Three Central Ohio Organizations Receive Grants from Walmart Foundation

Retailer gives $200,000 to support Ohio non-profits

Columbus, OH – January 10, 2018 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today presented grants totaling $100,000 to three central Ohio non-profit organizations that work to help others live better. The grants were made available through the Foundation’s State Giving Council which is awarding grants totaling $200,000 to five non-profit organization this week.

Walmart representatives from central Ohio gathered at the Walmart Supercenter in Dublin to recognize the following organizations for their service to the community:

  • Lutheran Social Services CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence will receive a $31,000 grant to help domestic violence victims and their children with services in and outside of its shelter.
  • Canine Companions for Independence will receive a $25,000 grant to provide assistance dogs with people with disabilities and help them to live more independently.
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation will receive a $44,000 grant to purchase two vehicles to reach more youth in Appalachia with educational programs that teach leadership and problem-solving skills and ultimately close the college access gap that affects so many in this region.

Athens, OHStudents today – especially those growing up in Appalachian communities – need to have 21st century skills like leadership, communication, and problem-solving to find success in this rapidly evolving world.

Luckily for Appalachian students, not only in Ohio but across the entire region, the iBELIEVE Foundation helps students develop these skills through annual summer camps and school-year programming throughout their high school careers. And contributions like those from AT&T Ohio make that summer camp programming possible.

A recent $15,000 contribution from AT&T Ohio helped support 2017 summer camp programming for high school students in Appalachian Ohio.

Last night, student officers of the new iBELIEVE University student organization were joined by State Representative Jay Edwards at Ohio University. A strong supporter of iBELIEVE’s mission of student leadership, Representative Edwards received an update on the expansion of iBELIEVE programming and met with students.

Join us for the fifth annual Mid-Ohio Valley iBELIEVE Benefit Dinner on November 1, 2017, where we will celebrate the continual growth of the iBELIEVE Foundation in Appalachia!