Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community 04/29/14

Today we heard from Heidi Woods of The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County. Her work is to keep young people from getting hooked on drugs through education and support. The earlier children begin to understand the impact of drugs, the better chances they won’t become addicts. Heidi can be contacts at heidi.woods@recoveryctr.org or 513-735-8159.

Heidi shared about some very informative websites...
“The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County promotes drug free environments for youth by providing education to the community about the risks of alcohol and drug use. Their vision is to ensure every youth in our community grows up in an environment that is purposefully drug-free.” Goals include:
  • Decrease the number of youth who are using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Increase youth perception of personal harm associated with using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Increase the percentage of parents who express their disapproval of youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

“SOLACE seeks to end the crisis of substance abuse, primarily prescription drug and opiate addiction, by providing support to individuals and families affected by addiction, advocating for policy changes that can change environmental conditions that encourage drug use and mobilizing communities to affect their own change.”

-Find a drug dropbox near you http://rxdrugdropbox.org/

Mike Crutcher is the new President of the coalition. He has 3 kids in the CNE school district and is working hard to educate kids about the drug abuse problems in our county. Mike shared an organizational chart outlining several board and committee positions that are available. These include Vice President, Secretary, School Activities, Policies, Data, Community Relations and Solace. If interested, contact Mike at crutcherdesigngroup@gmail.com or 513-687-3404.  

Next week we will hear from Paul Schmid and Leila Spriggs of Clermont Crew.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from David Poland. He has been executive director of Woodland Lakes Christian Camp located in Amelia for the past 2 years. 17 years ago he was the maintenance and grounds keeper at the camp. Their mission is to exalt Jesus Christ and touch lives. www.woodlandlakes.com

The 94 acre camp was founded in 1945 and there are lots of legends people tell including “the ghost in the kitchen” or “the ghost cabin 6.” There are so many great activities zip line into lake, 45’ giant swing, climbing tower, go karts and bazooka ball. Many of our activities can be made available for community use.

Woodland lakes is a 501c3 and has 34 supporting churches. Summer Camp times go from early June through August. Campers range in age from 4-18 years old. The rest of the year, many groups rent the camp for retreats. The camp wants to be a place where lives are changed for the better. When disasters occur in our area, they want to be a resource to the community.

Woodland Lakes offers more than Christian camping. Businesses use the camp for team building exercises, trainings and other such things.

May 31 is their summer camp kick off from 12-4 and everyone is invited. Bring your kids to this free event and purchase a smoked pork meal for $7. They are also doing a golf outing on May 23 at Lindale Golf Club. Friday, June 13 is a fundraising concert at the camp and the theme will be “purity.”

Next week we will hear from Heidi Woods-Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Ed Lee of Habitat for Humanity. http://habitatcincinnati.org/

Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

Habitat began as a grassroots organization. Operates in over 70 countries and has 1200+ affiliates in the U.S. They have built or repaired over 800,000 homes in more than 3000 communities worldwide. Habitat is not a give-away program. Homes are sold to partner families at no-profit with an affordable mortgage. They build homes through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Partners include corporations, government, churches, schools, and individuals.

Habitat has been building in the Tri-state for 28 years and in 2013 formed a single, 9-county region. There have been about 500 homes built or rehabbed in this region with about 40 more planned for this year. Habitat is a top 10 builder in the United States. They tithe 10% of revenues to global building in Kenya, El Salvador, Cambodia, and Armenia. Ed has spent time building in Haiti and would love to share that opportunity with anyone who is interested.

Partner families are selected based on 3 criteria:
-Must currently live in substandard housing
-Must be able to afford the monthly mortgage
-Must be willing to partner with Habitat by putting in 250-500 hours of sweat equity and take courses related to home ownership.

Why do they do what they do? Because home ownership impacts children positively:
-28% more likely to graduate from HS
-116% more likely to go to college
-20% less likely to become teenage mothers
-16% more likely to be involved in their school and community

If you know of any available property in Clermont County, please contact Ed.Lee@habitatcincinnati.org

Next week we will have a membership discussion about member recruitment and retention as well as a board meeting.