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For Immediate Release

Charles H. Dater Foundation Awards $25,000 to Easterseals YouthBuild

November 4, 2019

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The Charles H. Dater Foundation is enriching the lives of economically disadvantaged youth in Hamilton County with a $25,000 gift in support of Easterseals YouthBuild. This highly-effective workforce development program prepares at-risk youth for in-demand careers in the construction industry while they complete their high school diploma or GED.

Easterseals relies on philanthropic support for YouthBuild program costs not covered by federal funding. The grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation will allow Easterseals to serve more youth by supporting the essential material costs and program expenses that are invaluable to the success of YouthBuild participants.

“The young adults in Easterseals YouthBuild are talented, motivated learners who might have struggled in traditional school settings and need some extra guidance on their path to a brighter future,” said Pam Green, President and CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. “We are so fortunate to have the Charles H. Dater Foundation investing in local youth so they get the education, skills, and support they need to become successful members of our local workforce.”

Easterseals YouthBuild is open to Hamilton County residents ages 16 – 24 who face economic disadvantages and want to earn their high school diploma or equivalent while also receiving paid construction training. YouthBuild participants receive dedicated case management in the program to identify any additional supports needed to achieve employment and self-sufficiency.

As part of the YouthBuild experience, participants have many opportunities to earn construction industry certifications and credentials valued by employers, including National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) credentialing; OSHA-10 certification; Bobcat, skid loader, and forklift certifications; and the National Career Readiness Certificate. Participants will also explore career pathways outside the construction industry during their YouthBuild experience to help them identify the fields they are most passionate about for future employment.

Easterseals YouthBuild participants give back to the community while completing on-the-job construction training through the total renovation of local properties. Easterseals acquires homes in need of substantial repair work through a partnership with the Cincinnati Port. Homes are then resold to low-income families who might not otherwise be able to afford the improved value on their own. Proceeds from home sales are reinvested back into the Easterseals YouthBuild program.

For more information about Easterseals YouthBuild, call 513-386-6852, email, or visit YouthBuild is a national program of the US Department of Labor.

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Philanthropic commitment to community had been a core value of the Dater family since the mid-1800s. The Charles H. Dater Foundation was founded 1985 to support community programs that enrich the lives of children. It was started by Charles H. Dater, a philanthropic man with strong ties to Greater Cincinnati. The mission of the Dater Foundation is to make grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out projects that benefit children in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. For more about the foundation, visit 

Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and United Way Agency Partner that provides workforce development and support services for people living with disabilities, people facing economic disadvantages, and veterans and military families. Locally, Easterseals has a proven history in advancing diversity and inclusion in the community and workforce for more than 40 years. Easterseals operates three social enterprises: Building Value, a deconstruction business and retail outlet for salvaged construction materials based in Cincinnati; InsideOut Studio an art studio and gallery exhibiting works by people living with disabilities based in Hamilton, and Packaging and Fulfillment Centers specializing in packaging, bundling, and labeling goods for various industries based in Cincinnati. For more information, visit

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