Grants in 2016

 2018 – 2017 – 2016 – Reds Community Fund  The Reds Rookie Success League is a free, coed, character building summer baseball program.  It is an introductory baseball program for boys and girls who normally would not be able to afford this type of program.  It features baseball instruction while focusing on a character-based curriculum and the “Six Stars of Success” – Cooperation, Integrity, Respect, Education, Determination and Spirit (CI REDS).  The goal is to increase the interest in baseball and softball for children in the greater Dayton.  The MAK Fund grant was able to provide two scholarships for children.

2016 – Brigid’s Path – Brigid’s Path aims to provide treatment for narcotic exposed infants who suffer from withdrawal when born in the Miami Valley by following evidence-informed, compassionate weaning protocols recommended by Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) under the direction of neonatal practitioners, with a staff of nurses, clinical technicians and a team of screen and trained volunteers. It will also be a place to educate families about infant safety and special needs of NAS infants, to connect families with other resources in the community. They will treat 220-250 drug-exposed babies per year in the Dayton area and Southwest Ohio. Brigid’s Path patients will be transferred from three major hospital systems in the Dayton region. There is no other treatment center like this in the Dayton area.

The grant from the Mark Kreusch Memorial Fund will provide the 24 nursery cribs, mattresses and sheets needed in their new facility. The facility is slated to open in mid-late 2016.

2016 – Girls on the Run – Girls on the Run (GOTR) employs running and other physical activities as a medium for teaching essential life skills and core values for living an emotionally healthy and physical active lifestyle. Over the course of around 10-12 weeks, 3rd -5th grade girls participating in the program explore and discuss experiences and challenges that girls face, as well as develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. Physical activity is woven into the program from beginning to end to inspire an appreciation for fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. The culminating experience of the program is a celebratory, non-competitive 5k.

The grant awarded to Girls on the Run of Dayton will provide full financial assistance to 20 girls whose families cannot afford to pay the $150 participation fee.

2016 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – The Mark Kreusch Memorial Fund is proud to be a lead sponsor for the Free Family Science Night at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio. The goal is to offer a “free” opportunity to visit and enjoy a myriad of informal, experimental science-related programs and activities, reaching everyone from toddlers to grandparents. We are happy to be part of the education of the children in the Dayton community.

2016 – Ronald McDonald House of Dayton – RHMC provides convenient accommodations where guest families can sleep, enjoy home-cooked meals, take showers, catch up on laundry and enjoy respite from the hospital environment.  A family room was constructed within the hospital to provide food, beverages, laundry and showers while not leaving the hospital to stay close to their young patient.  It is beneficial to these families to be near their children at this stressful and delicate time. This grant helped build this room that so many are able to use. 

2016 – Victory Project- The Victory Project has been a hugely successful organization with its high school program. They are expanding this highly sought after service to include middle school-aged young men. This will compliment the high school program, which recently celebrated it’s five-year anniversary. The middle school program is designed to address the ever-growing need to reach out to younger teen boys, ages 11-14. Montgomery County has seen an increase in offenders in this younger age range. The VP’s goal is to expand the programming to accommodate this age range and to make a positive impact in the lives of these boys and give them an alternative to “the streets”. The goal is for these boys to find hope, understand that God has a plan for their lives, and with goals and hard work, they will be able to attain positive life changes. With the grant from The Mark Kreusch Memorial Fund, VP will be able to fund this middle school program that is much needed in the Dayton community.

2016 – Homework Help – Grant renewal for the 3rd year in a row which will provide the funding needed to have transportation to the students’ homes after their tutoring. Without this transportation, these students would not attend the after school tutoring and these are the students that are in the most need of the extra help. (for more info refer to 2015 and 2014 grants)