BW receives $4K in grants


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GPD Group Employees’ Foundation Announces 2017 Grants

The GPD Group Employees’ Foundation recently awarded over $72,000 and 25 grants to organizations in Central Ohio. The recipients were selected from a number of worthy applications received during the grant cycle ending January 13, 2017. The Foundation, whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of children, awarded nearly $515,000 nationwide to over 130 organizations.

Central Ohio area grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Big Walnut Local Schools, Sunbury, $1,000: Intermediate STEM LittleBits for Learning to provide materials for fifth and sixth graders to experience hands-on and interactive engineering opportunities.

Big Walnut Local Schools, $3,000: Personalize, Engage, Grow: Creating an Innovative Library to create a space in which students will have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively to perform and create.

Columbus State Community College, ESL Afterschool Communities, $2,000: Cover 20 field trip transportation costs for the Southpark and Prairie Norton sites serving immigrant and refugee elementary age students from July 2017-May 2018.

Communities In Schools of Central Ohio, Columbus, $1,200: A, B, C’s On Track Incentive Project to help struggling, at-risk students stay in school.

Dublin Special Olympics, $2,000: Shamrock Games 2017 to welcome approximately 400 Special Olympics athletes from surrounding Ohio organizations to compete in track and field and tennis events.

Dublin City Schools, Daniel Wright Elementary School, Columbus, $683: STEM-Based Interactive Learning Project to enhance academics / creative thinking with a multisensory technology system that uses an iPad and Osmo to bridge real and digital realms in the classroom.

Dublin City Schools, Scottish Corners Elementary, Dublin, $1,000: Flexible furniture in elementary classrooms to enhance learning.

Dublin City Schools, Dublin, $1,493: Osmo to foster learning in key areas such as creative problem solving, art, STEM, and common core.

Dublin City Schools, Dublin, $2,000: Mini-Makers: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation to provide elementary-aged students the opportunity to explore STEM fields through the use of materials in the school’s makerspace.

Fairborn City Schools, Baker Middle School, $1,100: Field Trip to Young’s Dairy to provide a reward for 6th grade students with no disciplinary action against them during the 4th quarter.

Galion City School District, Galion Middle School, $2,000: Lego Education: Story Starter to bring writing to life and engage our students in a hands-on way.

Galion City School District, Galion Middle School, $2,700: KNFB Reader – Text to Speech App to provide a high quality app for students with disabilities.

Hilliard City Schools, Brown Elementary, $3,000: Giving teachers a space to bring students to experiment, observe, perform, and to bring nature into the classroom by bringing the classroom into nature.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, Columbus, $4,500: NICU Lending Library to provide literacy opportunities for patients and families to promote reading, family involvement, early intervention, and sibling engagement to medically fragile children.

Pleasant Local Schools, Marion, $3,500: Brodie’s Challenge to provide a Merlin LCD in support of a student with cerebral issues.

The Childhood League Center, Columbus, $2,000: Early Childhood Intervention and Toddler Classroom Programs to help change the life trajectory for children with special needs with evidence-based early childhood interventions.

The Morton Foundation dba The First Tee of Central Ohio, Reynoldsburg, $2,000: After School All-Star’s Program to provide transportation for students to participate in their youth development life skills program.

The Ohio State University Foundation, Columbus, $5,000: Toy Adaptation Program to adapt toys so children with special needs are able to use them at no cost.

Westerville City School District, $404: Updated language materials for students that have a variety of speech / language deficits.

Westerville City School District, $885: Life Town to provide a realistic indoor city for special needs students to practice life skills via role play.

Westerville City School District, $953: iPad and Osmo educational game system to foster learning in key focus areas in special education including problem solving, counting, addition, spatial relations, phonics, and nonverbal communication.

Westerville City School District, $1,200: Terrific Teaching Technology Project to enhance the academic instruction of cognitively delayed students.

Westerville City School District, $1,489: Blendon Bulldog Buddies to foster relationships through games and activities.

Westerville City Schools, $2,000: Provide a tool for students with multiple disabilities and on the autism spectrum to use to exercise their voice and interact with the community.

Zanesville City Schools, $15,000: STEM / Robotics Program to provide elementary, middle and high school students access to the STEM technology required to succeed in current and future careers.

GPD Group (GPD) is an employee-owned, full-service architecture and engineering firm with over 540 design professionals. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, GPD has satellite offices in Chardon, Cleveland, Columbus, Marion, and Youngstown, Ohio, and Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, Louisville, Phoenix and Seattle.

GPD employees established the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3), in 2014 to help channel donations to enrich the K-12 public education experience and support children with medical and special needs in communities where the firm works. For more information about the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation, visit them online at or call toll free at 1-800-955-4730.

Partnership will recruit and retain individuals with disabilities for Ohio State University careers

Innovative model will expand employment opportunities

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) have partnered to place an OOD career specialist exclusively at Ohio State. This will be the first time OOD has embedded an employee within a single organization to focus on enhancing the recruitment and retention of individuals with disabilities and best practices for creating an inclusive workplace environment.

Lucy Muchmore, a current OOD employee and Ohio State alumna, serves in the joint position. She began her new role on April 3. Muchmore will work closely with university leaders and human resource professionals to identify opportunities to enhance the hiring and retention rates of individuals with disabilities.

This joint, full-time position is supported by a three-year grant from the Poses Family Foundation. It formalizes a strong partnership between Ohio State and OOD, and establishes a dedicated resource for Ohioans with disabilities who seek an Ohio State career. Representatives from Ohio State and OOD collaboratively developed this innovative model as part of the grant proposal to the Poses Family Foundation.

“This is a fantastic example of an innovative university and state partnership that will create more career opportunities for Ohioans,” said Alison Mincey, associate vice president in Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources. “Together, Ohio State, OOD and the Poses Family Foundation are piloting a new model to provide better workplace opportunities and experiences for individuals with disabilities.”

OOD Director Kevin Miller says this unique partnership is breaking new ground. “This is an example of how Ohio State, Poses and our agency are leading the way in providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Incorporating one of our OOD vocational rehabilitation counselors into the university will benefit everyone involved by providing new and exciting employment opportunities.”

OOD, the state agency responsible for workforce development and placement of individuals with disabilities, and Ohio State have a rich history and shared commitment of securing university careers for individuals with disabilities. The two organizations also provide training to the Ohio State community on interviewing, hiring and working alongside individuals with disabilities.

The Poses Family Foundation is a New York City–based philanthropic foundation. The foundation puts its greatest focus on the one in five people with learning and attention issues. Believing in the power of collaboration to drive greater and faster progress, PFF works together with other foundations and nonprofits to encourage cross-field thinking and collective action.

DeWine Announces Grant for New Mental Health Center

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a new grant to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI) to help construct a first-of-its-kind community mental health center in Athens, Ohio. When completed, the center will be the first in the state to provide patients with extended in-residence psychiatric care.

The Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center, named for two young adults who suffered from mental illness, will teach daily living skills and provide patients with extensive counseling, psychotherapy, and access to medical and dental care.

“I am pleased that my office is able to support the Adam-Amanda center,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “When opened, I am confident this center will be an important asset to those who struggle with mental illness and their families.”

According to NAMI, when a person is admitted to a hospital in a mental health crisis, he or she stays an average of seven days before being discharged. NAMI expects the time frame for a stay at the new center to increase to 50 days, enabling individuals to receive concentrated care and stabilize under supervision.

“This grant from the Attorney General’s Office brings us one step closer to providing this critical service of extended care to patients suffering from severe mental illness,” said Terry Russell, executive director of NAMI Ohio. “The Adam-Amanda center’s focus on providing extended support and important medical and mental health services means these patients will have a greater chance of experiencing a full life.”

The $60,351 grant is from settlement funds and will go toward construction of the center. The land and a building for the center were donated by the Athens-Hocking-Vinton Mental Health and Recovery Board.

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