NELSONVILLE — The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) has released information regarding awarded grants to two organizations in the Appalachian region in Ohio. The awards announced come from the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund.
The FAO stated on June 9, Tuesday, that grant award recipients seek to improve the lives of those less fortunate in the southeast region of the state. The two award recipients are Craftsmen for Kids and the Pregnancy Distress Center of Coshocton.
Eric Myer is a member of the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund Committee as well as Don Myers’ son. He was quoted by the FAO stating that this year’s grantees are assisting in the creation of a “strong future” for some of the most susceptible children in the region.
“These grants will help to ensure that youth have access to education and basic needs, which reflect my father’s lifetime commitment of improving the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio,” Myers stated.
Both Craftsmen for Kids and Pregnancy Distress Center of Coshocton received grants of $650 to make differences in their respective communities, according to the FAO. Funds will go to addressing education and access to basic needs through projects being funded and organized this year.
The first mentioned recipient, Craftsmen for Kids, with its awarded grant of $650 will be purchasing supplies to create Sensory Writing Boxes. The FAO states the purchase will help children get a grasp of “letter and number formation(s)” via tactile learning.
The boxes are set to explicitly help with education for children ages three to five years old in Head Start programs in Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Galia, Guernsey, Highland, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, Pike Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington counties.
The Pregnancy Distress Center of Coshocton was also awarded $650 and is going to purchase layettes for new babies that consists of onesies, sleepers, bibs, blankets and diapers.
According to the FAO, the Pregnancy Distress Center of Coshocton provides free pregnancy tests, emotional support, information regarding medical and financial resources along with other basic needs. Basic items include cribs and clothes for expectant mothers residing in Coshocton County.
The women-centered distress center has a Facebook page which stated that its main goal is to help expectant mothers who find themselves with limited resources. It is a non-profit whose services and materials are donated.
The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio, according to the FAO, was established in 2008. The name of the fund gives recognition of the life and service of Donald R. Myers as he was a longtime executive director of the Ohio Mi-Eastern Government Alliance as well as the president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance.
The fund is described as a permanent source of funding which encourages and supports Appalachian Ohio’s non-profit organization community through several partnerships.