The Shapiros have served on the board of The Village Network, where their most recent creation was a Center for Expressive Arts that bears their name. Steve Shapiro also has been a member of Wooster Rotary and has served on the boards of the WCCF, Goodwill Industries, OneEighty and Wayne Economic Development Council.
The Shapiros also introduced the Embracing Our Differences program and were significant supporters of a local effort to rebuild a fishing village in India that had been destroyed by the 2004 tsunami.
And on Wednesday, the Shapiros announced the creation of a Children's Fund at the WCCF.
"The purpose of this fund will be to partner with local nonprofits to help remove barriers which underprivileged children face in leading meaningful and productive lives," Steve Shapiro said. "These barriers may include poverty, drug use, bullying, discrimination, learning disabilities, low self-esteem or a challenging home life."
Local nonprofits soon will be notified about making grant proposals to the fund.
"Steve and I are grateful for the examples of so many local leaders and have tried to follow in the footsteps of all those who were ahead of us," Cheryl Shapiro said. "We have grown so much over our nearly 50 years in Wooster. ... I have felt fortunate to be a part of this small town and to be able to instill these values into our children, who grew up witnessing the philanthropy of family, friends and community members volunteering their time, serving on boards and helping the amazing agencies that support our county."
The WCCF will make a $1,000 donation to a charity of the winner's choice, Patton announced - in this case, the Boys and Girls Club of Wooster.
This is the 40th anniversary of the WCCF, which started with a single $1,000 gift and currently has assets of $77 million. Board President Steve Matthew noted that for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018, the foundation had received a record-breaking total of $14.1 million in gifts.
"Grants of more than $5.7 million were given back to the community, including $575,000 in scholarships awarded to Wayne County residents." Matthew said. "And since 1978, over $72 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded, showing just what you can do when you have $1,000, the determination to improve the quality of life for all and investment strategies designed to produce steady growth over the long term."
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Wayne County Community Foundation
517 North Market Street
Wooster, Ohio 44691