Community West Foundation Awards Nearly $800,000 in First Quarter

Building Hope in the City

The Community West Foundation Board of Directors started the year strong awarding $641,334 in first quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that are located in Cleveland, Western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. An additional $156,000 was distributed through their Community Impact Fund bringing the grand total to $797,334. The Community Impact Fund was established for donors who want to invest alongside Community West’s mission knowing that contributions would be distributed directly to grantees quarterly.

For the first quarter, Community West Foundation provided grants to nonprofits that align with their mission areas of food provision as well as assistance for refugees and immigrants. These grants could not come at a more urgent time given the reduction in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for 673,000 Ohioans. “We are hearing the warning from our grantee partners who provide food assistance services to our community,” commented Marty Uhle, Community West Foundation President and CEO. “We are expecting to see a large increase in need at food banks and pantries as a result of this change.”

In addition, there are multiple major developments with refugees and immigrants across the world that are bringing newcomers to the Cleveland area. Community West is confident that our grantees are positioned to assist with their arrival.

Organizations receiving grants for their food programs include:

  • Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services

    Christ Church Episcopal, Oberlin

  • Collaboration Station
  • Drink Local Drink Tap
  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank
  • Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
  • Pathways Enrichment Center
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • St. Augustine Community Cupboard
  • The Village Project
  • Trials for Hope
  • West Park United Church of Christ
  • West Shore Meals on Wheels
  • West Side Community House
  • Westlake United Methodist Church (Food Centers)

Joshua and Caleb Leadership Center

Organizations also receiving grants include:

  • Building Hope in the City – Hope Center for Refugees
  • Camp Imagine – Summer camp for children with disabilities
  • Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services – Legal service for refugees and immigrants
  • Esperanza, Inc. – Adult education for the Hispanic community
  • Fund for Our Economic Future – Collaboration of philanthropic funders and civic leaders supporting economic growth in the region
  • Joshua and Caleb Leadership Center – Programs for refugee mothers and their children
  • The Refugee Response – Programs and services for refugees and immigrants
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants – Case management/wellness services for new refugees and immigrants
About Community West Foundation:

The mission of Community West Foundation is to advance the health and well-being of our community. The staff and Board of Directors are guided by the words in Matthew 25:35-40. While their grantmaking is based on these teachings, they are not affiliated with any particular religion. Their grantees, friends and donors come from diverse faiths and practices.

For more information, contact Community West Foundation at 440-360-7370 or visit

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