Our wonderful friends at Parker Lee Foundation put on quite a PBR10K'16 event February 28th! About 1,300 guests gathered at Park Street Saloon to enjoy some PBR, Donatos pizza, and live bands. The night wrapped up with PLF founders and board members on-stage presenting a $25,000 check to DFYF's CEO Duane Casares. We are so honored and thankful to Parker Lee Foundation and all those who came out and supported this amazing event!
DFYF was awarded a 2015 Impact Grant from Safelite AutoGlass Foundation. This is the fifth year the Foundation has awarded its Impact Grants, and we are honored to be one of twenty local non-profits to receive a $25,000 grant. Money goes towards a much-needed new passenger van for Ohio Avenue Youth Center. Thank you Safelite AutoGlass Foundation!
We’ve been busy with holiday fun and important work in the community.
- DFYF hallways have been bustling transporting wrapped gifts, bicycles and filled stockings. Thank you to friends, families and corporations who adopted 55 of our client families and to others who gave money to Friends Helping Families
- Snowman's Winter Wonderland was a festive event for Crittenton Center youth and their families. The evening included a wonderful dinner, craft activities, awards, dance performance, and skits by our Teen Outreach Program youth.
- Our youth centers were busy with holiday projects for kids who wanted to make gifts, cards and ornaments.
- Youth in our Teen Outreach Program led a community service project and delivered snack bags to Ronald McDonald House families. They baked over four dozen cookies and donated 60 snack bags.
- And most importantly, we continue to fulfill our mission - helping young clients through a time of year that can sometimes be stressful and challenging. That’s the best gift we can give.
Smart Business Columbus November 2015 issue has a Building Stronger Communities feature: “Duane Casares infuses a healthy culture into Directions for Youth & Families.” Duane says culture is something all organizations need to focus on, “It is critical that we create a supportive environment for our workers, because they are the tools that we use to move in and out of the lives of those we serve.” Read full article here.
- Thank you to the Tom Fennessy/Mike Harden Back-To-School Project for providing over 900 backpacks filled with school supplies for our youth.
- School Connections and Student Outreach Services are DFYF programs in South-Western City Schools, Columbus City Schools, Delaware City Schools, and others providing services to students who require behavioral or mental health intervention to increase academic success.
- My Best Self is a teen pregnancy prevention group program in local schools throughout Franklin County.
- Our After-School Programs at Ohio Avenue Youth Center and Crittenton Center are designed to create a safe, positive environment for youth ages 8-17.
- Ready Set Grow is our in-home service that works to provide kindergarten readiness skills to families with children ages 3-6.
Catch up with DFYF news. Read about our scholarship winners, Crittenton Center opening, the "world of difference" letter one of our clients wrote, State of the Child Luncheon, and a behind the scenes look at Duane and Dave at 97.1 The Fan studio. We hope you enjoy reading a little bit about us and our community.
Thank you to our friends at Parker Lee Foundation for generously planning and hosting a sold out PBR10K’15 event with proceeds going to DFYF (and as they phrased in the subject line of the check, “For the Kids!”). 1,150 people enjoyed four bands, almost 300 Donato’s pizzas and, of course, PBR at Park Street Complex on February 28th. We thank PLF and all who supported this great event!
Directions for Youth & Families was named as one of the 2015 Best Nonprofits to Work For by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group. Only 50 organizations were chosen nationally. Of this distinction, CEO Duane Casares said, “It’s exceptional for DFYF to be nationally recognized for this important, fully embraced work culture that we have in place. We strive to support our front-line staff because they are the ones who deal directly with our clients, and serving our clients is our #1 priority. The work we do is important in our community. We feel very proud of the organization we’ve built”. A special report profiling the selected organizations is in the April 2015 issue of The NonProfit Times.
"Receiving the 2013 Agency Award of Excellence is an honor of which we all can be very
proud. Thanks to all of our staff for their contributions and support of our United Way
campaign," Duane Casares, DFYF CEO, said.
Parker Lee Foundation board members present check to DFYF Vice Chair Allan Dinsmore.
Pictured here are (from left): Ron Kowal, Josh "Parker" Adkins, Kim "Lee" Niswander, Allan Dinsmore,
and Todd Baumann. Not pictured is Joe Gaynor, who was taking photos.
A huge THANK YOU to the Parker Lee Foundation (PLF) for the generous donation of $15,000 in proceeds from its 2014 PBR 10K event!
Directions for Youth & Families has been the beneficiary of generosity from PLF's largest annual event for the past five years. PLF members developed a heart for giving to DFYF's after school prevention programs after they parked cars at Short Stop fundraising events when they were in college. They have grow this annual event each year, with the 2014 PBR 10K attracting approximately 1,100 attendees!
The PLF board members pictured above presented the $15,000 check at DFYF's March Executive Committee meeting and then visited Short Stop to share the good news with Chp Smith, who was the original DFYF person with whom they worked.
Thanks to the Parker Lee Foundation for the remarkable ways they touch and change the lives of young people in our community through their generosity!