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Watch the Cincinnati Art Museum restore outdoor bronze statue


The Cincinnati Art Museum's conservation department is in the process of restoring and re-installing The Vine, a bronze statue that used to live in its Alice Bimel Courtyard. The sculpture was kept outside for decades and was damaged by wind, rain and other elements.

Restoration is open to the public in the courtyard. Museum visitors can watch Assistant Objects Conservator Kelly Schulze revive the statue using a multi-step process that will remove any previous treatment and corrosion products. She will apply a new protective layer to protect the statue from future erosion. 

"Our conservation departments are experts in restoring paintings and structures," says Jill Dunne, marketing and communications director. "Schulze is restoring this famous, beautiful structure to its former glory." 

The Vine is one of six sculptures that stand at an 86-inch scale. Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, its Philadelphia-born sculptor, is famous for creating bronze work based on dancers who posed for her. The museum has other works of her's in the courtyard as well — one statuette and four large scale bronzes.

Restoration is expected to last through July but might go into August, depending on the weather. Visitors can view the restoration in the Alice Bimel Courtyard Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Do Good:

Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum to see the restoration progress.

• Become a Cincinnati Art Museum friend on Facebook.

• Support the museum by adopting a piece of art
 

Metro offers free Fan Shuttle in downtown, OTR to connect All Star Game weekend activities


If you’re worried about downtown traffic and parking during All Star Game weekend, look no further than Metro, which is offering free shuttle service for related festivities.
 
The Metro Fan Shuttle will run 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 10; 12-10 p.m. Saturday, July 11; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, July 12; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. as well as 6-9 p.m. Monday, July 13. Buses will run a loop from Fountain Square to Government Square to Duke Energy Convention Center to Washington Park every 10-12 minutes.
 
“Metro is running the free Fan Shuttle as a courtesy to the community to help ease traffic congestion and allow easier access for visitors and residents to enjoy the dozens of events and activities scheduled during All Star weekend in downtown and Over-the-Rhine,” says Brandy Jones, Metro’s public relations manager.
 
According to Jones, an estimated 200,000 visitors are expected in town during the weekend, so there’s no better time to leave your car behind. Metro offers 21 different Park & Ride locations to bring you downtown, in addition to 50 routes throughout the region.
 
“It's a great way to introduce new riders to our service and remind the community just how easy and convenient it is to take Metro every day,” Jones says. “And once they're in town, the free Metro Fan Shuttle allows riders to hop on and off along the route connecting them to dozens of events at the Duke Energy Center, Fountain Square and Washington Park.” 

The Duke Energy Center is hosting the T-Mobile All Star FanFest Friday-Tuesday, and there are free events every day at Fountain Square and Washington Park. Soapbox has the full schedule of All Star Game events and festivities here.

Do Good: 

• Hop aboard Metro's Fan Shuttle. Hours of operation and details regarding pick-up and drop-off sites can be found here.

• Take part in All Star Game festivities, and attend free events around town.

• New rider? Learn everything you need to know about riding Metro here.
 

Faces Without Places raffling off two All Star Game tix to support its kids programs


If you haven’t yet snagged a ticket strip for the 2015 All Star Game festivities, your odds of finding one for less than $500 at this point are few and far between.
 
Faces Without Places, a nonprofit whose mission is “to empower lives by removing educational barriers and provide enrichment opportunities for children and youth experiencing homelessness,” is giving you a chance at tickets for just $20. 
 
Thanks to a donation from John Burns, local businessman and former president of Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, Faces Without Places is raffling off a pair of Diamond Seats — just behind home plate — for the July 10-14 events.
 
The tickets are valued at $2,500 apiece and include food along with access to all All Star Game activities, including the game itself, the SiriusXM All Star Futures Game, the All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and the Gatorade All Star Workout Day, which features the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.
 
“This donation will enable Faces Without Places to continue on our trajectory of expansion,” says Mike Moroski, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We have some new things in store that will enable us to broaden our impact by keeping children experiencing homelessness connected to their education.”
 
Some of the ways the organization has done that thus far are through its annual Yellow Bus Summer Camp (YBSC) and ZooMates, a year-long mentoring program that pairs children from St. Francis de Sales School with students from Xavier University.
 
According to Moroski, 95 percent of children at last summer's YBSC increased or retained their math and/or reading skills, and a large majority of the children involved with ZooMates (87%) planned on attending college after participating in the program.
 
“We have raised a little over $16,000 thus far, and our goal is to reach $20,000 by July 10,” Moroski says. “Mr. Burns' donation of these tickets will help us to expand and grow more comfortably, and we could not be more grateful for his generosity.”

Do Good: 

• Support Faces Without Places by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2015 All Star Game and related festivities. Entries will be accepted through July 10 at 5:15 p.m., with the drawing to follow at 5:30. Winners will be contacted immediately.

• Attend a free event at the Contemporary Arts Center July 30 at 6 p.m. to introduce Faces Without Places' rebranding campaign and announce what's in store for the future.

Get involved with Faces Without Places by donating, volunteering or attending/hosting an event.
 

St. Rita to celebrate 100 years at upcoming festival


St. Rita School for the Deaf will host its annual festival July 10-12, and it’s a special one, organizers say, as this year marks the school’s 100-year anniversary.
 
Proceeds from the festival — St. Rita’s largest fundraising event of the year — allow for financial aid and scholarships for children and families in need.
 
According to Angie Frith, the school’s associate executive director, parents oftentimes turn to St. Rita “disheartened due to their inability to openly communicate with or understand their children” and, as a result, kids are often frustrated.
 
Take “Joe,” for example, a student who began his education at St. Rita when he was 5.
 
“Joe is deaf, and his parents speak very little English, so he essentially had to start from scratch,” Frith says. “His first week at St. Rita was very difficult. Each day was met with a fit or outburst.”
 
But as he became more comfortable and was able to work with staff to develop his sign language, Frith says he began to flourish.
 
“By the end of the school year Joe could work independently and could comfortably express his wants and needs through signing,” Frith says. “Without the support of the community, St. Rita would not be able to provide the individualized education necessary for these children to succeed, but with the support of the community we can continue to change the lives of these children and their families for another 100 years.”

Do Good: 

• Support St. Rita School for the Deaf by attending the festival July 10-12. Admission is $2.  

• Purchase raffle tickets at the festival or in advance by calling the school at 513-771-7600 for your chance to win $25,000 in cash or a new vehicle. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100.

• If you can't make it to the festival, help the school by giving
 

Students work creatively with glass, learn and grow through art


If you missed the opening for Brazee Street Studios’ fifth annual Kids Exhibition, 513 Penguins, you’ll have a second chance to view students’ work at a reception taking place July 10 at C-LINK Gallery.
 
Students from 13 local schools worked to create more than 500 glass penguins — an activity made possible by the staff at Brazee along with 13 teachers who learned the project and then taught it remotely at their respective schools. Bullseye Glass Co. donated all of the glass.
 
According to Chelsea Borgman, C-LINK gallery coordinator and communications specialist, one of Brazee’s core missions is to help children not only express themselves through art but also appreciate the art-making experience.
 
“The annual children's exhibition is not only about the end result — it’s just as much, if not more, about the process,” Borgman says. “Children get to experiment with a material they may not otherwise have an opportunity to use, see how the glass transforms through the firing process, then have their work on display, realizing their connectedness to the smaller community of the classroom and the larger community of Cincinnati.”
 
The process also teaches students trust, Borgman says, as glass is oftentimes viewed as dangerous.
 
“When we trust the children to handle the glass safely, it helps them to trust themselves and take ownership over the responsibility to use this ‘dangerous’ material,” she says.
 
Perhaps most importantly, the program provides an opportunity for children to express their uniqueness without fear of judgment, as no two penguins are crafted the same.
 
“Each one has its own personality, which is a reflection of the choices made by the child during the creation process,” Borgman says. “We hope we have provided an opportunity for children to express themselves without the worry of finding the ‘wrong’ answer. There is no ‘wrong’ way to make their penguin, which I think can be quite liberating.”
 
Do Good: 

• Attend the second reception for 513 Penguins at 6-9 p.m. July 10 at Brazee's C-LINK Gallery in Oakley. Live penguins from Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be on site. Guests will also have the opportunity to create a penguin of their own.

• If you can't make the reception, show your appreciation for students' creations by viewing the exhibition, which is on display through Aug. 6. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays; 12-8 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 

• Check out Brazee's class offerings for students of all ages and abilities. 
 

Envision Children delivers interactive learning experiences to local kids


About 100 children between the ages of 4 and 10 just finished learning about the Greek alphabet and will continue their Summer Academic Enrichment program, offered through Envision Children, as they acquire knowledge about the origins of things like fire, medicine and the telephone.
 
This year’s “Great Inventions, Great Discoveries II” theme is designed to elevate students’ math and reading levels by at least 11 percent as they participate in hands-on learning and attend weekly field trips.
 
“Our summer program is meant to engage students in such a way that they become more excited than their parents about their own future, because they will see possibilities in many career fields,” says Sheryl McClung McConney, president and founder of Envision Children.
 
McConney saw a need for educational assistance — particularly among middle-class working families as well as those living in poverty — after running a for-profit tutoring center that provided federally funded tutoring under the No Child Left Behind initiative.
 
When Ohio was approved for the No Child Left Behind waiver, families were still in need of educational assistance, McConney says, so she converted the facility into a nonprofit to continue serving their needs.
 
In addition to Academic Summer Enrichment, Envision Children also offers tutoring and activities throughout the year: ACT Bootcamp, Power Saturdays and Academic Showdown, where fourth-grade students recently competed in an academic game show with support from some of their favorite Bengals players.
 
It’s all designed to fulfill Envision Children’s mission, which is to produce measurable results by engaging youth “in real life learning, where students see how their education benefits them through interactive and fun activities.”
 
“I love children, and I recognize their importance in the future of our communities locally and globally,” McConney says. “My life's work has been to help maximize the potential of children to excel academically and to succeed as adults as responsible, contributing citizens, whatever career field they pursue.”

Do Good: 

Learn more about the ways in which Envision Children works to bring education to life for children.

• Connect with Envision Children on Facebook.

Contact Envision Children to volunteer, enroll your child or support its mission.
 

West Sixth Brewing beer sales give back to Northern Kentucky nonprofits


Lexington-based West Sixth Brewing has made the consumption of craft beer not only tasty but also charitable through its Pay It Forward initiative. With every 6-pack of Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter sold, $1 is contributed to a local charity within its Kentucky distribution areas.
 
Stagnaro Distributing, the brewery’s Northern Kentucky-based distributor, is contributing $.50 of its own from each 6-pack’s sale. Last month, West Sixth Brewing and Stagnaro presented a check of nearly $3,000 to Children Inc., which advances the success of young children by partnering with families, professionals and the community through exemplary services, training, research and advocacy.
 
According to Matthew Fay, Villa Hills native and West Sixth Brewing partner, the vision of West Sixth has always gone beyond the brewing and selling of beer.
 
“Prior to selling a single beer, the mission of West Sixth was to not only brew great beer but to have a positive impact on the communities we are a part of,” he says. “We have put this mission in action through Sixth for a Cause and through numerous sponsorships and staff-organized volunteer days, but the Pay it Forward program provides a really concrete way that we can put this mission to action in all markets that our product is available.”
 
The Cure Starts Now Foundation, which is working toward “curing cancer one child at a time,” is this quarter’s local nonprofit recipient.
 
For Fay, it’s important to give back but particularly exciting to be able to do so in the Greater Cincinnati area.
 
“With the so many close friends and family in the area,” Fay says, “I am really excited to be able to partner with organizations that are doing great work in an area that I have such strong ties and still consider home.”
 
Do Good: 

• Grab a 6-pack of Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter to support The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

Nominate your favorite local nonprofit as a recipient for next quarter's Pay It Forward initiative. 

• Check out West Sixth Brewing's upcoming events in Cincinnati and make plans to attend.
 

Stages for Youth seeks funding to create year-round filmmaking program for teens


For Frank O’Farrell, the ways in which society traditionally measures educational success can sometimes be limiting.
 
“It sets boundaries and expectations that some kids just cannot understand or relate to,” he says.
 
O’Farrell experienced this frustration personally raising his now 17-year-old son and as a result founded Stages for Youth, whose mission is twofold: to help youth find their voice and express their individuality through digital and performance arts and to change the trajectory of their own lives, those around them and their community.
 
“I felt strongly that I just needed to give my son, and kids like him, an alternative avenue for self expression, another way to experience success,” O’Farrell says.
 
So he spent his vacation days from work planning and developing a pilot program, bringing in mentors and volunteers, hiring staff and fundraising — all for the purpose of teaching kids video production.
 
Twenty-four teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19 came together to create, shoot, edit and produce six films in five days last summer. The free film camp’s success has become apparent, as the group won an honorable mention at The White House Student Film Festival for I Am Urban Art, two Golden Lion awards and an $8,000 scholarship.
 
But the story doesn’t stop there, as O’Farrell is committed to making sure other students receive similar opportunities.
 
“The skills these kids learn through the film production discipline include creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, project management, collaboration, thinking on their feet, working against deadlines,” O’Farrell says. “These are 21st-Century skills that our young people will need in order to be successful. Employers are demanding it (but) schools are not teaching it, and the result is a ‘skills gap’ which is limiting our kids’ opportunities when they do enter the workforce.”
 
These skills don’t come naturally for all, but it’s these types of skills that do seem to be more innate in those who don’t relate to a more traditional educational setting, O’Farrell says, so he wants to build Stages for Youth into a year-round after-school program to “level the playing field” for all students.
 
“Kids will walk away with a finished project, a digital portfolio for their resume, awards, 21st-Century skills in creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, a network of industry professionals and a more clearly defined career roadmap,” he says. “And as these kids write a story for their film, they are also writing their own personal story, and that's what can change their lives.”

Do Good: 

• Help Stages for Youth expand to a year-round after-school model by donating.

• Connect with Stages for Youth on Facebook.

• Check out students' films by clicking "Summer Camp Productions" at the top of the page.
 

World Refugee Day celebrated with companionship, resources and fun


The Junior League of Cincinnati’s RefugeeConnect program, in collaboration with the Red Cross, hosted its second annual World Refugee Day Cup Soccer Tournament recently as a way to welcome our region’s newest neighbors.
 
According to the JLC, there are 12,000-25,000 refugees living in Greater Cincinnati at any given time, so RefugeeConnect works to “unite and engage” the community for the purpose of assisting newcomers with a smooth transition as they get acclimated to a new culture and a new home.
 
“We are a nation of immigrants,” says Robyn Brown, co-chair of RefugeeConnect, which constructs a sustainable system of support for those making their way out of countries in turmoil.
 
About 600 individuals attended the June 13 soccer tournament, which, in addition to fun and gameplay, matched resettling refugees with various resources in the community — everything from free dental screenings on-site to valued connections with job training services. These are the types of connections that RefugeeConnect works to create on a yearly basis.
 
This past Saturday on World Refugee Day, for example, cyclists participated in a charity ride to fund the Dean Razzak RefugeeConnect Scholarship, which provides those entering higher education with a means of “finding meaningful employment as contributory members of our community and adopted country.”
 
And RefugeeConnect makes education a priority, as ESOL training courses are offered throughout the summer as a way to mitigate the language barrier.
 
“While many of our ancestors came to America generations ago,” Brown says, “others arrived more recently to seek a better life in this country,” and it’s RefugeeConnect’s mission to assist them in doing so. 

Do Good: 

• Support the educational and career goals of young refugees by contributing to the Dean Razzak RefugeeConnect Scholarship.

• Learn more about how to help refugees adjust to a new community by attending the next Refugee Empowerment Initiative meeting, July 17 at 3 p.m. at Xavier University's Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.

• Connect with the Junior League of Cincinnati on Facebook.
 

Final contributions needed to support Homeless to Homes Shelter Collaborative


Strategies to End Homelessness, which leads a coordinated system of 30 nonprofit partners working toward better care for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, launched its Bring It Home campaign earlier this month in an effort to secure final fundraising dollars for the Homeless to Homes Shelter Collaborative.
 
An integral piece of the Homeless to Homes plan is improving local emergency shelters through the incorporation of five “service-enriched facilities.”
 
Four of the five new shelters are now operational, and the David and Rebecca Barron Center for men — formerly part of the Drop Inn Center — is scheduled to open its doors in September.
 
The Homeless to Homes Shelter Collaborative has raised $39 million of the $42 million goal set, but $2.7 million is still required so that the five shelters can fully assist individuals move away from and beyond their current situations.
 
One highlight of the improved shelter system offers daytime services like drug and alcohol treatment, medical and mental health care, job searching and training for residents.
 
According to Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness, the facilities and added resources will lead to an improved quality of life for all Cincinnatians.
 
“The collective impact of these facilities will be to complete the transformation of our shelter system from one which once kept people safe in homelessness,” he says, “to a system that rapidly helps people out of homelessness.”

Do Good: 

Contribute to the Bring It Home campaign.

Volunteer with one of Strategies to End Homelessness' 30 partner agencies.

• Connect with Strategies to End Homelessness on Facebook.
 

SVDP seeks donations for families without air conditioning


St. Vincent de Paul of Cincinnati will distribute fans to 100 families in need on Wednesday, June 17. The distribution is part of a summer-long initiative to provide relief from the heat to the sick, elderly and those with young children.
 
According to Kristen Klein, SVDP’s director of development, the recent heat has been particularly difficult for some.
 
“Many do not have air conditioning,” she says. “This goes beyond being simply sweaty and uncomfortable. Food in a pantry starts to spoil when left in hot, humid conditions. Sleep is difficult at best.”
 
SVDP is partnering with with Huntington Bank, Braun Heating & Air Conditioning and Tedia to collect 700 fans and 400 air conditioning units, but they need your help.
 
“For families where every dollar is allocated, buying a fan or air conditioner would mean going without food for dinner or not having enough to pay the rent,” Klein says. “They can only hope that the heat wave doesn’t last too long. A $20 donation will buy an air conditioner for a family bringing a baby home from the hospital to a stuffy, second-floor apartment. A $100 donation will buy a window AC unit for a grandmother with COPD who struggles to breathe in the muggy air.”

Do Good:

• If you or a family you know is struggling to stay cool this summer, redeem a fan at 8:30 a.m. June 17 at the Liz Carter Outreach Center in the West End, 1125 Bank St. Fans will be distributed to the first 100 families in line. A photo ID is required, and there is a limit of one fan per household. If you can't make it that day, contact SVDP for assistance.

• Make a financial gift by phone at 513-421-HOPE (4673), online or at any Greater Cincinnati Huntington Bank location. $20 will provide a fan and $100 will provide an air conditioner. The fan and air conditioner drive continues through Aug. 31.

• Donate a new fan or air conditioner at St. Vincent de Paul’s Liz Carter Outreach Center or any one of the seven Thrift Stores.
 

Deadline extended for Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire applications


Want to show off your latest DIY project? Perhaps lead a hands-on demonstration or teach others how to make a gadget? If so, the Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is for you.
 
It’s once again being hosted at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the application deadline has been extended until June 30, so there’s still time to submit your proposal.
 
According to Cincinnati Museum Center President Elizabeth Pierce, local makers are encouraged to take advantage of the extension so they can showcase the great ideas our region has to offer.
 
“Since we opened the application, we have received an outpouring of interest from makers around the Cincinnati area who want to be a part of this year's Mini Maker Faire,” Pierce says. “We've extended the deadline to ensure that all makers have an opportunity to show off the creativity and ingenuity that this region has to offer.”
 
This year’s Mini Maker Faire — affiliated with the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE magazine — will take place Aug. 29-30.
 
According to its website, Maker Faire is “the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth,” mashing up everything from art and science to technology and engineering. Amateurs and professionals of all ages are encouraged to participate.
 
“Cincinnati Museum Center is constantly striving to develop inquisitive minds and serve as a vehicle for creativity,” Pierce says.
 
Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will be included in the cost of daily Museum Center admission Aug. 29-30 and be free to museum members.  

Do Good: 

Apply by June 30 to participate in the 2015 Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

• Connect with Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire on Facebook.

• Mark your calendars for Aug. 29-30, then visit the Cincinnati Museum Center to view local makers' creations.
 

Local AIA chapter sponsors photo contest to benefit Little League team for kids with disabilities


Major League Baseball's 2015 All-Star Game is little more than a month away, but don’t wait until July to share your love of the game with others.
 
The American Institute of Architects’ Cincinnati chapter (AIA) is sponsoring a competition titled "Fields of Dreams" so baseball fans can highlight their own stories through photos that showcase the built environment surrounding the game. Photos can range in composition — everything from the design of professional stadiums to the dugouts at local parks.
 
Contest submissions are $10 each and benefit Butler County Challenger Baseball, a league designed to “meet the needs of children and young adults from 5 to 22 years of age with special needs.”
 
If you’re not submitting a photo but just want to support your favorite entry, each vote will cost you $1 and also benefit the Challenger league.
 
For Butler County Challenger President Alan Lakamp, whose son has Down syndrome, the league is particularly special because it enables kids to live out their dreams.
 
“It’s every child's dream to be a able to play the great game of baseball,” Lakamp says. “When these kids come out to our baseball fields, they are baseball players and have no disability.”
 
Voting ends June 15 at 11:59 p.m. Winning photographers receive cash prizes and a chance to be featured in a public exhibition during All-Star Weekend in July.

Do Good:

• Enter your photos in the "Fields of Dreams" contest.

• View entries and vote for your favorite photo prior to 11:59 p.m. June 15.

• Support Butler County Challenger Baseball by donating.
 

Urban Wine Festival to benefit OTR Community Housing


The first Urban Wine Festival, hosted by 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab, will take place Saturday in the parking lot adjacent to the business on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. Twenty-four wines will be available for tasting, and proceeds benefit OTR Community Housing and its Recovery Hotel, which provides individuals with permanent supportive housing.
 
OTRCH’s mission “to build and sustain a diverse neighborhood that values and benefits low-income residents” fits well with the ideas behind Saturday’s festival, which organizers say is to value good wine when shared in the company of others.
 
“Having this outside in OTR, in a parking lot no less, is the best way for people to see for themselves that good wine isn’t a pretentious thing,” says Daniel Souder, 1215’s Wine Director and Sommelier. “It really is meant for every day, and it’s meant for sharing with friends.”
 
A wine seminar will precede the day’s festivities. Tickets are available online for $15 to see a panel of experts discuss the importance a culture of place has on the quality of a wine.
 
“We see the desire for quality wine every day in the bar. Our guests want to know what goes into their glass,” Souder says. “Much the same as guests in a restaurant wanting to know where their food was grown or raised, we feel the need to put the same thought and care into wines we pour. It only makes sense.”

Do Good: 

•  Purchase tickets for the Urban Wine Festival’s wine seminar at 12 noon Saturday, June 13.

•  Attend Saturday's open tasting from 2-10 p.m. in the lot adjacent to 1215 Vine St., OTR. Tickets range from $6 to $48 depending on how many of the 24 wines you'd like to sample.

•  Support Over-the-Rhine Community Housing by donating.
 

Anonymous grant enables 15 vets to graduate debt-free from Union Institute


Union Institute & University has launched the Veterans in Union program to assist underemployed or low-income Pell-eligible military vets complete college or further their education with a master’s or doctoral degree, thanks to an anonymous grant of $293,000. The grant will allow for 15 initial recipients to receive a three-term $7,500 stipend for living expenses, though university officials say they hope to reach more vets in the near future.
 
For Geri Maples, program coordinator and wife of a disabled veteran, the program is particularly special because it’s a way to give back to those who have already given of themselves.
 
“When I think about the sacrifice our vets make, I think mainly of the fact that for the most part they’re putting their lives on hold,” Maples says. “The pursuit of their dreams is another sacrifice made. One of the biggest reasons soldiers join the Armed Forces is not only to serve their country but also to receive the educational benefits. These benefits make the pursuit of their dreams possible.”
 
Walnut Hills-based Union Institute offers both online and low-residency programs to enable students to pursue education without interrupting other obligations like careers and family. Veterans in Union will offer a seven-step approach aimed at making sure individualized needs are met educationally, emotionally and socially.
 
“The ultimate goal is to provide personal academic and career coaching services along with employment opportunities,” Maples says. “In addition, we want these students to have all the tools necessary to be successful beyond graduation. We personalize the process for each veteran from the initial response to their interest inquiries, admission and enrollment, tutoring, wellness seminars for healthy lifestyle success, career coaching and employment exploration.”

Do Good: 

• Veterans in Union grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply by July 1 for consideration.

• Check out other Union Institute & University scholarship opportunities for veterans and active duty military.

• Support the university and its students by giving.
 
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