Scioto Gives – What an exciting day for giving! – October 18, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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 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 35 non-profit organization accounts this year with the annual Scioto Gives event, set for October 18. According to Toni Dengel, this year they have upped their matching money from $30,000 to $40,000. Contributors have 12 hours to make a donation between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT. Throughout the 12 hour period, they will post a total on Facebook and Twitter. Some of the nonprofit organizations that benefit from donations from Scioto Gives are: The UCAN Program, Sierra’s Haven, Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, and Catholic Social Services.
The UCAN Program is a part of the Scioto Foundation and they are the overall group group that is hosting Scioto Gives. UCAN is one of the programs that they 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.
Kim Cutlip, says that College Night is on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the SOMC Friends Center.
Sierra’s Haven – Sierra’s Haven is an animal shelter, we take in strays an adopt them or get them to a Rescue to try to find homes for them. They opened in September 30, 2006, which makes this year our 12th anniversary. We now have our Puppy House, which only has puppies in it. When we take in a liter of puppies, the condition is, that we take them in and that the mother gets spayed. If they can’s afford it, Dr. Counts will do it for a donation.
Sierra’s Haven is a 5013C, just like all of Scioto Gives are. That’s how they 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 their dogs are micro-chipped not our cats, but all the dogs are. If they get lost, then the 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. Dee Keller says “We also have a scat neuter day, once a month, and that’s open to anyone there is no restrictions on income or location. Primarily, Sierra’s Haven does Scioto County, the need is her and we try to help Scioto County.”
The Scioto Gives donations, goes in the fund and is used for whatever is needed. It helps pay the electric bill and they have a tremendous water bill, with all the cleaning they have to do with the animals. Sierra’s Haven does there best to take in as many animals as they possible can, but Keller says, “people get very upset that we can’t take all of them, because we are limited to the space we have.”
Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail was established in 2007 and located in Scioto County in South Central Ohio, offers those who travel its over 84-miles journey through the rugged, heavily wooded Appalachian hill country and through an area rich in history, full of river lore and native American influences.
Speaking with Bill Tipton, he says of this group, “We are a local group non-profit, all volunteer, and what we are trying to give is to preserve and promote the history and natural beauty. We have developed driving maps to help you find your way around the trail. Each one of the sites on the trail, we have erected a little interpreted sign about the sight. We also are in the process of developing a DVD that you’ll be able to plug in an learn about the site. The best place we always have the maps is at the Welcome Center.”
Tipton went on to say, “We became members of the Scioto Gives last year and through their day of giving it generates an income for us. It helps us with promotional material, they help promote, if we have an event or something in the county. They have been very helpful to us. We also have fundraisers. We make a Christmas ornament each year, and this year will be the 11th one. The ornament this year is to be the John Simon Sorghum Festival. We’ve always got new sites we are working on and right now we have our canal locks in Scioto County. Two of the locks, we are going to get them listed as National Historical Sites.”
There are a total of forty-four (44) points of interest and historic landmarks along the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail. Some of the points of interest include scenic views of the Ohio River, the natural beauty of Shawnee State Park and Forest earthworks constructed by the ancient Hopewell Indians, and the Otway Covered Bridge.
Catholic Social Services Barbara McKenzie spoke of their services, “We have the Shepherd’s Table, which is the soup kitchen and is open one time a week, which is on a Wednesday and we serve about 200 people. We have a food pantry that is open twice a month and then we do emergency food on a daily basis and we have Clare’s Closet that is like our little thrift shop and that is open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon. W do intervention education classes such as the Domestic Violence batter’s program and the Anger Management classes and parenting education classes. We also do the Neighbor to Neighbor program that is helping with American Electric Utilities.”
McKenzie continued, “Scioto Gives certainly help keep us afloat they help us in being able to serve persons in our community who are in need of our services. They are absolutely a wonderful program for non-profits. We serve over 20,000 here each year, we have 2 staff here and we have volunteers. We also have a Christmas giving tree program. We appreciate serving our community and helping those persons in need.”
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928