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ProKids Celebrates Volunteer, Community Builder


ProKids named its 2018 Merilee Turner Volunteer of the Year and its Community Builder of the Year this month, citing the contributions of volunteer Amy Russert and the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation. At the event, Neal Mayerson noted that his family had wanted to "humanize the justice system for our kids" by working with [...]

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UBS Supports ProKids Giving Tuesday Campaign


Thanks to a match by FTB Financial Services, each #GivingTuesday donation for ProKids in 2018 will have triple the impact on Nov. 27. That means for each $50 donated to ProKids as part of that global giving movement, there will be a $150 impact for ProKids, up to $10,000. Cincinnati’s FTB Financial Services, which is

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Lincoln Ware Learns About ProKids


Longtime Cincinnati broadcaster Lincoln Ware sat down for an interview with volunteer Phyllis McCallum and ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook for a conversation to learn what ProKids advocates do for abused and neglected children and how community members can become CASA Volunteers. Lincoln Ware Interview

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CASA Volunteers Honored at Fall Fling


At the 2018 Fall Fling, ProKids celebrated the work of its CASA Volunteers, including some whose stories of advocating for children stood out over the past year. The annual event, which included Hamilton County Juvenile Court Administrative Judge John Williams swearing in the newest CASA Volunteers, began with Board President John Hands acknowledging how all

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New Video Promotes Need for Volunteers


WCPO 9 On Your Side Careers in Media summer interns Robert Covington and Jacob Mantle produced a public service announcement for ProKids, asking the community to step up as volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates. You can see it here. These CASA Volunteers make a powerful difference for the abused and neglected children they serve, who

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The Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment


The first endowment made to ProKids occurred in late 2015, a landmark made possible by Elizabeth “Liz” Ricci in honor of her sister, Amy Merrell. Ricci, who is from Montgomery, Ohio, created the Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment to remember her sister who died earlier in 2015. Ricci had learned about CASA organizations like ProKids while a

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The Impact of Child Trauma Touches All of Us


By Tracy Cook, Executive Director On a large scale, America has gotten a crash course in child trauma. There was a lot of media attention when immigrant families were separated. But whether a child is removed from their parents on an international border or after suffering child abuse and neglect in our own community, by

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