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Warren County Foundation - Helping People Help Our Community Grants

Jan 31, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022

Impact Grants

Subject to the availability of funds, the Warren County Foundation shall also make one or more Impact Grants usually in December of each year, of not less than $10,000 each.


In addition to the criteria for Discretionary Grants, Impact Grant recipients will be selected based upon a consideration of which submittals most effectively promote the following: lasting improvement in the health, safety and welfare within Warren County; elimination or mitigation of barriers to the full enjoyment of social, cultural, economic and educational resources within the community.  The grant must have a meaningful impact on the organization or program.


Priority in the selection of Impact Grant recipients will be given to submittals benefiting and promoting the well-being of families and children, or economic development in the County.  Collaborations of various organizations and agencies will receive preference in the review process.


If, having reviewed the guidelines, you have a question about whether a project may or may not qualify for funding, please call the Warren County Foundation at (513) 934-1001, and we will be happy to discuss it with you.


If you would like to apply for a grant through the Warren County Foundation you may print out, complete, and mail the following application to:


                                                        Grant Request

                                                        Warren County Foundation

                                                        PO Box 495

                                                        Lebanon, Ohio 45036


Download the Grant Proposal Form HERE



Discretionary Grants


The Warren County Foundation currently tends to make Discretionary Grants in amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Proposals are reviewed every two months by the Grants Committee.  Because Discretionary Grant funds are limited each year, the Grants Committee reviews each proposal carefully and considers the criteria below.


Subject to available funds, the Warren County Foundation is more likely to award Discretionary Grants to organizations that demonstrate that their proposed projects:

  • Make a clear difference in the quality of life of a substantial number of Warren County citizens.Demonstrate tangible solutions to community problems.
  • Help non-profit organizations manage themselves and their finances more effectively.
  • Focus on prevention.
  • Encourage cooperation and eliminate duplication of service.
  • Stimulate others to participate in problem-solving.
  • Promote volunteer involvement.
  • Have a positive economic impact in Warren County.
  • Promote leverage for generating additional funds.


Generally Discretionary Grants are not awarded to:

  • Any organization not exempt under IRS 501(c)3 guidelines.
  • Ongoing operating expenses of existing institutions.
  • Individuals.
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes.
  • Endowments.
  • Scholarships and scholarly or medical research.
  • Annual fund-raising drives.
  • Community services which are primarily supported by tax dollars.
  • Travel grants.


The Grants Committee, in its discretion, may waive any of the foregoing criteria upon the applicant’s demonstration that hardship, special or exigent circumstances or other good cause justify such a waiver. The Foundation will always confirm that an organization is eligible for a grant as a 501(c)3 organization.


For additional information about the Warren County Foundation, click HERE



Premier Health Live Webinars + Q&A

Aug 26, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021

Live Webinars + Q&A

Facilitated by Licensed EmployeeCare Counselors

Join the Premier Community Health EmployeeCare* Team for the following complimentary webinars focused on stress resilience, increasing engagement & minimizing unconscious bias within the workplace. RSVP details are below.

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Webinar Schedule

Christmas 2021 - Stockings for the Troops

Oct 6, 2021 - Dec 25, 2021











Send Our Troops a Little Holiday Cheer!




For the 11th year, Mueller Funeral Home is once again proud to host the Stockings for the Troops initiative.




           Please take a moment to gather items for our troops. You can bring the items (see list below) in a stocking or NOT in a stocking to be mailed to the troops. We will be sure the items NOT in a stocking are distributed the same as all the other items in a stocking. Stop in during business hours to pick-up a Free Christmas Stocking while supply lasts, fill it with Christmas cheer, and return it to Mueller Funeral Home by Friday, November 5th to be shipped to deployed troops just in time for the Holidays.




           The “short list” of recommended items: hygiene & health products, games, cards, reading material, weather-protective items, and of course, candy, gum, and snacks. If possible, please attach $3 to your stocking to help with shipping costs.




           If you have a loved one or know a local HERO currently serving overseas,


please supply us with his or her A.P.O. Address!




If desired, Monetary donations for shipping may be given to Mueller Funeral Home with your tax-deductible check made out to Yellow Ribbon Support Center.  Please call for further information.




Please feel free to contact Ashley with any questions:






6791 Tylersville Road   Mason, OH 45040        513-398-9100








Return by November 5, 2021








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-          USED ITEMS – ALL ITEMS SHOULD BE NEW                                                                                    


Example of recommended items:


-          Baby Wipes, Flavored Drink Powder Sticks, Hand Sanitizer, Lip Balm, Razors/Refills, Hand Warmers, Multivitamins, Vit C Drops, Tums, Maalox, Pepto Tabs, Mints, Hard Candy, Gum, Beef Jerky, Slim Jim, Protein/Power Bars, Granola Bars, Hot Chocolate, Microwavable Soup, Mac & Cheese, Pop Tarts, Playing Cards, Games, Paperback Books, Puzzles, Stationery, Blank Greeting Cards, (Birthday, Anniversary, Sympathy) for Soldiers to write/send to loved ones.


Refer to: for additional ideas




 **All Travel-Size Liquid Containers:  Please place in a separate ziplock bag--not in stocking. Shampoo, Body Wash, Mouthwash, etc.(travel size recommended)


**Deodorant/Cream Needs to be placed in separate ziplock bag-- not in stocking.




Fill stockings with miscellaneous items. If you have more than what the stocking will hold place the stocking in a 2-gallon ziplock bag with the remaining items along side of it.


Please do not staple or sew closed the stockings.




If possible, please attach $3 (or any amount) to stocking for shipping & handling. 


A tax-deductible check may be made out to Mueller Funeral Home.




RETURN by Friday, November 5, 2021 to:        


Mueller Funeral Home  6791 Tylersville Road  Mason, OH  45040      513-398-9100




                         Call or e-mail Sandy for further information: 513-398-9100,

WCESC September Newsletter

Oct 7, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021

The superintendents of public-school districts in Warren County extend our thanks to the Warren County Commissioners for their willingness to provide funding for the employment of school nurses.  Commission President Dave Young and his fellow Commissioners Tom Grossmann and Shannon Jones support the pilot project that will reduce quarantines of healthy students in Warren County schools.






Students who are exposed to COVID 19 but who do not have any symptoms of illness will not be required to quarantine if they have a negative test at day 3 and again between days 5 to 7.  This adds a significant amount of new work to school nurses, and they cannot be successful without additional assistance.  The Warren County Commissioners have allocated federal dollars the County received for COVID relief to allow the Warren County Educational Service Center to employ these nurses on behalf of the school districts.

The Ohio Department of Health is piloting a Test & Stay program in 10 Warren County districts that will begin the week of September 27. Test & Stay is a testing initiative for asymptomatic close contacts of students with confirmed COVID-19. This testing program will allow asymptomatic close contacts to remain in school if they receive an individual rapid antigen test (BinaxNOW) two times during their quarantine period and test negative, as well as wear a face mask while inside their school. Click here to view more 


playscaleOn August 20, 2021, John Deardorff, SLP at Franklin City Schools presented an "Introduction to the Developmental Playscale" by Carol Wesby to the Hampton Bennett Preschool staff.  The preschool staff discussed the different levels of play and how they related to students in their classroom last year. Toys were shared that would assist students in developing a wider range of play skills.


A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceThe preschool department is happy to welcome Erica Meyer, who will be working as an Itinerant Intervention Specialist for both Franklin City and Wayne Local School Districts’ preschools this school year.  Erica is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University and has moved to our area from Antwerp, Ohio.  She is excited to begin her career with and support the early learning education programs of both districts!

Beautiful morning for our Warren County ESC students from our Multiple Disability Program at the Western Row Campus to putting up the American Flag!

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Baloo the Therapy Dog Joins the WCESC Team

This year as the Warren County ESC focuses on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging one of our focuses is to bring everyone together and what better way to do that, then through the love of dogs in our community?  

Baloo The Therapy Dog is a four-year-old rescue dog who has been trained by our Director of Social Emotional Learning, Mike Bidwell to be a therapy dog through the Pet Partners organization. Last spring Baloo and Mike passed the intensive therapy dog training and certification process which was a huge accomplishment for this team! Baloo was rescued from severe neglect and had to learn to depend on Mike to learn safety and trust. Baloo has taken this training to the next level and now loves to share what he has learned with students and staff at WCESC! Baloo will be visiting with Mike when Mike does his weekly visits to the school programs and the ESC office.  
Students and staff have the option of visiting with Baloo when he is visiting programs and opportunities to pet and spend time with Baloo will be presented on a regular basis. Many students and staff have already gotten to visit Baloo and students have shared they cannot wait to spend more time with him. Baloo would like to add thank you for all the belly rubs and he is excited to meet more Phoenixes being Safe, Mindful, Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Learn!  

K-12 Quarantine in Ohio





The Ohio Department of Health’s goal is to keep K-12 students in school, in-person five days a week. To achieve this
goal, schools must work with their local health departments to identify students who are direct contacts of a positive
case. In-person learning is very important for the development of our children, and can be conducted safely even in the
face of COVID-19, particularly when schools employ layered prevention strategies including vaccination of teachers,
staff, and students who are eligible, masking, social distancing, good ventilation, and good hygiene practices. Adopting
layered prevention measures in schools now will help ensure students can learn in-person as much as possible this
year, and keep children participating in extracurricular activities. Quarantine and isolation remain key strategies for
preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Important note: Exposure risk assessments are necessary and should be conducted by local health departments
in cooperation with local schools to appropriately identify who should and should not be quarantined. Local health
departments have authority to implement the quarantine and isolation process in accordance with Ohio Revised Code

-Click here to read more

Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine and isolation remain the cornerstone of public health work. For decades public health has used quarantine
and isolation as a tool to control the spread of communicable diseases. The local health departments continue to have
the authority and responsibility to issue quarantine and/or isolation orders when appropriate and necessary. Local
health departments are encouraged to consult with their local legal counsel regarding this information and
specific scenarios. 
Health Department Authority for Quarantine, Ohio Revised Code

-Click here to read more 

Face Mask Research

Studies show face masks reduce droplet emission, infection risk, and COVID-19 incidence.

In addition to the studies cited below, the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation, published Jan. 29, 2021, showed that
children who were close contacts and appropriately masked had rates of COVID-19 that were similar to children with no
known COVID-19 exposure in school.

Laboratory experiments have found that almost all types of masks can greatly reduce droplet emission and viral shedding by i wearers.

• Fischer, E. P. et al. Low-cost measurement of face mask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech. Sci.
Adv. 6(36), 3083 (2020).
• Leung, N. H. L. et al. Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks. Nat. Med. 26, 676–
680 (2020).