Muskingum University

Supporting New Health and Wellness Complex Project

ForeverDads

Security And Landscaping Project

The Wilds

Cabins at Straker Lake (2018) and New Hiking Trail (2019) Project

Abbot Senior Living

LED Lighting Upgrade Project

Muskingum County Literacy Council

Book Distribution Project

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer-Based Housing Construction Project

Zane State College

Supporting the creation of the Advanced Science and Technology Center

J.W AND M.H. STRAKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

About The J.W. And M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation
“Hard work and diligent effort, coupled with prudent and conservative management, created the assets which support the Foundation, and it is the desire of the founders that the income and principal of the Foundation be used to help organizations, individuals, and projects in the community that subscribe to these principles.”

William and Mary Helen Straker launched the J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation in 1994 with these words. The Strakers lived their belief in hard work over a lifetime partnership. As they entered their retirement years, they created a way to share the assets they had accumulated with the community they loved: Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio.
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THE STRAKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING PROJECTS

THAT SUPPORT THE ARTS AND SCIENCES, EDUCATION, INITIATIVES THAT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, AND ENDEAVORS THAT LEAD TO CIVIC DEVELOPMENT AND STRENGTHENED COMMUNITY LIFE IN THE CITY OF ZANESVILLE AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO.

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Ten descendants of J. William and Mary Helen Straker, including Susan Holdren, currently serve on the board of trustees of the foundation they founded. The trustees are committed to using J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation funds to support the kinds of projects the Strakers cared about: undertakings that perpetuate free enterprise and “orderly municipal development,” programs that enable young people to grow in character and integrity, initiatives that enhance education, and projects that increase community exposure to the arts and sciences.
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