Ring In Spring
Basket Winners Announced
Click here for our lucky basket winners and selected photos of Ring In Spring.
FLAGG Community Gardens
Begin Sixth Season
The garden plots have been prepared and the seeds/plants are in the ground at the FLAGG (Families Learn and Grow Gardens) site. The major emphasis of the FLGGG community garden project is to provide plots for poverty level individuals or families based on the 200% of federal poverty guidelines. Any Ashland County resident or family that qualifies receives a “Get Started And Grow” garden kit and a free garden plot. Garden plots are also open to non-qualifying families for a nominal fee. The FLAGG project would not have been possible without the corporate support of Al Holdren and Town & Country Co-Op. They provided the land for the gardens and provided all of the seeds and tools for the “Get Started And Grow” kits. Thanks community partners for making this community impact initiative so successful!
Saturday, August 8
1st Annual Ashland Golf Club
Charity Scramble for
If you are a golfer then consider putting together a foursome to play in a fun event on Saturday, August 8, at the Ashland Golf Club. Click here for complete details of the event.
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!
“Stuff the Bus” Campaign
Saturday, August 1 & 8
We need your help to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for those children that unfortunately can’t afford them. Be a special friend to help over 500 kids start the first day of school with a new backpack and brand new school supplies. Let’s fill up the “big yellow school bus” on Saturday, August 1 & 8 in the Walmart parking lot from 9:00am – 3:00pm. In the eight years of the project several individuals that can’t physically purchase or deliver the supplies have made financial contributions. If you want to help by making a donation please make the check payable to United Way of Ashland County/Stuff the Bus and mail it to 132 W. Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805. Your gift will purchase specific supplies still needed once all donation of school supplies are inventoried. The backpacks and supplies are distributed by Associated Charities. Click here for the flier with the list of supplies needed to start the 2015-2016 school year. Help bring great smiles to those children that need our help – Be a part of “Stuff the Bus” 2015!
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.
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."
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.
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.
Fun Fabulous Fridays
Dates and Events
The popular summer series of Fun, Fabulous Fridays at the Corner Park has just been announced. The kick-off Friday will be June 12 with the guitar and vocal talents of Jessica Hannan with “Celebrity Cooks” on the grill sponsored by Kingston of Ashland. Whitaker-Myers and Westfield Insurance return for their eighth consecutive year of sponsorship for the first FFF event. Click here to see the many new events scheduled for June 12, 26, July 10, 24, Aug 7. The FFF in Loudonville will take place on July 17. Get the dates on your calendar…join us for great food, fun and entertainment.
“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
2-1-1 Calls Show
Increase in 2014
The informational resource referral service of 2-1-1 continues to show increased usage in 2014. This outstanding connect for people looking for social service assistance started in 2012. Total contacts for 2014 were 2.034 with 1,411 calls and 623 visits to 211ashland.org website. 21% of the calls requested housing/shelter information and 17% for health care and mental health services. 20101 has proven to be another outstanding Community Impact Initiative of United Way of Ashland County. Click here for the 2014 report.
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
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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.
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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.