The Buckeye Ranch provides hope and healing to
children and families by offering family-focused
mental health treatment and alcohol/drug services for
children with behavioral or psychological and substance abuse disorders.
Founded in 1970 in Columbus, Children's Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending
childhood hunger in Ohio. The organization's mission is to ensure children without access receive healthy food, nutrition
education and physical activity. In 2015 the organization worked with partners including childcare providers and afterschool
programs to help provide more than 5.2 million nutritious meals and snacks to hungry children throughout Ohio's 88 counties.
Since it was established in 1984, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)
has been an organization made up of people of all ages with Down syndrome, parents of children
with Down syndrome, professionals and health care providers—all working together to ensure that
all individuals in our community living with Down syndrome have every opportunity to achieve
their full individual potential. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we are committed to
providing support, assistance and education to individuals with Down syndrome and their families
in 23 Ohio counties. We operate with minimal staff and are grateful for the many who volunteer
their time to promote our mission. We strongly believe that by providing easy-to-access information,
along with compassionate and caring support, we can help families and the community gain a better
understanding of Down syndrome. With over 250,000 people in the United States with Down syndrome,
we strive to provide tools and opportunities that promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion in
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The mission of Nellie's Champions for Kids is to help make life a little easier for kids and teens with cancer and to create a community of support and resources for families.
It all started in 2007 when a 16 year old girl, Nellie Krumlauf, wanted to make an impact on the world around her. After experiencing her grandmother, Goldie, lose her battle
to cancer Nellie knew she had to do something to help others dealing with this horrible disease. While doing research she found that childhood cancer is the least funded type
of cancer and also the number one leading cause of death by disease of children. Then she met a little girl named Eden. When Nellie met Eden she was going through her second battle with cancer and in the midst of treatments, doctors' appointments,
hospital stays and everything else that comes with the battle, Eden could not wait to model in the very first fashion show. Nellie was amazed at how much life and energy was
in this little girl. When it came time for the show Eden was ready in her black dress, sparkly bald head and gold shoes, and of course as soon
as she stepped out into the bright lights she stole the show! As she strutted her stuff down the catwalk the audience could not help but honor her with a standing ovation.
Today NC4K is more than just a fashion show. Over a million dollars has been raised to help meet the needs of families as they travel through a journey in their life they
never imagined they would be on. All because of one 16-year-old girl with inspiration from her grandmother and passion to help and one spunky little girl NC4K has evolved
into helping hundreds of families live life a little easier.
The Ohio Troopers Caring, Inc. is a charitable
organization. With the help of their mascot Teddy Trooper,
they work in children's hospitals, with Bears Against Drugs
and Safety School, and they provide anti-drug messages for
school children. Teddy visits Children's Hospital with
uniformed personnel from time to time to bring a little
cheer to hospitalized children.
Partners In Conservation (PIC) is a grass-roots project initiated in 1991 by staff and docents at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with support from Jack Hanna, Columbus Zoo's Director Emeritus.
The Ubumwe Community Center (UCC) is one of PIC's signature projects in Rwanda. In 2005, Frederick Ndabaramiye and Zachary Dusingizimana founded the UCC in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Frederick was maimed
during the genocide and received prosthetic hands in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002. Frederick says that the Columbus Zoo made it possible for him to be independent again, and he wanted to find ways to
"give back" by working with people who are "like him." The UCC is changing lives by offering people of all ages - who face challenges - an opportunity to reach their full potential. Frederick and
Zackary exemplify the courage, hope and spirit that live in each of us if we only listen to our hearts and then take action.
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed
how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof,
St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly. The mission of St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through
research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race,
religion or a family's ability to pay. Our vision is to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of
catastrophic diseases in children. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. On average,
7,800 active patients visit the hospital each year.
Westerville Area Resource Ministry, 'WARM', is a 501(c)(3), faith-based organization, serving those in need within the Westerville School District, the 11th largest in Ohio. WARM's mission is to provide compassionate, short-term assistance, educational services and spiritual support to encourage individuals to achieve a self-sufficient life while restoring dignity and hope. WARM combats hunger and poverty with a number of vital programs to provide a 'hand-up', not a 'hand-out'. WARM provides nutritious food, education, life skills, employment assistance, emergency resources, senior services, mentoring, and service learning opportunities. In addition, WARM has adopted the Share Bac A Pac weekend backpack program that serves hundreds of children in need during the school year. In the summer, WARM operates The Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club, a free summer lunch program for children. In 2015, the Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club served 18,695 weekday lunches, 21,294 weekend backpack meals and 88,000 lbs. of fresh produce to children in need along with nutrition education, reading, enrichment, health screenings and recreation activities.
The annual Chilly Open is the largest community-wide fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise. During the past 20 years, the event has raised more than $2.5 million to sustain its commitment to local children in need. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit local children's charities.
If you are interested in learning more about the
Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise, we meet every
Wednesday morning at 7:00 at The Old Bag of Nails in