Pay it Forward Program Seeking Grant Proposals

March 01, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Members of a public health class at the University of Mount Union are seeking grant proposals from the community as part of the University’s Pay it Forward program.

The purpose of the program, facilitated by the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, is to develop philanthropists through a course-based service-learning environment that engages college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making and service opportunities while providing community non-profits with needed assistance.

The program was started with funds provided by Ohio Campus Compact and is currently funded by the Trash to Treasure sale that takes place on campus each May.  The Trash to Treasure sale accepts item donations from students as well as the university no longer uses to resell for charity. The funds are then assigned to specific courses and ultimately given to area agencies. Since its inception, hundreds of students have participated in Pay it Forward courses, leading to nearly 3,000 hours of community service and thousands of dollars donated to area agencies.

One of this year’s courses is Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro’s public health senior culminating experience. Students in the class are currently learning about public health programs in the area and will be awarding a $500 mini grant to a non-profit in the 44601 zip code area. Grant proposals are being accepted now through March 11. Additional information and the grant form are located at http://www.mountunion.edu/request-for-funding.

For more information about Pay it Forward or other service-based initiatives at Mount Union, contact Abby Honaker at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

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