The region is filled with non-profit organizations that has put in countless hours of work year-round to make the area a better place. From assisting homeless people to homeless pets, from education to artistic opportunities and everything between, it is that time of year again for many of these organizations to reap the benefits of matched donations, thanks to the staff at the Scioto Foundation.
The Scioto Foundation offers many opportunities for community development, from scholarships to watching over endowment funds. They will be matching incoming donations to their registered non-profit organization accounts this year with the annual Scioto Gives event, set for Oct. 20.
Thirty nonprofits will be trying to top or tie last year’s fundraising total of $120,802.21
A few of these organizations include Habitat for Humanity, Portsmouth Beautification Society, Connex Inc. the 1810 House, United Way of Scioto County and Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio and the Paul E. Johnson Endowment Fund.
The Scioto County Habitat for Humanity works to provide those in need with affordable and decent housing to low-income families. Internationally, there are more than 1,400 affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations. So far, in Scioto County, the organization has helped to provide 13 houses to those in need.
The Portsmouth Beautification Society works to improve the environment of Portsmouth by making it a more beautiful place. Through their efforts, they are able to maintain Tracy Park and other areas that are used for concerts, community events, weddings and other gatherings.
“Connex Inc. was formed to inspire activities of play, exercise, and social connections to really promote health and wellness throughout our community,” said Wendi Waugh. “One of the ways we intend to do that is to developed designated and share the road activity paths for people to walk, run, bike, skateboard, and spend family time. We know that these routes that we develop will need a sustainability plan for the future. Our partnership with Scioto Gives is to not only have funds today to support the activity paths, but to have funds for the future to ensure that those paths are well maintained and marked.”
The 1810 House, located at 1916 Waller Street in Portsmouth, the house has become a showcase for local and regional history. Built circa 1810 by the Peter Kinney family, the house contains items from some of Portsmouth’s earliest settlers. The house also provides tours to local schools and the community. Contributions allow the organization to acquire and preserve artifacts and documents and maintenance the home.
United Way of Scioto County helps to provide and assist community based organizations in Scioto and Adams Counties. Their mission is to “increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another,” by working towards solutions that impact the community.
Goodwill Industries of Scioto County helps to improve life for those in southern Ohio who are disabled or disadvantaged by assisting with self-sufficiency by providing training and employment opportunities.
“A native of Portsmouth, Paul Johnson instinctively knew his hometown would grow and thrive only if the county’s “living room,” the downtown area of the city, was attractive to those who lived in and visited our city,” said Kevin W. Johnson. The fund was established by Main Street Portsmouth to carry-on his vision and ideas. “The funds will be utilized to maintain and provide flowers and flower pots around City Hall, alongside the Murals and along Chillicothe and Second streets, the landscaping of Alexandria Park and much more. This permanent Scioto Foundation Gives program will ensure that, in the future, Main Street Portsmouth will be able to invest more into beautifying downtown Portsmouth.”
Contributions from donors will be received on the SF website, www.sciotogives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. Using the pull-down menu on the website, donors can select their charity and the amount they wish to give, list credit card information and press “donate.”
Donors can also drop checks off at the Foundation office at 303 Chillicothe Street or transfer stocks between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the designated day.
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