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Child Poverty Collaborative committed to looking past differences to further progress


According to the Census Bureau’s American Community survey, nearly half of all children in Cincinnati and one in five children in the Tristate live below the federal poverty line. 

“That is simply unacceptable,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says. “We are deeply and passionately committed to tackling this head on, to bringing together diverging opinions, stakeholders, organizations and communities so that we can work together in finding solutions.”

The Child Poverty Collaborative of Cincinnati — a diverse group of community leaders and concerned citizens aiming to move 10,000 children and their families out of poverty in the next five years — is leading the effort, and they’ll hear May 24 from Adam Kahane, an international leader in social change.

Kahane co-facilitated Mont Fleur workshops in South Africa, which were aimed at bringing individuals together despite their different ways of seeing and being, and ultimately helped the community find a way to peacefully transition from apartheid to democracy.

About 250 individuals will be in attendance for the conversation with Kahane, who hopes to inspire our local community to look past their differences for the sake of furthering progress.

“While everyone who will be in that room on May 24 will have different perspectives, what we will all agree on is that this is a very important problem that we must solve in order to strengthen the lives of individuals and families and strengthen our region,” says Donna Jones Baker, President and CEO of the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio. “Adam’s discussion with us will help us move forward together in facilitating collaboration for the betterment of us all.” 

Do Good: 

Contact Sean Rugless at the Katalyst Group to learn more about childhood poverty and what we can do to diminish it in our region. 

• Engage in dialogue about childhood poverty and brainstorm potential solutions. 

• Be knowledgeable about childhood poverty in our region and understand its impact. 
 

Cancer Support Community to host Wine, Women & Shoes benefit May 26


Cancer Support Community (CSC) will host the Wine, Women & Shoes benefit event May 26 to help celebrate 25 years of hope throughout 2016. Money raised will help the organization fund its mission of ensuring “all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.”
 
For Julie Wogenstahl, who began her work with CSC as a volunteer prior to transitioning into her current role as Development Associate, the organization’s work is helpful to those who like herself (she finished chemotherapy a year ago and is a cancer survivor) appreciate joy and a sense of belonging during an otherwise difficult time.
 
“CSC offers something for everyone — support groups, programs about topics such as clinical trials and spirituality, guided imagery, cooking programs, social events and so much more,” Wogenstahl says. “Everyone’s cancer journey is different … but Cancer Support Community is a place of happiness and joy, even through a cancer diagnosis.”
 
The community-building that occurs through involvement with CSC is particularly important to so many because it offers them someone not only to listen but who is familiar with what they’re going through because they’ve experienced it themselves.
 
Charlene Mecklenburg has been attending a CSC support group since 2013, and her group members have provided support, she says, “through all the ups and downs.”
 
“Our current group has become a close knit community of friends,” Mecklenburg says. “It is good to have friends who truly understand — when I’m in the group, I’m not ‘alone’ and not the ‘one with cancer.’ We laugh together and cry together. The support group has saved me.” 

Do Good: 

• Join the fun and support the Cancer Support Community by purchasing tickets to attend Wine, Women & Shoes 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at The Transept in Over-the-Rhine.

• Help CSC celebrate National Survivors' Day at its family-friendly Backyard Bash June 5.

• If you or your family is affected by cancer, learn more about CSC and the free programming it offers.
 

The Children's Home of Cincinnati expands early childhood mental health programming


With an expansion of the Early Childhood Day Treatment program, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is now equipped to serve 120 children who are experiencing difficulty functioning — whether emotionally, developmentally, psychologically or behaviorally — in their homes, schools and communities.
 
With two new classrooms, The Children’s Home will now be able to start assisting families whose children have been wait-listed, as there will be space to host two additional morning and two additional afternoon sessions throughout the year.
 
While The Children’s Home offers Day Treatment for children ages 3-18, the Early Childhood Day Treatment focuses specifically on those between the ages of 3 and 8 and is the most intensive mental health program offered among that population.
 
According to The Children’s Home, the region is experiencing an increase in the number of young children with mental illness, so it’s important to ensure they receive the care and interventions needed for success and coping early on.
 
“The expansion of our Early Childhood Day Treatment program allows us to serve more children, support more families and meet more community needs,” says Adrienne James, a board member for The Children’s Home.
 
While the Early Childhood Day Treatment will allow more individuals to receive expressive and interactive behavioral therapy while also engaging in cooperative learning, the program — even with the two additional classrooms — is at capacity with more than 20 families remaining on the waitlist.
 
To fulfill its mission of transforming “the lives of vulnerable children by caring for their mental, physical and social wellbeing,” however, The Children’s Home will continue finding ways to support unmet needs.
 
The Children’s Home has plans to add a full-day integrated classroom — serving educational and mental health-related needs — slated to launch this fall and hopes to serve more than 200 children between the ages of 3-8 this year. 

Do Good: 

Support programs and services offered by The Children's Home of Cincinnati. 

Volunteer at The Children's Home. 

Connect with The Children's Home on Facebook.
 

Union Institute celebrates National Police Week by delivering cookies


It’s National Police Week, and Union Institute & University (UIU), whose largest degree program is Criminal Justice Management, is doing its part to recognize local officers by expressing gratitude and delivering cookies to five Cincinnati Police stations.
 
More than 2,200 officers nationally hold a degree from UIU, and more than 25 of them have gone on to become police assistants, chiefs or sheriffs.
 
According to Covington Police Det. and UIU Site Coordinator Eric Higgins, knowledge of the criminal justice system is important to propel society forward and help mitigate some of the current tension that exists.
 
“Police departments and police academies do a very good job of training officers to shoot guns, drive in tough conditions, gain knowledge of the law and learn self-defense tactics,” Higgins says. “A college education will offer you life experiences, different ways to look at things and knowledge in a field of study.”

It’s why Covington Police Officer Scott Dames, a current student, is enrolled at UIU.

“It’s given me the opportunity to understand the reasoning behind many of my present administration’s decisions,” Dames says.
 
UIU’s criminal justice curriculum is designed and taught by law enforcement professionals, all of whom hope to make a difference in the lives of their students by providing them with varied experiences from “different walks of life” and new perspectives, Higgins says.
 
It’s a profession the school recognizes as important, one it hopes to continue to grow and enhance as more students enroll.

“Union Institute & University simply wants to say thank you to all law enforcement officers for keeping our communities safe,” Media and Public Relations Manager Teresa Wilkins says. “Kindness goes a long way.” 

Do Good: 

• Thank a police officer. 

• Interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement? Learn more about UIU's Criminal Justice Management program. 

• Connect with UIU on Facebook
 

Norwood students give back, gain much in return through Avenues for Success


Norwood City Schools’ Avenues for Success will host its second annual Glow for the Cure May 21 as students work to serve their community by raising funds for The Cure Starts Now Foundation and the iWILL Awareness Foundation.
 
The students leading the effort, which features hot air balloons at the Norwood High School practice field, call themselves “Team Erase!!!” since their mission is to erase cancer.
 
“We believe that teaching our students to serve others builds compassionate, caring, young people,” says Laura Ferguson, After School Program Coordinator for Avenues For Success, which affords unique learning opportunities both before and after school for students of all ages.
 
Glow for the Cure is just one of the ways the students engage with their community.
 
Since Avenues for Success believes that students thrive through nontraditional social, academic and recreational avenues, there’s a Skateboarding Club, for example, that picks up trash as they skate throughout the neighborhood, in addition to a Family Floral Club that creates flower arrangements for local nursing homes.
 
Because students are able to dabble in various activities and even discover their passions, they excel in a multitude of ways.
 
“The impact of Avenues for Success in our students’ lives is far reaching,” Ferguson says. “We have students that have struggled academically that have improved their grades, students that had difficulty in social settings and began to make friends in their clubs, students that have been exposed to the arts in ways that can only happen in the hours after school, and students that have experienced new opportunities that have led them to future career choices.” 

Do Good: 

Attend Glow for the Cure Saturday, May 21 from 5 p.m. until dusk. The event is family friendly and takes place at Norwood High School. 

• Avenues for Success can deliver unique opportunities to its students only through community partnerships, so if you're interested in pairing up, contact Laura Ferguson. 

• Avenues for Success is always in need of volunteers. Want to get involved? Find out how.
 

SVP Cincinnati to host panel aimed at helping nonprofits scale, accelerate innovation


Are you a nonprofit interested in furthering both your impact and your reach through engaged philanthropy? 
 
If so, Social Venture Partners Cincinnati (SVP) will host the free discussion “Scaling and Accelerating Social Innovation: Learning from the Technology Startup Community” May 19 with those who already have successful models in place.
 
The event will begin with a conversation among local panelists from Design Impact, Flywheel Cincinnati and Impact 100 and will culminate with an address from keynote speaker Nancy Heinen, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) board member and partner and former Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Apple.
 
“We are so honored to have Nancy Heinen as our keynote speaker,” SVP Cincinnati Executive Director Lauren LaCerda Merten says.  “As an experienced corporate lawyer and senior executive in both small and multinational companies, Nancy has had a distinguished career focused on innovation.”
 
And when it comes to innovation, SVP knows how to deliver.
 
According to LaCerda Merten, SVP as an entity itself is a model of what it looks like to scale innovation, because what starts as a $20,000 grant over a three-year time period becomes much more for the nonprofits that SVP funds.
 
“Each grant is leveraged by the strategic contribution of our partners’ time and expertise, so that the average benefit to the nonprofits is three to five times greater than the cash grants alone,” LaCerda Merten says. “The engagement between Social Venture Partners and nonprofit investees fosters a relationship that makes customized, sustainable change possible for the nonprofit, and an unparalleled journey to increased philanthropic impact for our partners.” 

Do Good: 

• Find more details and register here for the free event at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Cintrifuse’s Union Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

• Learn more about Social Venture Partners Cincinnati and how to get involved.

• Connect with SVP Cincinnati on Facebook.
 

People Working Cooperatively seeks skilled volunteers for 34th annual Repair Affair


People Working Cooperatively needs the help of skilled volunteers to ensure success at its 34th annual Repair Affair May 14.
 
Repair Affair assists homeowners — elderly and low-income populations in addition to individuals with disabilities — with needed improvements or modifications so they can safely inhabit their living quarters.
 
“Repair Affair is a terrific opportunity to make a big impact in our community each spring,” says Aaron Grant, PWC’s Volunteer Program Manager. “And this year we hope to make necessary home repairs for 50 of our low-income neighbors during this event.”
 
Projects consist of everything from fixing leaks and repairing things like drywall or steps to installing handrails. Volunteers who can bring their own tools and who have experience with plumbing, roofing, carpentry or electrical knowledge are encouraged to donate their time.
 
More than 400 individuals, families, corporations and community groups joined together last year to improve the livelihood of 60 homeowners and their families, and PWC aims to do its part yet again. But the nonprofit can’t do it alone.
 
“In order to reach our goal, we need the community’s help,” Grant says. “If you are skilled and able, please consider donating your time to this important cause.”

Do Good: 

Register to help out at Saturday's Repair Affair. Projects begin at 8:30 a.m., culminating about four hours later with a volunteer luncheon to celebrate. 

• Spread the word. Gather a team together, and you'll be matched with a fitting project. 

• Even if you aren't available May 14, your help is still needed and always appreciated. Contact Aaron Grant, and sign up to work on a different day. 
 

Bad Girl Ventures prepped, ready to mentor participants to Grow their businesses


Bad Girl Ventures (BGV), which supports female entrepreneurs, is hosting the first workshop of its Grow series May 16.
 
“The BGV Grow workshops are meant to support female business owners at all phases of her business cycle, whether or not she is a BGV alumnae,” BGV Cincinnati Executive Director Nancy Aichholz says.
 
BGV alumnae have previously completed the Explore or Launch phases that combine micro-lending and business development into one, but Grow allows the nonprofit to extend a helping hand to all whether or not they’ve worked with BGV in the past.
 
According to the Covington-based nonprofit’s website, women compose 60 percent of the U.S. population and earn 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, and while females own 50 percent of privately held companies, they have access to only 5 percent of the capital — something BGV hopes to change.
 
Participants attending Grow will receive insight and mentorship from experts in the field such as Maggie Frye, founder of Core Consulting Group LLC.
 
Frye will lead participants through a lesson on the importance of knowing and developing one’s strengths, while future sessions will be led by other successful women who will focus on other topics of interest.
 
“We are thrilled with the caliber of business experts willing to donate their time to teach these high-level workshops,” Aichholz says. “GROW is one of the assets BGV has to offer as we position ourselves as the regional resource center for female-owned businesses.” 

Do Good: 

• Interested in learning more about Bad Girl Ventures’ three-tiered class program? Sign up for more information.

Support BGV by donating, volunteering or starting a new chapter in a new city. 

• Like BGV on Facebook.
 

Cincinnati Symphony, CCM lead diversity push among American orchestras


According to the League of American Orchestras, about 4 percent of classical orchestra musicians are African American or Latino. To promote a more diverse and inclusive environment, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and UC's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) have teamed up to provide a unique opportunity for mentorship and applied learning among students.
 
Thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, five string players are now CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows.
 
The program is the first of its kind and aims to change the face of America’s orchestras, kicking off in August at the start of the 2016-17 school year. Five new Fellows will be welcomed in 2017-18, as the program is slated to run for two years.
 
“Our Fellows hail from New York, Georgia, Kentucky, Costa Rica and Hong Kong and represent the future of American orchestras,” CCM Dean Peter Landgren says. “Working in close collaboration with our partners at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, we will prepare these Fellows for long and fruitful artistic careers while challenging the status quo of our industry.”

In addition to financial support via scholarships, stipends and award money, students will also receive compensation to practice and perform with the CSO.

For Emilio Carlo, one of the five students selected as an incoming Fellow, the opportunity is particularly special.

“Being raised in the Bronx, I would’ve never thought my future would involve classical music,” Carlo says. “When I attend orchestra concerts, there aren’t many musicians of color seen on stage. In fact, it’s always an ‘aha’ moment when I see a Latino or African American musician playing in a symphony.”

Do Good: 

• Learn more about the Multicultural Awareness Council and how you can promote diversity and inclusiveness within the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

• Connect with CSO on Facebook

• Check out a list of upcoming events at CCM.
 

Block the Sun Run 5k furthers late Glendale native's mission to eradicate melanoma


Andy Caress endured 22 months of ups and downs — doctor visits, surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, new drugs that for some time had seemingly miraculous effects on his body — but took his final breath eight days before his 25th birthday.
 
Melanoma is the fastest growing skin cancer in the world, particularly among young people, and it’s also the deadliest.
 
Caress wanted more people to learn about it and become more aware of its devastating potential, which is why he founded Mela-KNOW-More prior to his death. The nonprofit is now known as the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation (ACMF), whose volunteers are dedicated to furthering his mission.
 
“My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me,” Caress said in 2010. “And I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”
 
To commemorate Caress’ life, the ACMF hosts an annual fundraiser, the Block the Sun Run. Now in its sixth year, the 5k takes place in Caress’ hometown of Glendale.
 
All proceeds from the race are used to support Caress’ wish of increasing awareness of the cancer and supporting research to eliminate it. Last year, the ACMF raised $35,000 for the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, which is engaged in groundbreaking melanoma research.   
 
The Block the Sun Run takes place at 5 p.m. May 14, with an after-party to follow.  

Do Good: 

• Pre-register by 6 p.m. Thursday for the Block the Sun Run, or register in-person Friday 12-7 p.m. or Saturday 2-4:30 p.m. at Bob Roncker's Running Spot in Glendale.

• Interested in volunteering at Saturday's 5k? If so, contact the ACMF.

• Can't make it out Saturday? Support the ACMF by making a donation.
 

Cincy-Cinco celebrates culture, honors mothers at region's largest Latino fest


If you’re in the mood for salsa dancing, live music and authentic Latino cuisine, mark your calendars for May 7-8, when the 13th annual Cincy-Cinco highlights Latino traditions, values and culture on Fountain Square.
 
“We want people of all ages and backgrounds to have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the rich heritage of Latino music, dance, and food,” Cincy-Cinco Chair Alfonso Cornejo says. “And this year we are celebrating Mother’s Day all weekend long.”
 
Children will be sure to have a good time with piñatas and a Conga parade. There will also be opportunities to paint flowerpots as tokens of appreciation for mom.
 
Cincy-Cinco is the largest Latino celebration in the region, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofits that serve and support the Latino community.
 
“We are so happy and proud that this event is becoming a great tradition in this city to add to the many other wonderful events and traditions,” Cornejo says.
 
Cincy-Cinco takes place 12-11 p.m. Saturday and 12-6 p.m. Sunday.  

Do Good:

• Check out the music and dance lineup, food and children's activities offered at Cincy-Cinco May 7-8. 

• Connect with Cincy-Cinco on Facebook, share the page and invite a friend to the festivities. 

• Brush up on all things Latino by learning more about Cinco De Mayo, Fiesta De Pueblo and the piñata.
 

Hive helps undiscovered musicians reach new audiences


Early stage musicians can now reach a larger audience thanks to Hive, a music discovery and distribution platform that recently released an app to add to its partnerships with artists and organizations in the music industry.

Hive exists to connect the right listeners to artists who haven't been discovered quite yet, allowing music to be delivered in 30-second clips to help listeners swipe through what they do and don’t like. When a user swipes right on a song, it sends that clip to six random users with similar music preferences to help share that music and get the artist discovered.
 
Hive was one of eight startups to graduate from UpTech’s fourth accelerator class in February. 

“The one thing I’m most excited and passionate about — which is the core of what we’re doing — is helping change the way newer musicians get heard and spread the word about their music,” Hive CEO Andrew Savitz says. “The way the industry currently works is very difficult. It can be difficult to make money and get shows booked.

“The thing we’re truly most passionate about is that we’re making it so it doesn’t matter if you have the money or knowledge or not. All you need to focus on is making the best music you can.”

Hive allows independent artists to have a distribution tool that reaches a large network of music lovers and allows musicians to view real-time data on who is listening to their uploads.
 
Do Good:

• Download Hive in the App Store.

• Stay up-to-date with Hive on Twitter.

• For more information, visit Hive's website.
 

Magnified Giving program teaches student philanthropy


Roger Grein had always been a philanthropist, but it wasn't until 2002 that he expanded his reach to college students. 

Grein launched a student philanthropy program, known today as Magnified Giving, at various colleges and universities to help students learn about philanthropy by awarding grant money to local organizations of their choosing. When he found that it worked well for college students, he trickled the program down to the high school level. 

This year's group of students will award grant money to their chosen nonprofit recipients in two more ceremonies on May 9 and 11 at the Mayerson JCC after a first event April 26.

Magnified Giving allows teachers and administration to best fit the initiative with their existing curriculum, whether it’s through a class or after-school club. Students decide on a barrier they want to study or an agency they’re interested in, and each group cross-educates on its topic — homelessness, hunger, veterans affairs, etc. From there, the class decides who gets the grant.

Teachers and students can shape their philanthropy to what they want it to look like.
 
“We're educating the next generation and exposing teenagers to community needs,” Magnified Giving Executive Director Kelly Collison says. “All of the stories touch their hearts and minds so that they can make great change. It gives students the chance to learn lifelong lessons while doing it.”
 
Each school is given $1,000 and is encouraged to raise additional money. Magnified Giving will match up to an additional $250 of what is raised for the chosen organizations or agencies.

Currently, Magnified Giving has 350 registered social service agencies in its system. 
 
“Kids become very passionate about how blessed they are,” Collison says. “They want their work to matter. It really resonates with youth once they have a platform to stand on.”
 
Do Good:

RSVP to attend the May 9 or May 11 awards ceremony at Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ride Road, Amberley Village.

Donate to support Magnified Giving’s mission.

Volunteer your time to a cause you’re passionate about. 
 

Internationally renowned photographer features local families in "ReelBeauty" program


While the ReelAbilities Film Festival won’t return to Cincinnati until March 2017, nonprofit organizer Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) has put together a series of monthly “ReelPrograms” happenings leading up to the main event.

Intended to build anticipation for ReelAbilities, the region’s largest film festival, and also prompt dialogue about the abilities of those labeled as “disabled,” ReelPrograms will feature everything from encore screenings of past years’ award-winning films to the ReelBeauty photography exhibition that made its debut at Christ Church Cathedral last month. 

The exhibition features the work of Rick Guidotti, internationally known fashion photographer turned activist and founder of Positive Exposure, a nonprofit aiming to shift perceptions of those living with physical, genetic, intellectual or behavioral differences.

“I see beauty everywhere,” says Guidotti, who hopes to challenge viewers to “change how they see,” then “see how they change.” 

Guidotti photographed 12 local families to produce a collection of 22 photos for ReelBeauty. Rather than walking down the street and choosing to stare at someone or make eye contact then quickly look away, he says his aim in photographing those with differences is to showcase the shared humanity one can only recognize after steadying one’s gaze and looking directly into another person’s eyes. 

“There are individuals everywhere in the world that don’t want to be seen as diseased or as a diagnosis,” Guidotti says. “We all want to be seen as human beings.” 

Photos will remain on display through the end of May.

Do Good: 

• Check out ReelBeauty. at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St. downtown. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. 

• Mark your calendar for other upcoming ReelPrograms.

Connect with Cincinnati ReelAbilities on social media or by getting involved as a volunteer or supporter. 
 

Impact 100 seeking Young Philanthropist Scholarship applicants


Impact 100 is currently accepting applications for its 2017 class in the Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program

Impact 100 awards more than $100,000 each year to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky nonprofit agencies, with over $3.6 million donated since its inception in 2001. Every dollar from each $1,000 annual membership fee goes directly to the grant pool.  
 
The Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program is meant for young women who have an interest in philanthropy but can't fund a full Impact 100 membership on their own. Each grant applicant chooses a focus area in one of the following categories: culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness.
 
“The program is a means to encourage young members to experience women’s collective giving,” Impact 100 President Donna Broderick says. 
 
Do Good:

• Do you know someone who would be a good fit for the Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program? Encourage them to apply by the April 30 deadline. 

Donate to the Young Philanthropist Scholarship Fund.

• For more information on how you can get involved, contact Impact 100 directly.
 
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