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Details About the 2012 Selected Charities

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM

A brief description of each charity mission and the project.

Bethany House Services, Inc.

http://www.bethanyhouseservices.org

Mission:
Bethany House Services has collaborated with others to provide a comprehensive array of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children.  In a holistic mode of empowerment that addresses current needs and seeks to prevent episodes of homelessness, BHS provides emergency shelter, comprehensive case management, post shelter support, transitional housing, and permanent affordable rental housing.

Project:
Implement phase two of their website upgrade which would include a user friendly online donation, the ability to track attendees, social media integration, a blog, search engine optimization, and other items as time allows.

Camp Fire USA Greater Dayton Area Council

http://www.daytoncampfire.org

Mission:
Camp Fire USA Greater Dayton Area Council empowers children to strengthen their social and life skills, improve their physical health and well-being, enhance their school readiness skills, and increase parent-child interaction to become self-sufficient and contributing community members through afterschool and summer day camp programs. The outcomes of the program increase interest in learning, improve skills for making healthy decisions, resolving conflicts, and improve ability to respond to emergency or potentially dangerous situations and overall positive management practices.

Project:
Add additional functionality to or replace existing website.

Camp Joy

http://www.camp-joy.org

Mission:
Since 1938, Camp Joy has been providing outdoor experiential programs for inner-city children from the Greater Cincinnati area. Camp Joy's mission is "helping people grow and succeed through life-long, experience-based learning." The mission of Camp Joy has not wavered over the last 74 years in providing quality programs for those in need. Camp Joy was one of the first racially-integrated camping programs in our region and in 1951, it was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. In 1959, a 315-acre property in Clarksville, Ohio was purchased to provide a permanent location. Programs have been expanded to include outdoor education programs for schools and leadership programs for all ages. The camp experience has grown to serve those with a variety of challenges including economic, medical, special needs, at risk, and foster children.

Project:
Create a secure portal that can be accessed by the board of trustees, staff members and potential new-hires.

Cincinnati Nature Center

http://www.cincynature.org

Mission:
Cincinnati Nature Center is a non-profit, nature education organization and community of people who enjoy and care about nature. CNC offers something for people of all ages, in all seasons. Our award-winning trails wind through the region's natural habitats of eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams and ponds.

Project:
Expand website capabilities by creating an online calendar of volunteer opportunities.

Communities United For Action (CUFA)

http://www.cufacincy.org

Mission:
Since 1980, Communities United For Action (CUFA) has worked in some of Cincinnati's poorest neighborhoods to achieve a better way of life for everyone. They have been effective because they unite members across lines of race, income and class to work on issues together. CUFA's mission is to provide a powerful platform from which members can accomplish the agenda of safe, healthy and affordable communities for everyone.

Project:
Develop an online program to provide residents with the capability to report and to monitor the increasing number of vacant, foreclosed properties.

Digital LifeBooks, Inc.

Mission:
Digital LifeBooks is a start up agency that will provide a service to child welfare, adoption agencies, foster/adoptive parents and children. Digital LifeBooks supports foster and adoptive children and the agencies that serve them by providing secure virtual storage of their documents, pictures, and stories, so they are accessible at anytime to help nurture the well-being of these at-risk individuals.

Project:
Create a first-step or prototype application to allow Digital LifeBooks to demonstrate their vision of allowing an electronic scrapbook for foster children. The initial phase would allow Digital LifeBooks to apply for additional grants to set up their agency.

Hannah's Treasure Chest

http://www.hannahstreasure.org

Mission:
Hannah's Treasure Chest responds to the needs of Miami Valley children by providing clothing, books, toys and other essential items through 63 partner agencies in five counties. Additional programs include Brighter Smiles, Beds for Babies, and Giving Angels. Since 2001, Hannah's Treasure Chest has maintained a warehouse of donated clothing, infant/toddler equipment and other items to respond quickly to client requests. When a partner agency identifies a child in need, Hannah's provides essential items to the agency, which in turn delivers them to the child.

Project:
Add additional functionality to or replace existing website.

United Rehabilitation Services

http://www.ursdayton.org

Mission:
United Rehabilitation Services (URS) has been serving children and adults with disabilities in the Greater Dayton area for over 56 years and now serves over 4,000 children and adults annually with a broad range of developmental disabilities and acquired disabilities. URS was originally founded as the Dayton Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy and today provides services each day to children and adults with Down syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism and many other disabilities. URS offers unique and critical services including a special needs childcare with onsite nurses as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies. In addition, URS provides vocational training, adult daycare, in-home care, respite services, and community employment. URS is committed to providing services that promote independence, community inclusion, and support for families and will continue to develop new programs to meet the demand for services for children and adults with disabilities. Since 1956, URS and has positively touched the lives of over 250,000 individuals and their family members with compassionate care.

Project:
Add additional functionality to or replace existing website.