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20 Verbs

to Inspire …


 20 Ways

You can Help SELF Make a Difference…

But I’m just one person.  How can I make a difference? You can!

1. Help someone have a chance to get a job, keep a job and build assets by referring them to SELF’s Jobs Now ! program.  We will teach  skills needed to find a new or better job, overcome barriers to employment. We work one-on-one to provide job coaching & job leads.

Our Build-up Academy program. This program offers free job and construction skills training to low-income young adults (ages 18-35) in Butler County, Ohio, and includes a nationally recognized construction accreditation certificate (a $2,600 value) as well as opportunities to network with local employers or apply for apprenticeships in the construction field upon graduation.  The program also includes incentives, employment and life skills training, emergency supports and even steel-toed boots and a starter tool set upon graduation from the program.

2. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Your old is someone else new, consider our partner Dress 4 Success 

3. Support a local business, maybe a SELF Microenterprise small business. The Microenterprise Program is a partnership among SELF, the Butler County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, IncUpon graduating there is an opportunity to present a business plan to a special Loan Review Committee for a possible microloan of $500 to $5,000.

4. If you know a low-income family that is struggling, refer them to SELF. We’d love to help! In 2014 we helped over 7,000 low-income families in Butler County. Click here to take a look at all our programs.


5. Create a Welcome Home Basket, SELF will give it to a hard working family to celebrate permanent housing.

6. Volunteer to brighten your day.  Get outside of yourself and help others. Did you know volunteering is good for your health? Check out  or Volunteer Match Volunteering2

7. Look for ways to save a few extra bucks each month and then donate it to a good cause or charity We’d be honored if you donated to SELF

8. Before you post THINK: think

Please like our SELF Facebook Page. Click the tab on the right top hand side of this page.

We post our client success stories,  social issues affecting low-income families,  SELF events and relevant community events.

9. Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are. @ SELF we teach clients to dream again through Getting Ahead.

10. If you shop on line with Amazon, please consider the Amazon Smile program where a percentage of your purchase goes to your favorite charity. SELF is also listed with this program. Amazon Smile program

help11. Consider getting a pet through an animal shelter or animal rescue. If you want to help a pet owner who is struggling and needs pet food, donate to SELF’s fund. We help with Adopt-A-Family program.

12. Redirect gifts.  Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.  A  financial gift of any amount adds up to accomplish the goals listed below, and many more, for SELF’s clients!


If you want to donate to SELF click here:

  • $500 sponsors a wheelchair ramp for a house-bound senior citizen in our Home Repair program.
  • $250 provides tools and supplies for a Build-up Academy student learning a marketable trade for stable employment.
  • $100 sponsors Getting Ahead program participants, providing the supplies, class materials and emergency supports to help them be successful on their path to self-sufficiency.
  • $75 prepares a JOBS NOW! program graduate with items needed to start a new job.
  • $50 covers an IDA program participant’s credit counseling session.
  • $25 covers the business application for a Microenterprise program participant

13. Become a mentor to someone in need. There are opportunities available for Getting Ahead participants.

14. Listen to someone’s pain and help them find a path through it. If you can’t help, maybe SELF can… Call or email.

15. Help an entrepreneur support our Microenterprise, Microloan program where we help low-income families start a business.handup16. Thank a teacher, mentor or someone who seldom gets recognition. Nominate this person for a Janet Clemmons Award.

17. If you know someone who would love to save for a car, a house, go back to school or start a business please refer them to SELF Individual Development Account (IDA) program.  We help by teaching how to budget and even match monies saved 2:1 so it grows faster.  Personal finance classes and hands-on help provide the guidance needed to obtain the assets.

18. Stand up for someone.  Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them.

19. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know.

  • SELF has opportunities for you as a guest speaker to help educate our clients in areas of financial literacy, starting a business and employment.  We look for volunteers to help with our Jobs Now ! classes helping with resumes and mock-interviews.  Professionals in the construction trades help with our Build-Up Academy programs.

20. Teach others how to make a difference in this world by setting a good example every day.selfless2

For Comprehensive Information and Referral Services go to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati 2-1-1 Community Resource Directory by clicking here: 2-1-1 Community Resource Directory , or our   United Way 211 page.

What Makes Self Different?

 SELF is a forerunner in the hand-up to self-sufficiency philosophy:

  • SELF was founded in 1995 before Federal Welfare reform changes and other non-profit agencies emphasized self-sufficiency.  SELF is the community action agency for Butler County.

 We have a proven track record:

  • Our clients have called SELF a bridge to self-sufficiency and an anchor in a storm. Every year we are proud to have countless success stories.

 It takes a village:

  • SELF takes a collaborative (not competitive) approach, working hand-in-hand with other agency partners like United Way, churches, government offices, universities, trade schools, utilities companies, businesses and more…

 We are flexible:

  • We listen to our clients; we talk to people on a daily basis, as well as keeping our pulse on the current social culture.  We make changes to our programs accordingly.

 Each individual and family is uniquely important:

  • Every person or family is unique with their own situation, goals and needs. We strive to work one-on-one to help them achieve their path to self-sufficiency.
We need your help to continue to make a difference … help our clients build better futures for themselves and their families.
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