More than 100 years of program experience
As the Assistant Director, Judy Richardson oversees the volunteer corps at the youth center and manages the student check-in and check-out process. She works with the other staff members to deliver the programming lineup for UYC and assists the Executive Director with grants, fundraising and the management of the center.
Before joining UYC, Richardson worked at Honda Research & Development for 20 years as a Specialist in the Engineering Dept. overseeing various processes of vehicles such as annual inventory, sales, disposals and tracking. Richardson retired in October of 2020.
“After five months of retirement, I felt there was more to life than just taking it easy,” Richardson explained. “One day I walked into the Urbana Youth Center to volunteer and my whole life woke up with a purpose.”
Already, students have received homework and study assistance, been fed dinner and healthy snacks through the UYC’s nutrition program and had access to fun and safe hangout spaces. In addition, the youth center offers a hygiene program, career readiness program and mentoring opportunities.
Developing, implementing, and monitoring UYC programs based on success, interest and availability are responsibilities of the new Director of Programs, Natalie Frueh.
Frueh studied elementary education and special education at Indiana Wesleyan University before transferring to The Ohio State University to study animal sciences. After graduating from OSU in 2014, she started her role as program director for Marmon Valley Ministries Horse Camp. She was responsible for hiring and training staff, managing programs, planning events and designing marketing materials.
“I have a real passion for serving young people and developing programs that are fun and beneficial for students,” Frueh explained. “My role at the youth center lets me live this passion in an impactful way.”
Frueh isn’t the only person involved in developing programs at the youth center. She has two official program advisors with more than 65 years of combined experience in education. Lance Jackson and Teresa Hill were both teachers in the Urbana City School district for decades and keenly understand the challenges local students face.
“Both Lance and Teresa are former teachers of mine. I know the students at the youth center are incredibly fortunate to have the experience of two of Urbana’s very best educators working on crafting programs for them. Their expertise is a major asset to the youth center and this community,” Weller explained.
Including official advisors and volunteer advisors, the entire program team brings more than a century of combined education and program experience to the table. According to the youth center team, this will be key to deploying an array of new offerings this fall.
“We won’t give too much away right now, but I can tell you that Natalie and our programs team have big plans for this fall to nearly double our existing lineup of programs. You are not going to want to miss everything that’s planned at the Urbana Youth Center this coming school year,” Weller said.
Weller went on to explain the importance of the new team members.
“As I have said before, building bright futures for our youth is no small task. I feel incredibly fortunate to lead a team that is absolutely committed to serving the youth of this community and securing the future of the next generation.”
About Urbana Youth Center
UYC believes that the future of our children impacts our community’s opportunities and success for decades to come. With open hearts and open minds, this community can rally our resources to not only lift kids up but set them on a trajectory for accomplishing amazing things. The youth center serves students in grades six through 12 who attend Urbana City Schools or live in the district.
The GrandWorks Foundation is a local not-for-profit organization leading several efforts to reach, restore, and revive the community. The projects include the historic Gloria Theatre in downtown Urbana, The Big Questions (a podcast exploring some of life’s most pressing topics), and the Urbana Youth Center.
This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.
From US Small Business Administration
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
Supplemental documents for applicants
Frequently Asked Questions: The list of FAQs answers common questions about the SVOG program, defines terms, and provides additional guidance. Please refer to and carefully review the FAQs for guidance as you complete the SVOG application.
Application Checklist: The Application Checklist is provided to assist you with gathering and preparing the necessary materials (documentation, information, and technology) needed for the SVOG application. Some of these items will be required, and some are examples of items that can be submitted as supporting evidence. The Application Checklist lists materials needed by all applicants as well as applicant-specific information. The application will direct you as you go through the application portal for your specific applicant type.
Applicant User Guide: The Applicant User Guide is a tool for technical assistance to guide applicants through the SVOG application portal with step-by-step instructions. Screenshots in the User Guide are for illustration purposes only. Content in the application portal will appear differently for different applicants.
SVOG-specific information about the IRS form 4506-T
Who can apply
Eligible entities include:
Other requirements of note:
Grant amounts will reflect either of the following instances:
How to apply
Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed under the following schedule:
Note: On January 20, 2021, SBA updated the proposed plan for issuing grants during the first and second priority periods. To clarify, priority awardees will not need to satisfy the small employer set-aside. During the first 59 days of opening SVOG, SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities that have no more than 50 employees.
First 14 days of grant awards
Entities that suffered a 90% or greater gross revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next 14 days of grant awards
Entities that suffered a 70% or greater gross revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning 28 days after first and second priority awards are made
Entities that suffered a 25% or greater earned revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.
Available after all Priority Periods have passed
Recipients of first, second, and third priority round awards who suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss for the most recent calendar quarter (as of April 1, 2021, or later).
Allowable use of funds
Funds may be used for specific expenses, which include:
Grantees may not use award funds to:
Grantees will be required to maintain documentation demonstrating their compliance with the eligibility and other requirements of the SVOG program. They must retain employment records for four years following their receipt of a grant and retain all other records for three years.
Get technical support with the SVOG portal
For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. ET, 7 days a week.
What to expect after you have applied:
-Post-application frequently asked questions
-SVOG eligibility matrix, including:
How to clear a "Do Not Pay" hold on your application
Visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Do Not Pay - Privacy Program, scroll down to “Data Correction Process,” find the row for the match source, and use the Contact Information on the corresponding row to clear any misinformation. The applicant will have 30 days to provide SBA with information that their name has been cleared from the match source. For more detail, see the Post-application FAQs.
Information for awardees
Program reports and data
This year’s show will be Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free to the public. Each car can enter for a chance to win with a cost of $10, and all proceeds go directly to the Mechanicsburg first responders.
“Besides Summer Celebration, Mechanicsburg doesn’t have much to draw people in,” said Cassie. “We got with a few friends and retired Mayor Greg Kimball to bring a car show to Mechanicsburg. Mechanicsburg is such a wonderful town to live in.”
Cassie said when the car show was canceled last year, she personally witnessed the dedication of the first responders when she had an epilepsy episode.
“I had two seizures that day and I had never experienced the first responders until then,” she said. “My husband said the response from the first responders was amazing. He said they came in swarms. They go above and beyond. They go out of their way, even when they are not on duty. They are truly amazing first responders.”
In 2019, Cassie said 225 cars entered the show and raised a total of $6,000 for the first responders in Mechanicsburg.
“It is not a paid position,” Cassie said about the first responders. “They only get $10 per run. They need to buy new equipment so we raise money so they don’t have to struggle for things they need.”
We hold it in downtown Mechanicsburg so that the local businesses can be open and have deals to get more business,” explained Cassie. “Most of our money comes from the local businesses in Mechanicsburg. They all chip in and it is amazing.”
Cassie said there are multiple ways to donate towards the cause.
“You can pay $35 and then your name goes on a trophy,” she said. “There is a thing called levels of donations that we started. Sargeant level is $5 to $25, lieutenant level is $26 to $50 and chief level is $50 or more. All the sponsors’ names go onto a poster. They can donate raffle items or silent auction items.”
The first responders grill hamburgers and hot dogs to raise additional funds that day. There will be a “frozen t-shirt” contest along with a pie-in-the-face contest.
There will also be a peoples’ choice award where the public gets to vote for their favorite car.
Among the top sponsors are: Tim’s Towing and Recovery, the Cassady family, Dave Kehl, Damon Reece with Kingspan, Chip Wibright with Mechanicsburg Sand and Gravel, Judi Wilson with HER realtors, Trinity Tires in Urbana and Star Trophy & Awards in London.
Learn more about World Cancer Day and about a local resource to utilize if you or someone you know in Champaign County is battling cancer and what we can do locally to help and support those battling cancer.
Also, at the bottom of this article, make sure you check out the conversation with Whitney Denson, Patients Services Director at the Cancer Association of Champaign County.
World Cancer Day, the fourth of every February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control. By raising worldwide awareness, improving education, and catalyzing personal, collective and government action, we're working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all - no matter who you are or where you live.
More than one third of cancer cases can be prevented. Another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly. By implementing strategies on prevention, early detection and treatment, we can save up 3.7 million lives every year. Through raising the public and political literacy and understanding around cancer, we reduce fear, increase understanding, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviors and attitudes. Here are a few strategies that YOU can implement today to reduce your risk of developing cancer:
7 Tips for Cancer Prevention from the Cancer Association of Champaign County
The Cancer Association of Champaign County is an amazing organization that supports cancer patients in Champaign County. Let’s take action this World Cancer Day to support the CACC by raising awareness (sharing this article), and by raising funds for research (donating on their website) so that we can make a difference!
Visit cancerassociationofchampaigncounty.org to donate today!
Fundraiser raffle benefits CACC
The CACC had hopes of celebrating this anniversary with an event commemorating the years of its dedication. All those years ago, one, maybe two people had the discussion of how to best serve the community and efficiently utilize local funds to provide financial support to the caner patients in the county. Through their hard work and commitment, the CACC was born.
Raffles going on now
As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, two events are happening. Amy Jumper and the Hair Closet are auctioning off gift baskets. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased via Venmo @Amy-Jumper-2 or, by CashApp @haircutter or by stopping in the salon at 104 S. Main Street, Urbana.
Meeting the needs and relieving the financial burden of the cancer patients in the community continue to be the focus of the CACC. It is the CACC’s goal to alleviate this stress to hopefully provide a better outcome as local patients go through these life-changing events. The CACC’s patient services director compassionately assists patients through the process. These days of medical facility reorganization is making this a more patient-involved process.
Nonetheless, CACC volunteers are working to provide the least stress and greatest assistance to the community, a goal begun through the foresight of its initial board and continued due to the committed community, corporate sponsors and dedicated volunteers throughout the years.
To be a part of fundraisers or support, donations may be made via the CACC website www.cancerassociationofchampaigncounty.org or mailing to CACC, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio.
Instant mashed potatoes
Canned green beans *
Canned sweet potatoes *
Stove Top stuffing (any flavor)
Canned cranberry sauce *
Prebaked Reheatable Dinner Rolls
* The big cans are great!
If anyone can donate any item(s) above, please drop off at Caring Kitchen, 300 Miami St., Urbana by Friday, 11/20/2020.
THANKS SO MUCH for Donating and Spreading the word! If you're looking for additional ways to support this organization, click here!
Recently HFHCCO was selected by Crane Pumps and Systems, Crane Fund for Widows and Children, to receive a $10,000 donation that will be utilized on the 2021 build. “We are, of course, thankful to CEO Brian Sweeney and the great people at Crane — as well as the truly hundreds of sponsors in and around our county,” Ward said.
Countless food providers and churches supply volunteer build crews and lunch for the nine months it takes to build a Habitat home. HFHCCO shares its Mission Statement and asks all in attendance at its Home Dedication each year read the following statement aloud: “Seeking to put God’s Love into Action Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and HOPE.“
Recently the HFHCCO board voted to begin an annual Home Sweet Home Beautification Award. The first recipient was Ms. Barb Brooks and her son Daniel who live in a totally handicap-accessible home built with donations and volunteer labor. Brooks’ home at 218 Harmon Ave. is immaculate, well-manicured and maintained. This award will be presented twice a year with a homeowner eligible to win only once per year. Winners are gifted a $100 gift certificate from HFHCCO’s ReStore, a $50 gift from the Brock C. Comer Memorial Scholarship, and a gift certificate from Café Paradiso. Signage and a banner will designate the home for several months. The home selected must have natural, manicured landscaping, paint and siding in good condition, bushes and trees showing attention and care, concrete with minimal or no vegetative growth in cracks, concrete with no differential settlement, garbage cans not visible, gutters and roof in good condition, no artificial flowers, no “for sale” signs or commercial advertising signs in the yard. An outstanding home overall with an extra nice appearance is sought. Nominated homes must have owners who are current on their mortgage payments.
This milestone year has been a year of transition with no build. Habitat was recently gifted a lot at 141 Race St. in Mechanicsburg. “The plans currently are to build our 12th home on this donated land,” Ward said. “The HFHCCO board of directors is extremely appreciative to the village of Mechanicsburg for this donation. As a non-profit we are thankful to all within the county as well as beyond.” First Christian church Springboro will be creating the walls for the 12th home as well as giving a monetary donation. St. George Episcopal church in Dayton supports yearly with monetary donations as well as youth builds. Many local churches support as do individuals.
The organization has recently created a new website at HFHCCO.org and credits Ben Guenther for his expertise in setting up the new website. “If our community has questions about applying for a home, sharing donations at the ReStore at 955 N. Main Street in Urbana, our website answers those questions,” Ward said. “Our ReStore manager, Mrs. Anita Segreti, is available by phoning 937-652-2981. We are thankful for the many, many donations gifted to HFHCCO. We do ask that no donations are dropped off without prior arrangements. We are a participant in the Kroger’s Community Rewards program and can be found under YU772 if anyone might wish to part of this activity.” A small percentage of the grocery total is quarterly gifted to HFHCCO by Kroger.
“HFHCCO is also thankful for the volunteer lawn work completed on our homes,” Ward said. “We thank Logan Landscaping and Lawn for that, owner Jacob Vitt. All owners are mentored and encouraged to maintain their property to enhance the neighborhood. Often if a move is done in the winter it takes time to work the yard and prepare as expected. We are appreciative of the neighbors who assist, support, and show love to our new home owners.” HFHCCO holds the mortgage which is interest free but the home is owned by the recipient, just as if the loan were from a bank or lending institution.
All appliances purchased for the HFHCCO homes are paid for via the sale of Judith Key’s Brotherly Love Necklaces. “Ms. Key has been providing these beautiful art pieces for many, many years,” Ward said. They are now available for perusal and purchase on the new HFHCCO.org website. Individual pictures of each necklace, their price, and how to order will be shared on the website.
“Our current HFHCCO board is pleased to welcome new board member Mr. Brian Newman, Urbana,” Ward said. “President Julie Urquhart, Vice President Rev. Ray Branstiter, Secretary Tim Schneider and Treasurer/Assistant Rick Finkbine and Marge Baker are invaluable to the workings of the affiliate.” Build Chairmen are Frank Segreti and Greg Ward. Meetings are held at the ReStore on the fourth Tuesday of each month.