The Shook Foundation is a non-profit organization funded and operated by the employees of Shook Construction and seeks to be an enduring resource for those they serve. With a vision to enrich the communities where the employees live and work through engagement and investment, all employee pledges and donations to the Foundation are used to contribute to non-profit organizations for transformational causes within the community.
In its second grant cycle, The Shook Foundation awarded six grants and distributed a total of $16,250 to local community organizations. Grant recipients include:
ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, $2,000 ACE Mentor Program is a free afterschool program designed to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and continued support for individual advancement. To date, the ACE Cleveland program has given over $1 million in scholarships.
Brian Muha Foundation, Columbus, OH, $5,000The Brian Muha Foundation / Run the Race Club seeks to shape the future of inner-city children. They welcome young people of all ages to their center, a home-away-from-home that is a fun, safe and productive place to do homework, get tutoring, play sports, do art, music, dance, tumbling and more. They are served a full, home-cooked meal, can take food home from the food pantry, and have mentors and tutors that help them run the race of life.
Emerge Recovery & Trade Initiative, Xenia, OH, $5,000 The Emerge Recovery & Trade Initiative offers residential addiction recovery programs and transformational recovery housing for men and women while also providing onsite support for young men who have emancipated out of foster care and are transitioning into the world. Experts in the areas of emancipation, recovery, and workforce development provide training and life skills education while working to eliminate substance abuse and joblessness.
Homefull, Dayton, OH, $2,500 Homefull’s mission is "to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy, and education". Programs include homelessness prevention and diversion, gateway case management, rapid rehousing, outreach, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, workforce development social enterprise, and training and technical assistance.
Mission 22, Sisters, OR, $1,250 Mission 22 is a national community supporting active service members, Veterans, and their family members, through three areas of focus: support and treatment programs, social impact, and memorials. Through a comprehensive approach of outreach, events, and programs, they promote long-term wellness and sustainable growth.
Officer Shane Bartek Scholarship Fund (via The Cleveland Foundation), Berea, OH, $500 Shane Bartek was a Police Officer who was killed in December 2021 in the line of duty. He was the embodiment of a public servant from his teens until his untimely death at 25 years old. As Shane was a graduate of the Berea Schools, the fund is set up to award students of Berea Schools who can show a record of public service to their community. The school board chooses the recipients based on essays and their records of service.
In total, the Foundation has now distributed $34,000 to 19 different community organizations since launching in January 2022.
To learn more about the Foundation and receive the latest updates on grant awards, fundraising events, community outreach and more, visit www.theshookfoundation.org and follow The Shook Foundation on LinkedIn and Facebook.