“We Did Something”
Ashland County residents opened their hearts again and helped United Way achieve its eighth straight “Break The Thermometer” Campaign. With the largest goal every of $1,068,888 the 2015 “Do Something” Campaign was going to be a challenge. With “Crunch Time” update reports going out almost daily the community responded to raise $1,073,721 before midnight December 31. The achievement of the goal by the end of 2014 was important because of a challenge grant of $15,000 being available if the goal was made by December 31…Thank You Ashland County for opening your hearts again, again, again, again, again, again, again and again!
2014 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 24
Please join us to celebrate the wonderful success stories of United Way at our 2014 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 24 at the Ashland University Convocation Center beginning at 11:45 am. Reserve your ticket or a table for this popular county event. Tickets are $17.00 each. Click here for all of the details and the reservation form.
The third annual Holiday Happenings was the best one yet as 200 special guests enjoyed an eloquent evening of fun at the Water's Edge Event Center on Thursday, December 4. Volunteer co-chairs Shannon Hill and Georgene Aber put on a wonderful event with entertainment, silent/live auctiions, cookie/candy room and great appetizers from Bella Bleu's. Many thanks to all of our event sponsors and auction donors that made this evening possible. Click here to see our special Holiday Happenings "Helpers."
"Ring In Spring"
Family Community Day
Saturday, May 9
Be sure to get Saturday, May 9 on your calendar for a full day of family fun at the Ashland County Fairgrounds for the seventh annual "Ring In Spring" Family Community Day. More details will be posted as the "plan comes together."
Third Birthday Party
Saturday, March 21
All of "Dolly's kids" that are registered for the Imagination Library will be invited to the third birthday party on Saturday, March 21 at the Kroc Center from 10:00 am - noon. To date 1,576 children (0-5 years of age) have registered to receive "Dolly Books." 26,839 age appropriate book have been distributed to our Ashland County families. 496 children have "graduated" from the program better prepared for their reading skills to enter kindergarten. This fun morning will include crafts, games, book highlights, and of course, a birthday celebration. Birthday party invites will be sent by email to our participating "Dolly" families... so save the date!
"STUFF THE BUS"
HELPS OVER 500 KIDS
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!!
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.
Learn More @ 4
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.
2013 J. Robert Tipton
Volunteers of the Year
50 Plus Marriage Celebration
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.
12 Baskets of
The 12 lucky basket winners were drawn as part of the Holiday Happenings gala fundraiser at the Water’s Edge Event Center. Thanks to Marilynn Ferguson for coordinating our many volunteers to sell the basket tickets at Buehler’s and Hawkin’s…most of all – thanks to all our great friends that sponsored this fun project by buying tickets. Click here to see the lucky winners!
Kay ConradDay 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
DINING WITH UNITED WAY
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.
2015 “DO SOMETHING” CAMPAIGN SETS
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.
RECORD CROWD …
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 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.
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 IMAGINATION LIBRARY NOW IN ASHLAND COUNTY!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship details. Click here for application to sign your child up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
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.
Every gift is important to help us reach our goal! Click the "Giving to United Way" box below to provide your gift of caring!
We are thrilled to have our own school readiness publication… click here for a look at this very successful Community Impact Initiative.
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.
CRUNCH OUT OBESITY
Helps 1,600 Students!
Click here to see a short video on how the “Crunch Out Obesity” Initiative has been so successful in Ashland County.