October 9, 2020

Did You Know?

The Feminist Health Fund supports women's wellbeing!

In Her Own Words—Board Secretary, Alex Klug

For forty years, The Feminist Health Fund (FHF) has quietly financed women’s medical needs, and in these past four decades we have witnessed incredible changes to both our healthcare system and women’s services. Recently, we have seen an increasing need for the type of funding we offer due in equal parts to changes in our political system, an increasing population, and a shift in gender identity and gender norms. 2020 alone has been a tumultuous year for all people but especially for BIPOC community members—Black, Indigenous, People of Color—low income, and gender neutral or gender transitioning. 
The FHF has strategically planned to diversify the voices within our own leadership with more women of color, more gender neutral & transgender people, and both senior and youth on our board to provide the insight we desperately need to affect change in our community. We have also acquired our first office space, and we are increasing our online presence with a new multilingual website to broaden regional access to our services.
The FHF has consistently allotted funding directly to applicants experiencing medically related financial hardship, and we have added two new funding campaigns in the past eighteen months: The Domestic Violence Network (DMV), a discreet funding source for women experiencing unsafe domestic situations; and an avenue provide resources for reproductive healthcare materials. All our services are available to individuals who identify as women in Greene County, Ohio. 
We are enthusiastic about our ability to continue this important work during these difficult times, and we are as always, grateful to the ongoing support we receive from our contributors.
Donate: Donations to the Feminist Health Fund
For more information:  Feminist Health Fund 


Dogs, like people, need to walk. They lead us in all kinds of weather to greet and meet villagers and the pooches who live with them. On a leash. But by next fall, current plans for the YS Dog Park will allow respite from our leash walk and space to do what our canine buds desperately need—running and frolicking. 
Recently, a group of YS villagers met up with Beth Miller, founder of the Dayton nonprofit Wagtown, and representatives of the Village of Yellow Springs to review the history of dog park interest in YS, conduct a community survey, and enact a plan with a collaborative approach. The YS community group is forming the YS Dog Park nonprofit and is collaborating with Wagtown, the YS Tree Committee, Greene County Parks, and the Village of Yellow Springs. 
With assistance from Wagtown, visitors to the YS Dog Park will be encouraged to practice S.M.A.R.T. behaviors, which include Safety, Manners, Awareness, Responsibility, and Training at the Gaunt Park space near the water towers. Though the land is village owned, it will be maintained and paid for through the nonprofit.
The Foundation is serving as fiscal sponsor for the Dog Park, and contributions will go 100% toward the benefit of the YS Dog Park, with 80% supporting the immediate needs of the Park and 20% to the YS Dog Park Endowment for future support of the Park.
Donate: YS Dog Park 
For more information about the YS Dog Park:
For more information about Wagtown:

Staff Member Highlight
Jalyn Roe



Jalyn Q. Roe is the managing Co-Founder of The Jael Group. She has a degree in Business Management and specializes in Team Development using an Appreciative Inquiry model and marketing certification from UCLA, and currently works with Fortune 500 companies.

In addition, Jalyn facilitates community and corporate impact groups through local “Courageous Conversations” about race and implicit bias. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer and brings energy and group transformation to her workshop training sessions.

Jalyn is the Executive Director for the Community Empowerment Organization (CEO), a nonprofit that helps build capacity in underserved communities. She and her husband Steven volunteer their time as Business Mentors and Subject Matter Experts for Dayton SCORE, Inc. 

Representing 1 of 7 generations of family history in Yellow Springs, Jalyn is excited to be working with the YSCF as an Encore Miller Fellow. The Miller Program is a unique multi-generational community program bringing seniors, students and Yellow Springs nonprofits together in service for the community.

  Our Journey
Did you know that in the United States, unemployment of Black people is twice that of white people? 
Watch this brief video to learn more.
Race Forward—Wealth Gap: What Is Systemic Racism? - Wealth Gap

You're welcome to Join Us on our journey.
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 10/07) Susan Alberter - Anonymous - Eric & Kelley Oberg - Cynthia Olsen

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 10/07) Lisa Abel & Lynn Adams - Anonymous - Jack Fei - Linda Griffith & Scott Kellogg

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Events & News

DONATE to the YS Community Children’s Center Capital Campaign, Give for Today, Plan for TomorrowYSCCC Capital Campaign

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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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