Blessings in a Backpack began in Canton with six friends who wanted to come together to touch the community in a “hands-on” way. The friends, all wives of Timken Co. executives, decided to start the program in Canton after reaching out to the founder of the national program of the same name.
Wishes have been coming true for 30 years here in Stark County. “When Linda (Lippert) and I founded the organization in 1982 we never dreamed we'd be doing this 30 years later,” exclaimed Cyndi Morrow, executive director of Wishes Can Happen, a nonprofit group that provides wishes to seriously ill children.
Each month, About selects a local nonprofit to highlight in our Nonprofit Spotlight.Our goal is to showcase the good work done in our community — and help connect these organizations to donors who may not have realized their need.Here’s who we’ve featured so far.
Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit transformational learning program for girls in third through eighth grades. The local program started in 2009 and now reaches more than 400 girls and their families.
Life lessons, responsibility and sportsmanship are only a few of the things that youngsters walk away with from a lacrosse field when they play for Lacrosse On 3, a nonprofit organization that enables underprivileged youth in Stark County to play the game.
Reusing and recycling items that can be used in another capacity is what The Stock Pile Reuse Store in Canton is all about. “The Stock Pile is Canton’s best-kept secret, but we don’t want it to be a secret anymore,” said Patrick Gerber, program manager.
ChildReach Ministries, an international faith-based nonprofit organization formed in Canton, plans to open a community center in the former Martin Elementary School building for under-served children in the southeast quadrant of the city.
Helping at-risk women and children is the intention of The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment of the Stark Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund aims to increase funding for programs that advance the economic, educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women — while also educating and inspiring women to become leaders in philanthropy.
Kiwanis International, a global organization with three local chapters, is dedicated to changing the world one child and community at a time. Originally conceived as a businessman’s service organization in 1915, Kiwanis has continued to grow and change to remain relevant in the communities it serves.