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 organization’s Operation School Bell program supplies low-income kids who are currently participating in the Ohio Free and Reduced Price School Meals program with school-uniform packages that include other necessities such as new jackets, socks, underwear, belts, hygiene supplies, and shoes. Children are fitted for their uniforms at Operation School Bell’s facility, ensuring a proper fit to maximize kids’ confidence in school. This year, the number of low-income schoolchildren that the program serves has risen, and many students requesting assistance must be put on waiting lists for uniform packages.
CGC has planted more than 45 gardens across Cincinnati in the past 30 years, and the gardens' leafy fruit have reached more than 2,000 community members. Driven by its community base, the neighborhood-gardens program furnishes flourishing garden beds with volunteers, water tanks, tools, and seeds. However, the gardens are commonly plagued with poor city soil, clogged with rubble and stripped of nutrients. CGC would like to infuse a community garden with 10 garden plots' worth of fresh, nutrient-rich soil, creating a fertile infrastructure that will support plantings for generations.
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.
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.