Local foundations support ASIA’s youth & early childhood education programs

For immediate release
March 12, 2012

Press contact: Deborah Wang (330) 645-5805; dwang@asiaohio.org

Local foundations support ASIA’s youth & early childhood education programs

AKRON – Asian Services In Action (ASIA) is pleased to announce three grants from Akron Community Foundation, its Vernon L. Odom Fund, and GAR Foundation to support its youth and early childhood education programs.

Akron Community Foundation awarded $12,500 to ASIA’s READY (Readiness through Expanded Acculturation Development of Immigrant/Refugee Youth) Program, which helps immigrant and refugee parents maximize their children’s developmental and academic success.

GAR Foundation and Akron Community Foundation’s Vernon L. Odom Fund both awarded grants to ASIA’s International Community Empowerment Project (ICEP), an after-school program for at-risk immigrant and refugee children.  GAR Foundation committed $40,000 to ICEP’s general operating costs, while the Vernon L. Odom Fund donated $1,000 for ICEP students to plan and organize their own International Festival Day.

ASIA thanks these local foundations for their generous support of our community’s youth and families.


Akron Community Foundation
Akron Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund from donors in the community.  It distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations which are actively working to improve the quality of life in Greater Akron.

Vernon L. Odom Fund
The Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established to provide grant dollars for new and emerging nonprofit organizations serving the minority population of Summit County.

GAR Foundation
A non-profit foundation that provides financial support to local organizations involved in education, arts & culture, health & social services and civic enhancement programs.

Asian Services In Action
Founded in 1995, Asian Services In Action’s mission is to empower Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Northeastern Ohio to access quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services.  ASIA serves over 8,000 people annually.  Follow ASIA on Facebook and Twitter!