Scioto Gives is an annual charity event run by the Scioto Foundation. They have been providing aid to local 501(C)3 nonprofits (NPOs) throughout the area. Thursday, October 20th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. marks year 10 of this marathon of charity donations. For every dollar donated to a non-profit, the Scioto Foundation will match a given percentage. Last year, Scioto Gives matched 43 cents for every dollar received. This year brings not only more NPOs, but more funds to be matched by the Scioto Foundation.
Donations come from members of the community as well as local businesses. If one wishes to donate to an institution of their choice, they may bring a check to 303 Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth. Alternatively, one may visit www.sciotogives.org to provide aid via credit or debit card. A search page is provided for ease of access, as well as explaining additional details regarding the organizations participating.
This year, 46 local establishments will be attending Scioto Gives. This breaks the previous year’s number of 40. With an increase of nonprofits taking part, the Scioto Foundation raised their matching amount from $50,00 to $55,000 to accommodate the year’s influx of NPOs.
Between now and the 20th, The Portsmouth Daily Times will run articles showcasing the local nonprofit organizations that are accepting donations, as well as a summary of information about them. In no particular order, the organizations are as follows.
Located at 1926 Waller St, Portsmouth, the 1810 House stands today as a museum of three generations of the Kinney family. Visitors can schedule a guided tour through the home and property. The house is maintained by the Scioto County Historical Society. Volunteers are working tirelessly on the upkeep of this historical building. Efforts have been made to sort through donated artifacts to keep things relevant. Joist replacements, wall repairs, brick work, and electrical work are current projects the endowment will help fund. Tours are given Sundays by appointment and will run until the first weekend of December.
Paul E Johnson Fund (Main Street Portsmouth)
The Paul Johnson Fund is a beautification fund established to benefit the beautification efforts of Main Street Portsmouth. Opened by partner Kevin W Johnson, the fund assists the organization in investing in the future by building this wonderful endowment. The group is responsible for the downtown hanging flower baskets, pots, urns, seasonal decorations, park development, upkeep, and more.
Portsmouth Little Theater
The PLT is one of the region’s only community theaters for performing arts. It serves a large area and strives to keep prices affordable for people of all financial leanings. The group produces 5 shows a year and often throws out a few other events as well. The fund is established to assist in maintaining the property and affording amazing programing. The theater has no staff. All donations will go to completing the mission of the organization.
Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund
Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund was established in January of 2006. The main focus of this nonprofit is fighting childhood hunger in Scioto, Pike, and Adams counties. The group fights food insecurity and child hunger through a program known as Stevens Power Packs. The Power Packs are bundles of nutritious foods given on Fridays to school-aged children facing financial issues to ensure they have enough to eat over the weekend. The NPO has provided a countless number of meals to the children of this area. Their endowment will further their mission to fight child hunger in Scioto county and surrounding areas.
Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council
BSA has existed in this country for over 100 years. Founded by Robert Baden Powell in England in 1908, scouting quickly caught wind to the states. The BSA mission statement is “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” The Simon Kenton Council (SKC) is one of the largest in the country, and serves over 18 counties through Ohio and Kentucky. With programs for people aged 6 to 20, scouting makes a positive, lasting impression on those who participate.
Portsmouth’s Connex, inc. aims to keep people active, moving, and healthy through play, exercise, and socializing. Founded in 2006 as Shawnee Recreational Trail, inc., the group has made some progress in scioto county. The activity trail located at Mound Park was made possible by Connex volunteers who raised over $100,000 to complete the project. More recently, the group has completed a bike path along the Portsmouth Floodwall Murals. Going East from Alexandria Point, the path takes riders and walkers up close and personal with the murals. From Front Street, the path continues behind Shawnee State University to the East End of Portsmouth. The group has been working with the Ohio Valley Region Development Center to create an increase in bike lanes and bike trails in the area.
Friends of Portsmouth
Friends of Portsmouth was founded to catalyze progress and positive change in the area. The group aids countless local events and helps makes them possible. They promote community pride and a sense of volunteerism and togetherness. Winterfest, River Days, and Plant Portsmouth are all examples of their success. FOP aims to keep Portsmouth and Boneyfiddle in pristine conditions, and preserve their status as local landmarks. Possible future projects consist of lighted arches along Second Street, benches, trash cans, and much more to come.
Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Foundation
Since 2017, Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Foundation has worked to restore, enhance, and maintain Greenlawn’s 40 acre plot in Portsmouth. Founded in 1829, the cemetery marks the resting place of over 85,000 individuals. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Chapel constructed in 1884, is in need of repair. Immeasurable man hours have been spent by volunteers, school children, churches and many others to beautify the cemetery. The group hope to continue their progress and keep Greenlawn a beautiful, quiet place for all to enjoy.
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