Mission: The mission of Little Hearts Big Smiles of Southwestern Ohio is to be a supportive outlet for families of children with special needs and to provide opportunities for these families to succeed by providing educational opportunities for growth and development. We will also increase awareness of the need for handicap accessibility in Clinton and surrounding counties. This includes the need for a fully accessible playground in Clinton County.
Results: We have been fundraising since 2009 for an All Children's Playground in Southwestern Ohio. We have purchased phase I of a 4 phase playground. The first purchase was $100,000 in playground equipment and ground surfacing. The playground will be built in Clinton County, Ohio.
Target demographics: Special Needs Community in Southwestern Ohio - no age limit, we service all families of children and/or adults with special needs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Families of special needs children. We service the entire family by providing educational opportunities such as trainings, seminars and workshops pertaining to all aspects of raising a child with special needs, we also provide opportunities for the children such as horseback riding, pumpkin patch visits, gingerbread parties, back to school parties etc. All opportunities are free to the families.
Programs: IEP Workshops (1-2 per calendar year)
IEP Trainings (4 per year)
Wills and Trusts Seminar (1 per year)
BCMH Training (1 per year)
Nutritional Seminars (1 per year)
Horseback Riding (1 per year)
Arts and Crafts (6 per year)
Pumpkin Patch Visit (1 per year)
Pizza Party (1 per year)
Back to School party (1 per year)
Fundraising Events - ongoing
I was going crazy, for months, trying to deal with being told my son has Aspergers. After hearing about this group I decided to go to a group meeting and was surprised to find how friendly and willing everyone was to open up what they have handled and what is going on and suggestions on what may help me. I'm more confident I can handle what is going on. When I'm down they have talked to me and made me feel like I'm part of the family. When no one understands and the world treats you like you are a bad parent, your kid is bad, they help you know you're not bad and you're child isn't bad, just misunderstood. It is a wonderful thing Little Hearts Big Smiles does for people. I would be lost still if not for them giving me guidance.