By Marci Piltz
Record-Courier staff writer
Twelve local charities recently benefited from funds disbursed through a special endowment fund of the Grace Episcopal Church in Ravenna.
The Mary Helen Beatty Endowment Fund has been helping Portage County groups for at least the last nine years, said Judy Canan, chair of the fund, and this year is no different. A total of $10,750 was distributed among the groups, which included the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Townhall II, to name a few.
We offer the funds to all kinds of different agencies throughout Portage County, said Canan. Our goal is to help with a spectrum of ages, from children to seniors and everybody in between.
Other groups that benefited from the funds this year include Safer Futures, the Family Development Center, the Town Hall II Medical Clinic, Kents Passport program for seniors, the Senior Multipurpose Services Center in Ravenna, the Portage County Animal Protective League, the Skeels Improvement Corp. and Portage Childrens Services, Canan said.
The fund was established many years ago when Beatty, a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church, passed away. Canan said Beatty left a bequest and the fund has grown over the years.
Each year, we take about half the money earned from interest on the fund and spend it on these agencies, Canan said. Over the last nine years, weve put about $72,000 into the community.
Canan said there are no requirements for how the money is to be spent once the endowment committee makes its disbursements.
They are all given in cash donations and there are no stipulations. The only thing we ask is that the agencies contact us and let us know how they spent the money so we can share that with the congregation, she said. We usually get letters thanking us for helping them out.
The church is located at 250 W. Cedar St.
Phone: (330) 296-9657