A look at ‘Gives’ participants – helping people, helping pets

Non-profits help people and pets

By Ciara Conley - cconley@civitasmedia.com

The region is filled with non-profit organizations that put in countless hours of work year-round to make the area a better place. From assisting homeless people to homeless pets, from education to artistic opportunities and everything between, it is that time of year again for many of these organizations to reap the benefits of matched donations, thanks to the staff at the Scioto Foundation.

The Scioto Foundation offers many opportunities for community development, from scholarships to watching over endowment funds. They will be matching incoming donations to their registered non-profit organization accounts this year with the annual Scioto Gives event, set for Oct. 20.

Thirty nonprofits will be trying to top or tie last year’s fundraising total of $120,802.21

A few of these organizations include Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets, Operation Safety Net, the Animal Welfare League of Scioto County and the Potter’s House Ministries

Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets was founded in 2006, located at 80 Easter Drive, each pet that comes through the doors is spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and given the medical care necessary to keep the animal healthy, including all shots. The shelter is staffed by a group of volunteers who work to place pets with loving families.

“Since we opened Sierra’s we have taken in 11,500 animals. We have adopted over 10,000 and spayed or neutered over 16,000 community and shelter dogs and cats,” said volunteer, Connie Weaver.

Adoption fees are $75 for dogs, $175 for puppies, cats and kittens are $50. These fees allow the organization to continue their work in the area helping animals.

Operation Safety Net through the Scioto County Homeless Shelter, is a facility which recognizes the need for a safe, yet motivational and inspirational environment. Located at 615 8th Street in Portsmouth, the organization aims to ensure a high-quality environment aimed to successfully move persons from emergency shelter to permanent housing.

Programs and Services include:

  • Providing emergency shelter in a clean, well-run facility.
  • Assisting clients in securing affordable housing.
  • Offers budget management classes, case management and coordination, goal setting, service referrals, permanent housing placement, nutrition education, daily living skills, time and stress management, parenting skills and substance abuse referrals.
  • Provides mental health referrals through on-site evaluations and assessments.
  • Gives direct assistance to clients needing deposit and rental aid in maintaining occupancy.
  • Offers job seeking skills and resume writing classes.
  • Operates a food pantry.

“The Animal Welfare League is looking to the future with the hopes of continuing the programs we currently offer to the community and adding new programs,” said Judy Cooper. “We now have a reduced-rate spay and neuter program, annual vaccination clinics which we have offered for 29 years, emergency vet services and pet food provided at a local food pantry.”

The Potter’s House Ministries help to coordinate and develop resources between the church and the community to assist with needs. The Potter’s House offers a food pantry, clothing services, and tax help. Food pantry hours are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the fourth Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Contributions from donors will be received on the SF website, www.sciotogives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. Using the pull-down menu on the website, donors can select their charity and the amount they wish to give, list credit card information and press “donate.”

Donors can also drop checks off at the Foundation office at 303 Chillicothe Street or transfer stocks between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the designated day.

Non-profits help people and pets

By Ciara Conley


Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.