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Grant to support ELCH Summer Skills program

EAST LIVERPOOL — The East Liverpool City Hospital of Columbiana County received a $600 grant award from Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA), the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, which will help to improve quality of life in underserved Ohio communities. The grant is to support ELCH Summer Skills program, which was established in 2018 and seeks to provide 3-12 year-old children living with autism and development delays in Columbiana County with continued learning opportunities over the summer months. The eight-week program seeks to address summer learning loss to which all children, but especially children with developmental disabilities, are susceptible. The program is geared toward the specific needs of the population it serves, as occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical therapists build a creative and encouraging learning environment through multi-sensory experiences that promote learning, independence, and participation.

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.

The grant application opens annually in February. For information about the Fund and how it honors the legacy of Don Myers, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.

Gifts to the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Appalachian Ohio are tax deductible and can be made in a number of ways, including cash, gifts in wills, and life insurance. To make your donation, please designate the Donald R. Myers Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made online by visiting the Foundation’s online giving page and selecting the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio when making a donation.

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