Backpack Giveaway

In August 2018, a “Back to School” program provided over 1,400 children living in the Price Hill area with supplies in conjunction with Santa Maria services. Over 80,000 items were stuffed in the backpacks. Over 60 volunteers were on hand to stuff the backpacks! Each child received a clear backpack with all the requested supplies. Many of these children had no pencils or paper of their own in previous school years. The children “oh” and “ah” over simple school supplies. Channel 19 WXIX covered this event with the press release going to all the media. The recipients of the first event were 300 children & resource coordinator at Roll Hill School in 2005. Since then 1,700 children who live in Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing, school children in Newport and Covington public housing as well as West Clermont Elementary schools, St Joseph Orphanage and other social services have received back packs filled with school supplies. The budget for this program is over $20,000 for 2019 to provide over 2,500 filled backpacks.

Rent Assistance

The Rent Assistance Program is managed by the Freestore/Foodbank, Cincinnati, Ohio, CAIN in Northside, Jewish Family Service, Santa Maria Community Services and the Welcome House, Covington, KY. This program grants up to $500 rental assistance, paid directly to the landlord, on a one-time basis. The concept of this program is a bridge over a rough spot in a resident’s life to prevent losing a good resident due to an emergency. The budget for this program is $56,000.

Contact the Partners by faxing the form provided to the FreestoreFoodbank, then follow-up with Ryan Luckie and to Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, then follow-up with Amanda Couch. CAIN may be reached at 513-591-2246, they serve the residents of 45223 zip code. The recording will tell you the hours the office is open. Jewish Family Service may be reached at 513-766.3760.  Please go to the drop down menu and select the partner you want to contact as the application process has been updated with different applications for each partner. Each of our partners have food pantries and offer other services that a prospective recipient may need in stabilizing their situation.  Rent Assistance page with forms

Food Distribution

Non-perishable food items are collected through participating apartment communities then taken to a food pantry in the same area for distribution. Over 7,000 pounds of food has been collected each year for this distribution.

This distribution is now including CAIN (NE Cinti), Corpus Christi Food Pantry (off Hamilton Ave) and LIFE (E Cinti) as the increased need has been demonstrated. Reports from the pantries indicate the need is all through the year. This need has driven our Canned Food Drive to be an all year event with collection including funds to purchase food in bulk and distribute throughout the year rather than all at one time. At this time there will be deliveries made twice a year throughout the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky area to meet the need of 20 pantries. The budget for this program is $24,000. These distributions also include cleaning and hygiene products.
Your donation makes a difference.

REMEMBER:  Hunger knows no season, never takes a vacation nor is satisfied by good thoughts.

Scholarship Program

Applications are now available for the Spring 2019 designation series.  AAO scholarship Spring 2019

Each January at least 2 scholarships are awarded to students recommended by the Freestore/Foodbank, the Welcome House , CAIN and Jewish Family Service. The recommended students are awarded $1,000 to be paid directly to the post-secondary school of their choice. This often covers the books and lab costs not covered by other grants or loans. The budget for this program is $4,000.

Scholarships are also awarded to candidates for the NALP (National Apartment Leasing Professional), CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) and CAMT (Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician) who apply. The budget for this program is over $4,500. Follow the GCNKAA link to view the designation series of your choice.

Senior Events

Outreach provides, lunch, drinks, desserts, music and a fun game of Bingo to seniors living in affordable, low income rental housing.