Strong Families helps families navigate and prevent financial crisis. This two-generation approach ensures families stay in their homes, become financially stable, and their children succeed in school. Because everyone deserves to have a safe home.
Our impact in…
We help children fall in love with reading
Freedom Schools provides free summer literacy enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children in the program are taught using an integrated reading curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components:
1. High-quality academic enrichment
2. Parent and family involvement
3. Civic engagement and social action
4. Intergenerational leadership development
5. Nutrition, health, and mental health
We are committed to making summer enrichment opportunities available to youth that might not otherwise have access. At least 80% of scholars’ household income is at 250% of the federal poverty guideline or below. We also provide reserved enrollment slots for children in foster care.
We are committed to success through literacy
Starting in 2013, we had the vision to fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library that is now bringing success through literacy to over 150,000 children across the State of Ohio, a program that has been adopted and promoted by the Governor and First Lady of Ohio.
Through the generosity of its donors, United Way pledged an annual funding stream for the project, which was critical in attracting other funders. We launched Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Greene County first, and since its beginnings has provided more than 11,000 Greene County children with over 320,000 books. One family that recognized the power of the program was a family from Cedarville by the name of DeWine. Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine had grandchildren in the Greene County program, and she resolved to get support from the State to make this program available to all of Ohio’s children.
Now – because of our vision and support – this program is available to all children in Preble, Montgomery, and Greene Counties. The cost of providing the program is shared between the State and the local community.
This success has been replicated around the State. Our leadership has created a model that now benefits over 150,000 children and is the gold standard for how communities can work together to bring success through literacy at the local level.
Essential needs are services that provide emergency relief in the areas of food, shelter, medical care, and freedom from violence.
The Foodbank, Inc. $104,430
The Foodbank’s hunger relief programs provide food to 89 member agencies who feed over 65,000 unduplicated food insecure residents each year.
House Of Bread $15,000
Lunch 365 Days A Year: A hot nutritious lunchtime meal every day of the year.
Catholic Social Services Of The Miami Valley $10,000
The Choice Food Pantry at Catholic Social Services provides emergency food assistance, including access to fresh produce, to low-income families experiencing food insecurity by allowing them to choose a five-day supply of food.
The New Path, Inc $5,000
The Point Food Pantry provides a choice food pantry service to those in the 45416, 45417, 45426, and 45427 Zip Code areas.
FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE
Artemis Center for Domestic Violence $40,000
Crisis and Trauma-informed Advocacy Services offered to respond quickly and effectively to domestic violence trauma victims to enhance safety and reduce further violence.
Diabetes Dayton $12,000
DESAP gives uninsured diabetics the necessary medical supplies for proper management of their disease: glucometer, lancets, test strips, alcohol wipes, syringes, and a sharps container.
American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter $44,000
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.