Ottawa County

Pathway Inclusion receives $15,000 grant from Community Foundation

Stephanie Bondra, left, Pathways executive director; OCCF board members Mary Coffee, John Madison and Jon James; Kari Sherwood, president and co-founder; and Stacy Borgio, vice president and co-founder.


By MARCIA JESS

Ottawa County Community Foundation

Pathway Inclusion Center recently accepted a $15,000 grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation at its Gala Event.

“We are very honored to receive this grant from OCCF thanks to funding from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation,” said Stephanie Bondra, executive director at Pathway. “This grant will assist our center in accomplishing our mission of providing high quality services to children with and without disabilities.

“Part of this grant will allow us to receive much-needed equipment to improve our classroom environment.” 

Some of the grant money may also support staff training, materials and supplies, and capital improvement needs for the new center, located at the Harbor Light Landing plaza east of Port Clinton. 

Pathway Inclusion serves as a dedicated center that provides a one-stop shop for inclusive child care, therapy services, general and dyslexia tutoring, and resources and support for individuals of all abilities and their families. 

The Ottawa County Community Foundation was pleased to support this project through a special gift from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation supports all stages of business growth and helps entrepreneurs start and scale their businesses. OCCF also offers scholarship assistance to local entrepreneurs who would like to gain additional skills to enhance their business. Information on the entrepreneurial scholarship funds can be found online at ottawaccf.org.

The Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created in 1999 by the citizens of our community to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area. 

Marcia Jess is secretary of the Ottawa County Community Foundation, 419-707-1468,

dmjess75@gmail.com.