‘Scioto Gives’ to ESC Gifted Program

ESC competes for matching donation during Oct. 19 event

The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center is participating in the 2017 Scioto Gives fundraising event, to benefit an endowment fund for its gifted services program.

Scioto Gives is hosted each year by The Scioto Foundation, offering a one-day challenge for area non-profits to collect donations, with up to $30,000 in matching donations. The event assists local non-profit organizations with an annual endowment fund drive, and encourages other non-profit organizations to establish their own endowment fund. It also helps smaller grass-roots organizations accept online donations, and encourages donor gifting because of the matching dollars available.

“Scioto Gives is a great one-day of fundraising, and because we’re doing the match money it really reminds the non-profits to think about their endowment funds. It really is a great way to help them build money for their long-term support,” said Kim Cutlip, executive director of The Scioto Foundation.

The South Central Ohio ESC Gifted Services Program has participated in Scioto Gives since 2014, increasing its collected contributions each year — $195.75 in 2014, $804.56 in 2015, and $1,144.26 in 2016. Gifted Services Coordinator Sharee Price said she hopes that trend continues this year with even more contributions.

The mission of the ESC Gifted Service Department is to provide students in our local school districts the opportunity to take part in academically and artistically challenging programs, which the schools may not be able to offer individually. Even though the department is labeled “Gifted Services,” its programs outreach to students throughout the Scioto County area; even those who are not necessarily identified as “gifted.” Programs include the academic competition and quiz bowl, mock trial, honors music festival, Scioto County Science Day, and more.

“We are grateful to the Scioto Foundation for providing this amazing opportunity to build our endowment fund, which we hope will one day support our gifted programs. Scioto Gives continues to offer the non-profits of Scioto County a way to grow through the generosity of this community and I’m very appreciative of the Scioto Foundation’s efforts,” Price said.

This year’s Scioto Gives event will be Oct. 19, and qualifying donations must be made on that day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to be counted toward the agency’s goal. Donations can be made on Oct. 19 by credit card online (www.sciotogives.org) or by check in the office – located at 303 Chillicothe Street, in Portsmouth. The matching amount will be determined after all donations are received, and awards will be announced during a special reception on Nov. 2.

Price will be delivering envelopes for donations, and she asks that they be returned directly to her so that she can deliver them to the event on Oct. 19. She warns that mailing contributions may not arrive on Oct. 19, and any contributions not collected on that day will not count toward the ESC’s goal for matching funds.

In addition to the South Central Ohio ESC, other organizations participating in the 2017 Scioto Gives program are the 1810 House, Animal Welfare League of Scioto County, Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council, Community Partners of Shawnee Mental Health, Compass Point Housing, Connex, Deaf Services Center Portsmouth, Friends of CAY Memorial Endowment, Friends of Ohio River Valley American Red Cross, Friends of Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Friends of Scioto County Homeless Shelter, Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio, Hill View Retirement Center, Main Street Portsmouth, Portsmouth Area Arts Council, Portsmouth Beautification Society, Portsmouth Catholic Social Services, Portsmouth Little Theater, Portsmouth STEM Academy, Portsmouth Wind Symphony, Potter’s House Ministries, Scenic Scioto Heritage Trails, Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets, Scioto County CAO Dental Center, Scioto County Habitat for Humanity, Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund, The Counseling Center, Time Out for Me, UCAN General Endowment, United Scioto Senior Activities, and United Way of Scioto and Adams County.

For more information about the ESC, visit online at www.scoesc.org, or follow on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. For more information about Scioto Gives, or to make a donation online on Oct. 19, visit online at www.sciotogives.org.

ESC competes for matching donation during Oct. 19 event