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Ode Family Foundation Guardian Angel Fund Takes Flight
[February 11, 2019]

Ode Family Foundation Guardian Angel Fund Takes Flight

The Ode Family Foundation has allocated its first Guardian Angel grant to a local recipient. The Ode Family Foundation has been working toward establishing the Guardian Angel Fund in partnership with Lorain County Community College (LCCC) over the past several months.

The Guardian Angel Fund is intended to support LCCC students with a demonstrated financial need, providing them with resources to overcome financial hardship and complete their credentials or degrees. Recipients of these grants will include students who have tuition covered but may be struggling with related personal expenses like housing, child care and transportation.

For Oe Family Foundation Board President Fred Ode, the Guardian Angel Fund exists to fill this gap: "As a former educator, I have seen young people struggle and get into tough spots. The idea for this fund is to provide a little extra boost for those students."

According to LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., receiving well-timed support can be the difference between students dropping out or completing their degree. "The Guardian Angel grants will provide crucial support to students at critical moments in their education. Through the generosity of the Ode Family Foundation, students will be able to overcome barriers and focus on their education," Ballinger said.

Steven Adams, the foundation's first grant recipient, found himself facing one of those barriers. "He wanted a job, wanted to be in school, but was struggling to find consistent transportation," said Ode. With funding from the grant, he was able to purchase a reliable used vehicle. "Now he's got a great part-time job, is refocused on school, and is on a clear path toward success."

Providing this assistance wouldn't have been possible without the partnership of LCCC and their willingness to collaborate on new funding opportunities. "We admire their commitment to their students' success," said Ode. "We're looking forward to future charitable endeavors and our continued partnership with LCCC."

The Ode Family Foundation provides assistance for educational and professional growth. Building positive relationships with local organizations, the foundation aims to cultivate new initiatives to better serve under-resourced individuals. For more information, call (440) 226-3175 or email

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