See Kids Dream Mission

Inspiring youth is what we do!

See Kids Dream is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization focused on ensuring every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential to contribute to a thriving community. See Kids Dream's mission is to empower youth with the skills, motivation and confidence to make our world a better place. In collaboration with central Ohio educators and other non-profit community organizations, See Kids Dream creates and supports youth-driven service learning programs for ages 8-14.

Each of our service learning programs focus on developing 5 factors that are critical to generating long-term civic engagement: awareness of community issues; empathy; leadership skills; knowledge of community resources and real-world service experience. Through participation in our programs, youth develop the skills that are critical for success in school, in the workplace and in our community.

We appreciate your interest in investing in youth and strengthening our community and hope you'll explore how you can get involved. Whether you are a local educator, parent, student, non-profit organization, or someone simply looking to volunteer, there is a way we can work together to inspire youth and create a thriving community!  

Our Very First Group of Penny Harvest Participants – 2008!

Our Story

See Kids Dream was founded locally by Bill and Laura Grindle. The couple has two children and share a passion for community involvement and youth engagement.

Bill and Laura

They also share the belief that children have a unique capacity for leadership and giving and have important perspectives to be shared across their communities. 

The idea for See Kids Dream started with a conversation that founders, Bill and Laura Grindle had about their early experiences with volunteering.  While growing up, Bill spent many hours volunteering with his family and friends. Laura on the other hand, had very little opportunity to volunteer in her community while she was young. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she was able to volunteer through her church and in her community. During their conversation about these different experiences, Laura and Bill discussed how critical an early volunteer experience can be in positively shaping a person’s view of themselves and the world around them. From that conversation, they committed that someday, they would find a way to make more opportunities available for kids to experience the power of giving.

Several years and many conversations later, Bill was working for a client in New York, when he met Teddy Gross, the co-founder of Common Cents. Teddy shared his story of how he and his daughter helped a homeless man by donating their spare change; and eventually developed a service learning program called Penny Harvest, where kids collect spare change, explore community needs, and find ways to help. Right after the meeting, Bill called Laura and said, “I think I just met someone who can help us provide volunteer opportunities for kids in Columbus!” It took another 2 years of planning, testing and building community support for the project, before See Kids Dream officially became a nonprofit organization in 2008 and kicked off the first Penny Harvest programs in 7 central Ohio schools.  

Since that first year, See Kids Dream has continued to expand its outreach to tens of thousands of youth across Central Ohio. In collaboration with local educators, after-school partners and a network of supportive not-for-profit organizations, See Kids Dream continues to develop unique programs, curriculum and resources to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to gain the skills, motivation and confidence to make our world a better place.

Overview & 6 Year Impact Summary

Board of Directors & Committees

See Kids Dream's Current Governing Board of Directors

Karen McVey, Clearview Management Resources – Board Chair
Kim Marsh, Fifth Third Bank – Vice Chair
Cindy Elliott, Safelite Group – Secretary

Joe Hull, Ernst & Young – Treasurer
Bryan Gillum, CMax Advisors – Director
Doug Gustina, Chase – Director
Dave King, King Bussiness Interiors – Director
Mike Kray, Elford Construction – Director
Steve Niswonger, Scioto Services – Director
Gretchen Tinnerman, Unify – Director
Marcellus Upshaw, Huntington National Bank – Director

 

Governance Committee
Mike Kray, Elford Construction – Committee Chair
Cindy Elliot, Safelite Group 
Larry Seward, Retired Banking Executive
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream

Finance Committee
Joe Hull, Ernst & Young – Committee Chair
Bill Grindle, See Kids Dream

Development Committee
Kim Marsh, Fifth Third Bank – Committee Co-Chair 
Marcellus Upshaw, Huntington National Bank – Committee Co-Chair 
Bryan Gillum, CMax Advisors 
Doug Gustina, Chase
Steve Niswonger, Scioto Services
Dave King, King Business Interiors
Nick Miesen, OrderUp, Columbus, Wholesome Tummies of Mid-Ohio
Gretchen Tinnerman, Unify
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream

 
Marketing Committee
Sarah Irvin Clark, Irvin Public Relations
Chris Coe, Communica
Bill Grindle, See Kids Dream

Events Committee
Karen McVey, Clearview Management Resources – Copper Gala Co-Chair
Kim Marsh, Fifth Third Bank – Copper Gala Co-Chair
Mike Kray, Elford Construction – Run for a Dream Chair
Cindy Elliot, Safelite Group
Carley McVey, Indpedent Consultant
Bill Grindle, See Kids Dream
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream
Brenda Buchy, See Kids Dream
 

 

 

 

Staff

PHONE: 614-429-3244

FAX: 866-958-1213

ADDRESS: 16 Orchard Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43214

EMAIL: 

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Laura Grindle, Executive Director & Co-Founder

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Bill Grindle, Co-Founder

Brenda Brenda Buchy, Director of Programming

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Cynthia Armstrong, Program Coordinator