Making a difference

A look at some ‘Scioto Gives’ participants

By Kimberly Jenkins - [email protected]

Scioto Gives – What an exciting day for giving! – October 19, 2017

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 October 19, 2017. You have 12 hours to make your donation between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT. Throughout the 12 hour period, they will post how well the nonprofits are doing on Facebook and Twitter Some of the nonprofit organizations that benefit from donations from Scioto Gives are: Operation Safety Net, The UCAN program, the 1810 House, Communication Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, and the Animal Welfare League.

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.

Offering 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.

Providing mental health referrals through on-site evaluations and assessments.

Giving direct assistance to clients needing deposit and rental aid in maintaining occupancy.

Offering job seeking skills and resume writing classes.

Operating a food pantry.

The UCAN Program is a part of the Scioto Foundation and they are the overall group that is hosting Scioto Gives. UCAN is one of the programs that we run basically UCAN stands for University College Access Network. In that the Foundation has been working with the local school districts, the ESC and some with Shawnee State to help prepare for college. This is their tenth year. The Scioto Gives is a program of the Scioto Foundation. It benefits our UCAN general endowment fund and proceeds from that fund help with our UCAN fund.

The 1810 House, located at 1916 Waller Street in Portsmouth the house has become a showcase for local and regional history. Built circa 1810 by the Peter Kinney family, the house contains items from some of Portsmouth’s earliest settlers. The house also provide tours to local schools and the community. Contributions allow the organization to acquire and preserve artifacts and documents and maintenance the home.

Community Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is a satellite office centered in Portsmouth that serves the deaf and hard of hearing. We do interpretting, case management, and referral. Scioto Gives helps us provides accessability for the deaf and Scioto Gives gets us a way to get out into the community. They are a special needs that you don’t hear about everyday. “You don’t know someone’s deaf, until they throw up their hands. It makes us more accessable to the community. We are very thankful for Scioto Gives because the deaf fall through the cracks. The deaf do not have to pay for an interrpreter, sometimes they fall through the cracks of who pays. We are not a volunteer, we’re a service. The monies that we get through Scioto Gives that helps fill those cracks. That the deaf will never have to pay out of pocket for an interruptor. They bridge the gap.” says Sharon Green. She also mentioned SOMC used to be affliated with them and the hospital took care of all of this and paid for the services, which is not necessarily true. “We do service the deaf that go to the hospital, to the ER and doctor’s appointments. We are still free for service.”

Animal Welfare League of Scioto County the purpose of this organization is to help the animals in our area. Jackie Servidea explained, “We have an ongoing spay and neutering program going on, it’s a reduced rate for anyone on low income or fixed income. We do that year round. One time a year, which is usually in May, we do a vaccination clinic, which is also reduced rates. The vets in the area help spay and neuter and they also help with our vaccination clinic. Scioto Gives helps us with future funding of our program to help the Animal Welfare League to stay alive in the future and help us continue our programs.

A look at some ‘Scioto Gives’ participants

By Kimberly Jenkins

[email protected]

Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928

Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928