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Recent Grants Support Telehealth, Child Care, Basic Needs in Appalachian Ohio

Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund Supports
Eight Organizations Responding to COVID-19 Crisis

Nelsonville, OHThe Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund recently awarded over $29,000 in grants to support nonprofits that are working to provide basic necessities and ensure the health and safety of Appalachian Ohio’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Through this most recent funding, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) awarded grants to eight nonprofits working to make a difference across 14 counties in Appalachian Ohio. In total, the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund has now awarded over $148,000 to nonprofits serving all 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. More awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We know the road to recovery is going to be a long one, and that our local nonprofits will continue to require extra additional support in meeting the most pressing needs of our communities,” said Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Board Chair Ron Strickmaker.

The Fund’s most recent grantees include the Ashtabula YMCA, the Bethel Ridge Food Pantry, Coleman Professional Services, Family Recovery Center, the Gallia Downtown Revitalization Project, Shawnee Family Health Center, Urban Mission, and the Village of Somerset.

The Ashtabula YMCA received funding to support childcare needs for essential employees.

The Bethel Ridge Food Pantry in Jackson County received funding to support the creation and delivery of emergency hygiene and cleaning kits for 50 families, reaching predominantly senior clients.

Coleman Professional Services, Inc received funding to support telehealth services and provide personal protective equipment to staff and clients in Jefferson, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.

The Family Recovery Center received funding to create Resilience Bags, which it will distribute to people served by food banks, children’s services, and similar service providers in Jefferson and Columbiana counties.

The Gallia Downtown Revitalization Project received funding to support food delivery to Gallia County residents.

The Shawnee Family Health Center received funding to support equipment for increased telehealth appointments in Adams, Lawrence, and Scioto counties.   

Urban Mission received funding to support food delivery to meet increased needs in Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, and Jefferson counties.

The Village of Somerset in Perry County received funding to support safety improvements at the farmers market. These improvements will help ensure proper social distancing and sanitizing opportunities as the market restarts summer operations.

FAO’s support for these grantees is possible because of the generosity of donors, including many grassroots donors as well as funding partners such as DTE Energy, the Longaberger Family Foundation, Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, and Peoples Bank Foundation.

To learn more about the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund, visit or contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit