Grantee Stories

  • Center of Hope kids with Exec Director
    Center of Hope Family Services
    From its beginnings, Center of Hope Family Services has had the mission “Fostering resilience across the lifespan.” And as the Center has continued to develop innovative programs to empower disadvantaged area residents, Toledo Community Foundation has been a partner. Read More
  • Mom kissing baby
    Healthy Futures for Mothers and Babies
    When Kelly first learned of Chrysalis — northwest Ohio’s only inpatient drug treatment program for expectant mothers — she was pregnant, drug-addicted, and on her way to prison. So her turnaround in the program has been nothing short of remarkable. … Read More
  • PATH - Partners Against Trafficking in Humans and Celia Williamson
    Partners Against Trafficking in Humans
    A Community Joins Forces to Battle Human Trafficking Two decades ago, victims of human trafficking in northwest Ohio — and indeed, in most of the nation — faced bleak prospects. Labeled as criminals, they had little hope of escaping those who … Read More
  • Beach House Family Shelter
    Joining Hands: FOCUS and Beach House
    Ninety-five years ago, Toledo’s “wayward women” were housed in the local jail. Seeing that these women were more victims than perpitrators, Helen Beach, the wife of Toledo’s legendary Mayor, Golden Rule Jones, gave her home to create what is now … Read More
  • Ready to Read
    Working to help every child be Ready to Read
    Read about the Library’s early literacy program When the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) set out to reassess its programs and staffing after state budget cuts in 2009, three significant facts led to the adoption of an early literacy program … Read More
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo
    40 Years of Foundation-supported Service to Area Youth
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo It all began with a Christmas dinner for 102 rough-and-tumble newsboys in 1892. Realizing that those struggling boys needed much more than a holiday meal, John Gunckel solicited support from community leaders and went … Read More
  • Jenna Perez
    Performance Opportunity
    Jenna Perez, 13, never thought spending a summer at the Catholic Club’s Summer Camp would open up an entirely new and exciting world for her. “Because I couldn’t stay home alone, I had to go to the Catholic Club last … Read More
  • Toledo Day Nursery
    Smiles of the Future
    Since the Civil War, children have found an activity-filled place to get their little lives off to a good start at Toledo Day Nursery. Operating from four locations in Toledo, the Nursery offers children of working and student parents quality, … Read More
  • Educational Field Trips - School Bus
    Power of Discovery
    “Thank you for letting me go to the zoo. I saw a lion and it was cool,” wrote one amazed Fulton Elementary School student after a Toledo Community Foundation supported school field trip. For a child, a school field trip … Read More
  • Read for Literacy provides adult basic literacy tutoring to Toledo area residents
    Reading Opens His World: Read for Literacy
    William Lewis, age 50, knows exactly what he wants to do in his life. He wants to get his GED and read a book to his grandsons. With grants from the Toledo Community Foundation to Read for Literacy, William is … Read More
  • Kitty Todd
    Kitty Todd Showcases Nature’s Heritage
    Showcasing Nature’s Heritage Kitty Todd was a woman of conviction. Before her death in 1980, she helped lead the charge to preserve and protect one of the highest concentrations of rare species of any nature preserve in Ohio. A dedicated … Read More
  • Glass House Writing Project
    Glass House Writing Project
    Glass House Writing Project Affects Lives With all of the problems in the world today, it’s easy to feel that a solution to those problems would require an army of people, dedicated to making the world a better place.  But … Read More
  • University of Toledo's Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women
    UT’s Eberly Center: Project Succeed
    Women Reach Potentials Research has shown that a woman with a college degree will earn 75 percent more than a woman possessing solely a high school diploma. But beyond this simple earnings statistic, the University of Toledo’s Catherine S. Eberly … Read More
  • Nick Francis
    How A Young Entrepreneur Funds Charity
    As a little kid Nick Francis, a 2010 Toledo Technology Academy graduate, had a special passion for Halloween. His decorations and parties were frightful.     Banking on an entrepreneurial hunch that others adore the spooky time of the year, Nick formed … Read More
  • Mobile Benefit Bank staffed by AmeriCorps members
    How An Agency Reaches Out
    Many low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the community are eligible for various public benefits, but do not know what is available or how to apply.  Often it takes several visits to multiple agencies to get the help they … Read More
  • Sight Center of Northwest Ohio
    Sight Center Helps With Independence
    Sight, the ability to see the world with which we interact on a daily basis, is a gift most of us take for granted. Being able to see the “on” switch for the coffee pot, noticing the obstacles in our … Read More
  • Friendly Center
    Food For Friends
    After serving free meals to neighbors of Jamie Farr Park in Toledo for nearly 20 years, volunteers were getting a little too old to round up the donations and cook the food. They didn’t want to see the program end … Read More
  • Mountain Mentors
    Mentors Make A Difference
    Mountain Mentors began in 1984 with the mission of “empowering at-risk teens through one-on-one mentoring to make positive life choices.” Established as an alternative-to-incarceration program, the organization pairs adults and youth in mentoring relationships. Fostering life skills through various activities, … Read More