In 1982, The Helen Steiner Rice Foundation awarded its first grant in the amount of $1,100 to Mrs. Rice's church in Lorain. That initial grant was followed by the first full year of disbursements in the amount of $75,000. In the ensuing years the Foundation has increased its grants annually culminating in over one-half million dollars distributed in 1999. Grants have assisted many thousands of individuals.
Foundation funds have been used in a variety of ways. Grants to agencies such as Santa Maria Community Services, Comprehensive Community Child Care, Walton Memorial Child Care and Child Resource Center have assisted in dealing with child care issues.
The elderly and disabled were served with programs that catered to physical, educational and social needs. Wesley Hall Day Care Center, Bayley Place, Stepping Stones, Disabled Helping Disabled, Work Resource Center, Inclusion Network and Jewish Vocational Serves are just a few of the groups the Foundation assisted with their missions.
Innovative initiatives developed by Girls' Hope, Crayons to Computers and Thomas Wildey School were funded and continue to prosper. These programs address academic needs.
By continuing to provide a wide variety of grants, The Helen Steiner Rice Foundation assists the Cincinnati and Lorain communities in addressing current needs.