Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Local Community Shares receives grant to start volunteer program

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Greater Cincinnati Community Shares, a federation that funds 23 social service agencies that don't receive United Way money, has received grants to develop a volunteer program and move into larger space.

        The organization will stay in the Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church building, 103 William Howard Taft Road, but will move into a bigger office.

        A $24,700 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation will go toward the renovation and one year's part-time salary for the volunteer coordinator.

        The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation gave $5,000 to make the office accessible for wheelchairs, and the Charles Westheimer Family Fund provided another $6,000.

        “This funding is a big boost for us,” said Mary McCoy, Community Shares executive director. “We have always depended on volunteer support to keep our costs down, but the new funds make it possible for us to reach out to the broader community.”

        Greater Cincinnati Community Shares' 1999 campaign collected $192,000, an increase of more than 30 percent over the previous year.

        The alternative fund drive had set a 1999 goal of $185,000.

        Last year's effort was the first drive in which the city of Cincinnati's 6,500 employees had Community Shares as a payroll-deductible charity option.

        Community Shares also is a choice for the 13,500 federal government employees in Greater Cincinnati, the 13,400 employees at the University of Cincinnati and the 6,000 employees of Cincinnati Public Schools.

        Last year was the fourth year Community Shares conducted workplace-based employee-giving drives.

        Community Shares is looking for a volunteer coordinator. That person will receive advice and training from the United Way & Community Chest, which has run a successful volunteer program for several years.


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