Coshocton Foundation grants funds to United Way

| January 21, 2016

COSHOCTON – A grant of $50,000 has been made by the Coshocton Foundation to the United Way of Coshocton County to help the organization move toward its current campaign goal of $395,000.

It was the decision of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation to grant this one-time disbursement in light of a potential campaign short-fall, caused in part by the closure of the West Rock paper mill. In the past, West Rock has been the local United Way’s largest contributor in the Industrial Division of the campaign.

Of the $50,000 grant, half has been allocated from the Joseph W., Fred E. and Helen LeRetilley Johnston Fund and half from the Joan Hartley Gross Memorial Fund, which are both restricted funds of the Coshocton Foundation. Both Fred Johnston and Joan Gross were extremely active in the Coshocton community and long-time benefactors of numerous local charitable organizations. Both bequeathed funds to the Foundation for continued investment in the community after their deaths.

Lyn Mizer, executive director of the United Way responded to news of the grant, saying, “I have never been more proud to be a part of such a caring community as Coshocton. On behalf of the Board of Control and our Partner Agencies, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Coshocton Foundation for this very generous gift. We will never take for granted the support we have received and will continue to work to deserve it. These dollars will allow us to help ease our Partner Agencies into any adjustments that may need to be made without affecting the integrity of the programs they are running.”

“The Foundation Trustees believe that the agencies of the United Way provide necessary and valuable services to a great number of our citizens,” said Bob Pell, Foundation executive director. “It is very appropriate to use the Johnston and Gross funds to help this important work in our community.”

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