Local nonprofits need our help

Our community’s nonprofits are suffering. They need your generosity to keep their doors open and their programs going.

They have postponed and cancelled their fundraising events. Their usual funding sources have dried up to a trickle. They have reduced staff and stretched spending. They have tried to plan through these tough times — and still help children and families in our Clinton County.

They are struggling, so I urge you to write checks to as many local organizations as you can today. Do you usually run in a few 5Ks? Write a check to those organizations. Do you play in a golf scramble or disc golf tournament? Write that check. Do you buy shop cards and products from local groups? They need you to make a gift.

Need some suggestions? Harvest of Gold has provided free breakfast and lunch to children, tutoring and mentoring programs. Clinton County Youth Council offers pre-teens and teens free after school and summer programming — that includes art, music and tutoring. The Exchange in Blanchester does similar work. Please help these great organizations do their work.

The United Way has been the constant operating funding stream for many local charities, and they need your contributions and corporate support. The Homeless Shelter and Our Fathers’ Kitchen, along with food pantries in Sabina, New Vienna and Blanchester, have done everything they can to increase capacity without the benefit of their charitable event dollars.

Habitat for Humanity, the historical societies, the Health Alliance, Little Hearts, Big Smiles, BHV Fund, Brett Wightman Fund, the Murphy Theatre, Heather’s Hope, and the Corn Festival had to cancel their big fundraising events this summer.

Now, they really need your help.

Clinton County people share what they have — and some do more. It’s time to put money into the hands that need it most. Please, make gifts to our local charitable organizations and keep us strong.

Jan Blohm

Executive Director

Clinton County Foundation