Grants in 2020

2020 – Dayton Metro Library – The Trotwood Library project was to build a “nature play” area at their new facility.  Nature play spaces blend elements from the earth (logs, rocks, plants, etc) into a safe designated area for children to play, explore and imagine. The goal was to offer a positive story to the community by building part of the park from tornado damaged trees.  These tree remnants will be carved into different shapes. This park will offer a safe environment for creative outdoor play and a healthy alternative to the traditional park. 

2020- Kind –  A van was purchased to transport students to and from the center.  KIND is an after school program in East Dayton that provides a safe environment for after school activities.  The van allows the program to reach children outside of the surrounding neighborhood. 

2020 – Summit Academy Community School – (rebuild of library due to May 2019 tornadoes) As a result of the tornadoes in May 2019, there was some damage caused to the school building resulting in broken windows and damaged roof over the school.  Due to the damage, the school library was exposed to water damage and mold, making the library unsafe for the staff and students. This grant provided new bookshelves and books so that the library can service the students and teachers at this school. 

2020 – Helping Hands –  Helping Hands of Dayton supports families in the Greater Dayton Region who are faced with an unexpected hospital stay and are admitted to the Neonatal or Pediatric Intensive Care Units (ICU) at Dayton Children’s Hospital, Kettering Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital. The Care Kits are filled with personal care items and a voucher to purchase food or other personal necessities at the hospital and are designed to support these families through the first 12 hours of an unexpected hospital stay. The Care Kits were designed with the help of the nursing staff at Dayton Children‟s Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital and provided information on which items would be most beneficial to parents at this critical time. 


2020 -City Wide Development Corp – This project will replace extremely outdated and broken playground equipment in a newly revitalized park in Madden Hills.  Replacing the playground equipment will provide children throughout this community with a safe recreation opportunity, right in the middle of neighborhood. It is easily accessible for pedestrians and near a local school. Families currently visit the park and utilize the play structure in consistent numbers; if the neighborhood is able to replace the equipment, they would be ensuring that the children visiting this park would have access to safe and updated playground equipment.

2020 – Christ Child Society – Through the Clothe-a-Child Program, the Christ Child Society of Dayton provides coat vouchers ($40), shoe vouchers ($40), and school uniform vouchers ($50) to the neediest children of the Miami Valley. Social Workers and school principals vet the families and distribute the vouchers to them for redemption at local JC Penny stores.  Each fall numbered vouchers are given to social workers and school principals for distribution. The vouchers are diligently tracked by both the organization and JC Penny staff to ensure a child receives only one voucher for a particular clothing item. Due to our partnership with JC Penny, families receive the best price available. Items may not be later exchanged for cash or credit, helping to ensure that the vouchers are used for their intended purpose, clothing a child. All vouchers are utilized by the end of December.  Our goal is to provide as many children in fragile economic circumstances with vouchers for much needed clothing.

2020 – Kids in New Directions (KIND) –  This after school program had to revamp their curriculum real quick when school were suddenly closed due to COVID-19.  Tablets were desperately needed to help with social distancing while helping the students stay abreast of their school work.  A full set of tablets were purchased that were compatible with their schools.

2020 – Victory Project –  An extra grant was given to Victory Project to provide food, cleaning supplies and necessities to VP families during the COVID-19 pandemic when it was difficult to purchase these items. 

2020 – Kettering Backpack Program – The COVID-19 pandemic hit and the Kettering Backpack Program responded. We ensured children were still able to get weekend bags by working with the Kettering School Lunch Program. This ranged from an ever-evolving plan such as distribution sites and following school buses delivering the school lunches. The Kettering Backpack Program saw the need for food and continued providing weekend bags throughout the summer.  Our grant provided the funding to fill these bags!


2020 – Brigid’s Path –  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brigid’s Path was overwhelmed with newborns. This grant funded the purchase of a second cardiorespiratory baby monitor.