December 20, 2018

The Dayton Foundation Announces Winners and Grant Recipients of the Changemaker Challenge

Bob Kidd, catching the bouquet at a shelter wedding - submitted by Jill Conkel

The Dayton Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the Changemaker Challenge. Bob Kidd, who was nominated by Jill Conkell, for his selfless contribution to Bridges of Hope shelter was selected out of 42 nominees of caring and generous individuals who are working every day to make Greater Dayton - and the world - a better place.

As the winner of the Changemaker Challenge, Kidd selected Bridges of Hope as the recipient of The Dayton Foundation’s $1,000 Changemaker Challenge grant. Bridges of Hope is a Greene County community organization and shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness, poverty and other consequences of addictive behavior. Kidd volunteers at the shelter five nights a week, from 11p.m. to 7a.m., watching the security monitors, keeping attendance and helping with any task that needs to be done.

“At the age of 82, Bob is a staple in the shelter,” according to Conkel, nominator and Shelter Administrator for Bridges of Hope. “Unable to sleep for various reasons, many guests have found comfort at the front desk with Kidd. Men will sit for hours talking to him, telling stories about their difficult journeys and sharing their current struggles. They find hope in having someone who, without judgement, will listen to them with a compassionate heart and years of wisdom under his belt.”

Additionally, with so many great entries, the judging panel opted to name a runner-up, who also will be able to award a $1,000 grant to a favorite charity. This year’s runner-up and grant recipient are:

Larry Watts – submitted by
Jen Nifer and Heather Brungs.

Larry Watts, who was nominated by Jen Nifer and Heather Brungs. Watts has selected Seeds of Peace, a West Dayton nonprofit that he founded to address neighborhood violence through youth mentorship, to receive a $1,000 Changemaker Challenge grant.

To say “Thank You” to all of the nominees for the great things that they do to make our region better, The Dayton Foundation also will award $100 grants to each nominees’ charity of choice.

The Changemaker Challenge encouraged individuals from across Greater Dayton to highlight the unsung heroes working every day to make Greater Dayton a better place. To see all of the Changemaker Challenge entries, visit The Dayton Foundation’s Facebook page for the Changemaker Challenge photo album.

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