Each year, Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue takes in nearly 1,000 abandoned and neglected companion animals and helps them find loving, permanent homes. Every animal it rescues receives full medical care—including spay or neutering treatments, vaccines, microchips, and deworming. Through weekend adoption events, applications, and home visits, Louie’s Legacy ensures that each animal is placed with a caring and responsible family and less likely to end up back on the streets.
Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek aims to develop a sustainable Mill Creek watershed by teaching the community about the environment and conducting ecological restoration projects. To this end, the organization has implemented four programs. The Freedom Trees program involves a 10-year urban-reforestation initiative linked with the local history of the Underground Railroad, wherein residents will plant at least 10,000 native trees in the corridor. Environmental-education programs introduce local youth to restoration with field trips for students and training programs for volunteers to monitor water quality and help conserve wildlife habitats. The Greenways project works to restore the natural landscape and develop recreational trails along Mill Creek. Laughing Brook teaches the community about the environment with a public artscape that recreates a functioning wetland filled with biosculptures of human hands, fish, and salamanders, and also helps clean storm-water runoff from a portion of Salway Park.
The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati’s volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading comprehension and those facing other learning challenges such as dyslexia. Once a week, teams of tutors and students traverse a 30-minute custom literacy curriculum that aims to bring students’ reading skills up to the standards of their current grade levels. Last year, the organization placed 561 volunteer tutors in 46 elementary schools.
Since 1927, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission has provided cultural and leisure activities for the community. Its facilities are spread across the region and include indoor recreation centers and 2,500 acres of outdoor play areas, which together host a broad range of activities for people of all ages, including athletic leagues, arts events, and an aquatic center. Before- and after-school programs and summer camps offer an outlet where kids can learn and play outside of school, and many centers also sponsor therapeutic programs for people with disabilities.
As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is dedicated to improving the appearance of the community, along with educating and encouraging individuals to take greater responsibility for their environments and neighborhoods. The organization runs a number of community-improvement programs, such as a campaign to prevent cigarette litter, a state-roadway-cleanup group, and Future Blooms, which employs professional architects, artists, and landscape experts to paint, clean, and green vacant lots and abandoned buildings.
Peaslee’s Child Development Center educates 47 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years from low-income families, preparing them for kindergarten with literacy training, art and music classes, and a gardening space. The Child Development Center's naptime infant room is currently equipped with drop-side cribs, so the organization would like to replace the unsafe cribs with five new cribs that meet newly released safety standards.
Streetvibes newspaper distributors buy the paper for 25 cents per copy and sell it for $1 donations. Approximately 50 distributors sell more than 3,500 issues every two weeks. Since they work in all types of weather conditions, distributors require a protective place to store the papers, and easily identifiable vests to keep them warm while improving their image, credibility, and ultimately, sales. GCCH would like to outfit Streetvibes distributors with bags and new XXL vests that will be large enough to wear over winter coats.