Kettering Veterans & Inventor Campaign

The Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History walk to the City of Kettering was dedicated on November 11, 2016. The Foundation raised $450,000 in pledges and in-kind services to construct this one of a kind plaza. This project was the Foundations most successful campaign since 19893.
Below is a video showing the project’s construction process.
CLICK HERE to view an interactive map to learn more about the history of Charles F. Kettering and a deeper dive into the history depicted on the military pillars of the Veteran’s plaza.

Financial Assistance Available

It is the mission of the Kettering Parks Foundation to help improve the quality of life in our city. This is done in many ways including providing financial assistance to Kettering residents so that they may participate in the City’s recreation programs. Through the generous support of the Kettering Parks Foundation, financial assistance is available. Families can qualify for up to $200 to help remove financial barriers of participating in programs.

To receive financial assistance, the recipient must:

 Be a resident of the City of Kettering

 Meet eligibility requirements below

 Have not submitted a request during the calendar year

 Applicant must decide what programs and/or passes they are interested in and indicate on the application form

Awards will be granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Need is determined through the number of persons in the household and the total household income.

Steps for Applying for and Receiving Assistance

Applicants are required to complete a Financial Assistance Application and submit to the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Administrative Offices along with their most recent federal tax return or other documentation of income. Applicant must decide what programs and/or passes they are interested in and indicate on the application form. Applicants may make one request per calendar year.

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Staff will review the application and determine eligibility and maximum award. Staff will then register applicant for programs and/or passes and either pay full balance using financial assistance funds or leave a balance due for the applicant to pay within one week.

Applicants will be notified by mail or phone. Please note that refunds will not be given for classes or passes paid by financial assistance funds.

Financial Assistance Form

Foundation Receives Grant from Ohio Department of Health

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio, Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Violence and Injury Prevention Program, and Wright State University Center for Healthy Communities AHEC Region IV, the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department will offer Whole Body Health, an evening dedicated to educating women, ages 13-44, about healthy practices that contribute to their physical and emotional health.

Land Lab Learning Dock Receives International Award

The KPF, in partnership with Dor-Wood Optimist Club, the City of Kettering and the Kettering City Schools, built an observation deck at  Pondview Park. The deck won the Future of Optimism Winner for the 2006-2007 years. The goal was to provide a safe way for residents to view wildlife and to provide recreation opportunities in the form of fishing and hiking. Members cleared land, built pathways and trails and procured funding to build an observation deck. Dor-Wood members cleared brush and assisted in building pathways. The City provided manpower and the necessary equipment. Kettering teachers provided guidance and a curriculum for the Living Learning Lab. The Living Learning Lab has created a beautiful educational environment for more than 3,000 Kettering student visitors and community residents. As a result of their work, the Club has become recognized in the community and received a number of new members!

Reach for the Sky Campaign

Want to know what it means to reach for the sky? It’s that sensation of creativity when the paint on the tip of your brush blends with the canvas. It’s that feeling of triumph when you dive into the water for the first time. It’s that sense of belonging when your feet pound the floor in time with twenty other dancers. These are the experiences that inspire the Reach for the Sky Campaign. For years, you’ve known that our goal has always been to improve the quality of life for all residents of Kettering. Today, we campaign to continue this goal.

Campaign Status
The Kettering Parks Foundation’s purpose is to provide financial assistance for individuals in our community who may not be able to afford the cultural, recreational, and educational enrichment programs offered by Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. The Reach for the Sky Campaign will raise $115,000 by the end of 2013, so that all residents of Kettering may participate in all of the wonderful programs and facilities offered by the PRCA Department regardless of economic status.

But we need your help to make this dream a reality. You have the power to make a difference in the life of your community today. Help us plant the seeds so that all branches of our community will be able to reach for the sky.

What is the Reach for the Sky Campaign?
The Reach for the Sky Campaign is a fundraising effort by the Kettering Parks Foundation to create a fund that will provide financial assistance for individuals in our community who may not be able to afford the cultural, recreational, and educational enrichment programs offered by Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

What is the goal?
The goal is to raise $115,000 by the end of 2013.

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What is the Reach for the Sky Commemorative Tree?
To commemorate the Reach for the Sky Permanent Fund Campaign the Kettering Parks Foundation has commissioned the creation of a unique sculpture that will be on permanent display in the newly refurbished Kettering Recreation Center Lobby. The tree sculpture represents our local community, with the branches and leaves symbolizing the many different and unique individuals, businesses and organizations that assit the Kettering community to reach for the sky. There will be a special plaque on the wall beside the tree which will serve as permanent recognition for any individual or company who makes a contribution to the Reach for the Sky Campaign.

Who does the campaign benefit?
The campaign benefits individuals and families in our community that cannot afford to participate in all of the wonderful programs and facilities offered by the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

Who contributes to the fund?
Individuals and businesses of Kettering contribute to the fund. Many of them have participated in the PRCA Department’s programs, and they want to give back. They recognize the importance of such a fund for the overall wellbeing of the community.

Is our gift tax-deductible?
Most gifts to the Campaign are fully tax-deductible according to IRS regulations. Please check with your professional tax advisor.

How do I make a donation?
There are several ways you can donate to the Reach for the Sky Campaign. You print out the form below mail it back to us with your contribution. Or, you can donate using the button below.

Is there someone I can speak to if I have additional questions?
You may call or email us. You can reach us at (937) 296-2454 or email us at info@ketteringparksfoundation.org.

Kettering Service Clubs Make Historic Pledge

In December of 2011 the four local major services clubs joined forces to support the Kettering Parks Foundation. The Rotary Club of Kettering, Dorwood-Optimists, Noon Optimists, and the Kettering – Centerville Kiwanis clubs all joined forces and pledged a combined gift of $34,000 to the Reach for the Sky Campaign. This gift is historic in that it marks the first time that any of the club members can recall that all four service clubs joined together to support a single program. The gifts came from the clubs, foundations and individual club members as well, and the donation enabled the Reach for the Sky Campaign to surpass the 50% fundraising mark. The Kettering Parks Foundation is extremely appreciative of the generosity of these great organizations, and it is another example of why the Kettering Community is such a great place to live, work and play.