"Ring In Spring"
Family Community Day
Saturday, May 9
Be sure to get Saturday, May 9 on your calendar calendar for a full day of family fun at the Ashland County Fairgrounds for the Ninth Annual “Ring In Spring” Family Community Day. Highlights will include famous Kiwanis pancakes, Safe Haven DVS 5-K race, auctions, car show, giant flea market, vendors and so much more…and the best thing is there is no admission charge. United Way is soliciting auction items, vendor booth sign-ups and sponsorship signs. Click here for registration information or call Amy at UW at 419-281-5551 for event details.
Drive 4UR Community
Ring In Spring!
We need your help! Join us to be one of 300 volunteers to test-drive a new Ford from Donley Ford LINCOLN of Ashland and help United Way raise $12,000. You must be 18 years of age or older with valid drivers license to participate. Only one test-drive per household. $20 donated per eligible test-drive up to 299 test-drives. If 300 maximum drivers participate, a $6,000 additional donation will be made to make a $12,000 total donation to United Way of Ashland County.
Your 5 minute test-drive will provide you with a hot dog, chips and a drink and also make you eligible for the drawings and raffle for a Mother’s Day Basket. Click here for the flier with all of the details…the power of one means a lot…so we need 300 volunteers to raise $12,000 for the 2016 Campaign.
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.
Third Birthday Party
Saturday, March 21
Please join us to celebrate the third year of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with a “Dolly Birthday Party” from 10:00am – noon at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 527 E. Liberty Street. This popular event will include mascots, birthday cupcakes, educational tables, Learn More @ 4 registration and so much more. We have two contests…send in your picture of your child with his/her favorite Dolly Book with parents, grandparents, brothers/sisters, etc. Give us a brief 25 word description/caption explaining the picture. Also, enter the “Little Engine That Could” coloring contest. We will be announcing the winners at the “Dolly Party.” We encourage you to attend but it is not required to win the fun prizes. Click here for complete details of this celebration.
“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!
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."
"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.
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.
12 "Spring Baskets
Another great line-up of the “12 Baskets of Spring” raffle starts April 10. Volunteers will be selling tickets at Buehler’s Fresh Food Market through April 24. The baskets will move to Hawkin’s for two weeks and then travel to the fairgrounds to be a part of “Ring In Spring” Community Day. The lucky winners will be draw on May 9 at 3:00pm. Click here to see the basket flier and tickers are only $1.00 for one, 6 for $5.00, 12 for $10.00 and 25 tickets for $20.00 You can purchase tickets at the UW Office too at 132 W. Main Street.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.