A diversity forum, an arts center, a fire department, a housing agency and a volunteer cleanup group are among winners of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., quarterly service awards, totaling $120,000.
The Black Career Women (BCW) won a grant for its "Can We Talk" diversity forum.
The first Can We Talk forum was held in 1997 and became the ideal forum to address workplace issues among black and white women. The forum includes internet participants from around the world among influential women from business, industry and academia.
BCW was founded by Linda Bates Parker 23 years ago. Parker is also director of the Career Development Center at the University of Cincinnati.
Other award winners are: Better Housing League of Greater Cincinnati for lead poisoning education awareness in Northern Kentucky; the Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center for its "Everyone is an Artist Community Program,"; Elsmere Fire Department, for its self-contained breathing cylinders; Give Back Cincinnati, a community volunteerism projects for young professionals; International Conference on Volunteer Administration for its National Conference held in Cincinnati for volunteer and professionals; Kenton County Skate Park for environmental aspects of its skate park.
Leadership Cincinnati won a grant for its production of a young African-American hopes and dream video for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Learning Through Art, Inc.
A creek clean-up project by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District won an award. Summer internship programs for students to serve in non-profit and social agencies at Xavier University and the West End Health Center pediatric clinic also won awards.
Awards are based on education and youth, diversity, arts and culture, environment, and health and human services.
Next deadline for quarterly reviews is July 1. For more information, call 859-746-6633.
Kevin Vicente of Madeira is spending 10 months with the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program, created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, address unmet human needs and assist with disaster relief.
He is the son of Peter and Peg Vicente.
He is a graduate of Cincinnati Country Day and has attended Colorado College, Colorado Springs..
Members in the program must complete 1,700 hours of service during the 10 months. They receive $4,725 to help pay college tuition or pay back student loans.
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