A group of ten diverse community organizations will be able to help children with mental health, education, fresh food access, and other vital concerns, thanks to our region’s most comprehensive children’s charity. Wednesday, Kosair for Kids awarded nearly a half-million dollars during a celebratory reception and news conference. The Kosair for Kids advisory council grants fund items such as a therapy office, summer camp experiences, technology to create an inclusive learning environment for children with disabilities, and a vehicle to deliver food to children in need.
Organizations receiving funds include 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc., Clark County Family YMCA, Dream Center Academy Christian School, Family Nurturing Center of Kentucky, Maple Community Development Corporation, Personal Counseling Services, Inc., Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center, Inc., The Butterfly House of Shelby County, Tracy Patton Ministries, Inc., and Zoom Group, Inc. A full list of the projects and grant amounts is at the bottom of this news release.
“The amount of joy and hope these grants will bring to Kosair Kids really drives home the reason why we serve our community,” said Kosair for Kids Advisory Council Chair Bob Bonsutto. “Kosair for Kids Advisory Council members know that these requests will result in a powerful impact, one only made possible by generous donors. We diligently go through each request to guarantee that the money is spent wisely and provide the outcomes we all want… for all children to live life to the fullest no matter the obstacle they face.”
Nearly two dozen community leaders serve on the Kosair for Kids Advisory Council, a committee that provides guidance and offers insight on important issues facing children across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Each year, council members review grant requests from organizations seeking assistance with their mission.
“We are grateful for the role each of these important community organizations play in our mission to help Kosair Kids live life to their fullest,” said Kosair for Kids President Barry Dunn. “The announcement of these Kosair for Kids Advisory Council grants is a great way to celebrate as we head into 2024 with a renewed commitment to spread even more joy, care, and hope in our second century of service than we did in our first.”
The following organizations received Kosair for Kids Advisory Council grants:
2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. - $40,000 in funding will allow 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families to purchase camping supplies and martial arts equipment used frequently throughout 2NOT1's programming.
Clark County Family YMCA - $25,000 in funding will allow Clark County Family YMCA to build an outdoor classroom at Camp Honor Bright, a summer camp experience for children living in and around Clark County.
Dream Center Academy Christian School - $28,280 in funding will allow Dream Center Academy Christian School to purchase Chromebooks, desks, books, and other classroom items for a new satellite location set to open in January.
Family Nurturing Center of Kentucky - $31,932 in funding will allow the Family Nurturing Center to build and equip a sensory room for children impacted by trauma.
Maple Community Development Corporation - $60,000 in funding will allow Maple Leaf Academy to purchase age-appropriate sensory playground equipment and replace the turf under the playground area.
Personal Counseling Services, Inc. - $50,000 in funding will go toward a large construction project that will allow Personal Counseling Services to grow its capacity and serve more children. PCS estimates that the $50,000 award will cover the costs of one new therapy office.
Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. - $35,000 in funding will allow Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center to renovate one of its Early Care and Education preschool rooms in Fort Mitchell.
The Butterfly House of Shelby County - $37,500 in funding will allow The Butterfly House of Shelby County to expand its Nurturing-Protective Training. Funds will assist low-income families unable to afford training and materials.
Tracy Patton Ministries, Inc. - $45,000 in funding will allow Tracy Patton Ministries to purchase a large vehicle. The vehicle will be used to pick up large quantities of food from local stores and deliver food to schools or neighborhoods containing numerous children that are enrolled in the program.
Zoom Group, Inc. - $47,288 in funding will allow Zoom Group to purchase ClassVY technology to create a more inclusive and interactive learning environment for students with disabilities. This technology will be integrated DiscoverU Kentucky and ZoomU programs throughout the state.