Month: November 2021

Cincinnati Building Improvement — Cincinnati 2030 District

Did you know that on average people spend 90% of their time indoors, and that building quality has a huge impact on health? The Cincinnati 2030 District recognizes this need, and is creating healthier buildings in the Greater Cincinnati area. The organization works to include enhanced air quality, clean drinking water and restorative spaces, and makes recommendations on how to get rid of any toxic chemicals in your building.   

Want to join? Nonprofits can become Community Partners of the Cincinnati 2030 District for free, and start making their buildings a healthier environment today.  Click here to sign up.

Came for a Visit and Look What They Found!

Haven’t been to our Shoppers Club warehouse in a while? Our Dalton Avenue location is centrally located, and when Amy Silver and Lauren Stoll came for a visit recently, they were glad they did! The drive from Over-the-Rhine Community Housing is short, and they found several items to enhance their new offices and that they can utilize for special event programing for their residents. 

When they were here they also learned about the “Common Good Voucher” program – a service tailor made for their clientele who are transitioning and often need household or baby care items to fill needed gaps. The grant-funded voucher program – designed so agencies can give vouchers to clients to visit OneSource Center – is available now, and agencies just need to complete the online form, or contact Beth Yantek for more information. 

Funding for this program has been provided thanks to grants from Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Lutheran Church of Resurrection and the John A Schroth Family Charitable Trust at PNC Charitable Trust.

“We are so glad we came for a visit today. The prices of the items will really help us stretch our available funds, and the voucher program could be a real benefit to our programming. We left with much more than we expected, and we will make OneSource Center’s Shoppers Club a regular stop!” Silver and Stoll agreed.  

Year-end Wrap; New Year’s Planning — How can a Trusted Partner Help?

It’s hard to ask for help. Most nonprofit leaders are self-starters with creative leanings on how to get the job done with limited resources and staffing. Yet, even the most passionate leaders are feeling the strain of this ongoing pandemic and with year-end wrap-up/new year planning right around the corner.

Now is the perfect time to find out how OneSource Center can assist! And with grant funding opportunities available for agencies hesitant to even consider receiving outside assistance – this is even more reason to do some research.

You don’t have to have it all figured out in order to make a call to OneSource Center!

A conversation with Vickie Ciotti gets the process started to help lighten your load. Things that can be considered could include a visioning session; Human Resources guidance; planning a board or staff retreat; project planning guidance; coaching for a new department head; a financial checkup or even kicking off a strategic planning initiative. The options are actually almost limitless. Our team includes experienced executives trained in nonprofit best practices.

Consider reaching out to OneSource Center today for assistance. As a nonprofit ourselves, we understand the challenges you face and with 210 successful project completions in the last four years, our track record speaks for itself. Visit our website to learn more!

November 2021 Nonprofit Newsletter

Paid College Opportunities for Agency Staff/Volunteers and COVID-affected Students

Do you have clients who postponed their college education due to COVID-10? Or are you involved with a nonprofit (employee or volunteer) and want to attend college with half-price tuition? Two colleges are offering free or reduced tuition for students in these circumstances. 

Gateway Technical and Community College (Florence, Ky.) is offering students their first semester free through the Free Tuition Scholarship. The scholarship is offered to new students who have yet to enroll in school, or students who have dropped out or deferred their schooling for at least a year. The deadline to apply is November 15. The scholarship is first-come; first-served, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply quickly.

Strayer University, an accredited online university, is also committed to giving back to the community, offering 50% off tuition to students who work in select fields benefitting the community through The Civic and Community Alliance Scholarship Program including those that are employed by or volunteer at a nonprofit. (Other fields include public service, emergency management and more.)The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 4, 2022.

According to a recent Cincinnati Enquirer article, generating financial support for college students is more important than ever given the harsh impact COVID-19 has had on students. According to CNBC, 25% of recent high school graduates postponed college during the pandemic, chiefly due to financial hardships families faced during COVID-19. Thousands of students previously enrolled in college were forced to drop out due to economic hardships. Of these figures, students enrolled in community colleges who juggle work, families and school were most likely to drop out. According to Forbes, community colleges had the largest year-over-year persistence rate decline of all institutional sectors (down 3.5 percentage points to 58.5%). Retention rates also declined the most in the community college sector.