Community Involvement

 

Rick Smith strongly believes in being a socially responsible steward of his community. It is a fundamental value that makes up Smith Realty Partners. Through the generosity of his team and partners, countless hours of time and funds are donated to support the missions of many charitable organizations. Pay it forward and reap the benefits of giving.

 

Founded by a determined group of women in 1892, Nationwide Children’s Hospital began as a local charity to serve a dozen very ill children. Throughout the following century, this tiny community-funded mission matured into a health care system that today spans the Midwest as one of its preferred providers of pediatric health care. Nationwide Children’s today is ranked as one of the nation’s ten largest children’s hospitals and pediatric research centers.

www.nationwidechildrens.org

 

The mission of Recreation Unlimited is to provide year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities and health concerns, while building self-confidence, self-esteem and promoting positive human relations, attitudes, and behaviors.

www.recreationunlimited.org

 

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 85 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to their families.   We service children and adults in central and southeast Ohio through many programs, such as: adult day, autism, respite, camp & recreation, early intervention education, equipment purchase and home modification, in-home services, occupational, physical and speech therapies. Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

www.eastersealscentralohio.org

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert County, Ohio seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of children by promoting their self-esteem, expanding their awareness of life’s opportunities, and providing them with guidance and support through long-term, one-to-one mentorships with caring adult volunteers.

www.bbsma.com

 

In 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics because she believed that people with intellectual disabilities, young and old, could take part in and benefit from competitive sports. Forty years later, Special Olympics has become the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports, giving participants ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics Ohio provides over 23,000 athletes from almost every county in Ohio the opportunity to participate. For more information on Special Olympics Ohio call (614) 239-7050.

www.sooh.org

 

Kids ‘n Kamp, an independent non-profit organization, is devoted to the social, educational and emotional needs of children with cancer. By providing family activities, tutoring, counseling and support opportunities, the Kids ‘n Kamp network touches the lives of more than 400 central Ohio area children and their families each year.

www.kidsnkamp.org

 

The Mike Furrey Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to improve the lives of those that are Hungry, Homeless, Hurting, and/or Hopeful. The organization helps promote/advocate for the basic needs of all people/children to be met.

www.mikefurreyfoundation.com

 

For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been serving families with seriously ill children by providing a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. From our beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, our charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.

http://www.rmhc-centralohio.org/

 

We exist to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life threatening illnesses. Families thrust into the situation of having to care for a child with a life threatening illness are unprepared and usually unequipped to deal with what follows, often feeling they have lost their hold on the situation and their own lives. A Kid Again helps to restore a sense of normalcy for their child and themselves. A Kid Again strives to make life for families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness more like “life” again by helping them gain back moments of solace and a sense of control over their circumstances.

 

We strive to give these kids an opportunity to have fun and feel like they should - the kid they are meant to be each day. Our adventures are designed for kids to have something to look forward to, to have fun with friends and give their sisters, brothers and parents some respite as well. Siblings are often left on the sideline due to the stress and necessary attention/time demands of the ill child. They also give our families a time to connect and network with each other. They empathize and understand what one another is facing. They connect and become resources to one another as well.