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.
Formed in 2000 by a group of Holocaust survivors and their families, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education strives to ensure an enduring future for humanity by educating young and old people alike about the horrors of the past. Inspired by a quotation from the Jewish New American Society in 1965, the group hopes to maintain a memorial “that will make sure our dear ones have not died in vain.” To carry out that mission, the center hosts regular events and educational programs and opens the doors to its permanent exhibit “Mapping Our Tears”, a recreation of an attic in 1930s Europe set in a multimedia theater. Somber and educational, the exhibit conveys the history of the Holocaust through artifacts donated by local families and video of eyewitness testimonials about the tragedy itself.
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.
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.