Rocky Community Improvement Fund

Rocky Community Improvement Fund

Committed to improving Nelsonville and the surrounding communities by promoting philanthropy among Rocky associates.

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RCIF has awarded over $600,000
to area non-profits since May of 2009.

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Our Mission

To provide impactful support to our local communities by awarding grants to build a clean, safe, and healthy community for our neighbors.

The Statistics

Nelsonville is located in Athens County, in the heart of Ohio’s Appalachian region, which represents about 30% of the land in Ohio and 29 of its 88 counties. Statistics in this area show a population with a high percentage of people living in poverty, low per capita income, higher than average high school drop-out rates, higher infant mortality rates and out migration from the region. These observations are demonstrated in Athens County, Ohio’s poorest county.

  • The poverty rate is 26% compared to the state average of 10%
  • The high school drop out rate is 12%, nearly three times the national average
  • Most available jobs are low-wage-earning, fast-food, cashier and retail positions.
  • 48% of the county population is working poor
  • 39% of the population is receiving some kind of financial assistance
  • 32% of the population relies on the state for medical assistance

Statistics show that only 4.1% of all charitable contributions in Ohio flow to the Appalachian region of the state, despite the fact that this region accounts for 8.2% of the state’s human need. The Rocky Community Improvement Fund aims to help correct this by funneling money directly into the Nelsonville area, including the surrounding communities of Buchtel, Murray City, Glouster and Carbon Hill to name a few.

Where Our Funding Comes From

The RCIF endowment is built from donors committed to making lasting investments in Nelsonville and the surrounding communities. Most donations come from Rocky Brands employees and through various community fundraising events. Anyone with a vested interest in the betterment of our communities is encouraged to participate. The endowment is professionally managed by our partners at the Athens County Foundation.

Since 2013, RCIF has partnered with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville to match charitable contributions made by Rocky Brands employees. The mission of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville is to improve the health and quality of life in the community through education, research and service consistent with our osteopathic heritage.

Where Our Funding Goes

The Rocky Community Improvement Fund aims to positively impact our communities by funneling money directly into the area. Projects have been funded in Nelsonville, Buchtel, Haydenville, Trimble, Murray City, Glouster and Carbon Hill to name a few.

The majority of grants awarded are right here in Athens County. This means you can see the difference you’re making in your own community with your donation.

How You Can Help

Please Contact RCIF for details on giving or receiving help:

By Mail:

Attn: RCIF
39 E Canal St
Nelsonville, OH 45764

How to Apply For a Grant

Grants are awarded twice a year to registered non-profit organizations that positively impact our communities. To apply please read the current guidelines and submit or mail a completed application form.

RCIF will be partnering with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville for our Spring Grant distribution. This combined effort will allow for even more money to be channeled into the local communities. Applications are now being accepted through April 15, 2022, for projects from local non-profits that benefit the citizens of Nelsonville and the surrounding areas. Decisions for the Spring Grant distribution will happen after June 1st, 2022.

RCIF and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville Recipients

Over $600,000 has been awarded to area non-profits with emphasis on projects relating to Children’s Welfare, Education, Hunger and Nutrition, Healthcare, Senior Citizens, Community Outreach, and Beautification.

This work could not be done without the efforts of the dedicated community members and he employees of Rocky Brands that contribute to these worthy causes.

  • Athens County Children’s Services
  • York Township Fire Department
  • Rising Suns
  • Truth Food Pantry
  • Meigs County Farmers Market
  • The Working Tools Company
  • LifeCare Alliance
  • BBBS
  • Nelsonville Presbyterian Pre-Kindergarten
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)
  • Integrated Services for Behavioral Health/The Hive
  • Logan-Hocking Schools
  • Meigs County Farmers Market
  • Nelsonville Division of Fire/EMS
  • City of Nelsonville
  • LSS Food Pantries
  • National Church Residences Foundation
  • PEAP Perry County Emergency Program
  • Rising Sun Pharmacy
  • Rural Action
  • SE Perry Food Pantry
  • Women For Recovery
  • $20,000 donated to Athens County Foundation Emergency Relief Fund – Established to support programs that were either experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic or were established to support the community needs that arose due to the pandemic.
  • $20,000 donated to Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) to support programs in Hocking, Perry, Meigs, Vinton, Washington and Morgan counties
  • Susan G. Komen Columbus
  • Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
  • Village Productions Performing Arts
  • Athens Mental Inc.,dba The Gathering Place
  • Amesville Elementary
  • Sojourners Care Network
  • Logan Hocking Local School District
  • Hocking County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Bassett House – Health Recovery Services, Inc
  • Tomcat Bridgebuilders
  • Trimble Local Textbook and Supplies Foundation
  • Truth Food Pantry, Inc
  • Athens County Department of Job and Family Services
  • SE Perry Food Pantry
  • Alexander Local School
  • Athens Area Mediation Service
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Inc
  • Blessings in a Backpack, Inc
  • Feed My Sheep
  • Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
  • Nelsonville Division of Fire/EMS
  • Nelsonville Presbyterian Pre-Kindergarten
  • Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery
  • Sojourners Care Network
  • Sonya Hunter-Kupchick 1st Grade NYES
  • Summer R Kline
  • The Ohio Association of Student
  • Councils/Leaders
  • Village of Glouster
  • York Township Vol Fire Dept
  • Logan Hocking High School
  • Athens County Department of Job and Family Services
  • Nelsonville Food Cupboard, Inc.
  • Logan Hocking Local School District
  • Health Recovery Services, Inc
  • Vinton County Local School District
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio
  • Women for Recovery
  • Millcreek Elementary School
  • Red Cross
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation
  • Athens Area Mediation Service
  • Athens City-County Health Dept
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Childrens Hunger Alliance
  • Hopewell Health Centers, Inc.
  • Nelsonville City Schools
  • Nelsonville Fire Department
  • Perry County District Library
  • Sojourners Care Network
  • Women for Recovery
  • York Township Fire Department
  • Amesville PTO
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters – Athens
  • Church of the Epiphany
  • Community Food Initiatives
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Integrated Services for Behaviorial Health
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Nelsonville Food Cupboard
  • Nelsonville Senior Citizens
  • NY Honor Society
  • Women for Recovery
  • Nelsonville Public Library
  • York Township Fire Dept
  • Trimble Textbook
  • APJN
  • BBBS of Athens
  • Nelsonville Food Cupboard
  • Senior Citizens Club of Nelsonville
  • Health Recovery Services, Bassett House
  • Factory Street Studio
  • NYES – Saner
  • Meigs United Methodist Cooperative Parrish
  • NYCS – Special Programs (Nelson)
  • Flying Horse Farms