Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund Tops $1 Million

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(Nelsonville)- A Heisman Trophy acceptance speech that launched a movement to fight hunger in Southeast Ohio has become the mission of dedicated Cincinnati Bengals fans. Donations of all sizes from the Who Dey Nation have grown the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund to $1.3 million.

Fans have been creative and consistent in their contributions, often giving in the amounts of $9 for Burrow’s jersey number or $31 for the number of years it has been since the Bengals won a playoff game, a streak that Burrow and his teammates successfully ended with the current NFL football season.

It is thanks to these types of donations that the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund has grown to what it is today. Thousands of small gifts were matched by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, creating an endowment that will provide more than $50,000 annually for the fight against hunger in Southeast Ohio.

“The Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund didn’t get to $1.3 million because a few donors gave staggering amounts,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO President and CEO. “We got here thanks to thousands of caring individuals giving what they can. The impact the Cincinnati Bengals community has made on hunger in Southeast Ohio humbles us. We’re grateful and inspired by the Who Dey Nation’s continued support. They are changing lives.”

In 2022, the Who Dey Nation will see the impact of their gifts reach even further to solve the root causes of hunger. The Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund is partnering with FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund to award hunger relief grants to other nonprofit organizations addressing the contributing factors of hunger in southeast Ohio.

The Athens County Food Pantry established and advises the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund. “We have long recognized that Joe’s remarks went beyond the issue of hunger,” said Athens County Food Pantry President Karin Bright.  “In addition to addressing food insecurity, we will be using the funds to support projects that address the root causes of challenges of hunger, such as unemployment and underemployment, job training, education, a lack of transportation and other barriers.”

To make a gift to the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund, visit, or mail donations to: the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund, c/o FAO, 35 Public Square, Nelsonville, OH 45764.

Since 1998, FAO has been working with donors who are passionate about Appalachian Ohio, its communities, and its future. The organization helps donors give back in ways that are meaningful – to them and to our region.

To learn more about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and opportunities to give, grow and create, visit, contact or call 740-753-1111.

Ohio University Takes On The Campus Race to Zero Waste Challenge

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(Athens) – OHIO Campus Recycling will participate in the nationwide Campus Race to Zero Waste challenge.

From Jan. 30 to March 26, Ohio University will promote waste reduction on campus and will report weekly the amount of recycling and refuse that is collected and in turn ranked in various categories.

National recognition will be provided to the winning university in each category on the Campus Race to Zero Waste website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made from recyclable materials and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

Over an eight-week period, colleges across the nation report the amount of recycling and are then ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as the best recycling rate and the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

“Ohio University’s recycling efforts are leading the MAC in every major category. We are currently ranked in the top 15 in the nation. OHIO has seen greatest success in the Gorilla Prize category, which measures total weights of all target materials recycled on campus,” OHIO Recycling and Refuse Manager Andrew Ladd said.

OHIO Campus Recycling has set a goal of recycling 80% of the waste generated at Ohio University. The OHIO Recycling staff are responsible for maintaining, monitoring, troubleshooting and upgrading the recycling and solid waste at all campus buildings and grounds areas. For additional information, please visit

Boating Safety Grant Awards Include Eastern Pike School

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(Columbus) – Fifteen community boating safety education programs received a total of $329,378 this year through the Boating Safety Education Grant Program, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“The safety training provided by local grant recipients strengthens our efforts to make sure Ohioans enjoy a fun and safe boating experience,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz.
ODNR increased funding this year which enabled four more organizations to receive funding. This year’s recipients include several local school districts which will be providing boating safety classes to their students in environmental science and recreation programs for the first time.
Individual grant awards provided by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft range from $3,790 to $30,000. The grant program supports local purchase of safety equipment, such as kayaks, life jackets, and trailers.  
The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the Waterways Safety Fund, which is comprised of a share of the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, and funding from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The following is a list of this year’s grants by county:

Athens County

  • Hocking College – $30,000

Delaware County

  • Adaptive Sports Connection – $29,989.02

Franklin County

  • American Kayaking Association – $21,858.25

Pike County

  • Eastern Local Schools – $30,000

Last year, 19 community organizations shared $250,000 provided by Ohio boaters and the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft to help fund community boating safety education programs.
Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to be able to show proof they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course if they are to operate any powered watercraft greater than 10 horsepower. Many of the programs also focus on boating skills development and basic water safety.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is mandated by state law to provide boating safety education programs. The division accomplishes this mission by providing annual funding assistance to local communities and nonprofit organizations through a competitive grant program.

Fayette Fire In The Sky Seeks More Volunteers For 2022 Fireworks Show

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(Washington CH)- The date for the Fayette Fire In The Sky is scheduled for July 3, 2022. The group is also announcing they are excepting new members to join them in the show.

The group’s Facebook page says “You must be 18 years old, be able to pass an ATF, FBI, and BCI background check. Also we ask that you have a wonderful time working with others. If you are interested in joining, send a PM to them at Fire In The Sky and you will scheduled to meet with us.”

Fire In The Sky is presented by Fayette Fire In The Sky, a not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which is comprised of more than 25 dedicated volunteer members serving the community.

Fire In The Sky originally formed in 2001 under the sponsorship of the Washington Fire Fighters Association and Local 699 (Washington Professional Fire Fighters). At that time, the need for an Independence Day fireworks display became necessary after the local Jaycees discontinued operations.