Charity Spotlight: Star House
Star House logoToday, 2,000 homeless youth live on the streets of central Ohio, and Star House remains the only drop-in center for them – as well as the only research-based, drop-in center in the country. In 2016, we served 984 individual youth.

Did you know the founder of Star House is Associate Chair for Research in the Dept of Human Sciences at OSU?

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Charity Spotlight: Voicecorps
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Voicecorps is a 24/7 radio station that provides access to print for people who cannot read the printed word.

“Who do you know who needs Voicecorps?”

According to Vision Problems in the US, there are as many as 42,000 people in range of Voicecorps’ radio signal who cannot use print because of a disability. We’ve found that most often, these are men and women who have experienced vision loss late in life – after a lifetime of independent reading. They are suddenly without coping skills, without access to information, and without assistance, are at extreme risk of isolation and depression. We seek to change that and ask for your help.

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Charity Spotlight: Boy Scouts of America
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By contributing to Scouting, you will have a profound impact on America. More youth will experience the program that will further instill values and character in their moral fiber. Your gift truly will have a direct impact on our world. Imagine if all of our leaders today lived their lives according to the Scout Oath and Law.

Investing in the Boy Scouts of America creates opportunities for youth to gain memorable experiences and be instilled with values, principles and skills that will help them develop into the future leaders of our nation.

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Charity Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity
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Habitat for Humanity builds decent and affordable homes around the world in partnership with families in need of a decent place to live. Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

In every region of the US anywhere from 53 to 69% of adults consider the purchase of affordable housing to be a challenge in their community.

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Charity Spotlight: Community Refugee & Immigration Services
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Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. We have over 60 staff members that hail from more than 15 countries with many languages represented.

Making a financial contribution to CRIS is a direct way to support our program services such as Refugee Health & Wellness, English as a Second Language, Employment Services, Resettlement (housing, airport welcome, school enrollment, etc), Older Adult Refugee and Immigrant Services and other programs that are critical to the mission of our organization.

Did you know that there are currently three (3) Ohio State University employees who serve as CRIS Board of Trustees?

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Week 2 winners: Cheryl Sefchick and Diane Loeser

Congratulations to the winners of our second weekly prize drawing:

  • Cheryl Sefchick
    Director, President’s Club Stewardship
    OSUAA Office of Annual Giving
  • Diane Loeser
    Director of Development
    Knowlton School of Architecture

Thank you to all Advancement staff who have donated to Bucks for Charity so far.

Charity Spotlight: CHOICES for victims of domestic violence

Since 1977, LSS CHOICES has provided counseling, shelter, crisis intervention, education, and community and legal support and advocacy to central Ohio residents facing domestic violence. LSS CHOICES is the only domestic violence shelter in Franklin County.

LSS CHOICES’ goal is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence in this community and advocate for social change.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

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Charity Spotlight: The Salvation Army in Central Ohio
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“I’ve been ringing the bell at Christmastime for the Salvation Army for a few years, but this is going to be the first year I donate via Bucks for Charity. I was inspired by a talk a couple of months ago by one of the coordinators in Hocking County. She gave some examples of how the organization makes use of all the money they collect every December. They help with rent and utilities. They will provide gasoline for people who need to drive up to a Columbus hospital for specialized treatment. They assist with local free community dinners, and admission to the city pool for kids who can’t afford it. So, I’m going to start donating to the central Ohio Salvation Army, to support their mission to “meet human needs.”

– Dan Keck, Bucks for Charity Coordinator ’18
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Week 1 winners: Deb Vargo and Julie Burgess

Congratulations to the winners of our first weekly prize drawing:

  • Deb Vargo
    Director, Alumni Tours
    OSUAA Outreach and Engagement
  • Julie Burgess
    Systems Developer/Engineer
    Advancement IT

Thank you to all Advancement staff who have donated to Bucks for Charity so far.