The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation—started by the Bengals quarterback and his wife—provides a combination of daily services and life-changing experiences for seriously ill and physically challenged children. Its four primary programs support children and their families throughout their medical experiences. Date Night gives parents a free private dinner as an opportunity to spend time on their own while their children play together at the Hilton Downtown. King for a Day sends children to Kings Island theme park with fast lane passes, snack vouchers, and free T-shirts. As part of the organization's focus on daily needs, the Pass it On program distributes medical equipment to families who cannot endure the financial expense, and The Hub stocks hospitals with entertainment and educational resources.
Papers with colorful illustrations taped to the walls, students acting out a story to fit it into context, words mixing together to retell a tale in a new way––these are the activities that inspire a love of learning and that Cooperative for Education (CoEd) seeks to make possible in Guatemalan schools. When lessons exchange rote methodology for engaging activity, students are excited to attend class and return home spreading the love of learning to their siblings. Brothers Joe and Jeff Berninger founded CoEd after visiting Guatemala in the 1990s. Jeff volunteered in a local school, where he noticed students lacked adequate access to learning resources. Together, the brothers left their careers to dedicate themselves to improving the availability of resources, giving students a chance to succeed academically and professionally so that they might break the cycle of poverty. Today, CoEd team members focus on textbooks, reading, computers, and scholarships. The Textbooks program, which currently reaches about 10% of Guatemala's rural middle schools, rents out books for a small fee to allow students access to resources that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. Computer Centers give children access to technology, equipping them with in-demand work skills, and the Culture of Reading Program delivers books and supplies to children and teaches them how to become better readers and writers.
Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR) works to enrich the lives of cats and communities in Greater Cincinnati through low-cost spay or neuter surgeries as well as a no-kill adoption center dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for cats and kittens. Along with its standard spay or neuter services, OAR helps to protect feral cats and keep the cat population in check through its trap-neuter-return program, in which cats are humanely trapped and spayed or neutered before being returned to their outdoor lives.
In partnership with more than 20 community churches, the Ohio State University Extension, and the city of Cincinnati, the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) provides vital assistance to individuals and families in need. MEAC distributes donated food and clothing and offers rent and utility assistance to underserved members of the community. In 2011, MEAC served more than 3,900 families through its Choice Food Pantry, which provides cleaning products and toiletries in addition to food.
Comprising a worldwide network dedicated to the reversal of poverty, Ten Thousand Villages fills its retail locations with products gathered from 38 developing societies. Businesswoman Edna Ruth Byler began the fair-trade practice of paying cash advances to far-flung artisans more than 60 years ago, which established the company's long-term project of empowerment via nonexploitative commerce. Each handcrafted item or handwritten finance textbook that makes it to a Ten Thousand Villages store is priced according to the specific socio-economic milieu in which the artisan works, which helps ensure just compensation and proportional economic impact. Ten Thousand Villages has been lauded for its environmental and philanthropic ambitions and was recently named one of the world's most ethical companies by Forbes magazine.
The Meals on Wheels program administered by Cincinnati Area Senior Services (CASS) provides homebound seniors with nutritious meals prepared according to FDA guidelines and the dietary needs of the recipients. Two thousand seniors in greater Cincinnati rely on CASS for a daily meal, and for some it may be the only meal they eat that day. CASS staff members deliver food on a daily or weekly basis for clients depending on their preference. The arrangement also provides the homebound seniors with regular check-ins and friendly visits. As the largest Meals on Wheels provider in the Cincinnati area, CASS delivers more than 250,000 meals a year, helping seniors remain independent and live in their own homes.