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A September of Opportunity | Every Small Donation Leads to Something BIG

A September of Opportunity | Every Small Donation Leads to Something BIG

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 8/31/15

September of Opportunity

Now that school is in full swing – we are all getting back into a routine! It is no different here at CHOICES, the last few weeks we have been busy distributing supplies to youth in our programs…because of your generosity!

As the school year begins, new needs and wish requests are made for our kids. Working to fulfill these requests is part of our mission to provide hope and strengthen foundations…for each individual child. 

Since July YOU have fulfilled 9 individual requests for youth, ranging from clothing to pay to play fees and therapy tools. WOW! We want to continue provide hope to our kids…and tell them YES.

We can only do this with your help, even a donation of $5-$10 can collectively fulfill one of the requests. With over 900 facebook friends we know that if each person can give a little a lot of GREAT things can happen for our kids.

So over the next month we will be posting a variety of wishes for our kids. If you can donate, AWESOME. If you can’t, you can still help by sharing with your friends and family on social media.  We love to use our network for the power of GOOD.

Stay tuned to learn more about each youth and their need or opportunity to succeed, and let’s help our kids see the success they can achieve!

Want to get a jump start on helping? That would be awesome, just click here and select September of Opportunity as the designation. All donations will directly benefit local youth.


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School Supply Drive for Local Foster Youth | Your Help is Needed

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 7/21/15

School Supply FB Image

Hey Dayton, we are kicking off our 3rd Annual School Supply Drive to help kids in all of our programs. You have made it success the past couple years and we are ready to do it again…but we need your help!

Your donation will help our kids be ready on day 1. We know we can’t provide everything to our kids on their list, but we can help with some of the key items.

We recognize that some people love to shop and some don’t. Check out or list of most needed items below or you can easily donate online by clicking here. With your monetary donation we can fill in items we are short on through other donations and help purchase graphing and scientific calculators. (right now we need about 15 scientific and 7 graphing calculators for our kids)

We welcome all new items but these are our most requested:

  1. New backpacks
  2. 1, 3 or 5 subject notebooks
  3. Black, blue or red pens
  4. #2 pencils, mechanical and regular
  5. Highlighters
  6. 1 & 2 inch binders
  7. Dividers (for binders)
  8. Book Covers
  9. Loose Leaf college ruled paper
  10. Graphing (TI 84+) or Scientific Calculators


This is a perfect collection opportunity for businesses or small groups. We would be happy to coordinate a pick up time for larger donations.

Any donation will help our kids, we would love to have a good portion of items by August 14th. But we actually accept these items year round.  Items can be dropped off at our office 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, Oh 45439.

Questions? Contact Ashley Pester at or (513) 659-8202.

Help CHOICES provide over 100 kids back to school supplies!

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Specific Household Items Needed | Mother Reunifying with Children

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 6/30/15

We are looking for some specific items to help a mother reunify with her children in July or August.  CHOICES has a program called Family Preservation. CHOICES specifically works with Mom, Dad or both to connect the parent to resources in the community. The parent then also works to meet goals with a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

One of our Mom’s is close to reaching her goal of reunification. Right now they are in the custody of the Grandmother.  Mom has leniency with visits and will be going to court later this month to determine custody.

We would like to help her with some of the key items needed to create a welcoming home environment for the kids. It is our hope that our supporters have some of these items waiting to find a new home, or would be willing to purchase or donate funds for us to get what she needs.

Here is what we are looking for according to each of her kids:

6 year old girl:

  • Sheets for twin bed
  • Floor Lamp
  • Size 8 clothing and size 13 shoes (gently used is fine)
  • Box spring for twin bed
  • Curtains and curtain rod


9 year old boy:

  • Sheets for twin bed and comforter
  • Floor Lamp
  • Size boys XL or men’s small clothing and size 2 shoe (gently used is fine)
  • Curtains and curtain rod


Other household needs:


  • Cleaning supplies: broom, mop & bucket, floor cleaning product, general cleaners, sponges, dish soap


If you can help with these items please contact Ashley Schiffer at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.  If you wish to donate online you can do so by clicking here. (for designation please choose home-based services)

The CHOICES caseworker will work with Mom and the kids to get them all involved in cleaning and setting up weekly chores.

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Dayton Photographer Needed for Senior Pictures

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 6/25/15

UPDATE: Wow in just a few hours last night we received MANY volunteers to offer their services. We are so happy to help Megan, and many of you offered to help other kids in a variety of ways! All the information will go to Megan’s caseworker and hopefully we can work next week to make a decision. Thank you a million times over for reaching out. This is proof that the Miami Valley has a big heart!


We are in search of a local photographer, in the Dayton area, who would be willing to donate their talents and time to help one of our foster youth with senior pictures.

Youth in foster care often go without the milestones of senior year, whether it is senior pictures, class rings, graduation parties and the list goes on.  CHOICES is dedicated to helping them experience it all by saying #Yes2ourKids.

We are hoping a photographer will step forward to help Megan with the missing piece of senior pictures. Megan has been in care with us for almost 9 years, she is a great young lady that has achieved so much. Originally from Darke county she has adjusted well to her foster home and school.

Megan has participated in Orchestra and just recently made Symphony. She works very hard to maintain good grades. Her plans after High School include going to Sinclair for two years and transferring to Wright State University to major in Criminal Justice. Megan was recently accepted to Camp Joy’s Counselor in Training Program this summer.  This is perfect for her because she is a positive role model for other foster youth who need someone to look up for.

If you are interested in donating your services to Megan (or perhaps other foster youth who will be seniors) please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122. 

Please note that due to confidentiality of our youth photographs you take will not be able to be shared publicly on facebook or social media. We will be happy to recognize your generosity on our facebook page if desired.

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Hey Dayton WIN Eagles Tickets | July 22nd Concert

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 6/19/15

Eagles Raffle

Calling all lovers of the Eagles, or maybe those who just want to have a good time! We are currently selling raffle tickets to the History of the Eagles concert on July 22nd at the Nutter Center. This includes 2 tickets to the concert and a $25 Olive Garden gift card.

This opportunity is being made available to us through our generous partnership with We Serve U, a volunteer service program at Wright State University. Thank you for your partnership and the support of the Nutter Center.

So, you want to WIN, right? Tickets are only $5 each or 6 for $20 and you can get them by contacting us or We Serve U.

All Proceeds benefit CHOICES and opportunities for our kids. Money raised will go towards things like school supplies, pay to pay fees for fall sports, and other activities for youth.

To coordinate purchasing tickets contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or

If We Serve U is closer to you feel free to contact Co-Chair Joanie Hendricks at 937-775-5244 or

Drawing will be held on July 10th! Best of luck!

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