For the fourth year, the Foundation has nominated local individuals and organizations to receive a Philanthropy Award for specific community endeavors. The Foundation enthusiastically presented the following awards to this year’s recipients. For their award, each recipient chooses a local nonprofit to which to donate $300.
Community Impact Award – Village Impact Project (VIP)
The Community Impact award is given to a local organization that has made a powerful—and empowering—impact on the community through initiatives and projects. The VIP has continually increased the number of mentors and youth VIPs, building potentially empowering and long-term relationships. The VIP will put their award to use supporting their mission, “changing our community two people at a time.”
Active Citizenship Award – Dave Smith, YS High School Counselor
The Active Citizenship Award is given to an individual who had a great impact on the community. YS High School Counselor Dave Smith has exhibited incredible support to high school students in guiding them through the last two years of high school in preparation for the many potential paths they take on their trajectory into their next phase of life. Dave’s work with community members, Melissa Heston (Foundation Outreach Manager), Harvey Curran (Foundation volunteer), and Foundant Technologies to create the online scholarship process with over 30 scholarships now available will streamline the scholarship application process for 2020 and beyond. These scholarships are either managed by the Foundation or by committees in the community. Dave designated his award of $300 to the Yellow Springs Community Food Pantry. In Dave’s words, “It's tough to choose from among all the amazing groups in this village, but food scarcity is so intense these days, so I'd love to help support their very fine work.”
Youth Philanthropy Award – Zoe Clark, 2020 YSHS Graduate
Zoe Clark was nominated for the Youth Philanthropy Award. This award is given to a youth who is quietly making a difference in their community. Zoe designated the YS Schools’ Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) with a $300 grant to support its activities towards funding events and activities supporting LGBTQ+ youth and their allies.
Miller Fellow Engagement Award – Chris Welter, Miller Fellow
The Foundation nominated Antioch College Miller Fellow Chris Welter for the Miller Fellow Engagement Award for the leadership and overall engagement Chris demonstrated as a Miller Fellow at Tecumseh Land Trust and as a frequent subject matter expert at numerous Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Institutes. Chris is designating his $300 award to the YS Village Utilities Roundup Program, which provides for residents to voluntarily “round up” their utility payments or make a direct donation to assist villagers in danger of disconnection of service.
Congratulations to these individuals and organizations who are making a real difference in our community!