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NEWS

Report to the Community 2016

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Fairfield Volunteer!

Volunteering is one of the keys to United Way. To help bring the community together United Way of Fairfield County has brought together this site, which is a main hub for volunteering in Fairfield County. There are almost 40 non-profits on the site and there are over 50 volunteer opportunities!

To highlight a few:
- Fairfield Board of DD is looking for volunteers to be coaches for the special Olympics.
- The American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Action Team Members.
- Fairfield County Dog Shelter is looking for adoption Ambassadors.
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters are looking for mentors.

There are a variety of opportunities available all you have to do is log on and check them out. Go to www.volunteerfairfieldcounty.org to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

 

Tax Program Final Report

The United Way of Fairfield County saw unprecedented success, in 2017, in assisting low-moderate income families file their federal, state and school district income taxes. With the help of volunteers, UWFC assisted over 1,750 families file their taxes, refunding over $2.4 million.

 

Feeding Children in Need

United Way of Fairfield County (UWFC) is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a good job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health with quality healthcare.

In 2015, after many conversations with community leaders it became clear that, more than ever, poverty and food insecurity is a growing problem for families with school-age children in Fairfield County. In the Lancaster City School District alone there are over 3,400 students utilizing the Free & Reduced Meal program comprising over 60% of the entire student population. Over 1,800 of these students are in the Lancaster City elementary schools. Teachers and school staff have regularly seen many students taking food home to eat during the evening or even over the weekend.

UWFC saw a unique opportunity to serve those in need and make sure our county's most vulnerable, its children, aren't without food over the weekend. UWFC has provided funding to multiple organizations to provide a weekend meal program to several schools in Fairfield County. Registered students received a package of food to take home on the last Friday of every month. The package includes a variety of choices to get the student through the weekend and usually weighs about eight pounds. It is our hope and expectation that these meals are helping young students grow and return to school, after the weekend, ready to learn.

If you would like more information on this program or would like to help in this opportunity to serve young students in Fairfield County, contact Scott Spangler at 740-653-0643 at United Way of Fairfield County.

Current Schools:

School: Gorsuch West Elementary
Students Registered: 210 (Monthly)

School: Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Students Registered: 110 (Monthly)

School: Tallmadge Elementary
Students Registered: 73 (Monthly)

School: Medill Elementary
Students Registered: 29 (Monthly)

School: Berne Union Elementary
Program: Feeding our Future (Monthly)
Students Registered: 64

School: Pickerington School District (All)
Students Registered: 50 (Weekly)

School: Canal Winchester Schools (All)
Students Registered: 130 (Weekly)


2016 Mary Good Humanitarian Service Award

Tallmadge Elementary teacher Melodi Slater was recently recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Mary Good Humanitarian Service Award given by the Fairfield County Family and Children First Council and presented at the annual United Way awards ceremony. Sherry Orlando, United Way Executive Director nominated Melodi for this award. The award recognizes "someone who exemplifies Mary's dedication to the cause of nurturing and protecting children and families," which describes Mrs. Slater perfectly.

Feeding Our Future
In 2015 it became clear that, more than ever, food insecurity is a growing problem for families with school-age children in Fairfield County. United Way is organizing and providing a weekend meal program for students at three elementary schools: Gorsuch West, Mt. Pleasant, and Berne Union. Registered students received a package of food to take home on the last Friday of every month. The package includes a variety of choices to get the student through the weekend and usually weighs about eight pounds. It is our hope and expectation that these meals are helping young students grow and return to school, after the weekend, ready to learn.

Literacy Matters
United Way recently opened its first Scholastic Reading Oasis at Tussing Elementary in Pickerington. A Reading Oasis is a safe and nurturing place where all children, and their families, have access to books at all times. It is a place where families can engage in reading together, in an inviting and familiar environment. Hundreds of books are included with a particular focus on early grade reading, the most critical time when children are learning to read. Club Connect also includes an online learning program in which students can participate in fun and educational games, watch celebrity book readings, and read digital books.

 

2015 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

This year's Report to the Community recognizes steps we are making to achieve community BOLD GOALS in the areas of Education, Health and income. In partnership with funded agencies and others, we are providing needed services that help meet community needs. Thank you for investing in Fairfield County. Read our Report by clicking here.

 

Tax Program Final Report
The United Way of Fairfield County saw unprecedented success, in 2015, in assisting low-­-moderate income families file their federal, state and school district income taxes. With the help of volunteers, UWFC assisted over 1,600 families file their taxes, refunding over $2.3 million.

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Get Healthy Fairfield County…Get on the “Ball” 

Look for the "Crunch Out Obesity" community impact initiative to become a national model for dealing with obesity in schools. With the outstanding community partnership between Fairfield Medical Center, United Way of Fairfield County, Robert K Fox Family YMCA, OSU Cooperative Extensions, the Fairfield County Obesity Taskforce and Lancaster City Schools, every 4th grade student at East and West Elementary received a "Crunch Out Obesity" kit during the fall of 2014. This kit included an exercise ball, and a 24 page Guide to Living Healthy. Each student was able to take the exercise ball home to keep for personal use in addition to logging exercises throughout the program in order to become eligible for prizes.

Each student was also given a magnet called "Be Wise About Portion Size" which guided students and families on the correct portion sizes of different food groups. Each elementary physical education teacher also received a classroom set of exercise balls to work closely with their students on the exercise examples in their activity book.

Students were encouraged the follow the 5-2-1-0 model each day:

5: Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
2: Limit recreational computer or TV use two hours or less every day
1: One hour or more of physical activity every day
0: Drink zero sugary drinks. Try water an low-fat milk instead of soda or drinks with sugar.

Students completed pre and post-tests which showed remarkable growth in exercise and healthy eating throughout the 6 week program. In addition to pre and post-tests, students were asked to write an essay describing how the program made a difference in their life. In their own words, students described how they were now exercising more frequently and paying attention to the food they eat.

"I have lost almost 6 pounds since I started this program. I have been eating only till I am no longer hungry, not till I am full."

"I have been getting more fruits and veggies than I did when I was 8 and 7. I have been trying so hard to not drink sugary drinks, just drinking water."

"…before this healthy program I was not as active and fit like you're supposed to be. I learned that it is not good to just watch TV."

Student essays were evaluated and top essays were rewarded prizes from the Robert K Fox Family YMCA including monthly memberships. The grand prize essay winner from West Elementary was Lindsay Dozier and the honorable mention recognition was given to Grace Woltz and Drew Franchini. The grand prize essay winner for East Elementary was Brianna Frank. Ella Clum, Rosie Williams and Marie Hampshier received honorable mentions.

The United Way of Fairfield County has established a bold goal to reduce the number of identified adults and youth who are overweight or obese by 2016. Crunch Out Obesity is one strategy that increases physical activity and encourages healthy eating in Fairfield County youth.

2014 Report to the Community
United Way of Fairfield County is committed to working with our many partners in the community and collaborates to make data driven decisions that help us achieve established Bold Goals. In addition, we have assembled a team of over 40 community volunteers that assist with reviewing partner applications for funding as well as ensuring that annual impact is achieved.

This year's Report to the Community includes data collected in the areas of Education, Income and Health that documents our progress toward Bold Goals over the last year. Advancing the common good reflects an ongoing commitment to this effort. Our Bold Goals enable us to achieve measurable, sustainable results that will improve lives in our community and create lasting change that strengthens us all.

Click here for more details.

The 2014 Fairfield County biennial Youth Behavior Survey was implemented in all public schools and one parochial school in May 2014. A total of 2,925 students in grades 10 and 12 from ten (10)schools participated in the 2014 survey.

The results of the surveys provide a benchmark for alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use as well as an indication of negative and problematic behavior among our youth. These behaviors are self-reported.

Concurrently, the survey also assesses the risk factors that are related to these behaviors and protective factors that guard against them.

> Click here to review the Executive Summary.
> Click here to review a summary of the entire Report.

 

PREVENT DRUG ABUSE: Don't miss out on this opportunity – there's still time to set up these information meetings at your business!

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Support your local United Way through your Amazon.com purchases.
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, you'll be prompted to select a charitable organization. Simply select the United Way of Fairfield County and 0.5% of the purchase price will be given back to us. Feel free to call us at 740-653-0643 for assistance.

 

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