TOTN 2013

Grant Recipients


Aurora House


Aurora House

The Aurora Project offers homeless women and their children the time and resources needed to prepare for their move to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Approximately 41 women and 31 children benefit from Aurora’s programs each year. We also operate a state-licensed Child Development Center that provides loving care for up to 63 infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children.

Grants provided by Share Our Strength are a blessing to public service organizations like Aurora because they allow these organizations to use funds for overhead expenses. Aurora plans to use its SOS grant to pay for insurance, to recruit personnel for the childcare center, and to maintain the agency’s van.

For information on how you can donate money or time to the Aurora Project, contact Denise Fox, 419.244.3200.


Toledo Day Nursery


Toledo Day Nursery

Toledo Day Nursery (TDN), was founded in 1871 and our mission, to enhance each child’s educational, social, emotional and physical development by providing high quality affordable child care, has remained constant for 140 years. Our program quality is exemplified by our accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

TDN provides a comprehensive program that includes hearing, speech/language, vision, dental and developmental screenings as necessary for all children enrolled. A mental health component aids children with emotional, behavioral or anger issues.

For information to make a donation of money or time, please contact Pat Scheuer, Executive Director, at 419.243.2627.


Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank


Toledo Food Bank Logo

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is a non-profit organization established in 1984. Our mission is to enable other community organizations to end hunger. We strive to maximize community resources by effectively obtaining and distributing food through a food collection and distribution system.

Over the past 26 years, the Food Bank has distributed over 76 million pounds of food and grocery products to qualified member agencies. Currently, the Food Bank serves more than 300 non-profit agencies in an 8 county area that includes Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties. Member agencies include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, rehabilitation centers, special programs for the elderly, group homes, holiday food basket programs and non-profit day care centers.

By collecting donations from local and national companies, the Food Bank is able to act as a clearinghouse for food and grocery products that are distributed to member agencies. Feeding the thousands of Northwestern Ohioans who go hungry is possible. With food that might otherwise spoil, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is bridging the gap between hunger and waste.

In Northwest Ohio, the Food Bank is exclusively affiliated with Feeding America, formerly known as America's Second Harvest.

For information on how you can make a donation or volunteer, call 419.242-5000.


Toledo GROWs


Toledo GROWs

Toledo GROWs, an outreach program of the Toledo Botanical Garden, focuses on empowering people of all ages in Toledo's urban areas. We use urban vegetable gardening to address the root causes of poverty and hunger, teach the simple techniques of enhancing soil and nurturing plants, and encourage harvesting and sharing of nutritional produce.

The Toledo GROWs program currently supports approximately 140 community gardens, with close to 2,400 gardeners, 1,500 of them children. The program also partners with the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Division to offer paid employment/job-readiness training to adjudicated youth.

Thanks to the generous support of Share Our Strength, Toledo GROWs was able to expand programming in nutrition education, cooking, and economic development. Funding has also provided critical assistance with supplying basic garden services such as seeds, plants, soil improvement, garden preparation and program staffing.

For volunteer information, call Toledo Botanical Gardens at 419.536.5566.