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Support Easton Change for Charity Partner Canine Companions for Independence

At Easton, giving back is always on trend. Our Change for Charity program is one way the Easton Community Foundation works to support impactful organizations doing good in Columbus.

Each year, we choose six deserving non-profit organizations to receive proceeds from meter change and parking tickets. So far, this program has contributed $1.3 million to local charities. This year, we are excited to welcome back Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) as our July and August Change for Charity partner.

To celebrate and honor the amazing work of our four-legged heroes during International Assistance Dog Week (August 6-12), we sat down with Molly Schulz, the north central region public relations and marketing coordinator at Canine Companions for Independence, to learn more about the amazing work her organization does in our local community and how people can get involved during International Assistance Dog Week.

Q: What does Canine Companions for Independence do?

A: We work to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing professionally trained assistance dogs free of charge. We also work to spread awareness about the importance of assistance dogs. We want people to know that assistance dogs aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners, but goodwill ambassadors and best friends to those they serve.

Q: What does it mean to be a part of the Change for Charity at Easton?

A: We’re so glad to be part of the Change for Charity program again this year. The Easton community is like a family. They bend over backwards for the organizations they serve and we’re lucky to have a great partnership with them. This program is an excellent opportunity for us to tell others the importance of assistance dogs.

Q: How can people support Canine Companions for Independence during International Assistance Dog Week this year?

A: This week is all about awareness. We want people to know how important these dogs are to the individuals they serve. We want you to shop at Easton this week, park at the meters and learn more about assistance dogs. On August 8, vineyard vines hosted a give back shopping promotion, where a portion of sales went toward supporting our organization.

Q: What will Canine Companions for Independence be using the Change for Charity funds for?

A: We are using the funds to give a dog a job. All the money raised will go toward funding a team. It will help pair an exceptional dog and someone with a disability together. This pairing will give someone a life of enhanced independence.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best part of working for Canine Companions for Independence?

A: Assistance dogs are phenomenal companions. These dogs truly live to love and serve the people they’re paired with. The best part of this organization is being able to provide dogs to the people who need them free of charge and share the stories of the positive impact this has on their lives.

Q: Other than parking at Easton meters, how can people support your organization?

A: There are a lot of wonderful stores at Easton that have really stepped up to help us raise money and awareness. We’ll be partnering with many stores at Easton Town Center in the coming months. I would encourage people to stay in touch with us on social media and visit our website for more information about these upcoming events.

Here at Easton, we are so excited to continue our Change for Charity partnership with Canine Companions for Independence and look forward to celebrating International Dog Assistance Week with them! If you are visiting Easton with a service animal, we do allow for licensed service animals to accompany guests. However, we do not allow pets on property, unless they are traveling to or from Moochie & Co. or are involved with specific Easton-sponsored events.

See the full list of Easton’s 2017 Change for Charity partners here, and learn more about becoming involved with Canine Companions for Independence outside of International Assistance Dog Week by checking out their volunteer puppy raising program.


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