Grants in 2018
2018 –United Rehabilitation Services (URS) URS offers accredited programs for infants, children, adults, and seniors with developmental and acquired disabilities. This MAK grant expanded the Early Childhood Education Program offerings and provide a fully-accessible and accommodating environment that fosters, learning, interaction with peers and quality care in the classroom. It provided the funds for a new Pre-K Classroom which has the capacity for 12 children, ages 4-5 with a variety of developmental delays and disabilibilities. It also funded the addition of a Tadpole monitoring system.
2018 – KIND – Kids in New Directions KIND is a faith-based after school and summer program for school age children. They have been feeding the mind, body and spirit of inner-city children since 1987. They generally serve more than 60 children a year. The KIND mission has focused on giving students new, enriching learning opportunities, providing them with a warm meal, teaching them to live healthy and introducing them to a loving Christian environment where their physical and emotional needs can be addressed.
KIND opened an Outdoor Classroom in the fall 2017 with a Trunk or Treat event in which 15 children registered. Then in the Spring of 2018, Shoes4Shoeless provided 125 pairs of shoes to children in the community and 22 new children registered for KIND. With the growing interest in the program and use of the Outdoor Classroom, the MAK Fund grant was given to support two projects to make the Outdoor Classroom safer. First, the hardscape needed to be resurfaced (uneven areas and potholes) to allow the children to safely play on the space. In addition to asphalt, the hardscape is a “shortcut” between the street and alley. This grant provided fencing/gates replacement to ensure cars do not cut through the lot during events.
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.