The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville continued its successful partnership with the Rocky Community Improvement Fund this fall, leveraging resources in support of programs serving vulnerable populations in southeastern Ohio.

In 2016, the Foundation and Rocky Community Improvement Fund committed funds of $83,948 to support 24 services and programs addressing a range of issues including childhood hunger, healthy food access and support for several school-based projects and enrichment programs in southeastern Ohio. Funding awards were announced at a presentation in November at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, with the following organizations receiving support through the partnership’s 2016 fall grant cycle:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Athens County: $4,000 for the Nelsonville mentoring project
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio: $3,176 for weekend camp and leadership development opportunities at Camp Oty’Okwa for Athens and Hocking county youth
  • Factory Street and Moving Parts: $1,000 for dance classes for Nelsonville York students
  • Habitat for Humanity Southeast Ohio: $3,000 to build a tiny house in Hocking County
  • Kids on Campus: $5,000 for summer meals, as part of Ohio University’s Kids on Campus Summer 2017 program
  • Lutheran Social Services: $3,500 for mobile food pantry services in Athens County
  • Nelsonville Food Cupboard: $15,000 for the Nelsonville York Elementary School Backpack Program
  • Nelsonville York Art Department: $2,005 for equipment for the art department
  • Nelsonville York Yearbook Project: $2,385 for camera equipment to create the school district yearbook
  • Millcreek Elementary Southern Local Schools: $5,000 to build a new playground for the elementary school