Strimbu Memorial Fund Distributes over $147,000 in Grants

At its recent 29th Annual Gift Giving meeting the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations and individuals in need totaling $147,250.

On Dec. 15, individuals representing these non-profits, charitable groups and those organizations involved in economic advancement, gathered at Penn-Northwest Development Corp. in Sharon, Pa., to receive their grants distributed by the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors.

Along with individuals in need, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Community Library of the Shenango Valley
  • Glamorous Gutless Girls
  • Home for Jaime
  • Inspiring Minds
  • Joshua’s Haven
  • Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley
  • Meals on Wheels Trumbull County
  • Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness
  • Mercer County Mentoring
  • Military Affairs of Northeast Ohio
  • Penn-Northwest Development Corp.
  • Prince of Peace Center
  • Shop with a Cop Program—Farrell
  • The American Red Cross, Lake to River Chapter
  • The Hope Center for Arts & Technology
  • The Salvation Army—Sharon
  • United Way of Mercer County
  • West Hill Ministries


Above photos courtesy of Joe Pinchot/News on the Green.


“These grants are essential to the organizations that assist in economic development efforts and provide assistance and programs to those in need,” said Bill Strimbu. “Their work is extremely important and beneficial to our surrounding communities.”

Also at its Annual Gift Giving meeting, Bernard Carpenter, James Grasso, Jerry Hrabosky, Ron Rice and Bill Strimbu were re-elected to the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors for three year terms ending in 2020.

Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided over $3.3 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations. Just this past year, the fund awarded $207,000 in such grants and scholarships to local students.

“It is just as important as what we do as an organization as the dollar amount that has been given over the years,” said President of the Board Jim Grasso. “None of this would have happened without Nick Strimbu Jr. as our first leader.”

The 21th Annual Wild Game Dinner is being planned for Feb. 18, 2018, along with the 29th Annual Strimbu Memorial BBQ set for May 2, 2018. Funds raised by the two events will enable the SMF to continue its philanthropic support of area charitable initiatives.

More information about the Strimbu Memorial Fund is available at the Memorial Fund’s website,