The Hudson Community Foundation recently announced five recipients of foundation grants for summer 2018. 

They represent $14,000 in investments in the local Hudson community non-profit organizations and programs.

"These grants are made possible by the generosity of locally focused donors who want to make Hudson a better place to live, learn and work," said HCF President Lori McCleese. "Ours already is a very special community, but we can only continue to succeed through continuous improvement in youth education and recreation, arts and culture, environmental and historic preservation and social services."

The following organizations were awarded grants:

• $1,500 to EMS Outreach Hudson to support the RUOK? Program for seniors;

• $5,000 to Hudson City Schools to support the Drug Free Clubs of America at Hudson High School;

• $2,500 to Destination Hudson and the Hudson Landsberg Sister City Organization in support of the first Kristkindlmarkt in December 2018;

• $3,000 to Greenleaf Family Centers to support adolescent suicide prevention programming at Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy; and

• $2,000 to the Salvation Army to assist families in need in Hudson.

"Critical components to the success of our chapter of DFCA at Hudson High School have been community involvement and support," says Brian Wilch, principal at Hudson High School. "Organizations like Hudson Community Foundation have undoubtedly contributed to our club’s rapid growth and will continue to play a major role in both promoting and sustaining of this very valuable program that incentivizes positive choices made by our young people."

HCF welcomes grant requests from non-profit organizations that are located in, or provide services to Hudson. The foundation focuses on grant requests that benefit the areas of youth education and recreation, arts and culture, social services and historical and environmental preservation.

Grants provided three times each year by HCF are funded in part through donations to the Hudson NOW Fund. Dozens of Hudson residents, businesses and organizations come together to contribute to the Hudson NOW annual campaign to help support worthwhile initiatives for the benefit of the entire community. The annual fundraising campaign launches every September. Contributions are accepted through the myHCF.org website, in person or by mail to the HCF office at 49 East Main Street in Hudson (located in the historic Baldwin House on the village green).

For more information on the foundation or to apply for a grant, visit www.myHCF.org.