MIAMI COUNTY — Recently, Give Where You Live of Miami County had three presentations from CASA/GAL of Miami County, The Troy Rec Center and Needy Basket. Needy Basket was the selected charity and by Needy Basket participating in Meijer’s Double Match Days in May and June they will get the GWYL grant of $10,000-plus turned into more than $30,000.
Needy Basket, a non-profit, was founded in 1946 to provide food and other assistance to families in need in Tipp City, Monroe Township, and Bethel Township. Since 2009, requests for food have more than doubled — from 522 requests in 2009 to 1,370 requests in 2018. A significant need for food still exists despite a strong national economy. They also need volunteers to help in distributing food. You can find out more about Needy Basket at: http://www.needybasket.org/
CASA/GAL, a non-profit, works for the abused and neglected children of Miami County. Their mission is to provide a Court Appointed Special Advocate /Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) to each abused and neglected child for whom placement is being determined by Miami County Juvenile Court. Every year hundreds of abused and neglected children of Miami County are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. CASAs become these children’s voice in the court and advocate for their best interests. All CASAs are volunteers who represent and advocate for the best interests of the children in the courts in an effective, timely and professional manner until the case is permanently resolved. They need volunteers who want to become CASAs. You can find more about CASA/GAL at: https://www.miamicountycasa.org/
The Troy Rec, a non-profit, was formed in 1941. It is located in a historic building in downtown Troy. The Rec provides a supervised fun location for local teens to come after school. Teens can meet their friends and enjoy playing pool, basketball, doing homework, or just hanging out. The Rec has computers with internet access available for use. There is no charge for 6th-12th grade students to use this facility. Students must have a parent signed student agreement form on file. They also need volunteers who want to participate in supervised fun. You can find more about The Rec at: http://www.troyrec.com/
If you are a charitable organization with a foot print in Miami County, then you need to join us at Give Where You Live (GWYL) and help spread the good news. GWYL is a group of women and men who have the desire to support charitable organizations impacting Miami County. Started in 2015, the organization now has 121 members. The organization is a giving circle patterned after the operations of 100+ Women. Members meet four times a year, and each member brings a blank check for $100 to the meeting. Every member can nominate a Miami County charity. Members who come to the meeting can put the name of the charity they want to speak about into the hat. Three names are drawn at random at each meeting. Selected members make a 5-minute presentation about each cause. Then there is a 5-minute Q&A about the presentations. Then we vote on which cause to support and the top vote-getting charity then receives all the checks, made out to them on the spot all done in about 20 minutes. As of May 2019, Give Where You Live has given more thab $150,000 to Miami County charities.
Membership to Give Where You Live of Miami County is open throughout the year. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City. Meetings start promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, or to sign up as a member, visit http://givewhereyoulive.wixsite.com/miamicounty. You may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.