The Foodbank has a straightforward mission: to relieve hunger in the Miami Valley. To achieve this goal, the organization distributes food and other supplies to its network of 85 partner nonprofits, including food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters. The Foodbank also works with local schools through its Good-to-Go Backpack program, giving backpacks full of kid-friendly yet nutritious food to over 1,400 children at risk of experiencing hunger over the weekend, when they don't have access to free or reduced lunch at school. And at mobile farmers' markets, The Foodbank delivers fresh produce, meat, baked goods, and packaged food to communities without a local food pantry. Last year, The Foodbank distributed 7.2 million pounds of food—2.2 million pounds of which was fresh produce—to people in need.
Premier Community Health keeps locals healthy with care that ranges from flu shots to education on women's health. Comprehensive health screenings check blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and lung strength, and the center's associated breast and cervical cancer project provides free mammograms and pap tests to uninsured women in the area.
Since way back in 1977, the instructors at Shining Star Dance Studio have been illuminating the art of graceful movement. Working with students ages 2–18 at all levels of dance, classes range in style from classic ballet to contemporary hip-hop and futuristic jazz. There are also five competitive dance teams that train on-site, which are organized by age for students as young as pre-K.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra showcases music not commonly performed by large symphony orchestras, so each show is an uncommon musical experience. During Spring 2, the delicately constructed harmonies of Arnold Schoenberg and George Gershwin (two works each) float across Corbett Auditorium and into ears to tickle auditory nerves like pixies riding tiny ponies on eardrums. Two of the four pieces were inspired by literature. Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night was inspired by a Richard Dehmel poem about a shocking confession that affects two lovers, while Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suite is inspired by DuBose Heyward’s racially charged 1925 novel about the inhabitants of the semi-fictional Catfish Row. Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra, op. 16, is an unsettling work that balances Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue, which is performed by acclaimed solo pianist Michael Chertock.
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.