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Published: Saturday, 10/8/2005

grants Community benefactors give funds to nonprofits

The board of trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation Inc. has awarded grants totaling $126,051 to four area nonprofit organizations.

In addition, the Stranahan Supporting Organization, a separate fund affiliated with the community foundation, awarded grants totaling $54,086 to nine nonprofit organizations.

Those funds include a grant to the American Red Cross to recruit and train disaster relief volunteers.

The community foundation grants were awarded to:

w●Cherry Street Mission, $66,000, to expand services at Sparrow's Nest, which provides emergency housing and supportive services for women in the Toledo area.

w●The Nature Conservancy, $40,000, to support restoration efforts of the wet prairie, oak savanna, and Karner blue butterfly habitat at the Kitty Todd Preserve in the Oak Openings region.

w●Toledo School for the Arts, $11,551, to support a special project integrating art into the study of world history.

w●Cambios, $8,500, to expand Project Reading to Eliminate All Discrimination, a volunteer program that uses children's literature as a means to promote cultural sensitivity and appreciation of diversity.

The Stranahan Supporting Organization's awards include grants to:

w●The American Red Cross, $11,250. The Greater Toledo Area Chapter has set a goal to recruit and train 500 volunteer workers, who will be sent to hurricane-devastated areas.

w●Beach House Family Shelter, $6,845, to replace kitchen equipment.

w●FOCUS, $8,500, for expenses related to lead paint abatement.

w●Martin Luther King Kitchen for the Poor, $5,991, for personnel expenses.

w●Open Door Ministry, $3,150 for kitchen renovations.

w●Schott Foundation for Public Education, $2,000 for scholarships to Bowsher High School graduates, part of the Schott African-American male student program.

w●Collaborative Network, $8,500 for its beds-for-babies project.

w●Learning Club of Toledo, $5,000 to support after-school tutoring.

w●Toledo Seagate Food Bank, $2,850 for freezer repairs.

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