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Community West Foundation

December 1, 2021 • Grants Update

LCSC is grateful for and humbled by 14 years of continuous funding support from Community West Foundation. The 2021 Foundation grant of $40,000 will support our essential food service programs, which have become the focus of our grant-seeking for 2022 as we continue with home delivery and with delivery to very low-income seniors in five subsidized buildings in Lakewood and Rocky River. As the pandemic and its impact on households’ stability drags on, home food delivery relieves a small but significant piece of the economic burden our clients face every day. At this time last year, we expected to be well into planning protocols to reopen the Center for in-person pantry services. Unfortunately, the Delta variant followed by Omicron, plus a significant percentage of unvaccinated clients has altered our plans. We will continue home delivery for the foreseeable future, which while exceptionally well received by our clients, comes at a significantly higher cost to LCSC.

In addition to the 2021 grant from the Foundation, over $30,000 in Donor Designated Funds have been directed to LCSC by Community West Foundation.

About Community West Foundation

The mission of Community West Foundation is to advance the health and well-being of our community. The staff and Board of Directors are guided by the words in Matthew 25:35-40: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Originally known as the Fairview/Lutheran Foundation, Community West has been supporting these Cleveland Clinic hospitals as well as many community non-profit agencies through grantmaking since 1997. After decades of Illuminating Hope, the amazing people, partners, and donors that make up the foundation continue to move their philanthropic and innovative spirit deeper into the community and farther west than ever before. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, Community West has grown its giving exponentially over the past 20 years. In 2020, Community West distributed $7.4 million in grants. Inspired by Matthew 25:35-40 we live our purpose of illuminating hope by delivering dignity, opportunity, and well-being to the people of Western Cleveland. To learn more, go to communitywestfoundation.org/.

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