Grants in 2021

2021 – Dayton Holocaust Resource Center – The Dayton Holocaust Resource Center provides, free of charge, educational materials including books, videos, and lesson plans for teachers, students and researchers in order to promote and facilitate Holocaust education in the classroom.  This grant provided the funding to donate sets of classroom books to eight local schools.

2021 – KIND – KIND is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by building a foundation in Christianity through education and life experiences that will encourage them to change the world for good. KIND is a free inner-city youth organization that provides free services for K- 6th grade students. KIND is currently open to any child from kindergarten to 6th grade who lives in zip codes 45403 and 45410. Many of Dayton’s children face significant challenges towards their development such as food insecurity, academic gaps, English as a second language, limited home supervision, transportation barriers, lack of financial resources for extracurricular activities, and nearby crime and drug use. The children need positive and stable relationships, support systems, and experiences to help them overcome those challenges and thrive to their full potential.  KIND features an afterschool program, a summer program, mentoring program, neighborhood improvement program, and family support program. The MAK Fund grant provided Chromebooks, so each child has one to use while in the KIND classrooms.  Google technologies are being used at no cost to KIND.  Students also use the Google platform in Dayton Public Schools. With the purchase of the Chromebooks, students are able to improve in their reading, comprehension and feel successful in school due to constant monitoring and help with assignments.

2021 – Victory Project – The Victory Project was founded in 2007 as a faith-based nonprofit. Serviing disadvantaged young men in the inner-city of Dayton,  it offers classes & activities such as tutoring, business courses, & bible studies five nights a week. This “family” sits down for dinner each weeknight. Additionally, it has started a micro business, Victory Improvement Projects, where our young men gain valuable work experience.  Students are paired up with a Program Director (PD) who oversees the student’s experience at the program. He or she are responsible for the daily programming for the youth.PDs are responsible for up to 15 students and encourage the family style of relationship building – a “positive gang” so to speak. Each month, the PD is encouraged to take his team out for a Team Building encourage comradery and bonding among students and staff.  Team Building outings typically incorporate dinner together, followed by a fun activity. We currently have 3 PD’s who are given a monthly budget  for their dinner and activity. If all the allotted monies are not spent, the remaining balance rolls over, giving the PD an opportunity to take the boys out for a larger (or more costly) activity. This grant paid for the entire year of outings for each “positive gang”!   

2021 – Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc. (TRI) –  TRI’s mission is enhancing lives by providing accredited therapeutic equine experience in a safe, fun and compassionate environment.  The certified instructors provide therapeutic and adaptative riding lessons, as well as equine-assisted learning opportunities to students who live with a variety of cognitive, physical, and behavioral challenges.  The grant provided the funds to build a round outdoor arena to utilize for the therapeutic horseback riding lessons.  This allowed TRI to add more classes and increase the number of students that will benefit from therapeutic horseback riding,

2021 – Learning Tree Farm – Learning Tree Farm is a traditional, working farm that engages people in hands-on, nature-based education.  The farm hosts and educates school children, homeschool groups, parent groups, gardening clubs, families and community members all ages throughout the year with a variety of events.   This grant provided free access to the farm’s 2021 Spring and Fall Family Adventure Series (SFFAS) for low to moderate-income families. 

2021 – Christ Child Society – The Christ Child Society is a national volunteer organization dedicated to helping children in need. This grant provided funds to assist in their Clothe-A-Child program. This program provides vouchers to the children for coats, shoes and school uniforms to be redeemed at local JCPenny stores.

2021 – The Riding Centre – The riding Centre provides a foundation in safe-riding, care and management of horses through affordable lessons to children and adults of diverse capabilities. Students are referred by special education teachers, doctors, physical therapists and caregivers.  This grant will help the Riding Centre provide this service to these children.

2021 – Five Rivers Metroparks – Five Rivers Metroparks mission is to protect the Dayton region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connected with nature.  This grant provided the needed enhancements to the Hills and Dales Metropark’s nature play area thus improving the play experience.  The goal is to provide another outlet for outdoor play which results in less behavioral and health problems in our youth.

2021 – Crayons to Classrooms – The Crayons to Classrooms mission is to provide and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need within the greater Dayton area.  Teachers may “shop” at the resource center for their students in need.  Our grant helped purchase these school supplies.

2021 – Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton – The mission of the RMHC is to provide community, comfort and hope to families of seriously ill children.  The Ronald McDonald House and the Family Rooms in Dayton Children’s and Miami Valley Hospital provide many of the amenities of home.  These include meals, showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi to work from without the commute.  This way families can focus on what matters most – their hospitalized child. We are happy to help fulfill this mission and donate to their program.

2021 – Ohio YMCA Youth and Program (YG) – The mission of the program is to help create the next generation of thoughtful, educated, and active young citizens who are ready to have a voice in their local government sand communities. Students in this program focus on their passion for issues in the community and on learning how to prepare bills in direct correlation to those issues.  They participate in debates, service-learning projects, local fundraising efforts, and state assembly preparation.  Local government officials visit to provide knowledge about important processes and our nation’s justice system.  After the culminating of the classroom preperation, the students attend a yearly state Assembly at the statehouse in Columbus, OH.  They participate in mock committee meetings and procedures.  They hold positions in different youth government branches such as executive, judicial, legislative , lobbyist, media/press and page.  They debate and vote on bills on the House and Senate floors.  This grant provides scholarships to students to participate in this program.