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Emerging Leaders Volunteer Activity: Toledo Day Nursery

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Toledo Day Nursery

2902 Stickney Avenue

Toledo, OH 43608

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Tuesday July 30, 2019
Toledo Day Nursery
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
2902 Stickney Ave, Toledo, OH 43608

Toledo Day Nursery has asked for volunteers to remove weeds, paint fences, organize attendance records, and read and play with the kids! Current and potential Emerging Leader members are invited to attend. Register here by Thursday July 25th. Join us as we continue our mission to impact our community and learn more about the organizations we support with our United Way of Greater Toledo gifts!

ABOUT TOLEDO DAY NURSERY: The oldest childcare center in Ohio and sixth oldest in the United States, Toledo Day Nursery was founded in 1871. At that time, Toledo was a fast growing town of about 32,000 people. It was a seaport and rail center and boasted a number of other industries such as furniture builders, carriage makers, breweries, glass manufacturers and more. The many factories attracted large immigrant populations looking for work. In those days, there were no agencies to assist the unemployed or their families, but the need was there.
A group of civic minded Toledoans responded to this need and started a mission. Its first location was an unusual venue, Captain Hamm’s Theatre Comique, described by historians as a place of “low order”. The second location of what became the Adams Street Mission was equally interesting, a saloon at the corner of Adams and Ontario streets. The purpose of the mission was to help people find employment, to help care for their young children and to help keep older children off the rough and tumble streets of that era. Public schools had existed since 1836, but less than half the town’s children attended school.

The roots of Toledo Day Nursery are in that Adams Street Mission, which cared for 25 to 50 children from four months to eight years of age. They were bathed each morning upon arrival and fed two meals a day. Many of the children’s parents waited in line before 7:00 am each day to take any job that was available. When parents were able to, they paid the nursery five cents per day for childcare.

The Adams Street Mission moved to 572 Ontario Street in 1895, sharing a building with the Social Service Federation. For the cost of day-to-day operation, it continued to depend on the philanthropy of individuals, organizations and its own fundraising efforts. By 1918, the mission had become a beneficiary of the War Chest sponsored by the Red Cross. The War Chest later evolved into the Toledo Community Chest, which later became The United Way of Greater Toledo.


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