New and established nonprofits gear up for fourth annual Richland Gives on Nov. 27


Richland County Foundation President Brady Groves celebrates with community members during the Richland Gives 2017 Watch Party at The Phoenix Brewing Company. MANSFIELD — The Richland County Foundation’s fourth annual day of giving is scheduled for Nov. 27. Richland Gives asks community members to give to local nonprofits that inspire them – all on the same day. Richland Gives is designed to encourage people to contribute to local nonprofits they care about through a single giving platform/website. The Foundation sponsors the day to build capacity, grow philanthropy and make the community stronger. The day of giving will allow 82 local organizations to raise funds and awareness as well as cultivate new donors and reinvigorate lapsed donors. Harmony House, a local homeless shelter in Mansfield, works to, “empower the homeless in Richland County with a clear path to housing and hope.” Harmony House offers safe clean housing for women, men, children, the elderly and families. The organization assesses each individual case and creates a plan and path to success. Plans connects individuals with transportation, job placement and eventually permanent residency. Harmony House also offers a unique service; housing for single fathers with children. It is the only place outside of Columbus to offer housing for this specific need. “Awareness is half the battle,” Steve Myers said. “A lot of people, businesses, and other organizations may not know of us, but we share a story and see how life changing the experiences are, they want to be involved. They want to help. People believe in what we do.” When Lizzy’s story went viral, the family experienced an outpouring of support from people all over the globe. The generosity of complete strangers funded a trip for Lizzy and her family to Istanbul where Lizzy had a once in a lifetime experience creating visual memories Lizzy can revisit if her vision completely fails. The Myers were so moved by the incredible support from around the world they decided to start a nonprofit to pay their experiences forward to other children who deserve to create memories of a lifetime. Shelby residents Steve Stone and […]

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