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: The Portsmouth Area Arts Council and Children’s Theater, Connex, Inc., United Scioto Senior Activities Inc., and Sierra’s Haven. The Portsmouth Daily Times is highlighting these organizations each Saturday, until the Scioto Gives Collection Day, and asked these organizations how Scioto Gives helps them.
The Area Arts Council and Children’s Theater is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to do the live art experiences for students in Scioto County. Becky Lovins said, “We have two to three full length productions each year. We are open to any or all student actors. We perform those at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts or the Black Box Studio Space on Third Street. We also do a series of outreach shows to schools’ curriculum connected programming, directly into the schools. We’ll be visiting 18 schools anywhere down from Chillicothe into Scioto County and into Kentucky.
Scioto Gives Lovins said that they are actually one of the first non-profit to form an endowment with the Scioto Foundation years and years ago. “But the great thing about endowment investments, it’s a very constant unrestricted income for the organization, so you invest your principle amount, you are guaranteed a certain distribution each year. We get a percentage of what’s invested each year, that’s distributed without restriction every single year. It’s not the same as a regular donation. We appreciate each year. Endowment investments is a way for organizations to securely invest and then have that reliable distribution every year. It’s not something we have to wonder if it’s coming, it’s something we plan on every year.”
They have three productions coming this year, James and The Giant Peach, the story by Ralph Doll. It is Lovins says, “a fantastic show that uses about 80 children across the region. And, in the spring, we will be doing Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and then in the summer, we will be doing Adams Family,so it is a really big season. As always, our programming is completely free to all of our student actors, we don’t’ charge tuition, performance fees, or costume fees.”
Connex, Inc. is a 5013C non profit organization dedicated to adult activity in movement. Wendi Waugh said, “we began sort of as a group of people who were interested in developing bike routes and we really expanded our mission. We lead bike rides and we also do hikes and walks , bike safety for the kids and we are a big part of either working with the city to work on the bike paths and recent grant, that was received by the city. So we’ve been working hard to bring the first dedicated and Share the Road bike path to Portsmouth, Ohio. We’ve recently been participating in the Scioto Gives Campaign, since 2013 to let you know how important it is to not only build the bike path, but to establish a fund for the upkeep of the paths, well into the future. That’s why we participate in the Scioto Gives campaign. We are really excited about participating this year, and I just think that that helps of our county. We absolute appreciate Scioto Gives!”
United Scioto Senior Activities, Inc. Lorna Garlinger gave this about the United Scioto Senior Activities Inc. “We are a multi-purpose senior center. We serve the seniors in Scioto County. We have van transportation that is local and then we have out-of-town transportation, but it has to be approved through the Scioto County Jobs and Family Services for us to take them out of town, that’s one of our fundings. We’re also funded through our mill levy account, through the real estate and then we have federal funding as well.”
She said that Scioto Gives donations is used for activities for seniors and home making services, it is all left here in Scioto County. They don’t spend any of their money out of Scioto County.
Sierra’s Haven Connie Weaver describes Sierra’s Haven as, “this is an animal shelter, we take in strays and adopt them or get them to a Rescue to try to find homes for them. We opened in September 30, 2006, we are coming up on our 11th Anniversary. And a week from today, we are opening our PuppyHouse, which will have only puppies in it. When we take in a liter of puppies, the condition is that we take them and that the mother gets spayed. If they can’t afford it, Dr. Counts does it no charge.”
Weaver said that they are a 5013C, just like all of Scioto Gives are. “That’s how we go, that’s how we support the shelter with donations, grants and adoption fees. You have a dog and you have to give them a series of vaccines, and you have to heartworm test them, when they are old enough, and all of our dogs are micro-chipped not our cats, but all the dogs are. If they get lost, then they can maybe go to a shelter or something and they can scan them and whoever adopted them will come up in the records.
Dr. Gail Counts also does a low income spay-neuter for community people and it is $25 for a dog and $20 for a cat and they make no money off of that, it barely covers the drugs needed to do the surgery. She donates her time on her day off. Weaver says, “We also have a cat neuter day, once a month, and that’s open to anyone, there’s no restrictions on income or location. Primarily Sierra’s Havens does Scioto County, the need is here and we try to help Scioto County.”
Weaver said that Scioto Gives donations, goes in the fund and is used for whatever is needed. “It helps us to pay the electric bill or we have a tremendous water bill, with all the cleaning we have to with the animals.”
A figure she gave about Sierra’s Haven was that in their ten years, Dr. Counts has spayed or neutered 16,314 dogs and cats. They have taken in 12,233 dogs and cats and that people get very upset they can’t take all of them, because they are limited to the space they have. “We run on donations and we appreciate volunteers to help us, added Weaver.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext.1928