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 twelve local families
and seven 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 2011, creating more
opportunities to make a difference in the lives of Stark County residents. Our fourth annual
major fundraiser, Rocktoberfest 2011, proved to be another success, raising more than 20,000
for one local family and three nonprofit organizations in our community. We also granted
funds to two immediate-need recipients and established a memorial fund for Ronald Stokes, JR
a previous Rocktoberfest 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 in 2011 alone:
- 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
Please check out the events page for recent and upcoming betterment events...
Canton Chapter Board of Directors:Darla Brown - Co-Director
Elizabeth Degenhard - Volunteer Chair
Dan Lanser - Board Chair
Lori Lewitzke - Donations Chair
Chellsea Mastroine - Co-Director
Quinn Parker - Board Liason
Kara Wedekamm - Marketing Communication Chair
Amy Weisbrod - Finance Chair
Canton Host Committee:
Aubrey Blood - Co-Recipient Chair
Amy Scott - Co-Recipient Chair
Canton Photos & Videos
2012 Rocktoberfest Recipients
- Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding - click here for video
- Monica Snyder - click here for video
- Project Rebuild - click here for video
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!
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!
The food pantry stocked by The Canton Calvary Mission
Dwight Rohrbaugh, Steve Ritschard, Karen Ritschard, Ann Rohrbaugh,CCM volunteer/employee and Amy Weisbrod in front showing off an ice cream snack offered to shoppers
|Set back is Marie Liebig, wife of David Liebig, a 2008 recipient. A shopper is enthusiastically greeted by Joanne Peppard, a member of Betterment||.|
After Hours, June 3, 2010
Holiday Outreach at Canton Calvary Mission, November 14, 2009
Volunteer at Canton Idol with Betterment!, February 15, 2008
Betterment Boo Bash!, October 26, 2007
Betterment Kickoff in Canton, September 18, 2007