Richland Gives Friendly House

Friendly House is raising money for the general fund, program fees or camperships for Hidden Hollow or Happy Hollow.

Friendly House is a consistent force in the community, providing low-cost programs for youth and families. Programs exist to serve preschool students through senior citizens.

“When children are enrolled in any Friendly House Program, they are treated with love and respect from caring staff and are in a clean and safe environment,” said Brianna Sammataro, Program Director at Friendly House. “Everyone at Friendly House is a Friendly House Kid!”

Friendly House is planning to make some minor and major upgrades in the coming years, both inside and outside the center. All funds raised during Richland Gives have the opportunity to be designated to any of the programs including the general fund, program fees, or camperships for Hidden Hollow or Happy Hollow. Any money raised during this year’s Richland Gives campaign to the general fund will go towards supporting these upgrades.

Friendly House Richland Gives

Friendly House provides after school programming for students in kindergarden through sixth grade.

Friendly House will continue to change and grow each year.

“As long as there is a need for Friendly House, we will continue to support and provide for a community that has supported and provided for us over the last 120 years,” said Sammataro.

Currently, Friendly House offers: 

  • Preschool (ages 3-5)

  • Afterschool Program (grades K-6)

  • Swim lessons (age 3+)

  • Senior Golden Age luncheons

  • Basketball Leagues and teen evening programs (grades 4 and up)

  • Adult Lap Swim and Water Exercise

The Friendly House preschool and after school programs are 4-star certified Step Up to Quality Program through the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school age child care licensing health and safety regulations.

Friendly House also partners with local agencies such as Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland, Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring, as well as the Mansfield Police Department and Police Athletic League. In the summer months, Friendly House owns and operates two summer camps, Hidden Hollow Camp and Happy Hollow Day Camp.

Many of these programs are at little to no cost to families or individuals.

“Friendly House has a lasting impact on every person that has been served here,” said Sammataro. “Seniors that come for the Golden Age luncheons remember Friendly House from when they were kids, or even from when their parents were involved. Many of the preschoolers continue through the after-school and summer fun programs and attend the summer camps at Hidden Hollow and Happy Hollow. The Friendly House is a community asset and you can find a Friendly House Kid anywhere you go.”

To keep these programs at their minimum cost and to keep Friendly House Kids through the decades, donate today.

This article was paid for by the nonprofit organization mentioned. Leading up to Giving Tuesday on December 3, we will feature profiles on various local nonprofits. Read all the stories here.