Area briefs

Donations sought for Bethany Center

PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is collecting clothing and non-perishable food donations for the Bethany Center in Piqua.

Those interested in donating clothing and non-perishable food items such as pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and canned meats are asked to deliver goods to the designated barrels around the Piqua or Darke County campus. Donations may be made through April 21.

The mission of the NSLS is to build leaders who make a better world. The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and communities where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

For more information, contact Kimberly Wall, NSLS advisor, by emailing

Grants awarded

DAYTON — The Dayton Foundation has awarded 14 grants totaling $30,777 to area not-for-profits as part of its first Greenlight Grants program. Greenlight Grants is a new competitive funding program for Greater Dayton nonprofits seeking quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building. Grants are approved to promote efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Blue Star Mothers of America — Miami Valley Chapter No. 3 ($2,000): help purchase coats, hats and gloves for military veterans in need.

Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum ($2,000): assist with promoting rail and heritage tourism and leveraging additional funding from the state of Ohio.

Canoe skills demo offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch will be sponsoring a canoe skills demonstration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The Piqua Branch is located at 223 W.High St. Piqua.

This is a free event open to both YMCA and non-YMCA members, and will be held in the pool. Space is limited to the first 20 people who register, and is open to adults and youth 15 and older. This event is designed for beginning canoe enthusiasts with little or no canoeing experience.

The demonstration will be taught by Jeff Lange, a local canoeing enthusiast with more than 25 years experience.

To register, call the Piqua YMCA at (937) 773-9622. For questions, contact Donn Shade at the Piqua YMCA at or call 773-9622.