Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Empowering receives grant support for 2019 programs

Empowering students work on their homework, and reading and math basics five days a week. Two Wednesdays a month they also participate in school-based-mentoring with volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Grants from Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation and Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations have helped make these programs possible.
GREENVILLE - Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation and Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations have each given grants to Empowering Darke County Youth to help solidify an aggressive program of service to students struggling in their educational goals this year.

“We can’t thank these organizations enough,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator. “Our biggest challenge every year is obtaining the resources to meet ever increasing requests for help from the parents and caregivers concerned about their students struggling at school. It takes full community support, and grants such as these are a major part of it.”

This is the second year of support from the Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund and Ketrow Foundation. Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations has joined with its support for the first time this year.

“This is our third full year of service to Darke County’s youth, and each year has been a learning experience and a challenge,” Robinson added. “Requests for help in our Greenville After School Program have more than tripled since 2016. We are starting to offer transportation through Greenville Transit for struggling students who need a ride home after tutoring. This needs to be expanded, as too many students who need help are being left out because they have no transportation.

“We also hope to provide a satellite After School Program in another school district in the next year or two. And we plan to explore the possibility of offering Summer Tutoring in other Darke County communities, in addition to our established programs at the Greenville Public Library and Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus.”

Empowering Darke County Youth needs help from the community, not only with donations, but also local citizens wanting to help in administrative, fundraising, marketing or other volunteer capacities. The organization’s third Annual Meeting takes place March 7, 7 p.m., at Tribute Funeral Home, Greenville Campus, 1000 North Broadway. It is open to the public; all interested persons are invited to attend.

Want more information? Message Empowering on Facebook, send an email to or write to Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

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