The Marsh Foundation’s mission is to help provide effective training and support to children and families in a safe, secure environment. The agency is supported by a foundation established by a Van Wert family and has a long successful history reaching back to 1922.
A legacy for life
George and Hilinda Marsh and their daughter Katie, gave most of their substantial estate for the purpose of helping needy children and families. According to legend, George and Hilinda were traveling through Van Wert on a frosty winter night on their way home from the theater in Fort Wayne, Ind. when they noticed two small boys huddled together in a dark deserted doorway. Their mother was working evening hours. Moved with compassion, Hilinda said, “There George, we could use our money when we need it no longer, to establish a home for little fellows such as those.”
An enduring legacy
The Marsh endowment, contributed more than 80 years ago, has provided resources for building a stately campus, assembling dedicated professionals, underwriting a successful orphanage for many decades and now for expanding services to meet the changing needs of children and families.
VAN WERT, Ohio – The Marsh Foundation ‘Marsh Grown’ garden program will be holding their annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in The Marsh Foundation greenhouse. All proceeds will go to the campus youth garden program. The historic Marsh Homestead will also be open for public tours at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.