Thursday, February 25, 2010

DXC Welcomes a New Family Member

Since no one who knows Cardella would even briefly
imagine her to be shy, we have to conclude she's
part of the Federal Witness Protection Program.

There’s been a new addition to the DXC family this month. Cardella Scroggins has joined the team as an assistant to Tasha in the Childcare program. Cardella comes to us as an Americorps member and was previously posted to HighRise Services here in Dayton. She’s completing her degree in Early Childhood Education and she has already been busy developing a new integrated curriculum, evaluation policy and working closely with Tasha on several other projects – not to mention cleaning, straightening and organizing everything in sight! In fact, a staff member took a nap at break time only to find herself cleaned, pressed and hanging in the closet. She was rescued by Sarah who was looking for some copier paper.

All kidding aside, we’re really happy to have Cardella working with us. She sets the bar pretty high and keeps us on our toes, which is a good thing, and we’re convinced that she’s going to help us make a positive difference in the lives of our kids.

Cardella brings the Americorps count at DXC to back up to two, with yet another one coming on soon. (We’ll have an announcement on that soon, we hope.) Americorps has let us increase the staff here to levels that have been needed for a long time. With the experience and skills Americorps members provide, we’re able to begin moving forward with some very exciting new plans and programs (again – more coming on these later) and have the impact on our community that we’ve been looking for. Besides Cardella, our media relations are being handled by an Americorps member.

Cardella will be with us at least through September when her Americorps commitment closes out, but we hope she’ll be able to stay on much longer.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Give A Day. Get A Disney Day.

During the last month, we have had a large number of volunteers at the Dayton Christian Center. This, due to our partnership with "Give A Day. Get A Disney Day." This program allows anyone over the age of 6 to give back to their community for one day and in return receive a free ticket to Disney theme parks! This wonderful partnership has gave us the ability to meet so many new people and to learn ways to better our volunteer program. The pictures below are from a few volunteers who have taken advantage of the program during January and the first part of February. We have had volunteers make scrapbooks, create excel documents, do craft projects in our classrooms, clean our kitchen and organize our very messy lounge room. We have many more signed up to volunteer this month and next month as well! We look forward to having them all here!

If you are interested in being a part of this program, please contact Betsy at 937-275-7174 or log onto to learn more. Tickets are going quick, with over 500,000 given away already. This program continues until December 15, 2010 or until all 1 million tickets have been given away.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cooking Up Something Good Together

Join us for a morning with registered dietician and nutritionist Alberta Scruggs, DTR. Alberta will be sharing the important life skill of healthy eating through the preparation of nutritious and delicious foods without emptying your wallet. Learn the basics of nutrition, how to make healthy food choices, and how to prepare healthy and tasty meals. Some food will be prepared during our time together for you to try. Saturday, March 6th from 10 am to Noon in the basement of Our Lady of Mercy Church (Founders Hall) at 533 Odlin Ave. Dayton 45405. (From Main St./St. Rt. 48: Turn onto West Siebenthaler. Go one block. Turn left onto Odlin Ave.) Contact Jennifer Melke at 274-2107 ext. 106 or email her here for questions or to RSVP. RSVP is requested (for food purposes) but not required to attend. Please note though, if you do not RSVP, there may not be enough food for you to eat.