Community Matters Cincinnati

Name of Non-Profit Organization * Community Matters Cincinnati, Inc dba Community Matters
Today’s Date: * Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Organization’s website
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number * 47-1191643
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? * 2014
Address * 2110 Saint Michael Street
Cincinnati, OH 45223
United States
County * Hamilton
Your Name * Patty Lee
Your Title * Chief Advancement Officer
Your email address *
Your Phone Number (513) 244-2214
Executive Director’s Name * Mary Delaney
Executive Director’s email address *
What is the mission of your organization? Community Matters exists to create a thriving and more just community by removing barriers to opportunity. We primarily work in partnership with neighbors of the Lower Price Hill community in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (7) Equality & Social Justice
  • (9) Hunger
  • (11) Poverty
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
To build a thriving community, Community Matters goes beyond the traditional nonprofit social service model by forming partnerships with residents instead of viewing them only as clients to be provided a service. Community Matters believes that our neighbors are experts in the needs and strengths of our community, and these residents should be the primary voice advocating for community needs and leading community initiatives.

Community Matters takes a comprehensive approach to this community development work by focusing on four core areas: 1) Family Sustainability, all families have the resources to achieve their goals; 2) Education Pathways, adult learners have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills; 3) Resident Leadership, residents spearhead community development and hold power in community institutions; and 4) Thriving Community, Lower Price Hill is an affordable and vibrant place to live.

These four areas make our approach unique because we recognize that we cannot focus exclusively on one area of need to create a thriving community. We must instead empower individuals to meet the greater community potential. Lower Price Hill is such a concentrated pocket of generational poverty that development cannot be achieved in a silo.

Since 2015, we have been utilizing a strengths-based approach to engage residents in this work. To date, Community Matters has worked alongside residents on the following projects: the Washing Well, a social enterprise laundromat that provides laundry access to more than 600 families and prepares residents for business ownership; Resident Leaders, an initiative that trains 10-20 residents each year for community advocacy and organizing; Neighborhood Action Team (NAT), a coalition of residents that advise the work of

Community Matters and lead other neighborhood initiatives; Resident and Apprentice Artists, paid opportunities for 2 residents to lead creative projects annually; and Teen Garden Apprenticeships, Summer job training and leadership opportunities for 4-5 youth.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? * Yes, Grades 9 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following opportunities are available for school groups. Other small group opportunities may also be available, just inquire.

Donation Food Drive Organizers, critical need (offsite)

Garden Assistants

For more information,

Volunteer coordinator Jenna Hippensteel
Volunteer coordinator’s email address
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (513) 244-2214