Single Parents Rock is soliciting donations of diapers, formula, food gift cards and more.

At first

SPR started as a mobile service. “That means we were meeting victims in local restaurants, but in 2022 when COVID-19 hit, things changed,” Henton says. “Many of the restaurants we were using suddenly closed. At that point, I realized that we needed a safe and confidential place to meet the needs of our victims.

In October 2022, Single Parents Rock held a grand opening at their first location in Englewood. Walk-in visits are now accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and by appointment on weekends.

Henton says not only has COVID-19 affected where the organization has been able to meet with customers, but it has also affected staffing and funding. The group’s main fundraiser had to be canceled for two consecutive years. Fortunately, it has finally been rescheduled and will be held on Saturday July 30.

Here’s what they need:

Diapers all sizes

Pull-ups all sizes

Baby formula

Gas Gift Cards

Food gift cards for restaurants

Grocery Cards

Children’s snacks

· Juice

Soft drinks

· Cleaning supplies

To arrange donation drop-off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or on weekends by appointment, call 937-469-8007.

Other ways to help:

Single Parents Rock will host a fundraising gala from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Antioch Shrine Center in downtown Dayton. The evening will include a happy hour featuring local band Love Street; dinner and guest speaker Diona Clark, a local domestic violence survivor and founder of Liv Out Loud Enterprises and others including Denise Kontras of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and DJ Oscar Pittman.

If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer for the gala, call 937-469-8007. Tickets are $75. Go to www.eventbrite.com and search for Single Parents Rock to buy tickets.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected], call 937-469-8007, or visit the website at www.singleparentsrock.org.

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Meredith Moss writes about Dayton-area nonprofits and their specific needs. If your group has a wish list they would like to share with our readers, contact Meredith: [email protected]

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