Scioto Gives profiles: American Red Cross, SOMC Development Foundation

By Ryan Ottney

September 15, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

The Scioto Foundation will offer Scioto County participating nonprofit organizations (NPOs) a new opportunity to raise money for their endowment funds when it sponsors “Scioto Gives,” a one-day matching gift program on Oct. 24, 2013.

Scioto Gives will establish a new partnership between local NPOs and the Scioto Foundation as it assists the nonprofits with their annual membership drives and helps smaller, grass roots NPOs accept online gifts. To implement the new idea, the Scioto Foundation has set aside $20,000 to use as matching money for 2013.

Contributions from donors will be received on the Scioto Foundation website, www.sciotogives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24. Donors can also drop checks off at the Foundation office at 303 Chillicothe St., in Portsmouth, or transfer stocks between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the designated day.

Fifteen non-profit organizations are participating in the campaign, and each week the Daily Times will profile some of them here.

The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross

Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission. It is through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who invest in the Red Cross that such disaster relief is possible.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human needs and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.

This past year, the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to 155 disaster incidents, helping more than 309 families. They provided emergency messaging, presentations and training to 40 military families, and provided disaster education and preparedness programs to more than 1,300 people. They trained 827 in Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED and Water Safety Courses and collected more than 3,441 units of lifesaving blood.

“Support of Red Cross across the Scioto, Pike, and Jackson counties has been unparalleled. Time and time again, the American spirit never fails to soar. And this year is sure to be like no other. This is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to what the future may bring,” states Eli Allen, Disaster Services Coordinator of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. “I know this year will bring more donations and more volunteers to help the Red Cross continue our mission of relief, support and goodwill for anyone faced with an emergency situation. The support of Red Cross through Scioto Gives alone proves we are a strong community that cares for one another.”

Southern Ohio Medical Center Development Foundation

“The SOMC Development Foundation was established to make a difference by identifying the community’s health care and wellness needs while bridging the gap between those needs and the cost of the solutions,” SOMC Director of Community Relations and Development Kara Redoutey said. “The Development Foundation encompasses fundraising efforts for the SOMC Endowment Fund, the Hospice Caritas Fund, the Cancer Compassion Funds, the Annual Fund, the Employee Relief Fund and the Friends of SOMC,”

Southern Ohio Medical Center routinely works to improve health care in southern Ohio, which depends on generous community support. It does this through the Development Office, which supports a wide variety of local services, such as donating more than $100,000 to local volunteer EMS providers to improve heart attack care through the use of 12-Lead EKGs.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.