September 11, 2020
Recent growth on the Trailside Steps in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Did You Know?

The Glen Helen Association Now Owns & Manages Glen Helen!

In His Own Words—Board Trustee, Scott Geisel


Wonderful news—we hope you have heard: On September 4, the Glen Helen Association (GHA) finalized the purchase of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve from Antioch College. Trails are reopening with new precautions for COVID-19. Plans are underway to restart educational programs in the future.  

This is a big change for the GHA, which began in 1960 to successfully fight threats to the Glen Helen Nature Preserve from a highway bypass and a sewer line. After sixty years of providing help to support Glen Helen, the GHA is evolving into a new role as owner and manager of the preserve and its programming.

The Yellow Springs Community Foundation has been there to help the Glen. In May, a donor established the Save the Glen Fund with the YSCF. To date, 807 donations have come from 463 donors from 210 zip codes, 90 of which are from 45387. The fund has received more than $100,000 in generous donations, with 20% of each dollar going into the GHA Endowment, helping to plan for the future. 

Now the real work begins. The GHA has kicked off a capital campaign to fund the purchase expenses of Glen Helen, and to secure the health of the preserve and the future of its educational programs. It’s going to take a lot of community to accomplish these things! We're glad the Foundation has been here to help on this journey.

Donate to the Save the Glen Fund:
For more information about GHA:  Glen Helen Association  


Thanks to the care and caution of our community members, cases of COVID-19 have not significantly increased in Yellow Springs and Miami Township. But food insecurity is on the rise.
So, thanks to the generous donors who contribute non-perishable food to the Little Free Pantry and Dayton Street Pantry, the increasing numbers of food-insecure villagers are able to eat. Such donations are no small gesture; they make a significant difference to individuals and families. 
In the true spirit of Together, the volunteers overseeing and donating food to the pantries, the YS United Methodist Church and the YS Presbyterian Church providing food storage, the YS Senior Center and Community Outreach Specialist Florence Randolph distributing food from the pantries, the work of Chris Powell with YS Days for Girls stocking feminine hygiene products—all of the compassionate and vigilant people, organizations, and institutions, together are focused on providing food to those who need it. 
Please join us. 
The Little Free and Dayton Street Pantries are holding a Fall Food Drive on Saturday, September 26 at 2 drop-off locations and times:
·     YS Farmer’s Market           8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
·     YS Presbyterian Church     1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Suggested foods to donate:
Cereal and oatmeal, any breakfast items
Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken)
Canned fruit or fruit cups
Granola bars, cereal bars (to-go snacks)
Soups and ramen
Peanut butter WITH jelly
Side dishes like pasta or prepared non-perishables
Boxed skillet meals
Juice and shelf-stable milks
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
Feminine hygiene products
Detergent, dish soap, paper products
To donate to the YS Food Insecurity Fund: YS Food Insecurity Fund
For more information about food relief:
Board of Trustees Member Highlight
Ellis Jacobs



Ellis was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, attending Fairview High School, Ohio University, and the University of Dayton Law School before launching his career as a public interest attorney in the Dayton area 35 years ago. During that time, he has been involved in a wide range of advocacy, such as litigating a series of precedent-setting cases in the 1990s to provide access to computers and the internet for low-income communities. The result was the establishment of neighborhood computer centers throughout Ohio.  

Ellis has represented communities working for environmental justice in cases that resulted in the clean-up of air pollution from factories, foundries, and incinerators, the prevention of the siting of additional landfills in Western Montgomery County, and halting the treatment and disposal of partially treated VX nerve agent in Jefferson Township. 

Working to ensure voting rights for all by organizing nonpartisan legal observers at polling places, Ellis led successful opposition to legislation that would have imposed a strict photo ID requirement on all voters, and worked on litigation to challenge voting restrictions.  

Ellis was recently president of the Ohio Citizen Action board of directors, and has served on many other boards. He is currently a board member of the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers telecommunication universal service funds for the nation. His passion for the YS community drives his desire to see the Foundation work to make the community vibrant, diverse, and affordable.


  Our Journey

As Foundation board and staff look more deeply into ourselves to understand the ways racism has taken root, we realize we are also intricately connected to the community and all its structures. After all, people create institutions and policies. 

The chart below highlights systemic forms of racism, which are institutional and structural.


We are discussing this at the Foundation.

Won't you join us?

We would love to hear your thoughts on how we and the community can make these structural changes:

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 9/9) Anonymous - Virginia Caudill

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 9/9) Lisa Abel & Lynn Adams - Jimmy Chesire & Robin Suits - Linda Griffith & Scott Kellogg

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 9/9) Pam & Scott Geisel - Carl Greene - Bryan & Connie Jackson - Tony Novello - Paul & Kris Rybolt - Bryan & Yvonne Shelburne - Julia Trimboli

Donors to Uplift YS Campaign Fund (week of 9/9) Jeanna Gunderkline

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

Events & News

Remember to b r e a t h e – as together we will get through this and whatever comes our way. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please reach out: or call 937-767-2655. 

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Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Todd Leventhal, Vice Treasurer, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Artie Isaac, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Joshua Madra  Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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