Empowering and Developing Compassionate Leaders 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. Our 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 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 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 stronger, more inclusive and supportive community for all!

Student Leaders at our very first year-end community showcase event in 2008!

And 1o years later… we can’t fit them into the frame, but you sure can hear them!

How We Started

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 believe that children have a natural capacity for both compassion and leadership… and feel that all children deserve the opportunity to experience the joy that comes from helping others.

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… “when you can give something of yourself… and you see how much it matters to the other… then no matter what your situation or challenge in life, you have proof… that you are valuable and that you have something important to contribute… and how empowering is that?!!”  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.

Board of Directors & Committees

See Kids Dream’s Governing Board of Directors
Gretchen Tinnerman, IBM – Board Chair
Kristi Chapman, Improving – Vice Chair
Doug Gustina, JP Morgan Chase – Secretary
Pat Brady, Crane Renovation Group – Treasurer
Michael Barna, Big Lots – Director
Cassie Cherichello – Director
Omar Cochran, Nationwide Insurance – Director
Brandi Davis, United Way of Central Ohio – Director
Katie Gausepohl, NetJets – Director
Doug Gustina, JP Morgan Chase– Director
Carol Herdman, Herdman-Yeager, LLC – Director
Joe Hull, EY – Director
Jeffery V Kent, Lbrands – Director
Montra Moody, Columbus Metropolitan Club – Director
JC Rice, Huntington National Bank – Director
Anna Stewart, The Ohio State University – Director

Governance Committee
Kristi Chapman, Improving – Committee Chair
Katie Gausepohl, NetJets
Gretchen Tinnerman, IBM
Carol Herdman, Herdman-Yeager, LLC

Finance Committee
Dave King, King Business Interiors – Committee Chair
Joe Hull, EY
Bill Grindle, See Kids Dream

Development Committee
Cassie Cherichello – Committee Chair
Pat Brady, Crane Renovation Group
Brandi Davis, United Way of Central Ohio
Carol Herdman, Herdman-Yeager, LLC
Jeffery V Kent, Lbrands
Montra Moody, Columbus Metropolitan Club
JC Rice, Huntington National Bank

Marketing Committee
Melissa Rogner, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Committee Chair
Chris Coe,  Christopher Coe Design
Flannery Haas, Nationwide Insurance
Jessica Hamlin, Ascend Media Matters

Technology Committee
Omar Cochran, Nationwide Insurance – Committee Chair

Educator Advisory Committee
Anna Stewart, The Ohio State University -Committee Chair
Elizabeth Lugviel, IGS Energy
Brenda Buchy, See Kids Dream
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream

Inspire Us Event Committee
Katie Gausepohl, NetJets – Inspire Us Co-Chair
Kim Nalevanko, NetJets
Gretchen Tinnerman, IBM
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream

Run for a Dream Event Committee
Doug Gustina, JP Morgan Chase – Run for a Dream Chair
Mike Barna, Big Lots
Bill Grindle, See Kids Dream

Project SKD Event Committee
Mike Barna, Big Lots – Project SKD Committee Chair
Darren Glanz, Salesforce
Melissa Losey, Able Roofing
Anna Smith, See Kids Dream
Brenda Buchy, See Kids Dream
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream

Social Enterprise Committee
Jeffery V Kent, L brands
Steve Niswonger, Scioto Services
JC Rice, Huntington National Bank
Laura Grindle, See Kids Dream
Bill Grindle, See Kids Dream