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Gaps in Giving The Need for Charitable Giving in Appalachia Gwynn Stewart, MS OSU Community Development Educator OSU Extension - Noble County As the Community Development Educator for OSU Extension in Noble County, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of the Appalachian region’s excellent foundation and charitable giving organizations. While their staff and even volunteers (like the Noble, Guernsey and Monroe County Community Foundations which have no employees) work hard to secure investments, there remains a giving gap in Appalachian Ohio. According to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and research from the Foundation Center, the philanthropic dollars per capita outside of our region is $6,663 while inside our region, it’s only $770. The gap means fewer resources to support important community-building work in areas where great needs persist such as economic development, health, education and scholarships, arts and culture or the environment. Using locally raised dollars, citizens help partner to provide community solutions and support for their neighbors and neighborhoods. Organizations like The United Way of Guernsey, Noble and Monroe Counties offer an easy-to-use giving process that develops community programs and services. Each autumn, United Way kicks off its giving campaign with one-time giving or payroll deduction options – in each case, the donor decides “where” they want their money to serve. United Way also keeps fundraising costs low, so nearly all of your contributions help people with the greatest needs. With dollars supporting programs like Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, YMCA, the Red Cross, Hospice, senior centers, food pantries and more, United Way is an excellent way to give back to the local community. A donation of just $1 a week – the cost of a package of chewing gum – could provide food at a local pantry; financial assistance for two boys to participate in Boy Scout troop activities; a week of day camp for one girl in Girl Scouts; 208 summer sack lunches through the Salvation Army; or delivery of daily breakfasts for 30 at-risk seniors. Learn more and give online at www. guernseynobleunitedway.com or call 740-439-2667. Donations to organizations like the Noble County 42

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Community Foundation, founded in 2005 by local volunteers as a division of The Marietta Community Foundation, provide annual scholarships and mini-grants twice a year to worthy cultural, religious, civic, health, scientific and educational purposes. The Noble Foundation has awarded $19,225 to fifty-one projects since its founding. For students in Appalachia, many of whom may even be first-generation college students, every scholarship dollar counts. One Noble County Community Foundation wrote: “With back-to-school just around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincerest thanks for awarding me the Noble County Community Foundation Scholarship,” wrote Olivia King, Class of 2018. “I consider this an honor and privilege to have been chosen. The funds will be used to help with my education at Muskingum University.” Olivia plans to attend Muskingum University to major in chemistry/pre-pharmacy. Learn more or to give online, visit www.nccfohio.org. Even the smallest donations add up and provide forever impacts! The Monroe County Community Foundation, established in 2014 through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, offers a family of funds as a local way to give back and to serve the county. “Monroe County residents have long valued traditions of volunteerism and community. The Monroe Foundation presents an opportunity to preserve long-term support for essential local services and organizations in our communities,” Nikki Baker-Lude, MCCF Committee Member, said. Last year through gifts to the Kiwanis Coats for Kids fund, 387 children in the Switzerland of Ohio School District received $70 vouchers to purchase a coat, hat, and gloves. A variety of scholarships are granted through other designated funds and community organizations benefit from mini-grants through the Community Foundation fund and through the generosity of companies like Gulfport and Statoil. To learn more or to give online, visit www.appalachianohio.org. Foundation gifts are tax deductible and because giving is not one size fits all, it can be done in many forms including cash, bequests, appreciated securities and life in-

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The Crossroads embrace the journey  

by Southeast Publications a journalistic journey through Southeastern, Ohio. Filled with diverse community stories, puzzles & more.

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by Southeast Publications a journalistic journey through Southeastern, Ohio. Filled with diverse community stories, puzzles & more.

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