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Cincinnati Bengals Toys For Tots Collects Record Donations

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Thanks Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers fans who attended last Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium!! I just heard
the Toys for Tots Collection hit an ALL TIME HIGH with 6,635 new toys and $53,400 in cash donations. Think about all of the children who the Marines will be able to help because of your generosity. (And thank you to the Bengals, Steelers, Bonnie White and everyone else involved in organizing it) 

Cincinnati Bengals Toys For Tots Collection

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Pro Seniors Honored Cincinnati Seniors

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What better way for Pro Seniors, a Cincinnati nonprofit organization that assists older Ohioans with legal and long-term care problems, to celebrate its 40th anniversary than to honor older Cincinnati legends.

Cincinnati nonprofit Pro Seniors honored Cincinnatians

Honorees Honorable Nathaniel Jones, Sister Rose Ann Fleming, Mary Meinhardt and Marty Brennaman with Pro Seniors Executive Director Rhonda Moore. Photo credit: Pro Seniors

Marty Brennaman, Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the Honorable Nathaniel Jones and Mary Meinhardt were recognized as “Seniors Who Rock” at a November event.

In case you are unfamiliar, Marty has been the stand out voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1974; Sister Rose Ann is an attorney and special assistant to Xavier University President, The Rev. Michael Graham; and also is an NCAA faculty athletic representative for Xavier, working with the men’s basketball players. The distinguished career Nathaniel Jones includes serving as general counsel of NAACP and on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. And Mary is an advocate for seniors, serving as a volunteer guardian for Cincinnati Area Senior Services and board member of EPIC House and Pro Seniors.

The honorees each shared one of their favorite inspirational quotes that has kept them rocking. Among those quotes were:

 “For when the one great scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game,”
and “Don’t pass up the opportunity to apologize for a mistake,” from Grantland Rice.
-Shared by Marty Brennaman

The Bible verse “Encourage one another day after day.
– Shared by Sister Rose Ann Fleming

During Pro Seniors 40 years, more than 110,000 seniors have been helped with legal problems and more than $36 M has been recovered in retirement benefits. Additionally, 166,000 seniors, their families and their caregivers have benefitted from Pro Seniors community education presentations. Among Pro Seniors’ other programs are: a free legal hotline; long-term care ombudsmen as advocates for seniors; and prevention, detection and reporting of identity theft and health care fraud.

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Freestore Foodbank Restores Hope

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Yes, the Freestore Foodbank – a Cincinnati nonprofit organization – does SO much for helping to ensure those in need don’t have to be without nutrition. But it also does SO much more. Meet Niki, one of the recipients of the more than 700 donated coats and 500 donated handmade Cincinnati nonprofit, Freestore Foodbank, helped Niki out of homelessnessscarves and hats. She knows what it is like to hit rock bottom and climb your way back, with some help.

Niki spent two years living with the day-in and day-out fear of the uncertainty that comes from sleeping on the streets, and not being able to find a job. The Freestore Foodbank provided her with food, but also with clothing and referrals to employers. It also got her into her own apartment.

How did that feel to her?

“When I got the keys in my hand, I bent down and kissed the ground. I’m not homeless anymore!,” Niki said.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Freestore Foodbank, please click here.

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United Way Success Benefits Everyone

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Congratulations to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, its staff, volunteer leadership and army of community volunteers and companies who together campaigned vehemently to raise critical dollars for our region’s very important social services!

United Way of Greater Cincinnati Exceeded Its 2015 Fundraising Goal

photo courtesy of United Way of Greater Cincinnati

It was announced last week that the 2015 United Way Campaign surpassed its $62 million goal – raising $62,000,053! And it is the very first time that the campaign has grown by $1 million since 2007.

This year’s fundraising efforts, which kicked off Aug. 26, also included 18 new donors of $25,000 or more and 115 donors of $10,000 or more.

That is huge!

It is an incredible feat raising that kind of money in a few short months. What those numbers speak about the generosity of our community and the heart of thousands who contributed through time, talent and resources is truly touching.

We live in a region where people connect and care. Neighbors, co-workers, families and friends share in the responsibility of the health and vitality of our community greater than themselves. They understand that unity builds strength and together we are all better.

The United Way of Greater Cincinnati supports a whopping 280 community programs in our region. That $62+ million raised supports efforts helping troubled, abused and/or underserved youth to grow in positive ways; valuable therapy and emotional support for individuals and families impacted by diseases and other health conditions, financial crises, or other traumas; education and other efforts to help parents be better parents; work to empower and include people affected by disability; quality of life efforts for our community’s older adults.

“Reaching this goal in our centennial year is a major accomplishment and a testament to the incredible generosity of this community – one which recognizes the importance of ensuring children get off to a strong start and achieve success in school, families have the financial stability that can come with gainful employment, and individuals lead healthy lives,” United Way of Greater Cincinnati President Robert Reifsnyder told the Enquirer.

A major accomplishment, absolutely! To everyone who contributed to making that success happen, thank you!

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