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Learn More @ 4
Backpack Introduced
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.

John MAurer and Ken Milligan

2013 J. Robert Tipton
Volunteers of the Year


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
Photo Contest

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 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
Events Calendar

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.


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!

Composite Calendar for Meals
and Food Distribution
Now Available for March

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 March calendar.

Holiday Happenings
Great Success

The second annual Holiday Happenings was held on December 4 at the new Water's Edge Event Center and the capacity crowd gave rave reviews to the special evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising! Our special thanks to the three co-chairs, Georgene Aber, Mindy Reef, and Shannon Hill for their many hours of volunteer time to make this event possible. Our thanks to all of our corporate, Tree/Decorator and Auction sponsors for the financial and product/service donations. And kudos to Bill and Polly Chandler and Bela Blue Catering for hosting this event at their beautiful new event center!

50 Plus Marriage Celebration
Exceeded Expectations!

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.


Community Family Day
Ashland Fairgrounds
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday, May 10

Corner Park
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
June 13 & 27,
July 11 & 25,
& August 8

Don't Miss It!
Ring In Spring Community Day
Saturday, May 10

If you have not ever attended the family fun day of "Ring In Spring" get it on your calendar for Saturday, May 10 at the Ashland County Fairgrounds for 8:30-3:30pm. Start the day with the famous Kiwanis Pancakes and then enjoy the car show, county-wide garage sale, family games and activities, vendor booths and great food throughout the day. The 11:00AM and 1:00PM live auctions highlight the day along with local entertainment.

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This year the "Drive 4 UR Community" sponsored by Donley Ford will priovide the opportunity for 18 years and up licensed drivers to take a 5 minute test drive and United Way will receive $20 per drive. Our goal is to have 300 drivers and receive $6,000 for the Ford Motor Company. Click here to view the sponsorship and/or vendor booth information and registration. For questions call Kelly Cooke at 419-281-5551 or email her at Complete event details will be announced in early April.

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! All sessions are Free, Lunch is $6.00 at the door. Bring a friend and you might win a prize. Please call today to make your reservation for the next session. Click here for additional information.

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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 Participant must be an Ashland County resident.

Dolly Parton Library


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 for sponsorship details. Click here for application to sign your child up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Important Papers

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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Talk, Read and Play Cover

We are thrilled to have our own school readiness publication… click here for a look at this very successful Community Impact Initiative.

Talk, Read, and Play Bag

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.

Helps 1,600 Students!

Crunch Out Obesity

Click here to see a short video on how the “Crunch Out Obesity” Initiative has been so successful in Ashland County.