Together, we’ve already made so much possible.

Each funded project was made possible by the generosity of people like you. Half of each gift went to support a project of the donor’s choosing to begin making an impact right away. The other half of each gift was invested in the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund to pursue the greatest needs and most promising opportunities in our communities for generations to come. The first round of Cause Connector projects closed on April 9, 2021. The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is loading in last gifts and will have the final list of funded projects updated here by April 21.

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Education
Dolly Parton Imagination Library – Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties
United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties Help provide books to children in Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties!
Health & Human Services
Super Snack Program
Logan Hocking School District Support access to after-school snacks for Logan Hocking School District students.
Arts & Culture
Perry County Summer Arts Camp
Perry County Cultural Arts Center Support art education for children in Perry County.
Education
Shoes and Hygiene Kits
Georgetown Self Care Closet Help Brown County children meet their basic needs.
Health & Human Services
Hurt to Hope – Youth Resiliency
Pike County YMCA Support Hurt to Hope, a program encouraging resilient youth in Pike County.
Community & Economic Development
The Hive Community Resource Needs
Integrated Services for Behavioral Health/The Hive Help provide equipment and materials for The Hive's new space!
Arts & Culture
Community Arts Partnership
Monroe Arts Council Support access to the arts in Monroe County through the Community Arts Partnership project.
Arts & Culture
ADA Compliant Restroom at the Monroe Theatre
Monroe Arts Council Support increased access to the arts through the Monroe Theatre ADA Compliant Restroom project.
Arts & Culture
Buchanan Chapel Insulation Project
Monroe Arts Council Support renovations to the historic Buchanan Chapel community space in Monroe County.
Health & Human Services
Meigs County School-Based Food Pantry
Meigs County Community Fund Support the new Meigs County School-Based Food Pantry to provide food to students and families directly at the school building.
Arts & Culture
After-School Arts
City of St. Clairsville Parks & Recreation Helping young people experience the arts hands-on!
Environmental Stewardship
Bishop Educational Gardens’ Greenhouse
Hocking Soil and Water Conservation District Support the renovations of the greenhouse, so that it can educate students, the community, and be a station for pollination!
Environmental Stewardship
Containing Hunger
Vinton County 4-H Advisory Council Supporting Vinton County residents with access to fresh, healthy, and local food!
Arts & Culture
Air Purification System
Stuart's Opera House Support Stuart's Opera House and their need for an air purification system
Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Science for the Children of Appalachia
Watch Me Grow Ohio Encouraging appreciation of our environment through science and exploration
Education
Expanding Hotspot Lending Program
Newcomerstown Public Library Support the hotspot lending program at Newcomerstown Public Library.
Arts & Culture
“Little Women” The Musical
Holmes Center for the Arts Support a community performance of "Little Women" The Musical at the Holmes Center for the Arts.
Health & Human Services
Emergency Children’s Items
Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter Support housing-insecure children in Hocking County with emergency needs.
Health & Human Services
Fair to Family
Vinton County 4-H Advisory Council Support efforts to supply families with locally raised and processed meat from 4-H Fair Hogs.
Education
Caring for Huskies
Harrison Hills City Schools Support children who need access to healthy food, personal items, and clean clothes!
Health & Human Services
Bi-Monthly Food Pantry for Guernsey County
GRACE Pantry Support the efforts of GRACE Pantry providing food to the most vulnerable in Guernsey County!
Environmental Stewardship
Project Pig Pen
Gallia County Junior Fair Support the purchase of portable panels to help Gallia County youth exhibit livestock.
Arts & Culture
Sensory and Song: A Musical Therapy Experience
Mighty Children's Museum Support music therapy experiences for children and families at the Mighty Children's Museum in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Health & Human Services
Kiwanis Coats for Kids
Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield Coats for the children of Monroe County
Community & Economic Development
Kool Boiz Empowerment & Mentoring Programs
Kool Boiz Foundation Support mentoring and empowerment programs for young men of color.
Education
2021 Summer Reading Program
Logan-Hocking County District Library Encouraging summer learning and adventure through reading!
Health & Human Services
Helping Babies & Moms Start Strong Together
Pregnancy Distress Center of Coshocton Support girls and women by funding layette sets to the Pregnancy Distress Center of Coshocton.
Health & Human Services
Morgan County Senior Hygiene Bags
Washington-Morgan Community Action Program Help WMCAP provide personal care items to seniors in need.
Education
Dolly Parton Imagination Library – Highland County
The Community Foundation of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Help provide books to children in Highland County!
Health & Human Services
Stock the LHSD Shoe and Coat Pantry
Southern Ohio Fishers of Men Association Provide coats and shoes to students in the Logan Hocking School District.
Health & Human Services
Kinship Ministry Kits
Southern Ohio Fishers of Men Association Provide emergency kinship care kits to children in Hocking County.
Health & Human Services
Mobile Food Pantry
God's Hands at Work Support food for the God's Hands at Work mobile food pantry, serving the most vulnerable in Gallia and Meigs counties.
Community & Economic Development
Microfilming Local Newspapers
Noble County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Inc. Provide support to microfilm local newspapers in Noble County.
Health & Human Services
Caldwell Community Weekend Backpack Program
Caldwell United Methodist Church Provide food for food insecure Caldwell area children.
Education
Switzerland of Ohio Blessings in a Backpack
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Provide food to Switzerland of Ohio Local School District students through Blessings in a Backpack.
Arts & Culture
stART Appalachia
Meigs County Council on Aging Support a community-centered art space for Meigs Countians of all ages
Environmental Stewardship
How Does Your Garden Grow
Cherry Ridge Therapeutic Learning Programs Support the How Your Garden Grows to help kids learn how plants grow, various ways to grow food in a greenhouse, a raised bed, or a garden plot.
Community & Economic Development
John Glenn Astronomy Park WiFi Community Access
Friends of Hocking Hills Support Wifi at the John Glenn Astronomy Park for visitors and neighbors.
Community & Economic Development
EV Charging Stations
Cambridge Main Street Support two electric car charging stations in downtown Cambridge!
Health & Human Services
Hope House Washer and Dryer
Field of Hope Community Campus Support a washer and dryer for women currently working through treatment for substance use disorder.
Education
College Application Week
Coshocton C.A.R.E.S. Supports Coshocton C.A.R.E.S. College Application Week
Education
STEAM Packs for Schools
Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery Support the creation of 1,000 STEAM kits through the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery.
Environmental Stewardship
Making Nature Accessible
Woodcock Nature Preserve Increasing accessibility to nature and environmental education
Arts & Culture
Community Murals by Wellston’s Young People
Make Wellston Beautiful Community murals for Wellston created by the community's own young people
Education
Civic Scholars Internship Program
Lawrence County Educational Service Center Learning local government through internships with officeholders
Health & Human Services
Sleep Safe Initiative
Holmes County General Health District Support infant and child sleep safety through parent and staff training in Holmes County.
Health & Human Services
Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagles Food Pantry
Kent State Tuscarawas Foundation Support student health by reducing food insecurity at Kent State Tuscarawas.
Education
Promoting Student Resiliency Through Literacy
Muskingum County Literacy Council Support student resilience through literacy in Muskingum County.
Arts & Culture
LCD Projector and Screen
Hocking County Children's Chorus Support the Hocking Children's Chorus in purchasing a Projector and Screen
Community & Economic Development
Urban Mission Works Youth Program
Urban Mission Ministries, Inc. Support student education, hands-on training, and personal development through Urban Mission Ministries, Inc.
Arts & Culture
Technology Upgrade
Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum Support community education through technological programs and services for the Hubbard House.
Health & Human Services
YMCA Youth Education and Sports Scholarship
Cambridge Area YMCA Family Center Help say YESS and double the number of youth participating in YMCA programming
Arts & Culture
Summer Concert Series
Bowen House Support the Bowen House in providing a Summer Concert Series for the Logan community.
Education
Cambridge Schools K9 Program
Cambridge City Schools Support the implementation of a K9 Program for Cambridge City Schools
Arts & Culture
Buckeye Trail HS Warriors Instruments and Uniforms
Buckeye Trail Band Boosters Support band uniforms and instruments for the Buckeye Trail Warriors.
Environmental Stewardship
Keep Finding Your Way Outdoors
Athens Conservancy Help Athens Conservancy provide important information to trail and preserve users.
Education
Meigs Primary Summer Reading Program
Meigs Primary School Support summer reading for kindergarten through second grade students.
Arts & Culture
Heart to Home: Inspired Pieces to Inspire People
Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs (SPICE) Help SPICE support local artisans by creating an online marketplace.
Health & Human Services
Generating Power, Caring for our Community
Ohio Hills Health Services Help Ohio Hills Health Services offer affordable healthcare in Guernsey County in the face of future uncertainty through the purchase of back-up generators.
Health & Human Services
Clothe 100 Children
Give Like a Mother Provide clothing packs to outfit 100 children.
Community & Economic Development
3-D Printer for a Lawrence County Library
Briggs Lawrence County Public Library Support individuals of all ages with access to a 3D printer in Lawrence County.
Community & Economic Development
Construction Trades Resiliency
Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio Support hands-on, educational opportunities for students through Habitat for Humanity Southern Ohio.
Arts & Culture
Pigments Project Exhibition
Majestic Galleries Support an art exhibition, restore waterways, and support the local economy.
Education
Summer Book Bike Program
Jackson City Library Promote childhood literacy with traveling books in Jackson County.
Education
Story Walk
Jackson City Library Promote childhood literacy and physical activity in Jackson County.
Education
iBELIEVE 2021 Leadership Summit
The iBELIEVE Foundation Support student leadership through experiential learning at iBELIEVE's Leadership Summit.
Community & Economic Development
Professional Clothing Closet
Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center Support students in developing the confidence and influence to gain professional experiences.
Education
Jasper Elementary Magic Closet
Scioto Valley Local School District Support students and educators with school materials in Pike County.
Community & Economic Development
Farm to Pantry Winter Food Campaign
Community Food Initiatives Support food security in southeast Ohio while also strengthening the local food economy.
Education
Civic Leadership Book Kits for the Children of Appalachia
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Each book kit of five civic leadership books will inspire the children of Appalachia
Health & Human Services
Anti Human Trafficking Print Media Fund
Eyes Up Appalachia Provide support for anti human trafficking print media.
Health & Human Services
Human Trafficking Survivor Honorarium Fund
Eyes Up Appalachia Invest in survivors of human trafficking to share their experiences.
Education
Problem Based Learning Packets
Newcomerstown Exempted Village Schools Support L.E.A.D. students in Coshocton, Guernsey and Tuscarawas counties.
Health & Human Services
Emergency Grocery Support
Reaching Out Ministries LLC Provide emergency groceries to Pike County families.
Environmental Stewardship
SAFE House Garden
Welcome Home SIS Support female survivors of incarceration by connecting them to nature.
Education
Business Builders Young Entrepreneurship Program
Ohio Valley Youth Network Provide micro-loans to help Jefferson County students launch their own business.
Community & Economic Development
Frontier Local Schools Internet Connectivity Program
Building Bridges to Careers Support internet connection accessibility for students in Washington county.
Education
Strive 4 STEAM
After School Discovery Support after school education in Ashtabula County.
Arts & Culture
Band Instrument Replacement
Shadyside Reclamation Project Support music education and the Shadyside Marching Band.
Education
Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Muskingum County
Muskingum County Literacy Council Support Muskingum County children under 5 years old with free books.
Health & Human Services
Suicide Prevention Training
Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. Support suicide prevention training for individuals across 10 Appalachian Ohio counties.
Education
Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Coshocton County
United Way of Coshocton, Inc. Support Coshocton County children under 5 years old with free books.
Health & Human Services
Winter Clothes for Ashtabula County
GO Community Development Corporation Support children and adults with boots, coats, and other winter attire.
Environmental Stewardship
Nelsonville Presbyterian Farm Trail
First Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville Help members of the Nelsonville community access and appreciate nature by supporting nearly two miles of trails.
Arts & Culture
Support for Community Theatre in Harrison County
Deersville Community Players Support the only community theater group within Harrison County through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education
Blessings in a Backpack
Conotton Valley Schools Support students with weekend meals in Carroll and Harrison counties.
Education
Helping Educators Meet Students’ Needs
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Connecting educators with the resources and tools they need for the children of Appalachia
Education
Need-Based Scholarships
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Create educational opportunities with scholarships.
Education
Students Optimizing Aerial Robotics Skills
United Way of the River Cities This project engages students in the Ironton Metropolitan Housing complex in a weekly after-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program.
Community & Economic Development
Library Wi-Fi Park
Muskingum County Library System The Wi-Fi park has improved and extended the range of wireless connectivity at the library, delivering 24/7 Wi-Fi connectivity to Wi-Fi park visitors throughout the Village of Dresden and surrounding rural areas.
Health & Human Services
Bless Shoe
Harrison North Elementary Funding through this project allowed an educator at Harrison North Elementary to purchase shoes and socks for students who needed them.
Education
Underground Railroad Simulation
Harrison North Elementary School This project supported students from Harrison North Elementary in attending a Living History Program to learn about the Underground Railroad.
Health & Human Services
Cooking & Budgeting Program
Nelsonville Food Cupboard By teaching clients cooking basics as well as how to create and plan meals, the Nelsonville Food Cupboard will help clients today and far beyond their visits to the food pantry.
Environmental Stewardship
Hellbender Habitat Analysis and Educational Outreach in the Cross Creek Watershed
Franciscan University of Steubenville “I have a chance to save a species,” said one involved student. “If these areas are protected and the population rebounds, I could take my kids to see these snot otters in their native habitat.”
Health & Human Services
Your Brain on Aging
Clermont Senior Services, Inc. This project connected caregivers as well as an aging population with resources on brain aging, brain health, and dementia.
Health & Human Services
Enhancing Food Storage for an Adams County Food Bank
Inter-Faith Assistance Association, Inc. This Cause Connector project enhanced food safety while also creating more room for food storage at an Adams County food bank.
Arts & Culture
Stuart’s Opera House
Appalachian Music Program By enabling Stuart’s Opera House to purchase four banjos for its programming, this project helped Stuart’s Opera House advance its goal of providing unique cultural, artistic, and historical music education to the people of Nelsonville and beyond.
Health & Human Services
Senior Center Leadership Project
Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. This project helped bring together directors of senior centers representing 10 different Appalachian Ohio counties for a leadership summit.
Arts & Culture
Jazz Outreach Program
Appalachian Muse Appalachian Muse provided students in Guernsey and Muskingum counties with a first-hand jazz experience, featuring professional jazz musicians.
Health & Human Services
Eye Exams on Wheels
Vision To Learn, Ohio Optometric Foundation & Foundation for Appalachian Ohio The mobile vision unit will travel to schools throughout the region to provide children with free eye exams and glasses.