News, Events and Media
Serve a One-Year Term on CCHO's newly formed Community Board
Christian Children's Home of Ohio is inviting enthusiastic women and men to serve on our Community Board.  The group plans and produces special events, activities and materials that promote our mission and work; two recent events are the Great Grill-Off and FallFest 5K.  Meetings are held for 90 minutes every other month; additional meetings are scheduled according to the needs of the group.

"This committee is ideal for anyone who loves Jesus and others, and has energy and marketing savvy," said Michael Woolworth, Director of CCHO's Office of Advancement.  "The group admirably produced our Great Grill-Off and FallFest 5K in order to give people an opportunity to support our efforts."

The next meeting for the Community Board will be Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main Wooster campus.  For information, contact Michael at 330.345.7949, ext. 2340, or via email.
Over 230 guests gathered to celebrate Christian Children's Home of Ohio's 45th anniversary at our first-ever Hope Gala on April 5, at Greenbriar Conference & Party Centre in Wooster.  We thank God for a wonderful evening.

Keynote speaker was Chris Spielman, four-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, two-time All-American at Ohio State, ESPN college football commentator, and co-author of his best-selling autobiography, That's Why I'm Here.  Using that theme, Chris talked about his Christian faith, family, football and the passing of his beloved wife, Stefanie, following cancer.  He and Mistress of Ceremonies Beth McLeod of 19 Action News participated in an audience Q&A at the end of the evening.  Click to hear Chris' inspirational speech and his introduction by David Lehman of presenting sponsor, Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company.  

Our elegant evening included a welcome reception, live jazz, silent auction and live auction, in which motivated donors gave $5,000 in three minutes' time to support an activity fund for children served in our residential center.  Overall, we raised $40,000 to bring healing to hurting children and families.  Special thanks to Mennonite Mutual, other supporting sponsors, and to our guests for being so generous on such a memorable occasion.  Click here to view 150+ vivid color photos from the Hope Gala (courtesy Todd Cooper, friend of CCHO).
CCHO Observes 45th Anniversary at April Gala; Chris Spielman Delivers Message
ECFA Grants Accreditation to Christian Children's Home of Ohio
Christian Children's Home of Ohio has gained accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a national organization founded in 1979, and dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to ECFA's Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, which focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charity resources.

ECFA comprises nearly 1,800 evangelical Christian organizations which qualify for tax-exempt, nonprofit status and receive tax-deductible contributions.  As of 2012, the total income of ECFA member organizations is reported to be approximately $22 billion.  Learn more about ECFA.

"This accreditation by ECFA means a lot to us," said Kevin Hewitt, CCHO Executive Director.  "And it should for our donors, as well, as they invest their lives and resources in God's redeeming work at CCHO.
Over 600 guests attended our Second Annual Great Grill-Off on June 22, on our 165-acre campus in Wooster.  This fun charity event featured delicious miniature grilled burgers from area restaurants and CCHO staff vying for the People's Choice Award.  Our Poplar Ridge Stables team retained their title from 2013 with their Cowboy Burger entry.  Guests enjoyed live jazz, ice cream, picnic favorite foods, children's activities, minature horse rides, and Poplar Ridge Stables open house.  There were giveaways of gift cards and merchandise all day, too.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor: Spurgeon Chevrolet; supporting sponsors: Certified Angus Beef, Curry Lumber, The Commercial & Savings Bank, Buehler's Fresh Foods, and Wooster Walmart; volunteers, burger teams and our guests.  Click to view dozens of photos from the Great Grill-Off.
Second Great Grill-Off Draws 600 for Burgers, Music, Fun to Benefit CCHO
Listen to Chris Spielman's inspiring speech
CCHO's New Foster Care and Adoption Video Informs, Inspires
Four Ohio families who have fostered and adopted with Christian Children's Home of Ohio share the joys and challenges of opening their hearts and homes to children without permanent homes in a new video.  One family is newer to foster care and adoption, while three others are veteran providers.  But they agree on one thing:  fostering and adopting are a wonderful way to respond to Jesus' call "to care for the least of these."  View it at the left or at

There are 17,000 children in Ohio without permanent homes.  In some cases, parental rights have been terminated because of severe trauma, abuse, neglect and crime inflicted on the children involved.  Learn more about our foster care program.
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Mid-Ohio Corvette Club Hosts Show, Raises $31,000 to Benefit CCHO
The Mid-Ohio Corvette Club held its annual Cruisin' for the Kids car show on August 9, at Christian Children's Home of Ohio.   A record number of 120 cars and more than 250 participants in the show enjoyed breakfast at the Wayne County Fairgrounds before heading to the campus of CCHO for lunch, auction, 50/50 raffle and interaction with kids served on our residential campus.  

The club's leadership, along with CCHO friends Brian and Stephanie Spear, presented a $31,000 check to support CCHO's mission.  "We are very grateful for the financial support of these caring partners, but the friendship with the club and the Spears family is priceless," said Michael Woolworth, Director of Advancement at CCHO.   This is the fifth year for the club's show at CCHO.
Runners, Walkers Become Champions for Children at October's FallFest 5K
They've done it!  By participating in our Second Annual FallFest 5K on October 4, over 150 caring adults and children helped raise more than $10,000 to advance God's redeeming mission at CCHO.

Special thanks to our entrants, sponsors, volunteers and guests for this generous outpouring of support.  The battle for the top finish in the 5K run came down to a sprint at the end; Ryan Routh of Orrville defended his 2013 title as FallFest champion with a 19:22 finish.  Orrville's Beth Woodward was the top female finisher at 21:36. 

The day include lots of autumn-themed family fun, including the Kids' Fun Run, pumpkin bowling, gourd decorating, face painting, inflatables and more.  CLICK TO SEE RESULTS AND PHOTOS >