4th Birthday Party
Saturday, April 2
On Saturday, April 2, from 10:00am – noon at the Kroc Center (527 E. Liberty Street) the 4th “Dolly” Birthday party will take place in celebration of over 1,200 children (ages 0-5) that are receiving a “Dolly” book each month. Join us for games, crafts and prizes to support United Way’s early childhood initiative. No reservations necessary. Call 419-281-5551 for further event details.
Dwight McElfresh and Dennis Miller
J. Robert Tipton
2015 Co-Volunteers of the Year
United Way Golf Scramble
Set for August 6
It will take less time than to sink a putt…register your foursome today to assure your spot. We don’t need names or payment. We will follow-up with you in May with an invoice for $400 and will need your team names by July 15. Send an e-mail to Amy at United Way at Amy@uwashlandoh.org providing your team name and your contact information. We will confirm your registration to verify that you are all set for another great day of golf!
Annual “Ring In Spring” Set
Saturday, May 7
Ashland County Fairgrounds
Get the date of Saturday, May 7 on your calendar for the very popular “Ring In Spring” Family Fun Fair and Community Day. This year the Family and Children First Council and Health Department “Family Fair” will become a part of Ring in Spring. This will bring several new opportunities to assist families with educational and health related activities. The morning starts with the famous Kiwanis pancakes and continues with entertainment, Live Auctions, vendor booths and great food. The Donley Drive for UR Community returns to hopefully secure 300 volunteers to make a test drive and United Way will receive $6,000! Bring the family and enjoy this special fun day. For vendor/sponsor information click here.
Highlights Kay Conrad
Day of Caring
Thursday, October 15 was a beautiful day to have over 220 volunteers in 36 teams serve 116 senior and disabled clients prepare for the winter season. The Kay Conrad Day of Caring, now in its 21st year, continues to draw a record number of community and company volunteers to be a part of this rewarding day. A very special thanks to our 24 sponsors that provided funding for our DOC T-Shirts and supplies needed to wash windows, rake leaves and meet the requests of the very appreciative homeowners. Snyder’s-Lance provided Archway cookies for each home and the Red Cross installed smoke alarms in over 30 homes…volunteerism at its best… thanks to all that made this special day possible.
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!
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.
2015 Annual Meeting
A record crowd attended the 2015 Annual Meeting on February 23 at the Ashland University Convocation Center. Highlights included: the announcement of Dwight McElfresh and Dennis Miller as co-recipients of the J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year and the record giving of $1,072,416 for the 2016 “Power of One” Campaign. Michelle Vanderzyden was elected the new Board President and Al Holdren will return for “year 2” as the 2017 “Caring For Our Own” Campaign Chair.
“Crunch Out” Obesity
On the ball for year five
“Crunch Out” rallies were held throughout the Ashland County school districts to kick-off year five of this highly successful program. Over 1,500 4th, 5th & 6th graders received “Crunch Out” exercise and nutritional kits during the school presentations. All 4th graders received an exercise ball made locally be Hedstrom Plastics. The participants are on a six week exercise and nutritional program that encourages daily journal entries on creating a healthy lifestyle. All students that participate are eligible for incentive awards with the countywide and school winners announced at a “Crunch Out” reception on May 11 at the Ashland Y at 6:00pm.
“Power of One” Goal
Reached December 31!
United Way had a lot to celebrate even before the New Year as the $1,070,999 Campaign goal was reached on the final day of the yea. Campaign Volunteer Chair Al Holdren provided these thoughts…WOW! Nine years of United Way reaching its fund raising goal---and from what I’ve heard about other communities comparable in size to Ashland County and what their goals are---$1 million plus is a considerable amount.
As Campaign chair this year I can’t possibly name everyone who did their part in reaching our goal but believe me, it’s a considerable number of caring citizens who contact the organizations and individuals that make reaching our goal possible.
Ev DeVaul and the staff at United Way are the catalysts for making these good things happen.
To me, the United Way funds that go to help folks locally speaks to efficiency and directors of programs who are passionate about serving the needs of this community. We are caring for our own.
“A Real Happenings Event”
A new venue for this fourth Annual popular fundraiser proved to be an important part of this year’s success. Thanks to Volunteer Co-Chairs Shannon Hill & Georgene Aber this “eloquent evening of fun” got the 210 attendees in the holiday spirit at the Ashland University Convocation Center on Thursday, December 3. With beautiful decorations by Floral Garden Florist and delicious appetizers from the catering staff at AU the attendees enjoyed the silent and live auctions with many overbids. Thanks to over 90 donors we had $13,000 available for bidding. Click here for pictures of this very successful event.
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.
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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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.
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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.