Sheakley helps build Cincinnati’s community
At Sheakley, we’re involved in many worthy organizations and causes, but we have an especially strong desire to help our area’s disadvantaged youth. Much of this focus has been driven by our CEO, Larry Sheakley.
In 2012, we opened the Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth, an emergency shelter that provides support and guidance for homeless teens and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system and are seeking safe and stable housing as they transition into life on their own. They believe everyone deserves a place to call home, and we agree.
Last year, we extended our efforts to support at-risk kids in the community with the opening of the Sheakley Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati. The opportunity to build a Boys & Girls Club came from Larry’s son, Matt, who has served on the organization’s board for a number of years.
The Club is dedicated to helping young people build futures by providing a positive, safe place for local kids to spend their after-school and evening hours. The program provides high-quality services and innovative enrichment, all at no cost, and has resulted in hundreds of children’s success stories.
“There hasn’t been a day in my life where I had to worry about having a meal or a place to sleep at night, but there are hundreds of children in our city who have to worry about both of these on a daily basis,” Larry says.
Empowering employees through volunteering
“We’re in a position to make a real difference by helping and encouraging disadvantaged youth, and these centers do both. They help them learn a skill and find a job, and they help them learn how to earn and save money. But most importantly, they teach them to have dignity and confidence in themselves.”
Of course, being involved with these organizations and the children they help is also incredibly rewarding for our employees, who serve and volunteer in both centers throughout the year. Our team participates in fundraising, service projects, serving meals and celebratory events, and many team members also contribute financially.
There’s no doubt serving others in need helps us feel good about the impact you can make on others. Everyone has a chance to give some of their time helping others. Our service to these organizations gives us a sense of fulfillment. Helping others who have far greater needs, and more basic needs like food and shelter, reminds each of us of the things we sometimes take for granted.
Our team and our business loves being involved in the community. Here are other organizations we’re involved with and believe are doing great things for the city and region:
- Lighthouse Youth Organization and the Sheakley Center for Youth
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
- University of Cincinnati
- Cincinnati Art Museum
- Cincinnati Ballet
- Cincinnati Opera
- St. Joseph Orphanage
- Taft Museum of Art
- Playhouse in the Park
- United Way
- Fine Arts Fund