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Easton 2018 Change for Charity Partners Announced

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Since opening in 1999, Easton Town Center and the Easton Community Foundation have partnered with six youth and family-focused organizations. The program has contributed $1.4 million to date. The following six non-profits have been selected for the coming year and will be featured on the property over a two-month period:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (January/February) 

City Year Columbus (March/April) 

Directions for Youth & Families (May/June) 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County (July/August) 

HandsOn Central Ohio (September/October) 

Community Kitchen, Inc. (November/December)

Each partner receives a substantial donation through Easton’s parking meter proceeds along with in-kind marketing and publicity opportunities that reach more than 26 million visitors annually.

“Our goal at Easton is to support and recognize organizations that are making a significant impact in the near northeast side of Columbus and our overall community,” said Jen Peterson, Chief Executive of Easton. “We do this not only through providing financial support but also by highlighting what these organizations do. Our guests appreciate learning more about these partners, whether it’s discovering how they can become a Big Brother or Big Sister or seeing how CASA or Directions for Youth & Families is directly impacting the next generation of young people. We are so proud to partner with our visitors and these wonderful organizations to improve lives.”

With so many individuals and organizations doing such impactful, meaningful work in and for our central Ohio community, it’s incredibly difficult for Easton to select just six non-profits for its Change for Charity program. These organizations are not only our neighbors, friends and community members but they also help serve the people who visit, shop and dine here at Easton.

Interested in learning more about Easton’s 2018 Change for Charity partners? Here are some fun facts about each organization:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (January/February)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio serves more than 7,100 children through mentoring programs plus Camp Oty’Okwa, and an additional 850 through affiliated agencies. Youth facing adversity are more likely to want a mentor in their life, but less likely to have a mentoring relationship. By building strong, one-to-one, professionally-supported mentoring relationships to serve as a foundation for positive impact and life skills learning, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps close the opportunity gap that exists for far too many kids in our community.

City Year Columbus (March/April)

City Year is a non-profit organization that partners with schools to keep students in school and on track to graduate. This public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of service in schools where they support students as tutors, mentors, and role models. Since 1994, City Year AmeriCorps members have provided valuable services to Columbus City Schools. For the 2017-2018 school year, a team of AmeriCorps members are serving in these schools: Linden McKinley STEM Academy, Mifflin High School, South High School, Champion Middle School, Trevitt Elementary School, Windsor STEM Academy, and Livingston Avenue Elementary School.

Directions for Youth & Families (May/June)

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF) impacts over 8,000 youth and their families each year through mental, emotional and behavioral health services. Our counselors and social workers provide service on an outreach basis – in their homes, schools and community settings. Over 95% of the services are provided at no cost. In addition, DFYF operates two after school youth centers located in underprivileged neighborhoods offering safe, fun and educational programming. DFYF is servicing our community by Inspiring Hope, Strengthening Families and Transforming Communities – one individual, one family at a time.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County (July/August)

CASA of Franklin County’s vision is to ensure that every abused and neglected child has a voice in court in order to make a positive impact on the child and community. CASA of Franklin County advocates for abused and neglected children by providing them with a voice in the juvenile court system. CASA recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

HandsOn Central Ohio (September/October)

HandsOn Central Ohio is Greater Columbus’ essential partner for creating and sustaining valuable relationships between residents, service organizations, volunteers, and leaders working together to build neighborhoods of opportunity. Delivering the promise of opportunity for every Central Ohioan is what HandsOn is all about. HandsOn social impact includes 2-1-1 information & referral, community resources & insights, food security and preventing homelessness.

Community Kitchen, Inc. (November/December)

Community Kitchen provides basic safety net and emergency food service to our community. The Community Kitchen, Inc. primarily serves fragile and economically disadvantaged persons living on the southeast and the near east side of Columbus. However, clients may come from anywhere to the Community Kitchen for services. Last year the Community Kitchen served 133,991 meals, 11,554 of those meals being served to children.

Since its inception, the Easton Community Foundation has provided more than $6.2 million in financial support to hundreds of organizations that strengthen the central Ohio community through services and programming in the areas of education, health and social services. Its primary community-focused initiatives – in addition to the Change for Charity program – include Cornerstone Event fundraisers for some of central Ohio’s most respected charities and the Easton Community Foundation Scholarships for area high school students at schools including Mifflin High School, Northland High School, Fort Hayes High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Linden-McKinley High School and Columbus Africentric.

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