Since its inception in September 2007, the Canton chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment has raised more than $80,000 and distributed proceeds to eighteen local families and twelve community organizations in need of assistance. Our goal is simple – to better communities. Whether it is by helping one family in need of direct financial support or funding a community outreach program, we want our simple actions to create a ripple effect of giving.
The Canton chapter of Community Betterment was busier than ever in 2014, creating more opportunities to make a difference in the lives of Stark County residents. Our 7th annual major fundraiser, Rocktoberfest 2014, proved to be another success, raising more than $17,000 for two local families. We also granted funds to an immediate-need recipient.
Our volunteer base keeps growing, in part because of the variety of volunteer events in which our Canton chapter participates. Take a look at some of the different ways our volunteers helped out over the past few years:
Organizing a successful book drive for J.R. Coleman Family Services, donating and collecting items for the Pregnancy Support Center.
Baking birthday cakes for children and mothers throughout the year and adopting a family at Christmas through Domestic Violence Project, Inc.
Pouring beer for attendees of the music performances at the HOFEF Ribs Burnoff.
Volunteering at Warrior Dash and with Habitat for Humanity.
Running a fun “Lobster Trap” hole-in-one putting green with Bender’s Tavern in downtown Canton on First Fridays.
“A committee of three sat at most of the meetings planning, brainstorming, and wondering how to attract more people to this great cause. To fast forward to the present day, five years later, the philanthropy vibe is catching on ‘Betterment’ style. We have a board of nine dedicated volunteers, a committee of twenty enthusiastic community supporters all gathering for one purpose: to better our community and have fun doing so!” - Amy Weisbrod, 2011
Please check out the events page for recent and upcoming betterment events...
Canton Chapter Board of Directors:
Darla Brown - Co-Director Becky Callahan Elizabeth Degenhard - Volunteer Chair Chellsea Mastroine - Co-Director Rich Medla Sharon Medla Quinn Parker - Board Liason Kara Wedekamm - Marketing Communication Chair Amy Weisbrod - Finance Chair
Canton Host Committee:
Aubrey Blood Mark Cartechine Denise Franken Jennifer Harrington Lori Lewitzke Kelly Marino Jeanne Maylor Janet Morris - Recipient co-chair Betsy Noyes - Recipient co-chair Joe Rozsa Catharine Ruzinski Monica Snyder Jennifer Yohe Sarah Yost Danielle Zink
Canton Happy Hour- Thursday, June 16 at Gervasi Vineyard Join the Canton Chapter for a happy hour on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8pm. We will serve free appetizers and announce the 2011 recipients for Rocktoberfest. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, wine and fellow Canton Chapter members!
Betterment Book Drive
Clean out your bookshelves and help others in our community at the same time! Betterment will be collecting books for the children at J.R. Coleman Family Services during the week of April 10-16, 2011. Bring your new or gently used books (ages birth through teens) to one of the drop-off locations below. Open a whole new world to a child through books!
Join the Canton Chapter on March 29th from 5-7pm for a happy hour featuring guest bartenders Amy Weisbrod, Max Deuble and Mike Abbott- be sure to tip well as all tips will be donated to Betterment.
Canton Holiday Shop Hop!
Join the Canton Chapter on December 9th for a Seasonal Martini and a Holiday Shop Hop! This wonderful event is a benefit for our Immediate Need Fund and will feature several local artists.
Back this year, the Canton Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment will be participating in the Canton Recreation Department Sand Volleyball League. Games will be held on Tuesday nights during the months of June and July, beginning at 7pm sharp. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Amy Weisbrod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 16th, the Canton Chapter and their families volunteered at the Stark County Humane Society. In addition, the group brought items from the shelters "Spring Wish List" for the animals.
Amy Weisbrod and Ann Rohrbaugh assisted The BeechCreek Botanical Gardens with a visual garden
The beautiful garden created by Betterment volunteers and BeechCreek staff
Two new members joined us for the day. Thank you Judy Catalano and Donna Wey!
-BeechCreek BGA is a non profit organization (501 (c) 3) in Alliance, Ohio sitting on 164 acres of land. Go enjoy your day and take a hike, visit the Butterfly House or new Science Center all right there on site. Visit www.bcbgarden.org for more information.
The Canton Chapter of The Foundation for Community Betterment participated in a volunteer project with Canton Calvary Mission's food pantry on March 7, 2009. Twelve gathered to help shoppers decide on groceries for their families and to make their day a little brighter. Thank you to all the participants who dedicated their first spring afternoon to creating the ripple effect!
After Hours, June 3, 2010
Outreach Activity at Stark County Humane Society, May 16, 2010
Betterment Book Drive, April 19-23, 2010
After Hours with Betterment Canton Chapter, February 17, 2010
Holiday Outreach at Canton Calvary Mission, November 14, 2009
Rocktoberfest 2009, Septmember 26, 2009
Rocktoberfest 2008, September 27, 2008
Volunteer at Canton Idol with Betterment!, February 15, 2008