"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!!
KAY CONRAD DAY OF CARING
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
Looking for a rewarding day of volunteering? Then sign up to be a part of the Kay Conrad Day of Caring on Thursday, October 16. Individuals and company groups will be assigned locations to assist the elderly and disabled prepare for the winter season. All volunteers will meet at the Ashland Y for their assignments with lunch provided by Wendy’s. There is no charge to participate but t-shirt and needed supplies sponsors are needed at a fee of $125. Peggy Boales, Director of Council on Aging, will coordinate the location sites and volunteer teams. Click here for the Day of Caring registration and sponsorship forms.
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!
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.
Plant Seeds for Season V
Spring brings the opportunity for the popular FLAGG (Families Learn And Grow Gardens) Community Gardens. This impact initiative provides the opportunity to 200% poverty level families to have a garden plot, tools, seeds and plants compliments of Town & Country Co-Op. Through the volunteer efforts and talents of Val Smith any family will be educated on how to plant, grow and care for their garden plot. Classes on canning and freezing will also be taught and each family will complete a garden journal.
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.
Dolly’s Second Birthday
Party Great Success
Community Outreach Coordinator, Kelly Cooke, planned a great birthday party to celebrate the second year of United Way’s sponsorship of Dolly Parton Imagination Library on Saturday, March 29 at the Kroc Center. Over 200 kids and parents participated in this fun event with learning tables, games, great birthday cupcakes and five storybook mascots. Several new registrations for “Dolly Books” were completed and the Learn More @ 4 educational backpacks were distributed to members of the kindergarten class of 2015. Click here for some highlight pictures on the event.
2013 J. Robert Tipton
Volunteers of the Year
340 FRIENDS JOIN
"CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS"
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
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
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.
SEVEN IN A ROW
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
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.
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.
Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast set for September 17
If you have never attended a Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast you are in for a “Community Happening.” We expect 450 plus supporters to help launch the official start date of the new “Do Something” Campaign. The event will be hosted and supported by Ashland University and the great breakfast buffet will start at 7:15am. The honored 2015 Campaign Pacesetters will reveal their results with hopefully 40% plus dollars announced that morning! Click here for a Kick-Off Breakfast reservations form or go to the “Donate to Campaign” tab and register on-line now.
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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.
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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.