Ohio Valley Goodwill’s award-winning Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education program, [known as “CARE”], has a long history of community involvement. When the doors opened for the launch of the CARE program in the fall of 2004, it was based on a foundation element of community participation. CARE is designed to provide recreational, social, and personal development options. One of the key ways that the CARE program helps to promote individual social development is through involvement in a variety of weekly community outing options. The community outings are selected by the program participants and include a host of activities; both recreational as well as philanthropic in nature. Individuals choose the community activities that match their interests. A typical week in the CARE program can include outings to the local cinema, book store, Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, Heritage Village Museum, Bluebird Bakery and Bethesda Hospital- just to cite a few of the many possibilities.
Ohio Valley Goodwill’s corporate headquarters is located very close to Princeton High School and the CARE team loves to visit football practice as the new school year prepares to get underway. This year, CARE participants even made posters to cheer on the high school football players. The visit to Princeton is just one of a variety of community participation opportunities that take place weekly as part of the CARE program.
Goodwill’s CARE program is the proud recipient of the “Award of Excellence,” from Hamilton Developmental Disabilities Services; one of the organization’s major referral partners. To find out more about the Center for Advocacy, Education and Recreation (CARE) program at Ohio Valley Goodwill, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.