Since its inception in September 2007, the Canton chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment has raised more than $100,000 and distributed proceeds to 18 local families and 12 community organizations in need of assistance. Our goal is simple – to better our community. 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.
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 Canton team has helped out over the past few years:
Organize an annual book drive to benefit local nonprofits.
Collect and donate need items for the Domestic Violence Shelter, Pregnancy Support Center, YWCA and other nonprofits.
Bake birthday cakes for children and mothers living at the domestic violence shelter throughout the year and adopt a family at Christmas there.
Pour beer for attendees of the music performances at the HOFEF Ribs Burnoff to raise money for future recipients.
Volunteer at local events, such as Warrior Dash and Habitat for Humanity to boost awareness, lend a hand and raise money for future recipients.
Help with events, such as running a fun “Lobster Trap” hole-in-one putting green with Bender’s Tavern in downtown Canton on First Fridays.
Volunteer at the Stark County Humane Society and collect needed items for the shelters.
Assisted The BeechCreek Botanical Gardens with creating a visual garden.
Worked in Canton Calvary Mission's food pantry to help shoppers decide on groceries for their families (and to make their day a little brighter!).
Please check out the events page for recent and upcoming betterment events...
Canton Chapter Board of Directors:
Darla Brown - Co-Director Chellsea Mastroine - Co-Director Elizabeth Degenhard Robert Powell Kara Wedekamm Amy Weisbrod Janet Morris Monica Snyder
“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
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