RMHC Grant Program

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The RMHC Grant Program provides grants to 501(c)3 organizations that serve area youth to age 21. The focus is on programs that offer educational or health services to youth in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania.

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Recent Grant Awards

February 20, 2014

The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley & Western Pennsylvania recently awarded a grant to an area non-profit organization that provides service to children and youth.

D&E Counseling Center was awarded grant funds for the UPSTREAM Plus Program to purchase reading books, reading activity workbooks, educational games, art supplies and other supplies for children in Youngstown and Campbell schools who are at risk for poor academic achievement.  The grant funds will also allow for the purchase of educational items and educational toys to establish a “lending library” for UPSTREAM Plus Program.

October 9, 2013

The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley & Western Pennsylvania recently awarded a grant to several area non-profit organizations that provides service to children and youth.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley received grant funds to expand the Site-Based Mentoring Program into the Niles City School District.  The program will provide needed role models for children who are in need of a mentor, the right volunteer who will guide the children to successful outcomes based on the Program Outcome Evaluation developed by the national office of Big Brothers & Big Sisters.   Successful outcomes are defined by showing more trust towards others, better relationships with peers and adults, better attitude toward school and better school performance.

Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc. received grant funds to develop a Safe School Line (suicide prevention and anti-bullying) in Columbiana County.  Funds will allow for posters to be produced and placed in each school district.  Help Hotline will use social media for follow-up.  Each school will provide a list of emergency contact numbers from the Middle School and the High School.  Help Hotline will provide 24/7 crisis hotline and information and referral services to all students in the school district.

July 10, 2013

The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley & Western Pennsylvania recently awarded a grant to several area non-profit organizations that provides service to children and youth.

Potential Development Program received grant funds to convert a former commercial garage/loading dock into an indoor play area at the School of Autism.  The funds will be used to resurface the concrete floor by installing a half inch rubber surface to cover the 1344 square feet area.   Children with autism often feel “different” from others their age.  One way in which children can truly relate to one another is through creative play or school recess.  Recess has been shown to have many benefits such as social, emotional, physical and cognitive improvements for all children, especially those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  The greatest emotional benefit to recess and free play time is that it helps to relieve stress built up throughout the day and reduces anxiety caused by academic pressures.  The unstructured play time helps to improve a child’s self-esteem and the development of friendships.

Mahoning Valley Historical Society received grant funds for the Turning Points Civil War Summer Camp.  The camp aimed to immerse students into the Civil War time period.  The large spaces in the Tyler History Center were transformed into interactive settings of the 1860s.  The camper no longer saw a ballroom or exhibit gallery. Instead, he or she envisioned Ford's Theatre, a battlefield, Union and Confederate camps, a council of war, Lee's & Grant's headquarters, and more.  The MVHS education staff developed a unique curriculum to complement the historic settings as well as various Ohio content standards.  From interactive ice-breakers, a mock political campaign, and assuming the identity of a real Mahoning Valley soldier to making hardtack, debating battle strategies and undergoing an age-appropriate and historically accurate exploration of slavery, students "lived" in the era.  The grant funds were used for camp supplies, partial camp scholarships, and educational materials.    

April 10, 2013

The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley & Western Pennsylvania recently awarded a grant to several area non-profit organizations that provides service to children and youth.

The Rich Center for Autism received grant funds to establish the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program (EIBI).  The recommended course of treatment for children diagnosed with autism is behavioral intervention and the intensive structured teaching of skills.  It is highly recommended that behavioral interventions start as early as possible.  The EIBI Program provides services to children beginning at 2.5 years of age who are referred to the center with a pediatric diagnosis of autism.  These children are prepared for kindergarten and ultimately full integration into their home school districts.  The Rich Center provides vital therapies and specialized interventions so that children reach the necessary milestones to be read for kindergarten, such as potty training, social interactions, functional communication, and play skills.

The Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown received grant funds to repair or replace game room activity tables, to purchase new activity tables such as pool table, foosball table, bumper ball table, and to purchase video game systems.  These are imperative to the success of the Club and keeps the children safe and off the streets.

D&E Counseling Center received grant funds to purchase toys, games, clothes, sporting goods and reading books for “The Good Behavior Store” which is part of Camp Challenge.  The store was established about 13 years ago and stocks items the children can choose, depending on the number of points they earned in a day, week or accumulated over several weeks. The goal of the Intensive Outpatient Program of Camp Challenge is to improve the overall behavior and social skills of the children attending camp.

February 14, 2013

The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley & Western Pennsylvania recently awarded a grant to several area non-profit organizations that provides service to children and youth.

Beatitude House received grant funds for the Child Advocacy Program to purchase safety and educational items such as care seats, booster seats, cribs, first aid kits, cabinet locks, door handle guards, and electrical outlet covers.  Educational items purchased include age appropriate learning toys and toys that foster imaginative play.

Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland received grant funds to help retire their Capital Campaign.

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