Easton Change for Charity Partners Announced

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The Easton Community Foundation, a charitable foundation established by Easton Town Center in 1999, is excited to announced that it will partner with six youth and family-focused organizations for its 2017 Change for Charity program. For those unfamiliar with the program, proceeds from Easton parking meters and parking tickets are donated to designated Change for Charity partners.

To date, the program has contributed $1.3 million to charitable causes in the local community. Keep reading to learn more about Easton’s 2017 Change for Charity recipients and the positive contributions the Easton Community Foundation is making in the central Ohio community.

After much consideration, the following non-profit partners have been selected for the coming year and will be featured on the property over a two-month period:

Girls Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland (January/February)

After-School All-Stars Ohio (March/April)

Jewish Family Services (May/June)

Canine Companions for Independence (July/August)

American Red Cross, Central Ohio Chapter (September/October)

OSU STAR House for Homeless Youth (November/December)

Each partner will receive a substantial donation through Easton’s parking meter proceeds along with in-kind marketing and publicity opportunities that reach more than 25 million visitors annually.

“Our goal at Easton is to support impactful organizations, not only through providing financial support but also by shining a light on what these organizations do,” said Jen Peterson, Chief Executive of Easton. “Our customers appreciate learning more about these organizations, whether it’s seeing Canine Companions train their service dogs at Easton or through the Girls Scouts distributing troop information and debuting a new cookie here in January. We are so proud to partner with our customers 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, community members but they also help serve the people who visit, shop and dine here at Easton.

Interested in learning more about Easton’s 2017 Change for Charity partners? Here’s some fun facts about each organization:

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Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland (January/February)

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. With a network of 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adult volunteers who believe girls can change the world, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is focused on STEM education, entrepreneurship, outdoor activities and community services.

Columbus will also be the home for the 2017 Girls Scouts National Conference, October 4-8, which will have a significant economic impact on our community.

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After-School All-Stars Ohio (March/April)

After-School All-Stars Ohio provides year-round, school-based comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them to succeed in school and in life. This programing includes academics, enrichment activities and health and fitness for elementary and middle-school aged students.

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Jewish Family Services (May/June)

Jewish Family Services help individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and emotional stability. Through its Future Talent Recruitment program, Jewish Family Services work with “Opportunity Youth” in helping them gain a foothold in the workforce. They prepare this segment, which includes 16-24 years olds, for in-demand careers such as culinary arts, health care, hospital and information technology.

Additionally, the annual the Easton Job Fair is hosted by Jewish Family Services every May at Easton and is the largest job fair of its kind in the region.

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Canine Companions for Independence (July/August)

Help is a four-legged word. Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. With this region’s headquarters moving from Delaware to New Albany, Easton looks forward to welcoming this non-profit to the New Albany and surrounding Columbus community.

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American Red Cross, Central Ohio Chapter (September/October)

The American Red Cross, Central Ohio Chapter serves individuals and families in Franklin, Delaware and Madison counties. With 800 injuries and/or deaths related to home fires each year, the American Red Cross launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to provide victims of home fires food, shelter and clothing. The local chapter also installs free smoke alarms in challenged neighborhoods and conducts community preparedness education.

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OSU STAR House for Homeless Youth (November/December) 

Up to 1,500 vulnerable young people live alone on the streets of central Ohio at any given time. STAR House is the only research-based, drop-in center for homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 24 in the nation. They integrate research and community service to provide youth experiencing homelessness with a safe respite from the streets and connects them to a chance for productive lives.

Former Change for Charity partners include:

A Special Wish Foundation

Adventures for Wish Kids

Alvis

Amethyst, Inc.

ArtSafe

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Buckeye Ranch Foundation

Canine Companions for Independence

Capital Area Humane Society

CASA of Franklin County

Center for Healthy Families

Center for New Direction

Central Community House

Charity Newsies, Ohio Newsboys Association, Inc.

Childhood League Center

Children’s Hunger Alliance

City Year Columbus

Columbus Cancer Clinic

Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence

Columbus Literacy Council

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Urban Education Fund of the Columbus Foundation

Community Kitchen

Communities in Schools

Community Shelter Board

Cornerstone of Hope

COSI Columbus

Directions for Youth & Families

Dress for Success

Flying Horse Farms

Franklin Park Conservatory

Friends of the Conservatory

Gladden Community House

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

Godman Guild Association

Goodwill Columbus

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Habitat for Humanity

Harmony Project

Homeless Families Foundation

Hope Street Kids

Huckleberry House

I Know I Can

Jewish Family Services

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Inc.

Kids ‘n Kamp

KIPP Journey Academy/KIPP Columbus

LifeCare Alliance

Lutheran Social Services

MAP Furniture Bank

Maria Tiberi Foundation

Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

New Directions Career Center

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

Rosemont Center

Salesian Boys & Girls Club of Columbus

Salvation Army

Southside Settlement House

St. Stephen’s Community House

St. Vincent Family Centers

Strategies Against Violence Everywhere

The Center for Balanced Living

The Center for Child & Family Advocacy

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

The Center for Healthy Families, Inc.

The James Cancer Hospital

The YMCA of Central Ohio

The YWCA of Central Ohio

Since its debut, 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.