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A Look Back – Kindervelt in the New Millennium

by Claire Kupferle #3
Moving into the 21st century, the organization faced a shift in the pattern of volunteering, with active neighborhood groups dropping from a high of 72 in the 1980s to 46. However, robust citywide events and a redoubling of efforts by the local groups generated almost $5 million over the first ten years of the new millenium!

Kindervelt Markt continued to showcase members’ crafts and artistic creations, using annual themes to freshen the look. For example, “Making Spirits Bright” was the theme in 2004, with “Unwrap the Magic” setting the mood for Markt 2005. Local chapters sold everything from baked goods to Christmas trees as they lived up to the unofficial Kindervelt motto, “having fun while raising funds.”

Early in the decade, Kindervelt directed its fundraising efforts to support the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The goal of the Division was to provide increased support not only to adolescents, but also to the healthcare professionals who were treating them. From 2000-2004 Kindervelt raised $2 million to expand these services and provide the highest quality care.

Kindervelt turned its attention to the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for the next three years, providing funds for evaluation and treatment of newborns through adolescents struggling with developmental or behavioral problems. Also included in the donation was money for community education and professional training. Kindervelt was proud to contribute almost $2 million, allowing for expansion of clinical, academic and research programs.

Because asthma is the most chronic childhood disease, and cases were on the rise, in 2008 CCHMC created the Division of Asthma Research. The medical center turned to Kindervelt to help establish the Kindervelt Chair for the Division of Asthma Research.

During this period, an annual award was created. The citywide Board of Trustees was looking for a way to honor members who lived up to the KIndervelt tradition of excellence. They named the annual award for Barbara Fitch, a founding member who was known for her positive attitude and great enthusiasm for the work of the organizations.

Kindervelt weathered internal and external changes during the first decade of the new millennium and was poised to move into the future while building on tradition.

A Look Back – Kindervelt In The New Millennium
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