WESTLAKE, Ohio – Community West Foundation in Westlake has distributed first quarter grants to non-profit organizations to the tune of $ 785,000. The organizations, which provide food or refugee services, are located in Cleveland, western Cuyahoga County and Lorain County.

In addition to the $ 785,000, an additional $ 178,000 was distributed through the foundation’s Community Impact Fund, for a total of $ 963,000.

The Community Impact Fund, according to the foundation’s website, was established “for donors who want to invest alongside Community West’s mission, knowing that contributions would be distributed directly to grantees quarterly.”

Back in December, Community West Foundation noted that it was reorganizing its grant cycle process for this year by “focusing on specific areas of its mission.”

For the first quarter, the foundation reviewed applications from organizations that focus on “water access and hunger elimination, as well as those that aid our refugee and immigrant neighbors.”

Grant recipients include:

• Beyond the Walls Food Pantry

• Building Hope in the City

• Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services

• CHN Housing Partners (Water Champions)

• Drink Local-Drink Tap

• Greater Cleveland Food Bank

• Hunger Network

• ID Crisis Collaborative

• Joshua and Caleb Leadership Center

• Refugee Services Collaborative

• Second Harvest Food Bank

• Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Centers

• The Refugee Response

• Trials for Hope

• US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants

• Village Project

• West Shore Meals on Wheels

• Westlake United Methodist Church-Food Pantries

• Youth Bee Works

Four additional non-profits outside the focus area were funded after being deferred at the end of 2021. They include Cleveland Christian Home, Linking Employment Abilities and Potential (LEAP), Safe Families for Children Alliance and Transformations by Cleveland Angels.

The other quarterly grant-making focus areas for 2022 will include:

• Second quarter: Housing and homeless services; incarcerated or those who are re-entering society.

• Third quarter: Mental / physical health programming; services for the disabled; addiction treatment and recovery.

• Fourth quarter: Community service organizations that provide a variety of services and any other unique programs.

Martin Uhle is president and CEO of the Community West Foundation. For more information about the Community West Foundation’s mission, visit https://www.communitywestfoundation.org/.

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