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Third annual Project C benefits local nonprofits

Kerry Tuttle | Apr 23, 2013

 Third annual Project C benefits local nonprofits

-By Kerry Tuttle

In its third year of helping local nonprofits, Project C raised $1,218, which was split between the following deserving organizations:

·      Young Life of Athens County, a Christian outreach ministry to teens that focuses on relational ministry.

·      Live Healthy Appalachia, a non-profit dedicated to improving health and well-being in the Appalachian region through education, outreach and advocacy emphasizing nutrition and other lifestyle choices.

·      Ohio University Campus Red Cross, the local Red Cross that regularly organizes blood drives and educates students about the importance of helping to save a life.

· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County, a non-profit seeking to change the lives of local youth through individual, one-on-one mentorship programs.

Project C was created in February 2011 with the goal of positively impacting the Athens community and its nonprofit organizations through the use of film, interactive design and philanthropy. Project C operates by using its website,, as a place where site visitors can submit nominations, watch multimedia spotlights about each non-profit and vote on which nonprofit they think deserves the greatest cut of the proceeds. Money is collected through fundraisers, grants and donations.

There were 24 students on the Project C team this year that collaborated on video, design, fundraising and public relations.

“I believe students participate in Project C because they want to use their design and photography skills for good,” said Amanda Olszewski, the marketing coordinator for Project C. “All of our team members have a passion for storytelling and a passion for community, and Project C allows them to combine those two things.”

Voting closed Monday, April 22 with the most voted for organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County, receiving $297.33. The other three non-profits also received funding.