The evening of Wednesday, December 4 at the Water's Edge Event Center (Lake Silverstone: 170 Summerset Drive) will get you in the Christmas Spirit with the second annual "Holiday Happenings". Be ready for a festive evening of music, great appetizers from Rita Edward's Catering and live and silent auctions. Get this date on your calendar! Click here for more event details and live and silent auction lists.
The Rally Finale will provide a report to the community to the campaign totals to date by the divisional volunteers prior to Holiday Happenings. This fun event will start at 4:30 PM at the Water's Edge Event Center and the public is encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by Town and County Co-Op, Spreng-Smith Insurance and Detrow and Underwood. Click here to learn more about the Rally.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
at Jakes December 7th
Ho...Ho...Ho...If you want a fun family event, a great breakfast and the excitement to visit Santa then get the date of Saturday, December 7 on your calendar. This event has sold out the past three years so get your reservations now to be assured of seating for the 8:00am and 9:45am sessions. Click here for ticket and event details.
12 Baskets of Christmas
Raffle Tickets Now Available
The Sixth Annual 12 Baskets of Christmas raffle is ready for lucky prospective winners to purchase tickets for this popular fundraising event. Tickets will go on sale at Buehler’s starting November 1 and will continue through November 17. Ticket sales at Hawkin’s will begin November 18 through December 3. Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00 and 25 for $20.00 and also can be purchased at the United Way Office or from any United Way Board of Trustees member. Our thanks to Marilynn Ferguson for coordinating over 100 volunteers to sell tickets for this project. Click here to see the great new baskets and our participating sponsors.
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.
22 Teams Support
Day of Caring
The 19th Annual Kay Conrad Day of Caring on Thursday, October 17 brought a record 22 teams and 140 volunteers to assist over 100 elderly and disabled clients prepare for the winter season. The energetic volunteers were treated to Wendy’s Chili, Hospice Cookies and a drink from Buehler’s Fresh Food Market before their visitation assignments. Our thanks to Peggy Boales, Council on Aging Executive Director, for coordinating all of the teams and location assignments.
Composite Calendar for Meals and Food Distribution Now Available for November
Thanks to 30 plus church food pantries and sponsors of mobile food pantries United Way has complied all of the daily site information for these organizational into one monthly calendar. This is the first time that comprehensive location/time schedule has ever been made available in Ashland County. Hunger in Ashland County continues to be a concern and United Way has taken the initiative to work with our community partners to evaluate the seriousness of hunger in our county. Click here for the Novembercalendar.
"CAMPAIGN OF DREAMS"
It was an amazing and heart rewarding event from "Wild Thing" to an additional surprise contribution of $13,000 from the Samaritan Hospital Foundation to meet the goal of the 13 Pacesetters of $435,412! The "Field of Dreams" baseball theme captured the enthusiasm of the record crowd of 480 as they enjoyed a great buffet breakfast worked and sponsored by Ashland University. The 2014 "Campaign of Dreams" has 41% of goal with $624,588 to be raised by the Rally Finale on Wednesday, December 4 at the new Water's Edge Event Center. The Rally will be followed by the second annual gala "Holiday Happenings" Event. Click here for some fun pictures of the kick-off breakfast.
Largest Goal Ever
Set For 2014
"Campaign of Dreams"
At the June meeting of the Board of Trustees of United Way of Ashland County the board approved the largest goal ever in the history of the organization at $1,060,000. The goal is estimated based on the requested needs of the 14 partner agencies. Their combined program needs were above the largest amount ever requested to United Way. With six consecutive years of reaching goal the campaign challenges will continue but hopefully the hearts of caring donors in Ashland County will make it seven straight years of "going over the top!" Become a "dream catcher" and support the 2014 Campaign of Dreams.
2013 ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, February 25
11:45 am A.U. Convo
DINING WITH UNITED WAY
"13" is a lucky number for the 2014 "Campaign of Dreams" as thirteen restaurants/specialty locations have partnered to be a part of "Dining with United Way" throughout the fall campaign. Each location is donating a percentage of sales on a selected day that will go to support the Campaign goal of $1,060,000. Click here for the "DWUW" flier and coupon that is needed at Applebee's on October 17. We encourage your support on these special evenings because you can support United Way and not have to cook!
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 2014 through September 2014 with application being accepted by contacting one of the agency members above, or download off our website. (Click here for application) Completed applications should be emailed to Brenda at Brenda@uwashlandoh.org by Oct. 30. 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.
Tom Lavinder Tapped as 2014 "Campaign of Dreams" Volunteer Chair
United Way is pleased to announce that Tom Lavinder will serve as the 2014 "Campaign of Dreams" Volunteer Chair. Well known throughout Ashland County, Tom will provide great leadership for his team and approximately 75 campaign volunteers. The campaign kick-off breakfast is set for Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30am at the Ashland University Convocation Center.
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.
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.