Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Fund announces grants for healthy future for Columbus youth

COLUMBUS, OH (February 15, 2017) — reprinted from website of the Columbus Foundation:

The Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Fund recently awarded grants totaling $150,000 to support Central Ohio nonprofit organizations working with youth and their families in programs focused on food choices, cooking, and exercise to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The Medical Mutual Charitable Fund advisors selected five organizations with a mission to improve the health of central Ohio youth.

“From dance, biking, and running to access to fresh foods and cooking classes,” said Jared Chaney, EVP of Medical Mutual, “these programs are tackling the exact problems we started the fund to address.”


Pictured, back row (l-r) Greg Henneman, Community Development for All People; Adam Fazio, Local Matters; Charles Noble, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services; Jared Chaney, Medical Mutual of Ohio; Amber Hulme, Medical Mutual of Ohio; Joy Bevins, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services. Front row (l-r): John Edgar, Community Development for All People; Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Local Matters; Bill Owens, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center; Jessica Sparks, Girls on the Run; Monica Kridler, Momentum; and Andrea Hogben, Medical Mutual of Ohio
The fund, established at the Foundation as a Field of Interest Fund in 2008, specifically supports health and wellness programs for youth in Franklin County. To date, a total of nearly $1.3 million has been granted to central Ohio nonprofits serving these needs.

“Medical Mutual’s ongoing commitment to focus on the health and wellbeing of our community’s youth is meaningful,” said Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “The opportunities provided through these grants allow young people and their families to participate in activities they may never have had the chance to do but for this generosity.”

The following grants were awarded:

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center—$40,000 to focus on food choices, food preparation, and family connection to reduce and prevent obesity.

Community Development for All People—$50,000 to include cooking demonstrations and classroom activities for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School summer program, increase participation in the Fresh Market, add exercise opportunities for youth through Bikes for All People, and coordinate healthy meals through a kit.

Girls on the Run of Franklin County—$25,000 will allow an additional 210 girls across seven sites to participate in the program.

Local Matters—$25,000 to support ten 24-week Food Matters courses and complimentary parent-engagement programming for children and their caregivers.

Momentum-Excellence Inc.—$10,000 to provide operating support to fund 1,500 children through the 30-week anchor program.


About The Columbus Foundation
The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,500 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. More than 70 years strong, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online giving marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy®, makes it possible for everyone to access valuable information about nonprofit organizations in central Ohio. Visit to learn more.


About Medical Mutual
Founded in 1934, Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest and largest health insurance company based in Ohio. For more than 80 years, the company has served customers with high-quality, affordable group and personal health insurance plans, and third-party administrative services to self-insured group customers. As a mutual health insurance company, Medical Mutual is unique in that it operates for the benefit of its members. Unlike publicly-traded insurance companies that must maximize their financial return, Medical Mutual does not answer to stockholders or Wall Street analysts.  For more information, visit the company’s award-winning website at

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Food drives help make Columbus Kindness Month special

Several big food drives are making this year’s Columbus Kindness Month extra special for the CRC and the people it serves.

While community food drives are important throughout the year, this is an extra important time for the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center’s Choice Food Pantry. Mid-winter is when the excess from holiday-season collections begin to dwindle and the CRC must spend more to non-perishable food, albeit at a deep discounted amount from Mid-Ohio Foodbank.acs food drive smaller

One such food drive was organized by the good folks at the American Chemical Society, where a friendly competition turned in a collection of nearly 1,500 items of high quality canned and boxed food as well as personal hygiene items. Another $175 also was donated to the CRC, resulting in another 700 meals the agency will be able to purchase for neighbors in need.

Because of the partnerships the CRC enjoys, especially with the Foodbank, it can leverage every $1 donated into four meals.

The students at Indian Springs Elementary School also conducted a food drive for the CRC. The Student Council there organized the event around this year’s Super Bowl, so the drive turned into a “Souper Bowl” collection that resulted in more than 1,800 items for the CRC’s pantry!

One business, which conducts a year-round food drive for the CRC, is Specialty Gas House in Clintonville at 4500 Indianola Ave.

Customers who bring in up to 10 canned food items to donate are given up to 10% off their bill, depending on the number of cans contributed. Last week, Rob dropped off another pickup truck filled with donations for the CRC’s Choice Food Pantry.

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Community answers the call for Kids Club support

The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” has once again been proven by the generosity of the Kids Club families and community supporters.

Recently, Kids Club requested gently used games, toys, books, and art materials to restock Kids Club supplies. The response to this request has been fantastic!

Materials at each Kids Club site has been replenished with enough materials collected for each student’s use. The students’ interest has been rekindled and the materials are being used in very creative ways.

For example, not only are the students making food out of play doh; but also, rocks, boxes, logs, etc. and pretending to “load” the newly donated construction vehicles. This is just one example how the donations have sparked students’ creativity and imagination.

While a simple thank you does not express how grateful we are, Kids Club staff wishes to recognize the continued support of specific donors:

*   The families of Kids Club students whose support is steadfast and vital for the success of the Kids Club program.

*   Community supporters such as the Clintonville Moms Group who heard about our request and wanted to support a much-needed community program.

*    Individual community members such as Barbara Poppe and Bill Faith who purchased new board games for the program, and Ann Poole.

*    The staff at DCSC child care center that ensured that materials no longer needed at their center found a second home at Kids Club.

*    Clintonville area churches who shared the donation request with their congregations.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the continuous support of Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, Maple Grove UMC, and Columbus Mennonite Church which provides space for the Kids Club program to operate.

Thank you so much for being a part of the village that supports Kids Club!

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Kids have 100th day on their minds

The 100th day of school was celebrated on Feb. 8 at Indian Springs Elementary School.

Kids Club II students, who meet afterschool at nearby Maple Grove United Methodist Church, were asked: “How would you celebrate the 100th day of school?” The students were very creative and imaginative in their responses!

“I would get 100 ice cream cones each with 100 scoops of ice cream of 100 different flavors.” – Ella

“I would get 100 toys that I love to play with.” -Jaidyn

“I would do a really hard math problem with 5 digits, 16 columns, and 100 steps.” -Leo

“I would eat 100 different donuts with sprinkles and powdered sugar. I wouldn’t get a stomach ache.” – Oscar

“I would make 100 books to read.” -Logan

“I would get 100 Megas from Pokemon.” -Dillion

“Everyone would get 100 hours of free time.” – Oliver

“I would get $100 to spend anyway I want.” – Piper

“I would hang out with my family.” – Riyanna

“I would get to open presents every day for 100 days.” – Elise

“Christmas would be every day for 100 thousand years & I would get to open presents with my best friends.” – Keaton

“I would get to go shopping every day for 100 days.” – Meira

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Fundraiser offers fun opportunity to celebrate Presidents Day

Thanks to Nichole and the gang at Lineage Brewing, there’s a new reason to look forward to Presidents Day.

Lineage, 2971 N. High St., will host a special fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20,.

There will be amazing themed baskets up for auction, 50-50 raffle tickets, and all of the tips from the evening will be donated directly to the CRC. Raffle tickets will be for sale, BUT if you bring a box of diapers, you get one free raffle ticket! We are also fortunate to have entertainment provided by members of the Cordial Sins!

“We hope you can join us for a fun eveing to help strenthen an already amazing community,” said Nichole.

Donations for the auction have come in from many directions, with the following businesses listed on the event’s Facebook page: Lineage Brewing, Seventh Son Brewing, Land-Grant Brewing Co., Platform Beer Co – Columbus, Sideswipe Brewing, Warped Wing Brewing Co., North High Brewing, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, The Actual Brewing Co., Open Sky Day Spa, Ohio Roller Derby, Tabletop Game Café, Harvest Clintonville, Paradise Garage, Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse, The Cordial Sins, Barley’s Brewing Co., Life Support, Evolved Body Art, and Maureen Douglas.

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You stepped up to support CRC’s work through #GivingTuesday

Leaders at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center are thrilled that the community support was even greater than expected during this year’s #GivingTuesday.

This year’s #GivingTuesday was all day day on Nov. 29.With a goal of $10,000, CRC supporters stepped up to contribute more than $11,000.

Those dollars will make a direct impact on the CRC’s programs to feed hungry neighbors, care for local students, provide Kinship Care and Senior Supportive Services and much more.

The grand total includes a $1,000 contribution from the James A. Flint Fund of the Columbus Foundation. The dollars were directed to the CRC thanks to two CRC supporters who won “Caption Contests” sponsored by the foundation throughout the day.

The national day of giving was set aside several years ago as a response to the focus on shopping that seems to grip society during the few days following Thanksgiving. That Thursday is now followed by the “Black Friday” shopping frenzy, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

During giving-tuesday-horizontal#GivingTuesday, residents are reminded that there are many people in our communities who are unable to participate in these celebrations of consumerism. Neighborhoods, including Clintonville, are made up of families who are struggling to make ends meet, seniors with little to no support, children unable to participate in quality afterschool programs.

The CRC’s #GivingTuesday campaign included fun surprises, matching gifts and more, helping participants understand the power of their donations, regardless of the size.

The first treat came from Whit’s Frozen Custard in Clintonville, which offered a $2 gift certificate to everyone who donates at least $10 to the CRC’s #GivingTuesday campaign! The certificates will be mailed out to supporters of the #WeLoveCRC effort.

While #GivingTuesday is formally over, the spirit of giving is something the CRC hope


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Friends at Woody’s generate funds, fun

People were ready to ring in the new year on a festive note at Woody’s Sports Club, 2933 Olentangy River Road, on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Alisa rallied staff and friends to collect toiletries and other necessities for Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resorces Center, as well as nearly $400 in donations.

The atmosphere was fun and boisterous as people contributed to the CRC, and shared stories about connections they had with the agency.

Examples of items collected were soap, bodywash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, tampons, pads, infant and adult diapers.

For information on upcoming events at Woody’s, visit Woody’s Sports Club’s website or click here.

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Quilt sale will benefit CRC’s Kinship Care Program

The sale of this gorgeous handmade quilt, on display in the lobby of the CRC’s lobby at 3222 N. High St., will give the Kinship Care program a boost.

 This countywide program supports and provides resources for Kinship families — in most cases those in which someone is raising relative children. Often these situations involve grandparents raising grandchildren because the parents are not in the picture, although there are many other variations.

The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center’s Kinship Care program, through the generosity of the community, supports these families with access to resources — including furniture, clothing, diapers, food and more — as well as connecting them with other agencies which can support them long term.

This cost-effective service provides a great deal of positive impact for a low cost, but funding challenges mean the agency continues to seek new ways to support the program and underwrite the necessary resources. This quilt, for $35, is the latest handmade item that volunteers and program supporters have created in order to supplement the purchase of diapers and other items.


For more information, call 614-268-3539.


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Weiland’s Market collects plastic bags for CRC pantry

The CRC’s Choice Food Pantry faces an ongoing shortage for grocery bags, in order for the growing number of families who rely on food donations to meet their monthly needs.

One respond to that shortage comes from our partners at Weiland’s Market, 3600 Indianola Ave.

The full-service local grocery store has a new bin placed near the front entrance, where shoppers can drop off their used plastic bags. We then will get those bags over to the CRC’s pantry at 14 W. Lakeview Ave., keeping those bags out of the landfill and helping families transport their food and other items home from the CRC.

Thanks in advance for supporting this effort!


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‘Great Kitty Litter’ campaign begins

A local resident and her two furry felines, Peanut and Little Miss, know the importance of good quality kitty litter.

They also know that items such as kitty litter — along with many other non-food products — cannot be purchased using federal food assistance dollars such as the program known as SNAP.

So to help out families who may be struggling to put food on the table, but also want to keep their beloved family pet, the crew is offering a special matching program for the next two months.

For every pound of scoopable cat litter that is donated to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center’s Choice Food Pantry, the cats’ owner will supply a matching pound. They will match up to 300 pounds worth of this specific type of litter.

For more information, call 614-268-8118 or send an email to

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