Grants in 2019

Grants in 2019

2019 – Northridge Local School District – North Dayton was hit by a tornado over Memorial Day weekend in 2019.  This left many families displaced and others with major damage to their homes.  To help these families in this time of need, the MAK fund provided funding for school logo t-shirts and sweatshirts for students.  This helped provide back to school clothing for these students!

Designated for the purchase of the Shumsky t-shirts and sweatshirts (benefits, if any, declined)


2019 – KIND – Kids In New Directions While schools and communities are making progress, there are still very few opportunities for children in the inner city of Dayton. Often these families struggle to find programs for their children because of the barriers created by expense, transportation or exclusion of children with behavioral problems. KIND eliminates these barriers, accommodating children ages K-6th.

In an effort to continue to support this successful and growing organization, MAK Fund provided another grant to provide partial funding for the purchase of 2 used vans that KIND was in great need of for transporting the children to KIND and then home again in the evening.

2019 – Victory Project The Victory Project, Inc. was founded in 2007, as a faith-based non-profit.  They serve disadvantaged young men in the inner-city of Dayton.  Victory Project offers classes and activities, such as Tutoring, Business courses and Bible Studies five nights a week.  Their “Family” sits down for dinner each weeknight.  The students are paired with a program director (PD) who oversees the students experience while participating in the program.  The PD is responsible for the daily programming which includes up to 15 students.  A “team” is created, and a family style of relationship is encouraged among the teams.  A “positive gang”, so to speak.  Each month, the PD takes their team out for a Team-Building activity.  The goal is to encourage comradery and bonding among the students and staff to help build lasting relationships similar to a family.  The MAK Fund’s grant has allowed the “teams” to enjoy a monthly outing for the entire 2019 year.  Outings typically include a dinner out followed by a fun activity. 

 2019 – JoyRide Cars JoyRide is a car club exclusively for kids with special needs.  During JoyRide events, kids trade the everyday worry of doctor’s visits and medication for the change to cruise in high-end or one-of-a-kind cars.  Along with car rides, JoyRide kids enjoy a chance to make new friends, network, and build a sense of belonging.  Kids get an up-close look at the unique cars on display by sitting in them and even going for joy rides!  The sole mission of JoyRide events is to celebrate the lives of children who are often left on the sidelines.  These children may never have the opportunity to play a sport, walk without assistance or even experience typical milestones; however, through JoyRide, they will know what it means to belong and to be celebrated without exception.

The MAK Fund provided the funding for iPads that assist with same-day registration, so volunteers have access to real-time check-in data in order to better prepare their team to greet members by name without hesitation.  The iPads help the pit crew know if one of the cars has an empty time-slot.  This in turn reduces the wait-time for those kids who are registering the day of the event. 

Parent Testimonial:

“Thank you for providing our son, and other special friends like him, a chance to smile! His smiles today made me cry in the most wonderful way!”

2019 – Therapeutic Riding Institute The Therapeutic Riding Institute (TRI) was founded in 1973 to improve the health and lives of children and adults with disabilities. TRI was one of the first in world, and the first in the Dayton region to offer equine-assisted services to people with disabilities.  Through the years, this volunteer-driven community service has touched thousands of lives in the Miami Valley.  Today, TRI offers classes six days a week to nearly 200 students with the help of over 200 volunteers, 7 horses and 8 professional staff members.

TRI Offers the following programs; Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Horses Assisting Heroes, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, and Field Trips. For individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.

We were proud to provide the funding for the construction of an ADA compliant mounting ramp in the indoor arena at their new location.   This mounting ramp has expanded the student eligibility to a variety of activities that previously they were unable to negotiate the mounting block which prohibited them from participating.  

2019 – Girls on the Run of Dayton Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.  Trained coaches lead small teams through a research-based curriculum which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.  Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.  The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k event.

The MAK grant was used for scholarships for those who cannot afford the registration fee of $150.  GOTR takes pride in ensuring that no girl is turned away due to financial constraints.  Twenty girls were able to participate this year because of our financial contribution.

2019 – Flying Horse Farm Flying Horse Farms is a medical specialty camp that provides healing, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families – free of charge.  Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts about 900 children and families each year. 

2019 – Four Paws for Ability 4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. And 4 Paws also works with veterans from recent conflicts who’ve lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat.

2019 – Oak Tree Corner The Oak Tree Corner provides a safe and caring community where children and teens from the greater Dayton area can learn to deal with the grief from the death of someone important. They can communicate with their peers about the experience and can develop inner strength for healthy living through guidance and support.

2019 – Play For Payne  The Play4Payne Foundation is in honor of a young man named Payne who suffered severe brain injury due to a car accident.  He was in a coma for 13 days and spent 8 weeks in the hospital recovering.  The foundation supports families who experience TBI injuries and gives back to Payne’s community that supported his family during their time of need.  The funds are used for hospital informational care packages and financial assistance for families who are experiencing TBI injuries, hospital gift cards, Young Life Scholarships and local scholarships.

2019 – Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis The Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is a children’s hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is named for James Whitcomb Riley, a writer and poet who lived in Indianapolis. 

2019 – S.C.O.R.E. of Louisville S.C.O.R.E. Louisville recognizes that among the refugees from 30 countries, the children served at the English as a Second Language School (ESL) between the ages of 4-18 often cannot communicate with each other due to language differences.  Maybe the only common denominator is the international language of soccer.  Providing soccer equipment and support to the children served by ESL will also give them a way of communicating with each other and a way of welcoming them to their country through soccer which also connects them to their homelands.

2019 – Youth on Course – Miami Valley Golf Association Golf teaches important social, mental, and physical skills and each round is filled with learning potential. Providing youth with access to affordable golf is the core of what we do. Youth on Course members play golf at hundreds of participating courses for $5 or less. The grant was given to the local Youth on Course organization so that it will stay in the Dayton area.

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