Providing Family Support
Since October 27th of 2018 The Lance and Aileen Porter Foundation (Foundation) has been providing support to families in Columbus, Ohio’s Northeast Quadrant. Since 2018, we have provided food and other essentials, such as socks and coats, to more than 1100 youth.
The Foundation believes in education and in providing everyone, regardless of their economic status, the same opportunities. For that reason, we have established relationships with local colleges and universities to develop programming that allows those less fortunate an opportunity to succeed.
In June of 2019, we established the H.O.P.E. Project (Helping Ohioans Persevere by Empowerment) in an effort to empower residents of zip codes 43219, 43211, 43203, and 43205 to take advantage of resources and programs while simultaneously obtaining employment, housing, and access to primary care services. The Foundation has solidified relations with a number of community partners to help address these deficiencies in the core city of Columbus Ohio.
The Foundation also established the Porter Athletic League (PAL). Since 2018 we have been providing a safe environment for youth ages 8-13 to play sports, but to also have a place to study and to work with volunteers (coaches) from local law enforcement agencies, including the Columbus Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. In 2019 PAL realized a 40% increase in the number of participates and a 75% increase in the number of volunteers. Our success can also be contributed to the support we have received from area businesses and residents.
In 2019 we formed a creative partnership with the Ohio Media School, The Ohio Media School agreed to broadcast the two Championship Games from the PAL League. The games were live streamed on You Tube and Facebook in real time. It was a huge success and a one of a kind event.
The Foundation is constantly involved in educating residents. We understood what effect the virus would have on the community and the limitations that it would create. We believe that neighborhood local businesses corner stores would play a major role in providing resources to individuals and families in the area. The Foundation began an aggressive education campaign to provide a safe environment for both the consumer as well as the store employee. We also left handouts and flyers providing more information about how to stay safe and what to look for as it relates to symptoms from COVID-19.