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Penny War Raises Funds For NOSF Students
During the week of April 24-28, students from private schools across Northwest Ohio will participate in a penny war called “Your Change to Make a Change” to raise funds for the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund (NOSF).
This second annual fundraiser includes students from NOSF’s 61 partner schools across Northwest Ohio. Students will raise funds for those who attend their schools on NOSF scholarships. Each school will have its grades competing in a penny war and the winning grade will receive a class party.
This school year, there are 613 students attending a private school or being homeschooled with an NOSF scholarship. Families whose household income is at 270 percent or below the poverty level can apply for the scholarship for their children. The maximum scholarship awarded is $1,500 per child and students can renew each year as long as their family meets the income eligibility guidelines.
The “Your Change to Make a Change” event is being sponsored by Taylor Automotive. If individuals would like to drop off their pennies for the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, they can drop them off at one of the participating Taylor Automotive dealerships, including Taylor Kia of Toledo, Findlay and Lima; Taylor Hyundai of Toledo, Perrysburg and Findlay; and Taylor Volkswagen of Findlay.
The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund was founded in 1999 to help families who wanted better schools for their children but could not choose to do so due to their economic circumstances. Since then, the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund has awarded $12 million in tuition assistance to 14,000 low-income K-8 children throughout 19 Northwest Ohio counties.
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Host Families Needed For AFS Exchange Students
AFS is looking for host families in Northwest Ohio willing to open their homes to exchange students for the 2017-18 school year. By hosting an AFS exchange student, families help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.
Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA welcomes 2,300 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities. Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. AFS spends time finding students to match the interests of host families, whether it’s the arts, academics, sports or other interests. Families and hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.
There are currently 18 students attending high schools throughout Northwest Ohio, including Sylvania Southview, Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg, Springfield, Bowling Green, St. Frances de Sales, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky, Pettisville, Buckeye Central, Liberty Center, Madison and New London.
For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call (800) AFS-INFO or visit

Heartbeat Seeks Volunteers For Multiple Positions
Heartbeat of Toledo needs volunteers to serve as nurses, parenting instructors and advocates. Volunteers are needed for Heartbeat’s two physical locations: 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., Suite LL4, in Toledo and 101 Main St. in East Toledo; as well as at its new mobile women’s center.
Heartbeat is a pregnancy resource center whose mission is to be the best source of information and support to women facing pregnancies and to help moms, dads and babies in need. All services are free and confidential.
Volunteer RNs and LPNs do health assessments and pregnancy tests for the women who come to Heartbeat, according to Pat Todak, executive director. Parenting instructors meet one on one with new and expectant moms and dads to facilitate prenatal and parenting lessons.
Advocates will be primarily on Heartbeat’s mobile unit, working with nurses and sonographers. Advocates meet with women facing unplanned pregnancies to provide information on options, emotional support and resources that are available to help them.
Volunteers are asked to commit to working four to six hours per week, either weekly or every other week. Day, evening and Saturday volunteer opportunities are available.
For more information or to attend a volunteer orientation, call Heartbeat at (419) 241-9131. Information is also available at

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