2015 Grant Recipients
Freestore Foodbank ($101,000 Grant)
Project: Healthy Harvest Mobile Market. The grant will promote healthy eating through the purchase of a mobile market that will sell fresh produce in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, reaching families which do not have access to fresh, nutritious foods.
The Freestore Foodbank’s mission to provide food and services, create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis led them to ideate the Mobile Market as a new initiative that was inspired by the success of a current program, the Mobile Food Pantry.
With Impact 100 funding, Freestore Foodbank will outfit an automobile that will serve as the Mobile Market, serving 10 food desert stops in Hamilton, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties weekly with fresh, nutritious foods. First year operations of this initiative will allow two deliveries per week to the 10 researched sites, supporting 250 families per week with healthy food access. In efforts to best support families, Freestore Foodbank will also use the Mobile Market as a space to offer wrap-around services by social services representatives once per month in each location
Activities Beyond The Classroom ($101,000 Grant)
Project: Hughes High School Recreation Center. The grant will renovate the empty Krueck Center pool space at Hughes High School into a vibrant athletic facility for the school’s extracurricular programs, which can also be used as a community recreation center.
Activities Beyond the Classroom, (ABC) was founded in 2004 to increase and enhance extracurricular opportunities in Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). By 2015, ABC managed and assisted with over 250 programs and activities throughout CPS.
ABC’s grant from Impact 100 will transform the Hughes High School Recreation Center. The grant will renovate the empty Krueck Center pool space at Hughes High School into a vibrant athletic facility for the school’s extracurricular programs, which can also be used as a community recreation center. The renovated space will require filling in the existing pool and will be finished with sports floor, portable baskets, drop-down batting/pitching cages, turf, and equipment that will be utilized by 100 Hughes students every school day, 350 Hughes students through extracurricular athletics each year, and 500 community members (local CPS elementary students, community partners, and AAU team) generating yearly revenue of at least $5,000 yearly through facility rentals, in partnership with CPS.
May We Help ($101,000 Grant)
Project: Workshop Equipment Purchase project. The grant will purchase machinery for the newly renovated workshop to facilitate the design and manufacture of assistive devices for those living with special needs, enabling the creation of over 100 unique devices per year.
May We Help’s mission is to engineer dreams: highly-skilled volunteers create customized assistive devices for special needs individuals, enabling them to achieve independence and to pursue their passions.
May We Help purchased machinery for the newly renovated workshop to facilitate the design and manufacture of assistive devices for those living with special needs, By equipping the workshop with a full range of high-quality industrial equipment including plastics equipment, metalworking equipment and a laser scanning system, May We Help can reduce costs by reducing necessity of rental of third-party-owned equipment, increase capacity by completing projects in a more timely and efficient manner, and create an environment where volunteers can recruit, train and collaborate with others.
SELF ($101,000 Grant)
Project: Build-up Academy. The grant will double the capacity of the Build-Up Academy program which trains, educates and mentors under/unemployed young adults so they can gain employment in the construction field.
SELF’s overall goals aim to help clients: move beyond crisis situations toward improved financial stability and general well-being, retain the attitudes and skills necessary for sustained employment and self-sufficiency, and build assets to break the cycle of poverty in Butler County.
With Impact 100 funding, SELF can immediately expand program capacity of the Build-Up Academy, which trains, educates and mentors under/unemployed young adults so they can gain employment in the construction field. By increasing class size and doubling the class capacity from one class per year to two classes per year, 60 students will have access to the program over two years. Student-construction leaders rehabilitate homes as part of their training, which will sustain Build-Up Academy growth, netting $50,000 in profit over two years.
Click here to view the 2015 Wish Lists for all of the finalists! Freestore Foodbank, Activities Beyond the Classroom, Green Umbrella/Taking Root, The Point/ARC of Northern Kentucky, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, May We Help, Supports to Encourage Low Income Families (SELF)