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Nate Rogers: Local Change-Maker

October 22nd, 2021

Nate Rogers is all about connections and transformation. So, you would imagine he has had an especially difficult time navigating the isolation created by the pandemic. But Nate, who serves as OhioHealth’s Vice President of Transformation Acceleration, is also an innovative problem solver who is passionate about the community he grew up in and calls…

Building a Strong Foundation

December 7th, 2020

Charlene and her husband are essential workers in central Ohio who were called back to work shortly after COVID-19 struck. The YMCA Hilltop Educare Center, where their daughter was enrolled, became an emergency pandemic center and was able to continue providing safe, affordable, quality care that provided stability for the family.  According to the center’s…

Ensuring Students Success

December 7th, 2020

Genesis says he was introverted and preferred staying home before he joined the Columbus Urban League’s I Am My Brother’s Keeper (IAMBK) program four years ago. But Lorenzo, his IAMBK mentor, recognized him as a natural born leader who needed nurturing and opportunities. The program provided just that and more for Genesis, who will soon…

Fighting Hunger

December 7th, 2020

Located in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood, NNEMAP has expanded its reach and hours due to the growing need brought on by the pandemic. The pantry currently serves people six days a week from any ZIP code in central Ohio. Roy Clark, the Executive Director of NNEMAP, says that like most nonprofits, the pantry has experienced declining…

Providing Safe Shelter

December 7th, 2020

The pandemic brought many unknowns for the YMCA’s Shelter Services staff. According to Shameikia Smith, the program’s executive director, her employees were concerned for the future of the people they served, as well as the future of the organization. Despite their worries, they sprung into action immediately, setting up five temporary shelters where guests were…

Shadena’s Story

September 26th, 2019

Shadena always loved school and loved to learn. She dreamed of obtaining her college degree, but found it impossible to balance everything when she became a single mother. She withdrew from college, with the hope that she could return someday. Today, at age 39, Shadena is a full-time student at Ohio Dominican University and has…

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