August 2015 Newsletter

Smiles like this are what summers should be.  


Aeronna’s smile says it all

And for Aerrona it was more than just winning a cute stuffed animal. It was the air conditioner her mom was loading into their car after signing up for energy assistance at the Summer Crisis Health & Energy Fair at The Breathing Association on July 1st.

The fact is that summer is a time when many families can’t think about vacations or picnics or barbecues – the pressures of making ends meet don’t let up just because it’s summer, and can become as overwhelming as the stifling heat. Our summer HEAP energy assistance program and clinic services are one way families like Aerrona’s can get some relief.

Nearly 100 families attended the July 1st event to enjoy a free picnic lunch and sign up to receive energy assistance and clinic visits for the entire family. More than 20 area agencies set up booths to distribute information about available services, from housing to financial services. CLICK HERE for more information about our Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).


Kickin’ Asthma


Julianna learns more about her inhaler from Joey Reed

Having asthma doesn’t have to exclude kids from playing sports. That’s the simple message- and simple mission – for The Breathing Association’s Summer Asthma Outreach program.

Thanks to funding from The Columbus Youth Foundation and The Reinberger Foundation, we teamed up with several sports camps this summer, especially those serving children from low income areas of the community where breathing conditions like asthma occur at higher rates. Coaches received asthma awareness training from Joey Reed, Nurse Practitioner and Respiratory Therapist, while kids and their parents received educational information and options for getting additional help at home through The Breathing Association’s clinical services. 

Michelle Brueggeman, head coach for the Crew SC Foundation’s Heroes League summer soccer camp, says her volunteer coaches really appreciate the information and support. Nearly 100 children ages 6-9 participate each year in the free five-week soccer camp, which allows The Breathing Association to reach families with crucial follow-up services through these partnerships.

Fran Ryan to be honored at National Philanthropy Day celebration


Fran honored at the 2015 Mother’s Day Tea

The Central Ohio Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has selected Fran Ryan to be honored as this year’s National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.  Fran Ryan was honored by The Breathing Association at their 2015 Mother’s Day Tea event on May 7th. 

Please join us in congratulating Fran for receiving this prestigious recognition and consider attending this year’s NPD event on November 24, 2015!


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