East Students' Magnified Giving Projects

East Students' Magnified Giving Projects Support Charities
Posted on 05/17/2018
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magnified giving logoHonors English students at the East freshman campus have recently completed a project not only for a grade, but for a good cause.

The students were tasked to choose a non-profit organization in greater Cincinnati to champion through a research project and presentation. Their fellow students evaluated each presentation, narrowing it down to three: Reach Out Lakota, Broken Bus Ministry and The Battle Buddy Foundation. A representative of the organizations spoke to the students so they could learn more about each cause, with students ultimately voting for the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Magnified Giving. This Cincinnati-based non-profit organization partners with schools to inspire students to become engaged in philanthropy.

Chris Mages chose Reach Out Lakota for his organization, which he learned about during his elementary years at Independence. Through several programs and fundraisers benefiting its outreach efforts, Chris learned about the many programs that Reach Out Lakota sponsors. “(It) also appealed to me because it is a great local organization which tries to help children and adults in need. It tries to address one of our largest problems, poverty,” said Chris. Now in its 25 year, Reach Out Lakota helps families in West Chester and Liberty townships through food and clothing assistance. In addition to providing Thanksgiving baskets, the organization also sponsors Adopt-a-Child Christmas and Back-to-School programs.

Katie Niewald knew that she wanted to find an organization that benefits veterans. The Battle Buddy Foundation helps veterans acquire service dogs to assist them with combat-related disabilities. “I love how they give back to people who come from similar experiences and trauma. It means a lot to me to see that these brave men and women receive the help they need in a way that will truly benefit them and not hinder them with heavy debts in the end. I feel as though The Battle Buddy Foundation truly makes a difference in veterans’ lives. They address a social issue I strongly believe in and so I greatly appreciate the organization. The difference they make is what truly appealed to me.”

After careful consideration, the students ultimately chose the Broken Bus Ministry as the grant recipient. The group, founded by Greg and Michele Bailes in Liberty Township, serves the homeless in Cincinnati from a mobile service vehicle. It’s a small, grassroots organization that is run solely through volunteer efforts. Gwyn Woeller knew about the organization through her Girl Scout troop. “I think it appealed to me mostly because they (are) a small organization that saw a huge problem in our community and (were) willing to do whatever it took to help solve that problem. It showed me that you can start really small and do great things if you just put some work and heart into what you believe.”

Chris, Katie and Gwyn all agree that this is a very worthwhile project for the class. “I thought that this project was a really great experience, and it should definitely be continued in future. I think that it really helped all of us get to know the greater Cincinnati area better and really see all of the problems in it. This project made me realize that I really do have an impact on my community and I can make a huge difference,” said Katie. Reach Out Lakota and The Battle Buddy Foundation both received $250 from Magnified Giving.