As part of Stark Community Foundation’s SummerTime Kids initiative, over $60,000 in grants were recently awarded to 32 local organizations to fund youth summer programs in Stark County.
The grants, ranging from $500 to $2,000, will be used for imaginative and unique programs that focus on character and education.

This year’s major recipients are:

Easter Seals Northern Ohio: $1,986 to support a four-week day camp for Alliance children with disabilities.

Faith United Methodist Church: $2,000 to support Faith’s Camp Read-A-Lot, a summer literacy program for youth in North Canton.

Paul and Carol David YMCA: $2,000 to support the Build Resilient Camper project at the David Y Day Camp at Jackson Middle School.

Other organizations receiving SummerTime Kids grants include:

Alliance Friends Church for Annual Backpack Giveaway Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties for The Adventure Race at Camp Y-Noah Canal Fulton YMCA for Character Builders Canton Calvary Mission for CLAY (Calvary Learning & Arts for Youth) Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health for Team Builders Christ Presbyterian Church for Beach Play and Learn at Camp Wakonda CommQuest Services, Inc. for Smith & Bright House Eric Snow Family YMCA for ESY Safe Summer Membership Program - Kids Run Canton Summer Running Club Hospice of Tuscarawas County for Community Hospice “You're Not Alone” Youth Bereavement Camp Lake Community YMCA for Discover Your Passion with YMCA Specialty Camps Lighthouse Ministries for The Summer Enrichment Camp Louisville Area YMCA for Being Creative Meyers Lake YMCA for Meyers Lake Community Garden and Camp NASS (Nature, Arts, Sports, and STEM) National Inventors Hall of Fame Inc. (Invent Now, Inc.) for Camp Invention K-6 Summer STEM Enrichment Program North Canton YMCA for Camp Eagle Specialty Camp Character Enrichment Program Northwest Firefighters Association for Safe Sitter Program Our Lady of Peace Catholic School for Summer Youth Program PAX Project for Academic Excellence for TechCamp St. Anthony/All Saints Parish for Building Bridges Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority for Vetting Our Freedoms The ARC of Ohio for Summer Camp Program The First Tee of Canton for Life Skills Experience Summer Programs The Salvation Army of Massillon for Overnight Camp Tiqvah Hands of Hope for Power Up TomTod Ideas for Camp What If: Canton Towpath Trail YMCA for Summer of Health and Wellness YMCA - Camp Tippecanoe for Leadership Development Program YMCA of Western Stark County for Summer of Health and Wellness at the Massillon YMCA and at Genoa Elementary YWCA - Canton for Healthy Lifestyle