The annual meeting of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA), held in April, brought together individuals and organizations working to improve quality of life throughout Appalachian Ohio. Two grant awards from the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio, a fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), will help do just that.
“This year’s grantees will provide essential tools to kids in Appalachian Ohio,” said Eric Myers, a member of the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund committee and Don Myers’s son. “These grants reflect my father’s commitment to our neighbors, especially children, as well as his passion for literacy.”
This year’s grantees include Hope House Christian Counseling Center and the Junction Elementary School library, part of the New Lexington City School District. Both grantees received $550 awards to make a difference in their local communities by addressing basic needs and education of youth.
The Junction Elementary School library, received a grant award to support its Passion Projects initiative. Funding from this grant will go towards updating the school library, which is in need after reporting 45% of the books are currently out-of-date.
Students will be a key piece of this project, helping to select books that correspond to their passions and interests with an emphasis on nonfiction books. Third grade students in particular will use the new collection to work on their Passion Project, a topic that is of particular interest to them, but over 400 students in the rest of the school will also benefit and use the new additions to the school library collection.
Hope House Christian Counseling Center of Highland County received a grant award to support its Children’s Counseling Suite. Hope House provides counseling services in five areas – addiction, marital, general, grief, and children’s – to people of all economic backgrounds. Nearly 40% of Hope House’s current client population is under age 18. In order to focus on the needs of their youngest clients, funding from this grant will support the purchase of specific therapeutic tools to work with youth in the children’s therapy room. This will help educate and equip the youth with tools and strategies to bring out the best versions of themselves today and tomorrow.
The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio was created to honor the legacy of Don Myers in 2008. The Fund recognizes the service of Mr. Myers as the longtime executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Alliance (OMEGA) and president of EODA. The Fund is a permanent source of funding to encourage and support Appalachian Ohio’s nonprofit and government organizations in collaborative activities that support quality of life. Open to organizations throughout the 32 Appalachian counties in Ohio, the Fund focuses on projects that improve quality of life with an emphasis on concerns that Mr. Myers worked so passionately to address, including education, regional networking opportunities, support for community leaders, and fulfillment of basic needs.