Through The Aultman Foundation’s competitive grant program, we partner with nonprofits to support projects that directly affect the lives of our friends, families and neighbors. Since 2007, $1.9 million has been distributed to promote wellness, health education and human service programs throughout our community.
Over 180 agencies have received funding from The Aultman Foundation. We are proud to work with these exceptional organizations. Click here to see a complete list of The Aultman Foundation grantees.
The First Tee of Canton is just one agency that The Aultman Foundation has supported. Read on to find out more.
Known as a youth development facility and learning center, The First Tee of Canton provides young people an opportunity to learn life enhancing values, character development and healthy habits through the game of golf. It is a chapter-owned and operated nine hole par-3 golf course with irrigated fairways and synthetic Tour Turf greens along with a putting green and a 17-station driving range. The indoor facility has 10 holes for putting practice and lessons. In 2014, more than 7,500 kids in the community were impacted by programming. In 2014, The Aultman Foundation awarded a grant to The First Tee of Canton to support its “Nine Healthy Habits” summer and fall programs intended to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for young people. The nine healthy habits include: energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school and community. Combining with its existing Life Skills Education Program, this new initiative impacted 340 young people ages 5 – 18 years old.
Children who participated in the summer and fall programs were given a scorecard to track what the First Nine Healthy Habits meant to them and how they can apply them in their everyday lives. Parents also shared feedback. Some of the responses from the children included:
- “Playing video games all day will make you tired and lazy. When I am more active, I end up with more energy. Be active.” E.
- “If I look in the pantry and see a donut and a banana, the smart choice is to pick the banana.” S.
- “We sit down at the table and eat together as a family. This leads to healthy eating habits.” E.
- “Every time I ride my bike I will wear my helmet in case I fall.” P.
Here are three more of the outstanding programs The Aultman Foundation has supported:
Wellness - YMCA of Western Stark County provided fitness and nutrition coaching to reduce obesity and improve other health indicators for underserved clients.
Health Education - Alliance for Children and Families delivered programs on nutrition, exercise, and CPR/First Aid to low-income families.
Human Services - Agency on Aging Area 9 provided respite for the full-time caregivers of elderly family members, so relatives could continue to be cared for at home.