Kettering Parks Foundation Special Summer Campaign: Feeding Our Kettering Kids

kpf headerThe Kettering Parks Foundation was founded in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide financial support through charitable donations that help support the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department (PRCA) facilities, programs and services. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million dollars for projects and facilities that enhance our public spaces and places. However, in 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the parks, recreation and cultural arts departments’ ability to safely operate summer programs, facilities and events. The department is slowly phasing services back through a reopening plan, prioritizing the safety and health of staff and customers while still focusing on providing quality service within the Responsible RestartOhio protocol. The Parks Foundation trusts that PRCA will be back in full strength for the summer of 2021.

The summer of 2020 is like no other and with a refocus to help the community, the Foundation in partnership with PRCA would like to help with the challenges families are currently facing in Kettering. In the past three months, through conversations with the Parks Foundation’s various partners, it has become clear that COVID-19 has created a tremendous hardship for many of the underserved families in Kettering, and food insecurity is the number one challenge. We hope you would agree, no child in Kettering should go hungry.

In an effort to assist with the food challenges for our families and youth in Kettering, we need your financial support. The Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and the Kettering Backpack Program, is requesting donations to help raise $10,000 to support the Kettering Backpack Program.

This special Parks Foundation campaign “Feeding our Kettering Kids” will run from June 22 – July 19, 2020 with the goal of raising $10,000. Your tax deductible donation will go directly to the Kettering Backpack Program to assist with purchasing nonperishable food items distributed to the children in Kettering on each Thursday this summer. Donations can be made online
at www.ketteringparksfoundation.org or via mail to Kettering Parks Foundation, 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, Ohio 45429.

Brief: Kettering Backpack Program:
The Kettering Back Pack Program (KBI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with one goal: to fight childhood hunger each week. In Kettering, 40% of school age children qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. KBI discreetly provides at-risk students with a bag of food each Thursday throughout the school year. This food helps sustain the student’s nutritional needs over the weekend. Based on the food scarcity challenges children are facing, KBI will be expanding their program into the summer months. The estimated number of children who are in need is approximately 900.

Thank you for your generous donation,
Neil M. Smalley
President, Kettering Parks Foundation

Buy a Brick Program

The Kettering Parks Foundation is actively selling bricks to be placed at the Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History Walk. Bricks come in various sizes and price ranges. A 4″x8″ brick sells for $100 and can utilize up to three lines of text (up to 42 characters total). An 8″x8″ brick sells for $250 and can utilize up to 6 lines of text (up to 84 characters total). A 12″x12″ brick sells for $500 and can utilize up to 8 lines of text (up to 112 characters total). The buy a brick program is a great way to honor a loved one, support the community and assist in the preservation of the Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History Walk. Bricks can be purchased by using the BUY A BRICK Form.