2015 Annual Meeting
February 23, 2016
This popular community event will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at the Convocation Center on the campus of Ashland University. The soup and sandwich buffet will begin at 11:45am. The Annual Meeting will follow along with highlights of 2015 and the impact United Way has throughout Ashland County. The J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year will be announced along with recognition of three dedicated board members whose six year terms will conclude at the event. Our three board members to be recognized are; Karen Alsop, Larry Paxton & Keara Stillwell. Click here for the reservation form or complete on-line by clicking on the "Event Registration" tab in the menu. The cost for the luncheon is $17.00.
Annual “Ring In Spring” Set
Saturday, May 7
Ashland County Fairgrounds
Get the date of Saturday, May 7 on your calendar for the very popular “Ring In Spring” Family Community Day. The morning starts with the famous Kiwanis pancakes and continues with entertainment, Live Auctions, vendor booths and great food. The Donley Drive for UR Community returns to hopefully secure 300 volunteers to make a test drive and United Way will receive $6,000! Bring the family and enjoy this special fun day. For vendor/sponsor information click here.
Highlights Kay Conrad
Day of Caring
Thursday, October 15 was a beautiful day to have over 220 volunteers in 36 teams serve 116 senior and disabled clients prepare for the winter season. The Kay Conrad Day of Caring, now in its 21st year, continues to draw a record number of community and company volunteers to be a part of this rewarding day. A very special thanks to our 24 sponsors that provided funding for our DOC T-Shirts and supplies needed to wash windows, rake leaves and meet the requests of the very appreciative homeowners. Snyder’s-Lance provided Archway cookies for each home and the Red Cross installed smoke alarms in over 30 homes…volunteerism at its best… thanks to all that made this special day possible.
“Stuff the Bus” Campaign
Over 600 Children Served!
The Eighth Annual “Stuff the Bus” held on August 1 & 8 at the Ashland Walmart proved to be the best year ever for donations of school supplies and financial contributions to purchase supplemental supplies to fulfill the requested needs of approximately 600 children throughout Ashland County. This year Farmers & Savings Bank, Ashland University, Kingston of Ashland, Snyder’s-Lance and Wil Research provided on-site “Stuff the Bus” boxes and helped provide record giving. Thanks to Associated Charities for the consolidation and distribution of the school supplies and over 25 volunteers that assisted in the important “Stuff the Bus” project.
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!
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.
“Power of One” Goal
Reached December 31!
United Way had a lot to celebrate even before the New Year as the $1,070,999 Campaign goal was reached on the final day of the yea. Campaign Volunteer Chair Al Holdren provided these thoughts…WOW! Nine years of United Way reaching its fund raising goal---and from what I’ve heard about other communities comparable in size to Ashland County and what their goals are---$1 million plus is a considerable amount.
As Campaign chair this year I can’t possibly name everyone who did their part in reaching our goal but believe me, it’s a considerable number of caring citizens who contact the organizations and individuals that make reaching our goal possible.
Ev DeVaul and the staff at United Way are the catalysts for making these good things happen.
To me, the United Way funds that go to help folks locally speaks to efficiency and directors of programs who are passionate about serving the needs of this community. We are caring for our own.
Santa Brought Many Smiles
At Breakfast at Jake’s
Santa took time out to be a part of the sixth annual “Breakfast with Santa” at Jake’s Restaurant on Saturday, December 5. Over 375 attendees went home with great smiles, a wonderful breakfast and a spirit of the importance of family. Our thanks to Shannon Wyatt from Jake’s for coordinating the two-session event, Betty Bair and CVS for providing the photo’s, the servers at Jake’s for donating their tips and, of course, Santa. If you haven’t ever attended this popular event then get Saturday, December 3, 2016 on your calendar….reservations fill up fast! Click here for some great photos of the breakfast.
“A Real Happenings Event”
A new venue for this fourth Annual popular fundraiser proved to be an important part of this year’s success. Thanks to Volunteer Co-Chairs Shannon Hill & Georgene Aber this “eloquent evening of fun” got the 210 attendees in the holiday spirit at the Ashland University Convocation Center on Thursday, December 3. With beautiful decorations by Floral Garden Florist and delicious appetizers from the catering staff at AU the attendees enjoyed the silent and live auctions with many overbids. Thanks to over 90 donors we had $13,000 available for bidding. Click here for pictures of this very successful event.
Crowd Filled with Superheroes
A record crowd of 500 watched the amazing success stories of our 2016 “Power of One” Superhero Pacesetters at the Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast on September 24 at Ashland University Convo. It was a fun and rewarding morning to see the combined efforts of the Pacesetters raise $440,851 or 41% of the goal of $1,070,999. Click here for highlight photos or the event.
Learn More @ 4
Receives Barbasol Grant
After a very successful first year of reaching over 650 four year olds in Ashland County with a unique learning bag, the second year is off to an amazing start. The Barbasol Foundation has awarded United Way a $10,000 Grant to support the project in the 2015/2016 school year. With over 20 community partners the Learn More @ 4 kits are distributed to parents of 4 year olds throughout Ashland County. The purpose of the educational kits is to better prepare these eager learners to better prepare for Kindergarten. Click on the Learn More @ 4 tab for more program details.
Increase in 2015
In the first half of 2015 the 2-1-1 calls and contacts is on the increase. 663 contacts were made directly to the 2-1-1 Call Center and 302 were website visits to learn about community services on-line. The specific requests are tracked and housing/shelter was number one request for information followed by utility assistance. 2-1-1 is a free 24/7 referral service available throughout Ashland County.
“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.
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
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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 email@example.com for sponsorship details. Click here for application to sign your child up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
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.
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.