Strimbu Memorial Fund Awards $143,500 in Grants

BROOKFIELD, Ohio – The Strimbu Memorial Fund has approved $143,500 in grants to local economic development and charitable organizations. 

The grants were approved by the fund’s board of directors at its annual meeting. Receiving funds are:

  • American Red Cross, Greater Akron & the Mahoning Valley 
  • Building of Hope
  • Community Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania and Western Ohio (to match donations to the PA/OH Gives campaign)
  • COVID-19 Grant to Trumbull County
  • Freedom Warrior Charitable Fund
  • Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Leadership Scholarships
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness Program
  • Mercer County Mentoring
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • RAW Boxing & Fitness Community Center
  • St. Vincent dePaul Society, Trumbull County
  • The Salvation Army-Sharon
  • A single mother with cancer
  • United Way of Mercer County

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund awarded these grants to assist in these organization’s development efforts and take care of the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing,” said Bill Strimbu in a statement. “Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our surrounding communities.”

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has donated more than $3.8 million to economic development and charitable organizations, as well as to scholarship funds and individuals.

“We continue to perpetuate the legacy of Nick Strimbu Jr. of philanthropic giving to assist with the needs of our community,” said Jim Grasso, president of the fund’s board of directors. “Now in our 32nd year, we still aspire to give a hand up, not a hand out.”

Also at the meeting, Bernie Carpenter, Harrison Strimbu, Robert Kokor, Ron Rice, Grasso and Bill Strimbu were re-elected to terms ending in 2023.

The fund plans to host its 24th Annual Wild Game Dinner Feb. 14, along with the 31st Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ on May 5. Funds raised by the two events will enable the Strimbu Memorial Fund to continue its philanthropic support.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.