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2014 Community All-Stars

 

Keeping Students Engaged

Sinclair Community College professor Bob Chaney was named Visionary Instructor of the Year at the Community College level by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He focuses on making sure math is not just an abstract thing for students by using hands-on activities. He has been teaching at Sinclair since 1989 and tries to help students get over their fear of the subject.

 

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Jessica was selected as the 2013 Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District. She began volunteering for the park district in 2010. She dedicated many hours this past year helping with weekly programs, summer camps and special events.

 

Feeding the Hungry in Dayton

Founded in 1996, the St. Patrick Soup Kitchen serves over 24,000 meals a year to anyone who is hungry or seeks fellowship. The soup kitchen is located in Troy and hosts meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-6pm. The soup kitchen runs solely on the support of the community. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.soupkitchen.org

 

Nature Expert

Kathy Gall is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and Master Gardener for Greene County. This past year she assisted with numerous programs like planning a nature club lesson, helping a preschool program, and leading four Nature Explorers camps. She also helps maintain plants at the Petrikis Butterfly Garden.

 

Snowy Conditions Didn't Stop this Good Samaritan

On December 8, a 77-year-old man hit an ice patch in Fairborn that caused his car to go into a ditch. He was advised to wait several hours for a tow but a complete stranger stopped to help him out. The good Samaritan was Cpl. Larry Draughn, a USMC vet and double amputee. He hooked the gentleman's car to a chain that was connected to his truck and pulled him out. He also helped pull two others out of a ditch that day.

 

Offering a Helping Hand to Families in Dayton

After her son was hospitalized at Dayton Children's Hospital overnight, Leslie Cayot realized many parents might run into the same problem she and her husband faced. They were not prepared for an overnight stay. She decided to start Helping Hands. The program's goal is to provide basic necessities in a Care Kit to families to help them through the first 12 hours of an overnight hospital stay. They give 800 care kits per year to Dayton Children's to help families who have a child admitted to an intensive care unit. To learn more, visit www.helpinghands.com.

 

Doing the Right Thing

On her way to the high school last November high school sophomore Alexis Francis observed a traffic collision on North Main Street and promptly exited her car to assist another individual to remove an elderly man from his vehicle. A Police Commendation read, "The victim survived this incident due to the emergency care he received…your selfless effort and quick action demonstrated a willingness to become actively involved as a good Samaritan in our community."

 

Creating a Caring Community

Established in 1996, Oak Tree Corner is an organization that provides a safe and caring community where children and teens from the greater Dayton area can learn to deal with grief from the death of a loved one. It has served more than 1,000 children and their families and is free to anyone that would like to attend. It runs solely on private donations. www.oaktreecorner.org

 

Putting a Stop to Bullying

Tenechia Barwick-Jones saw all too often the bullying that would go on in schools. She decided to do something about it. She started No1 Has2 Know, an organization with a mission of providing a comforting word or friend to hurt or suicidal teens and adults and to bring awareness to the lack of programs designed to meet the needs of these people. Teens and adults are able to visit the organization's website and get matched with someone able to lend a listening ear and sound advice. www.no1has2knowu.com

 

Providing for Children in the Miami Valley

Sarah Williams, Executive Director of Hannah's Treasure Chest, has been an instrumental part of the organizations success over the last couple of years. Hannah's Treasure Chest responds to the needs of families that do not have enough resources to provide for their babies, toddlers and children by supplying social service agencies in Montgomery, Butler, Greene and Warren Counties with clothing, furniture, toys, books and other essential items. In the past year, Hannah's Treasure Chest has provided over 7,000 children with clothing and equipment. www.hannahstreasure.org

 

Fundraising for Troops

Jill is a very active supporter of the Fisher House at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. She sits on the Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc. Board as the Officers' Spouses' Club representative. Currently, Jill is chairing the auction committee portion of the Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc. annual fundraiser, keeping a group of 15 committee members focused on obtaining items for the live and silent auctions. In 2013, Jill helped the Fisher House support 828 families from all over the world who came to Dayton to receive treatment.

 

Using her Crown to Help Animals

Emma Moore is a 4th grader from Tipp City who was recently crowned as the 2014 Jr. Miss Ohio. In her free time, Emma volunteers at 4 Paws for Ability. She participates in puppy playtime, she has helped organize dog treat drives, and has collected numerous supplies to help the facility. As well as helping at 4 Paws she also helps and makes contributions to the American Heart Association, Toys for Tots, and Relay for Life. Right now, Emma is in the process of building her own foundation called "Chasing Hope" where she wants to collect supplies and collect money to help children receive service dogs. Service dogs are quite costly and she wants every child to get the dogs they need.

 

A Nurse In and Out of the Office

Jacqueline Horne witnessed a traffic accident in Centerville on November 14. Jacqueline, who is a nurse, checked on the driver of the single car crash into a tree and found that the driver had suffered a medical emergency. She, along with several other witnesses, removed the victim from his car and she began providing life-saving care until help arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital and survived because of Jacqueline's quick actions.

 

Breast Cancer Survivors Turned Advocates

Tracie Metzger and Heather Salazar are the founders of Pink Ribbon Girls. Tracie discovered she had breast cancer at the age of 30 and Heather discovered her breast cancer at the age of 31. The two teamed up as they saw a need for support of young women battling breast cancer in the Dayton region and founded Pink Ribbon Girls. The organization's mission is to provide support to young women throughout all phases of the breast cancer journey. They do this through raising awareness, educating others and providing resources for life needs such as housekeeping, babysitting, meals and transportation. www.pinkribbongirls.com

 

Providing Beds in the Miami Valley

Trisha Baxter is an elementary school teacher that started Snuggled Up. One of her students was performing poorly in class and kept falling asleep. Trisha asked her why she was so tired and the little girl said the floor she slept on is so cold. Trisha soon realized that about half her class was in this same situation and it inspired her to found Snuggled Up, a non-profit that provides bedding and beds to students that are in need. She has been able to provide over 450 kids with beds and/or bedding in the four years since she started the organization. www.snuggledupinc.com

 

Supporting the Youth of Dayton

Beth Mann is the Board President of For Love of Children in Dayton. As Board President, Beth has assisted the organization in providing financial, educational and advocacy support to youth throughout the Greater Dayton Area. Beth has helped raise more than $500,000 in donations for FLOC. The organization works with over 5,000 children who are abused, neglected, in foster care, or in need of community resource. It is all on a volunteer basis. http://flocdayton.org

 

Building Friendships and Serving Dayton

Charlie's Gang is a group of five retirees, led by Charlie Gausling, that travel around Dayton twice a week volunteering at various Habitat for Humanity locations. One of the other retirees, Gerry Cassidy, started volunteering for Habitat because it gave him practical experience as well as an opportunity to do something for others. The group of five retirees gravitated towards each other and have built a strong friendship centered around their volunteer work. They have learned from one another and now do drywall, doors, trim, baseboard, cabinets, and carpentry.

 

Leaving a Legacy of Love

Judy LaMusga made her milestone 400th blood donation. "For me, it's one more donation," she said, dismissing any notion of nervousness. "The fact that it adds up to a big number doesn't mean a thing to me. It's only about another donation that goes to help people." Judy has been donating apheresis since the early 80's, and her advocacy efforts have helped recruit countless numbers of other donors. Lately she has been dedicating her donations to her brother-in-law, who needed several platelet transfusions for treatment of brain bleeds.

 

Feed the Creek

Every day there are students in the Beavercreek school district who will receive reduced cost and free lunch during the week. However, some of those students will have very little or nothing to eat on the weekends. One out of eight school age children (Kindergarten-8th grade) does not have enough food to eat over the weekend. Beavercreek students and their sibling(s) who are identified by the school guidance counselor for being at risk are eligible for the weekend meal Feed the Creek assistance program. Each week, qualified students will receive a bag of food to meet their needs during the weekend. Right now, the program is in 10 schools, feeding 290 children every weekend. www.feedthecreek.com.

 

Donations for Dogs

Ella is a nine year old girl that has been helping local animal rescues and shelters for over a year by holding events to collect needed items for them. She decided to collect 900 items for her ninth birthday. Ella ended up collecting over 2400 items and over $1760. She has put a lot of hard work into her events and her dedication has paid off. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EllasBirthdayWish.  

 

Adopt-A-Book

Twin 11-year-olds Hannah and Alex Laman head up a non-profit organization that provides books to underserved children. After learning that there were many kids out there that did not have the same access to books that they did, they decided to do something about it. They started Adopt-A-Book. The organization collects new or gently used books and gives them to organizations in need. They work with many schools, some that don't even have a library. Adopt-A-Book has collected and donated more than 37,000 books to date with a goal of reaching 1 million books in the next ten years. www.adoptabookohio.org.

 

Downtown Ambassadors

Existing under the umbrella of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the Downtown Ambassadors are a team of people dedicated to making downtown Dayton a clean and safe place to be. In 2013, the Downtown Ambassadors collected over 107,000 pounds of trash, removed 1,321 graffiti tags, used over 35,000 gallons of water to power-wash our sidewalks, and provided specific hospitality assistance to nearly 7,000 downtown visitors, employees and residents. Their presence is constant, collectively logging nearly 1,000 cycling miles throughout downtown Dayton, and walking countless more on foot.

 

Quick Thinking

On the morning of April 26, Paul Watson heard his mother calling him for help. He wasn't sure what was wrong but found his father unconscious on the floor. His training in the criminal justice program from his local high school kicked in. He kept calm, called 911, and performed chest compressions until the ambulance arrived. The doctor told the family that without the CPR Paul provided, his father would not have made it.