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Update: DreamWorks Expands Give Back...to School Outreach

Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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Extent of Need Forces Planners to Require Verification

CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 25, 2013) – Cincinnati DreamWorks has added three Boone County neighborhoods to the communities to be served by the 2nd annual Give Back . . . to School event, scheduled at Turfway Park on Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The outreach to Mosby's Point, White Pine Village, and Greenlawn, all mobile home parks in Florence, brings the total of Northern Kentucky neighborhoods served to 12. Shuttles are set to operate from all 12 neighborhoods.

Give Back . . . to School serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade whose families live in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties and struggle on life’s economic margins. Thanks to donations by local businesses and individuals, Give Back . . . to School provides children with free school supplies and personal hygiene items. Back-to-school clothing also will be available while supplies last.

From last year's event to this year's, the need has increased enough that for the first time DreamWorks has had to request verification for participation.

Said Cincinnati DreamWorks president Tim Hall, "The phone has rung constantly with questions about participating and whether we can expand to more neighborhoods. Because the need has proven to be so great, we have been forced to amend our requirements. We hope to reach between 750 and 1,000 children this year, and we want to be sure we serve the greatest number of people who are most in need."

Families in the designated neighborhoods who do not ride the shuttles will be required to provide proof of residency (for example, a recent bill) and a photo ID. Families who do not live in the designated neighborhoods are not excluded but must supply verification of income of $35,000 or less, proof of residency, and a photo ID. Families who live in the designated neighborhoods and ride the shuttles will not need verification.

In all cases, the children who will use the supplies must be present at the event. Should a child be disabled and unable to attend, verification of the child's disability must be provided as well.

In addition to the three newly-designated neighborhoods, shuttles are scheduled to serve Allendale Mobile Homes in Kenton County; Crown Court, Normandy Green, Oakwood, Parkland Place, and The Greens apartment complexes in Boone County; and Derby Hills, Silver Grove, and Cardinal mobile home parks in Campbell County.

Also thanks to sponsors, volunteers and staff will serve the children hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and beverages at no charge from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, each child will receive a free Kona Ice.

As the need has increased, so has the response of sponsors and individuals. Tect Power, Data Network Systems, Progress Rail Services, Jacyn Specialties, John R. Green, and Covington Paper and Woodenware have joined previously announced sponsors Snappy Tomato Pizza, JTM Food Group, Kona Ice, Turfway Park, Matthew 25 Ministries, LeanCor Supply Chain Group, Rob's Kids, The Bank of Kentucky, and Cincinnati Dream Center in donating products, cash, and/or services.

More sponsors are welcome and needed. Companies and individuals interested in supporting Give Back . . . to School may contact Hall at (800) 486-1464. A regularly updated list of needed supplies is posted at cincinnatidreamworks.org and at turfway.com.

Turfway Park is located at 7500 Turfway Road, I-75 at Exit 182, in Florence, Ky.

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Contact Tim Hall, (800) 486-1464

About Cincinnati DreamWorks
A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, Cincinnati DreamWorks partners with organizations and individuals to provide community service, medical and other specialty services, employment, educational and career building programs, mentoring and tutoring programs, health and wellness centers, housing units, and food, clothing, and furniture assistance to those in need in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southeast Indiana. Cincinnati DreamWorks is an outgrowth of the faith-based Cincinnati Dream Center.

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