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Ely Chapman thankful for support from community

The Ely Chapman Education Foundation wishes to express profound gratitude to the Marietta Community Foundation, the many generous contributors and fund sponsors for their proactive response to community needs resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately, Ely Chapman Education Foundation (ECEF), like many other non-profits have been directly impacted. The ECEF board voted to close for two weeks as directed by Governor Dewine. Many of our employees are over 50 with some well over 70. It was the board decision to protect the staff and the children we serve. Before our decision to close until April 6th, ECEF received notice that our foundation would be receiving a grant award of $4000 to implement Phase III of the COVID-19 Community Plan, with $1,000 coming from the MCF’s general fund, $1,000 of these funds coming from the Marietta Noon Rotary Club, $1,000 from the Marietta Morning Rotary Club, and $1,000 from the Marietta Rotary Foundation. A special Thank you to the Rotary Clubs in Marietta – Morning and Noon as well as the Marietta Community Foundation for this support.

Since the Marietta Community Foundation is a family of funds, we gratefully acknowledge the following donors who supported this initiative though their funds: J. Francis and Lillian Strecker Smith Fund, Karl D. and Anna Schultheis Marsch Fund, Broughton-Sugden Fund, F. Buchanon, J.H. McCoy, H. Switzer and Mildren Fund, Betty Markell Hallock Memorial Fund, Ida P. Zimmer Memorial Fund, Barb and Jack Moberg Charitable Fund, Juhola Family Charitable Fund, Charles Hobbs Rhodes and Beulah Lee Rhodes Memorial Fund, Tony Popp Memorial Fund, Harold and Janet Cranston Charitable Fund, Norman J. Murray Family Charitable Fund, Virginia K. Mayle and Peter Polites Family Charitable Fund, Glen “Pete” and Jean Thorne Memorial Fund, Frank and Virginia “Ginny” Amrine Memorial Fund, Walter E. Patton Memorial Fund, Bret and Cari Bicoy Family Fund, Williams Family Charitable Fund, Alma Lou Moore Memorial Fund, R. Neil and Doris Christy Community Fund, Marietta Noon Rotary Club, Marietta Morning Rotary Club, Marietta Rotary Foundation.

After ECEF board determined to abide by the Governor’s mandated closure, it received approval of the ECEF Pandemic Child Care license. ECEF hopes to open on April 7 as a childcare provider for families in the health care industries. We will use April 6 to clean and sterilize the classrooms to be used. According to state regulations we will be limited to 12 children, six to a room with one teacher. All parents/guardians wishing to enroll for this special time will need to complete the State Official Form JFS 01234 and the Pandemic form. That is all ECEF will require at this time. These forms will be available at the facility on April 6.

Academic information from Marietta City Schools will be downloaded and available based on the grade of the children attending. At that time ECEF will open its kitchen to serve hot lunches to children, again in groups of no more than 6 at a time. Please follow the ECEF Facebook page for any updates. No personnel are in the building at this time to answer questions. Please direct any questions to the ECEF Facebook page, which is being monitored at least daily.

The Ely Chapman Education Foundation has been truly blessed to serve the area’s youth for over 21 years and looks forward to better days when we can serve all our students. ECEF is still planning a Sensational Summer Camp which should be awesome for all the participants. ECEF may not live in the wealthiest area of the world, but we definitely live in one of the most generous parts. We are truly blessed to live in the Mid-Ohio Valley and the funds received will be held to help students as soon as ECEF opens again.

Alice Ely Chapman

Founder and Chair,

Ely Chapman Education Foundation

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