Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast
Thursday, September 24
7:15am – AU Convo
Be sure to get your reservation in for the fun and informative Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast set for Thursday, September 24 at the Ashland University Convocation Center. The great buffet breakfast starts at 7:15am with the presentation of the Pacesetters to follow. Ashland University is co-sponsoring this popular event with United Way. Tickets are only $8.00 and reservations are required. Bring yourself or a table of 10. You will be guaranteed a lot of “laughs and learning” as we meet the challenge of the goal of $1,070,999. Click here for a breakfast reservation form or call the United Way office at 419-281-5551 for more details.
Day of Caring
Thursday, October 15
The 21st Annual Kay Conrad Day of caring will be held on Thursday, October 15. Last year a record turn out of 27 Company/Organization teams and over 180 volunteers provided services to the elderly and disabled residents of Ashland County. Anyone can volunteer to help with 5-7 team members assigned to 405 residential visits. All volunteers will meet at the Ashland Y at noon on Thursday, October 15 for their assignments and lunch provided by Wendy’s of Ashland. All volunteers are encouraged to sign up by September 18 to assure that the correct size DOC shirt is available. Click here for the registration sheet. Sponsorships are also available for $125 each…Contact Amy at United Way at 419-281-5551 for event or sponsorship details.
“Stuff the Bus” Campaign
Over 600 Children Served!
The Eighth Annual “Stuff the Bus” held on August 1 & 8 at the Ashland Walmart proved to be the best year ever for donations of school supplies and financial contributions to purchase supplemental supplies to fulfill the requested needs of approximately 600 children throughout Ashland County. This year Farmers & Savings Bank, Ashland University, Kingston of Ashland, Snyder’s-Lance and Wil Research provided on-site “Stuff the Bus” boxes and helped provide record giving. Thanks to Associated Charities for the consolidation and distribution of the school supplies and over 25 volunteers that assisted in the important “Stuff the Bus” project.
Congratulations to us!
Selected as the 2015
United Way of the Year!
United Way of Ashland County was selected by OHIO United Way as the “United Way of the Year” for 2015. This prestigious award was presented at the 2015 Annual Lobby Day and Legislative Luncheon in Columbus on April 22. Barbara Sykes, OUW President & CEO states, “United Way of Ashland County was chosen for this achievement award due to its eight straight years of campaign success, as well as the visionary and steadfast leadership provided by Ev Devaul, the staff, and the Board of Directors.” She also emphasizes, “the organization is a model for other United Ways throughout the state, and collaborates with many community partners to provide essential services for citizens in Ashland County.” This very special recognition is a tribute to our caring donors and volunteers…we couldn’t have success without you!
Over 300 attendees enjoyed the 2014 Annual Meeting Celebration at Ashland University Convocation Center on Tuesday, February 24. President Mark Burgess held the business meeting and honored retiring board member Marilyn Byers and Rob Wash. He also introduced new board members Cameron Peden and Kristy Spreng. The 2015 Campaign Pacesetters were recognized by co-chairs Michelle Vanderzyden and Chris Vanderzyden. Treasurer Larry Paxton’s financial report provided the excellent review of the financial status of United Way. Judith DeVaul was tapped with the J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Executive Director, Ev DeVaul, recognized the strength of the organization because of caring donors and volunteers. Al Holdren was announced as the 2016 Campaign Chair. Click here for highlighted pictures of the Annual Meeting.
2014 J. Robert Tipton
Volunteer 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.
Family Important Papers File
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.
2016 "Power of One"
At the Pacesetter Kick-Off Breakfast on Thursday, August 20, the 14 pacesetters and our Partner Agencies set a “bold goal” of $424,799 to jump start the 2016 Campaign. To see the complete list click here.
United Way Golf Scramble
Hosted by Ashland Golf Club
On August 8 the Ashland Golf Club sponsored the first Annual “United Way Charity” Golf Scramble. It was a beautiful day for gold and a wonderful way to support United Way. 22 teams enjoyed a beautiful golf course, fun team events and an excellent lunch catered by J-Ville Pub. The winning team in the men’s division was the JAE Company (Mark Humrichouser, Todd Humrichouser, John Humrichouser & Steve Paramore) with a 54. The co-ed division was won by the Honaker Family (Chad Honaker, Dave Honaker, Jeff Honaker & Kitty Honaker) with a score of 65. Thanks to the Ashland Golf Club for selecting United Way as their “charity choice” for this successful fundraiser. The Second Annual event will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Learn More @ 4
Receives Barbasol Grant
After a very successful first year of reaching over 650 four year olds in Ashland County with a unique learning bag, the second year is off to an amazing start. The Barbasol Foundation has awarded United Way a $10,000 Grant to support the project in the 2015/2016 school year. With over 20 community partners the Learn More @ 4 kits are distributed to parents of 4 year olds throughout Ashland County. The purpose of the educational kits is to better prepare these eager learners to better prepare for Kindergarten. Click on the Learn More @ 4 tab for more program details.
Increase in 2015
In the first half of 2015 the 2-1-1 calls and contacts is on the increase. 663 contacts were made directly to the 2-1-1 Call Center and 302 were website visits to learn about community services on-line. The specific requests are tracked and housing/shelter was number one request for information followed by utility assistance. 2-1-1 is a free 24/7 referral service available throughout Ashland County.
“Crunch Out Obesity”
Award Winners Announced
The fourth year of “Crunch Out “ Obesity proved to have an impact on many young lives again in 2015. Over 1,500 4th, 5th & 6th graders had the opportunity to participate in this Community Impact Initiative on the importance of exercise and nutrition. A reception was held for parents and participants at the Ashland Y on Wednesday, May 13. Click here for the classroom and county wide award winners and photos of this special event.
Donley Ford Lincoln
Drive 4UR Community
Challenge met - $12,000
For the second consecutive year 300 volunteers participated in the Drive 4UR Community event at “Ring In Spring.” With meeting the challenge Ford Motor Company will provide $6,000 to the 2016 “Power of One” Campaign and Scott Donley will match it for a great donation of $12,000! Thanks to all of our volunteer test drivers and to Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland for providing the opportunity to have such a great fundraiser!
Dolly's 3rd Birthday
Brought Many Smiles!
Curious George and Llama Llama brought many smiles to “Dolly kids” and their parents at the third annual Dolly Parton Imagination Library Birthday Party on Saturday, Mach 21 at the Kroc Center. The event was highlighted by an excellent group of agencies and organizations that provide a wealth of reading and educational tools for the over 1,086 children registered for “Dolly” in Ashland County. In three years over 30,000 books have been distributed. Click here for some great pictures and our 2015 Dolly Parton Imagination Library sponsors.
A NEW UNIQUE
Early Connections is a free helpline to connect pregnant, post-partum women and families with children ages birth to five to social, health and supportive services.
Our local Referral Specialists will lend a listening ear, help identify your family’s needs, and get you connected to local resources that can help with:
· Accessing programs and services
· Healthy pregnancy and delivery
· Caring for a newborn
· Child development
· Social and Emotional support
· Getting your child ready for Kindergarten
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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 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 email@example.com for sponsorship details. Click here for application to sign your child up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
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.