Gorman Hewitt Ayars Fund


History of the Gorman-Hewitt-Ayars Memorial Fund of United Rehabilitation Services

Gorman Hewitt Ayars Fund

The Gorman Foundation was established in 1968 by Gorman School Principal Helen M. Ayars, parents and friends. It was created to assist students and former students who needed equipment not covered by the Dayton Public School System’s general operating fund.

In 1981, members of the Gorman School Foundation and the Board of United Cerebral Palsy (now United Rehabilitation Services) joined together to establish the Gorman-Ayars Memorial Fund of United Cerebral Palsy.

In 1991, upon the death of Mrs. Gladys D. Hewitt, through her generous bequest, the fund’s name was changed to the Gorman-Hewitt-Ayars Memorial Fund of UCP. This name was changed in 1998 to the Gorman-Hewitt-Ayars Memorial Fund of United Rehabilitation Services. Its purpose remains as intended to assist residents of the Greater Dayton area with Cerebral Palsy or orthopedic disorders to obtain the maximum level of independence.


Financial Aid

Funds are used for acquisition of appliances, support aids, augmentative communication equipment, home modification, reasonable administrative costs with assessed needs and Camperships on a needed basis.


How to Apply for Funds

Applications may be submitted to the Gorman-Hewitt-Ayars Fund at any time by individuals. Documentation of income and other funding resources is requested. Alternative resources include the following:

  • Insurance Company
  • County-Family Resource Services
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Other

Each case will be evaluated for its specific needs. Organizational grants supporting individuals with disabilities may be submitted as well. These grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Additional guidelines are available fromĀ Rachel Zidaroff at 937-853-5419.


Established Support Funds of United Rehabilitation Services

United Rehabilitation Services Foundation

The United Rehabilitation Services Foundation is a supporting Foundation of URS for the purpose of sustaining critical community needs into the future.

J. Edward Wasserman Permanent Endowment Fund

The J. Edward Wasserman Permanent Endowment Fund was established in memory of Mr. Wasserman, the first Board president of United Cerebral Palsy. The purpose of the fund is restricted for long-term goal and programming needs as well as unanticipated demands upon the agency for the direct benefit of children and adults with disabilities.

James & Marge Bristow Legacy Fund

The James & Marge Bristow Legacy Fund was established in 2011 for the purpose of supportingĀ Independence Programs for the Adult Services Department at URS including client participation in the Solidarity Conference in Columbus and annual field trips.


How You Can Help

Donations may be made in a variety of ways:

Memorial Gifts: To honor a deceased relative, friend, educator or classmate

Outright Gifts: Cash or long-term appreciated stocks or securities (often matched by your employer) for specific or general purposes.

Deferred Gifts: Bequests, charitable reminder trusts, term trusts, gift annuities and life insurance policies to be used as you designate. Please consult your attorney or financial planner for additional information.


Application Forms

Procedures for Obtaining Services

Application for Eligibility Determination

Grant Application

After these forms are completed please mail to Gorman-Hewitt-Ayars Fund, 4710 Old Troy Pike, Dayton OH 45424, fax to (937) 236-8930, or scan and email them to: rzidaroff@ursdayton.org.