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Cincinnati Cares rallied nonprofits, volunteers for ‘National Day of Service,’ first effort of kind in region

Special to NKyTribune

For the first time ever, a “National Day of Service” for Sept. 11 was organized by Cincinnati Cares, a local nonprofit working to improve the region’s volunteer ecosystem.

“Our mission is to inspire and empower people to engage in volunteering, and it was surprising to us that Cincinnati had not embraced Sept. 11 as a day of service to remember those affected by the tragic events that rocked our world that day,” said Carol Rountree, Cincinnati Cares’ chief volunteer officer. “So one of our first areas of work is to improve how Greater Cincinnatians embrace this and all recognized national days of service.”

9/11 Day has grown to become the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement, with more than 15 million Americans, and others around the world, taking time out to volunteer, support charities, and perform simple good deeds in remembrance of the victims of terrorism and other terrorist acts that continue to happen around the world.

Sadly, Cincinnati had not participated in the past but that changed this week.

More than two dozen nonprofits hosted volunteers, many were children and working adults the\rough Sept. 14. on more than 30 different projects.

Opportunities were apparent all over the region, including Ft. Thomas and Hamliton, Ohio.

Participating nonprofits included:

●  Cancer Support Community 

●  Cincinnati Community ToolBank 

●  Cincinnati Parks 

●  Circle Tail, Inc. 

●  Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati 

●  Community Learning Center Institute 

●  Findlay Market 

●  Crayons to Computers 

●  Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati 

●  EPIC House 

●  Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, Inc. 

●  Findlay Kitchen 

●  Imago 

●  Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center 

●  SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-income Families) 

●  Sidestreams 500 Gardens 

●  St. Francis Seraph Ministries 

●  St. Vincent de Paul 

●  Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank 

●  The Healing Center 

●  United Pet Fund 

●  Valley View Foundation 

●  Women’s Crisis Center 

●  Working In Neighborhoods 

●  YWCA of Greater Cincinnati 

Cincinnati Cares is already working on doing a similar day of service in January for the Martin Luther King national holiday.

For more information or questions, contact Rountree at carol@inspiringservice.org . 

“I loved planning a city-wide day of service that is open to anyone in Greater Cincinnati,” said Rountree, the main organizer of the event. “The nonprofits who participated seemed so grateful for the opportunity to not only get needed work done at their organization but to have a chance to engage volunteers that may not know about the work they are doing in the community.” 

Launched in late 2017, the Cincinnati Cares technology platform is the most popular way for people in Greater Cincinnati to find their way to help. The organization also operates a platform that connects volunteer leaders to nonprofit boards. 

For more information about Cincinnati Cares, go to its website, where businesses, individuals and nonprofits can learn more about how to work with Cincinnati Cares. 

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