The Portage Foundation gives grants totaling $11K

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The Portage Foundation recently granted more than $11,000 in funds to 10 Portage County agencies and programs.

"It's crucial that we support and strengthen the organizations in our community," said Ralph Kletzien, the foundation's executive director. "Our support helps in a small way to create a better place to live, learn, work and raise a family."

Grant recipients include:

n Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard to support continuation in its current location

n The Portage County Health Department for car seats for needy families

n Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary to further its community outreach education programs

n Kent City Schools for school field trips

n Mobile Meals to provide meals for needy in Portage County

n Portage Community Health Center for treatment room furnishings

n Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation for its Visiting Nurse and Hospice programs

n The Sister Jordan Committee for the County Clothing Center, Center of Hope and Kent Social Services

n Portage County Health Department for the Childhood Immunization Program

n Children's Advantage to support programs

The foundation funds projects in six areas: Health, human services, economic development, education, environment, and arts and culture.

Contact the foundation at 330-474-0480 or visit www.portagefoundation.org for more information.

"We prioritize giving to improve upon the effectiveness of existing programs and support projects that incorporate preventive or curative approaches to the problems and challenges of our community." Kletzien said.

"The Portage Foundation is a community foundation that builds relationships between generous people and needs that matter. We thank all our donors that have made these grants possible," said Deborah Drago, board president.

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