Don Mills Center and Concert Association among agencies Warren Gives effort will help

Two local organizations are among dozens participating in a new fundraising initiative through the Community Foundation of Warren County.

One is a long-standing non-profit serving the disabled of the community.

The other is a cultural group that sponsors concerts each year in Warren County at the Struthers Library Theatre in downtown Warren.

The Don Mills Achievement Center and the Warren Concert Association are just two of 100 local organizations participating in Warren Gives, a 12-hour online donation event hosted by the Community Foundation of Warren County on May 8 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Don Mills Achievement Center, formerly Crippled Children Committee, is a non-profit social service agency serving the disabled of the county for over 88 years.

Many of the center’s programs are offered to the community at little or no cos. “We are delighted to have been chosen by the Community Foundation of Warren County to participate in this exciting event,” said Barb Swanson of the Don Mills Achievement Center. “What a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the many organizations in Warren County and to be able to donate to those organizations, all at the same time.”

The center is preparing for the summer program Camp Talk-A-Lot held at Chapman State Park over three weeks for all children with the focus on speech, hearing and language challenges.

“The goals of camp are carried out through a coordinated program of articulation therapy, language-oriented activities, music, crafts, nature studies, math, reading skill activities and much more,” Swanson said. “Camp is staffed with four speech/language pathologists, a special education teacher and an early childhood teacher. A busy crew of dedicated volunteers round out our staff and, of course, we are always recruiting new volunteers!”

The mission and purpose of the Don Mills Achievement Center is to develop and provide programs and services which offer assistance in meeting the special needs and challenges of all residents of Warren County and the surrounding areas. Visit the centers website, www.donmillsachievementcenter.org, for more information about its services.

Warren Concert Association Manager Pat Evans said all funds received from the program will assist in the 2013-2014 concert series.

“The board members of the Warren Concert Association are intrigued with the Warren Gives program. It’s an opportunity for our non-profit, funded by subscribers and donors, to have access to a new way of fundraising and, hopefully, to let the broader community know about our organization,” Evans said. “The WCA is pleased to have been chosen to be part of the inaugural year of Warren Gives. We look forward to the success of the May 8 online event and are grateful for the matching funds provided by the Community Foundation of Warren County, the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Solokski Memorial Fund.”

Rrom 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on May 8, the website www.warrengives.org will be open for donors to give to their favorite charities. The Community Foundation, along with the DeFrees Family Fund and Sokolski Family Fund have come together with a $25,000 match to be distributed proportionally among the organizations at the end of the event.