Homeport Selected For Easton Charity

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, second from right, and Board Chair, Chris Hune, third from right, at announcement recognizing Homeport as a 2019 Easton Community Foundation charity. Grants & Compliance Manager, Kat Yamaguchi, second from left, also attended. They met Easton Community Foundation’s Kerri Ward, far left, Steiner & Associates Ben Tyson and Easton Town Center Chief Executive Jennifer Peterson.

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, second from right, and Board Chair, Chris Hune, third from right, at announcement recognizing Homeport as a 2019 Easton Community Foundation charity. Grants & Compliance Manager, Kat Yamaguchi, second from left, also attended. They met Easton Community Foundation’s Kerri Ward, far left, Steiner & Associates Ben Tyson and Easton Town Center Chief Executive Jennifer Peterson.

The Easton Community Foundation has selected Homeport and five other community organizations for its 2019 Change for Charity program.

The organizations, chosen from close to 100 applicants, will receive proceeds from parking meters and parking tickets at Easton Town Center for two designated months.

Homeport will receive funds collected in September and October. The charity dollars will be used to prevent evictions and other crises facing Homeport residents.

“We are honored to be chosen by the Easton Community Foundation not only for the funds that will help stabilize our residents, but for the opportunity to showcase the need for affordable housing and what we do to help the community,” said Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke.

In addition to funding from the Easton Community Foundation, Change for Charity recipients receive signage that tell each organization’s mission, an on-site location to make donations, and an opportunity to use the Easton Community Booth during their designated months.

The 2019 Change for Charity recipients and their designated months are:

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Since its debut 20 years ago, the Easton Community Foundation has provided nearly $7 million in financial support to hundreds of organizations that strengthen the central Ohio community through services and programming in the areas of education, health and social services.

“It is our goal at Easton to support and recognize organizations that are making a significant impact in our community, and central Ohio as a whole,” said Jennifer Peterson, Chief Executive of Easton. “We are fortunate enough to be able to do so not only through providing financial support but also by helping to raise awareness through unique opportunities here at Easton to educate community members on what important work these organizations do. Our guests truly appreciate learning about these partners.”

The Homeport application was submitted at the suggestion of Homeport Resident Services Coordinator Maggie Wilson who worked with Homeport Grants & Compliance Manager Kat Yamaguchi to submit the proposal.

Yamaguchi, Luecke and Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune made the organization’s presentation to the Easton Foundation. Historically the awards have ranged between $15,000 - $20,000. The funds will be used to support the Resident Services Program, which works closest with Homeport’s 6,200 residents.