided through hospice care. 
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THE DIANE AND KURT SAUER 
ENDOWMENT FUND 
How one local couple embodies philanthropy
While many may know Diane Sauer  from her car  dealership commercials, it is her and her husband Kurt's attitude about philanthropy and supporting their community that is truly noteworthy. They have worked hard their whole lives, building successful careers and a beautiful family, all the while demonstrating to their two children the importance of giving back.  READ MORE HERE
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
Grantee highlights from 2016
All three of the Community Foundation's supporting organizations participate in strategic grantmaking in an effort to make positive, effective change in the Valley. Both the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and the Western Reserve Health Foundation fund innovative projects that align with the current priorities identified by each county's community health assessments, while The William Swanston Charitable Fund has  awarded funding to programs dedicated to the care of abused, neglected and dependent children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Click each picture below to read about a highlighted grantee from the supporting organizations and the impact they've made on our community.


Reach Us:

Email: info@cfmv.org |  www.cfmv.org

In Warren:  147 W. Market St.  Warren, OH 44481 
Phone: 330.469.6832  Fax: 330.394.5601