Friday, July 3, 2020
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The Yellow Springs Senior Center adapts to changing needs!

In Her Own Words—Executive Director Karen Wolford

I have been an executive director for nonprofits for more than 20 years. The pandemic has not been like anything else I have experienced and in a good way. It is good because of the support from volunteers, businesses, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, and Village officials to the Yellow Springs Senior Center (YSSC) has been outstanding. 
It has been a pleasure to work with such a committed group of individuals who have come together to make certain all villagers are valued and have their needs met during this very uncertain and challenging time. 
The building that houses the Senior Center does not feel like the same place since the beginning of March when the Governor ordered senior centers to shut the doors to their facilities. However, included in the order was an allowance for senior centers to continue to provide transportation and support services. 
Also, the Senior Center began a partnership with Tom’s Market and started a grocery delivery service. At one point, deliveries were being made to more than 60 households a week. And to assist with food insecurity among older adults, we began to deliver food to those who were food insecure and encourage them to also sign up for Meals on Wheels, the national program that delivers nutritional meals to seniors. 
By the beginning of April, thoughts began centering on how we could engage people from a distance. Volunteers began making weekly check-in telephone calls to some of the most vulnerable and inquire about additional needs. We also started weekly email check-ins and on-line activities as the next best opportunities for seniors to connect, even if not face-to-face. May continued to see us adapting and making the most of the situation.  
Every day brings new thoughts about this “next” normal for the Senior Center. Whether it is modifying the interior of the cars in our transportation program to accommodate new sanitary guidelines, or equipping homemaking staff with proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) so that they may continue to serve clients—or even figuring out the suitability of an activity for YouTube, Facebook, or Zoom, and, of course, continuing to take care of people who need support with Medicare and housing, the Senior Center is adapting to the ever-changing landscape.
It is still not known when we will open the building, but rest assured we are not closed for business. The business of enhancing the dignity and quality of life for older adults in Yellow Springs and Miami Township occurs daily. A pandemic cannot keep us down. 
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Board of Trustees Member Highlight—Kayla Rothman-Zecher

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but primarily grew up in Israel-Palestine. I have worked for most of the past 12 years as a human rights practitioner, specializing in gender-related human rights abuses in both the US and Israel-Palestine within the context of human trafficking and migration. Since moving to the United States in 2017, I returned to school to complete a Masters in Law in International Comparative Law and work now as a consultant for domestic and international human rights organizations.  

I am asked often: Why Yellow Springs?! I am married to a third-generation Yellow Springer, Moriel Rothman-Zecher. We came here often to visit his grandparents Phil and Esther Rothman over the years. I have always found Yellow Springs incredibly unique after living in a never- ending list of cities that all were feeling the same.  

We decided to leave Israel-Palestine once we were pregnant with our first child in 2017. We did not know where we wanted to end up but figured Yellow Springs was a good place to start. 

Our daughter, Nahar Esther, named after her YS great grandmother, is now 26 months old and it turns out we are not going anywhere, not just due to the global pandemic, but because we love it here. 

Once I realized we planned on staying, I began looking for ways to understand how and why this community is so unique. Joining the Yellow Springs Community Foundation seemed like an opportunity that would enable me to learn about what the community strives to be; what struggles need support; how local nonprofits serve the community; and how I can help. I am grateful to have joined this team, and am constantly learning from the truly dedicated staff and trustees. I look forward to continuing my work. 


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 7/1) Elaine Brown - Robert Devine - Marc Holser - Joan Horn - Evelyn Sikes - Brad & Lynda Terry

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 7/1) Antonia Dosik and Len Kramer - Mark Ewalt - Alice McKinney Trust - Alex 
Melamed - Ann Poortinga - Kayla & Moriel Rothman-Zecher - Elizabeth Tinker

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 7/1)
Bethany and Jordan Gray - Steve Inglish - Karl and Nancy Koehler - Kenneth Kramer - Keith and Elaine Kresge - Mike Major - Lynn McConville - Michele McLellan - Steven Noe - Richard Posey - Sharon Silver - Dagmar 
and Roy Smith - Frank Stauble - Hope Taft

Donors to Uplift YS Campaign Fund (week of 7/1) Vicki Church and Ed Davis - Jeanine and Scott Clark - Robert Devine - Becky Eschliman - Lisa and Todd Kreeger - Lynn McConville - Phil and 
Susan Miller - George Wanicek

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

 Grants: January through July 1, 2020

4-H Camp Clifton

Heartbeat Learning Gardens

Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation

Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America


Yellow Springs Community Children's Center

Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District

YS Kids Playhouse


A Wide Variety of COVID-19 Relief Grants

Events & News

SAVE the GLEN: Donate to the campaign to help the Glen Helen Association purchase the Glen, reopen, and restart educational programming at the YSCF Save the Glen Fund (

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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,  Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, 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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