Since its inception in September 2007, the Canton chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment has donated to 27 local families and 16 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 Chellsea Mastroine Elizabeth Degenhard Robert Powell Amy Weisbrod Janet Morris
“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
Join us at a monthly meeting - the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm
Save the date for our annual Betterment Bash on October 13th
Nominate a recipient: ***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1*** Because you are considered a member of Betterment, you have the option to submit a nomination for a recipient in need.
We are now accepting nominations for our 2018 Betterment Bash recipient(s)! As part of our network, we encourage you to nominate individuals, families and/or nonprofit organizations. We have three specific recipient criteria in selecting our recipients:
Immediate Impact – The Foundation must be able to make an immediate and specific difference for a person, nonprofit organization or community.
In our Network – Potential recipients must be recommended by someone in the Foundation’s network of supporters. This is because we trust you are vetting the recipient and know the need is legit.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving – Potential recipients must possess a philanthropic spirit through their past actions or commit to bettering their community long after the grant is awarded, allowing Betterment to give the gift that keeps on giving.
Please keep in mind that nominees must live in Stark County and that our national policy dictates that we do not pay medical bills, tuition or adoption fees. However, we have helped to offset the above by assisting in other areas so please do not let that deter you from nominating someone in need. Our signature event, Betterment Bash, is our sole fundraiser for these recipients. Remember that the donation will not be gifted until after the event in the Fall and that the recipient must share their story and participate in events in order to raise money for them.
Please complete the nomination form online no later than June 1. The Canton board members will review the nominations as soon as possible with a goal to announce the selected recipients at our cultivation event this summer. Do not hesitate to contact a board member if you have any questions about your submission or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betterment Bash, November 4, 2017
Betterment Book Drive, April 17, 2017
Betterment Bash, October 29, 2016
Community Betterment Children's book drive, April 15, 2016
Betterment Bash, October 10, 2015
Emergency Bedding Drive, August 18, 2015
Happy Hour with Betterment, June 25, 2015
Betterment Book Drive, April 10, 2015
Rocktoberfest, September 27, 2014
Happy Hour With Betterment, June 26, 2014
Betterment Co-ed Sand Volleyball League, May 2014
Betterment Book Drive, April 7, 2014
Rocktoberfest, September 28, 2013
Guest Bartenders for Betterment, August 12, 2013
Happy Hour with Betterment, June 6, 2013
Bittners for Betterment, March 31, 2013
Co-ed Sand Volleyball, June 1, 2013
Annual Betterment Book Drive, April 2013
Laughs & Draughts, January 30, 2013
Bubbles & Bling, November 29, 2012
Rocktoberfest, September 29, 2012
Happy Hour With Betterment, June 7, 2012
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