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December 4

A Campaign “Rally Finale” will be held at Bella Bleu’s (170 Summerset Drive) at 4:30pm. This fun event is to provide a report of progress to the community on dollars raised for the “Do Something” Campaign. Please join us to watch our divisional campaign leaders post their results on the BIG black board. This event will be sponsored by Town & County Co-Op and Spreng-Smith Insurance. Click here for event details.

Thursday, December 4

The Third Annual Holiday Happenings is going to be a special evening and we hope you will be a part of it! Bella Bleu’s will host this eloquent evening of fun from 6-8:30pm. Only 200 tickets will be sold at $20.00 each which will include award winning appetizers and a beverage ticket. The evening will include live and silent auctions, a visit from Santa and the drawing for the 12 winners of the Holiday Baskets. Click here for ticket application. Reservations are filling up so order your tickets today! Also donation of auction items are still being accepted. Call the United Way office at 419-281-5551 for donation details.

Saturday, December 6

This popular community event has sold out the past four years so don’t get Santa mad for not making your reservations now! Jake’s Restaurant will host the Santa breakfast with the seating at 8-9:30am & 9:45-11:15am. Not only will the attendees get a great breakfast but they will also enjoy a visit from Santa, coloring contest, crafts and a guarantee to set the holiday spirit in motion. Call the United Way office at 419-281-5551 for reservations. Adult tickets are $7.00 and Children (12 + under) are $5.00. Ho! Ho! Ho! Don’t miss it!

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Because of the generosity of folks throughout Ashland County over 500 kids received assistance with new supplies to start the school year. On both August 2nd and 9th and Ashland City School bus was filled with donated school supplies in the parking lot of WalMart. This year Farmers and Savings Bank assisted United Way with the “Stuff the Bus” initiative and provided amazing results with their donations received at their main branch in Loudonville. A very special thanks to Rosemarie Donley and Shirley Bonfiglio of Associated Charities for coordinating and distributing the school supplies. Of the 500 children helped 100 school supply kits were provided to the children in the Amish schools in Ashland County. Thanks Ashland County….you did it again!!


A special thanks to our 2015 Campaign Pacesetters that have accepted the challenge to set the “pace” for the new Campaign. Please watch the website for special events and fundraisers as the Pacesetters “rally up” starting August 6 – September 10. Click here for a complete list of these special organizations and companies!

2-1-1 Connects
Veterans to Veterans
Ashland County United Way is one of the first counties in Ohio to connect over 450 Ashland County Veterans with an information resource line through 2-1-1. A free veteran-staffed helpline to connect veterans, active military, reservists, national guards and their families to social, health and government services in Ashland County. Click here to view the Help 2 Veterans flier.

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Backpack Introduced
A new innovative learning kit has been developed through the efforts of Dr. Diane Karther, Director of the Family and Children’s First Council and recently been made available to children entering Kindergarten throughout Ashland County in the fall of 2015. This project has been in preparation for approximately one year. This amazing kit has been parent tested and has gained outstanding reviews with the many learning opportunities available for both the child and the parents. Click here for complete project details.

John MAurer and Ken Milligan

2013 J. Robert Tipton
Volunteers of the Year


340 great friends of United Way were a part of the celebration of success for the 2013 Annual Meeting held February 25 at the Ashland University Convo. This popular community event saluted the caring donors, colunteers and partner agencies that made 2013 a record year of giving. Ken Milligan and John Maurer/Maurer Photography were tapped with the prestigious J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the year award for 2013. Rob Wash was honored for his two years of leadership as board president by incoming president Mark Burgess. Michelle Vanderzyden was also elected as the new vice-president. Michelle and her husband Chris, will serve as the volunteer co-chairs of the 2015 Campaign.

Enter The I LOVE TO
Photo Contest

A unique photo contest is being held throughout 2014 to find friends of United Way that are providing their time and talents to LIVE UNITED in Ashland County. Click here to print out the poster to use with your volunteer experience to help others. Send your photo to KCooke@uwashlandoh.org or tag us on Facebook or Instagram. Live United T-Shirts and other great prizes will be awarded monthly with a grand prize winner announced in December!

Forward in '14
Campaign and Special
Events Calendar

Click here to see a complete list of special events and 2015 campaign dates. Please join us for the many family fun activities that are available throughout each year.


The United Way flag is flying high as the headline in the Ashland Times-Gazette reads -- United Way Reaches 2014 Campaign Goal! With the largest goal ever of $1,060,000 and $35,000 higher than the previous year the challenge was met by caring donors on new year's eve. This is the seventh straight campaign that Ashland County United Way has reached or exceeded the annual campaign goal. This assures full funding for our 14 partner agencies and the critical progress they provide throughout Ashland County. A multitude of gratitude goes out to the caring and loyal donor, the 2014 volunteer campaign team and the United Way staff for their persistence and follow up to achieve this important county wide effort...making Ashland County better...much better!

At the "Dreams Really Do Come True" Community Report on January 16 at Samaritan Regional Helath System Annex student volunteers unvailed the total raised cards to show $1,064,756... Thank you Ashland County for caring!

50 Plus Marriage Celebration
Exceeded Expectations!

A unique celebration occurred in Ashland on Wednesday, October 16 as United Way and the Ashland County Community Foundation honored 189 couples that have been married 50 years or more. These honored couples arrived on the “gold carpet” and were treated to a great lunch by Sallie’s Catering and had their vows renewed in an emotional ceremony by New Hope Pastor Tom Roepke. Command Sergeant Major Steve Carroll honored over 100 veterans that were in attendance. From wedding cake to music of the 40’s and 50’s it was an amazing day for our couples and our 75 volunteers. Click here for some highlight event pictures.



The popular 12 Baskets of Christmas raffle has “Jolly Old St. Nick” excited about the great variety of baskets ready to be won by 12 lucky winners. Tickets are on sale through November 16 at Buehler’s and will travel to Hawkin’s on November 17 through December 3. The baskets will be on display December 4 at the Holiday Happenings event at Bella Bleu’s/Water’s Edge Event Center and the lucky winners drawn at 7:45pm. Click here to see the baskets and our wonderful sponsors. Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00 and 25 for $20.00 and can be purchased at the store location sites or at the United Way office.

Kay Conrad Day of Caring
Sets Record Volunteerism

180 volunteers and 27 teams set a new participation record on the 20th Anniversary of the Kay Conrad Day of Caring. This event continues in her memory of her service to United Way and the Ashland Community. A very special thank you to Ashland County Council on Aging Director, Peggy Boales, for coordinating this very rewarding day for the volunteers and the 95 clients helped by the community and corporate teams.

A very special thanks to our event and food sponsors: Advantage Marketing, American Legion Post #88, Ashland Y, Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland University, Brethren Care, Buehler’s, Buren Insurance, FirstMerit, Geyer-Hawkin’s, Good Shepherd, Great Friends of United Way, Hospice of NCO, Kay Conrad Family, Lutheran Social Services, Pentair, Pentair IAM Local Lodge 1297, Samaritan Regional Health System, Schoonover Industries, Snyder’s-Lance, Spreng-Smith Agency, TREMCO, Truax Printing, Wendy’s, Whitcomb & Hess


The Dining with United Way series concluded October 31 with 14 sponsors providing a percentage of sales to the 2015 “Do Something” Campaign. Our thanks to our great Dining with United Way Sponsors: Applebee’s, Bella Bleu’s, Besta Fasta Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Caddy Shack, Cleveland Avenue Market, Dor-Lo Pizza, Downtown Perk, Eva’s Treats, Jake’s, Kelly’s Deli, Mitchell’s Orchard, O’Bryan’s, and Shanks Bar & Grill.

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The United way Board of Trustees approved a record goal of $1,068,888 at their June board meeting. After seven consecutive years of exceeding the annual goal the community challenge is there to make it Eight-In-A-Row! Any Individual or Company wanting to learn more about supporting the “Do Something” Campaign can contact the United Way office at 419-281-5551.


With over 450 special guests in attendance at the 2015 “Do Something” Kick-Off Breakfast the 14 Pacesetters and our 14 Partner Agencies provided record giving to start the Campaign. A total of $502,866 was pledged which is 47% of the goal of $1,068,888. This amazing morning provided the spirit of the annual journey to help others in need in Ashland County. Our 2015 Pacesetters included:
Abbott Ashland Retirees & Alumni, Advantage Marketing (Celebrating 20 years), Ashland City Schools, Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, Ashland University, Bill Harris Auto, Brethren Care Village, Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland, Hedstrom, Loudonville/Perrysville Schools, Pentair, Samaritan Regional Health System, Snyder’s-Lance, Town & Country Co-Op and our 14 Partner Agencies.

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Financial Skills

Financial Education
Skills classes:

Financial Education Skills is a confidential new program (2014) where weekly seminars are held for approximately 16 weeks. The sessions are open to the public at no charge over the lunch hour on Mondays. Lunch is available by donation, or free to those in need. The program is presented by Woodforest National Bank using FDIC materials. Some topics include…paying yourself first, your credit history & repairing it, how to make credit cards work for you, identity theft & much more. Watch this website for upcoming schedules.

Enhance Your Financial Skills
Have you ever asked yourself why you struggle each month paying your bills? Having trouble deciding the best way to stretch and use your hard earned dollars? Click here to see the listing of financial topics to be presented over lunch! Located at the Salvation Army-Kroc Center. No reservations needed. All sessions are Free, and lunch is included!! Bring a friend and you might win a door-prize. Please call today to make your reservation for the next session. Click here for additional information.

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United Way and five other agencies are excited to announce a new community impact initiative for financial stability, targeted for women who have great potential but struggling to make ends meet and have a strong desire to change.

The program begins in January 2015 through September 2015 with application being accepted by contacting one of the agency members, or download off our website. (Click here for application) Completed applications should be emailed to Brenda at Brenda@uwashlandoh.org. Participant must be an Ashland County resident.

Dolly Parton Library


As part of United Way’s initiative on Early Childhood Learning another important ingredient has been added to help prepare Ashland County newborns to age 5 prepare for kindergarten through stressing the importance of reading as a family. Parents can enroll ant Ashland County child under the age of five in the program. Then, each month until their fifth birthday, that child will receive a free, new hard-cover, age-appropriate children’s book mailed directly to their home. There is no cost to the family. Sponsorship opportunities are available to financially support this important program. Please contact Executive Director Ev DeVaul edevaul@uwashlandoh.org for sponsorship details. Click here for application to sign your child up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Important Papers

Family Important Papers File Now Available

Through the encouragement of the Family and Children First Council and the Head Start teaching staff United Way has developed a 9"x12" clear file for families to keep all of their important documents (birth certificates, shot records, car titles, child's fingerprint record and so much more) in one place. The parent can also record all of the emergency contact information on their family. Over 800 files have been distrbuted throughout Ashland County in only three months. Every mom with a new born receives this files along with the Talk, Read and Play newborn kit. Stop by the United Way office at 132 West Main Street to receive your Family Fundamental File.

Over 1,300 Calls for 2-1-1
in First Year!
2-1-1 is a free and confidential information and referral service connecting people to health and human services in Ashland County. United Way brought 2-1-1 to Ashland County in February, 2012 and over 1,300 calls have been recorded for individuals or family assistance. Click here to see the annual report information.


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Talk, Read and Play Cover

We are thrilled to have our own school readiness publication… click here for a look at this very successful Community Impact Initiative.

Talk, Read, and Play Bag

Every new baby in Ashland County can register to receive the”Talk, Read and Play…Together” New Born Kit. This bag is filled with many activity and materials to help families understand the importance of reading to their children. Click here for details to how to receive the new born bag.

Helps 1,600 Students!

Crunch Out Obesity

Click here to see a short video on how the “Crunch Out Obesity” Initiative has been so successful in Ashland County.