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NEWS

COMMUNITY CARE DAY 2017

For 21 years, volunteers from schools and offices all over Fairfield County give the gift of time and participate in Community Care Day. Community Care Day is an all-day event where volunteers help support local non-profits by completing projects that might not get done because non-profits usually do not have the time or the resources. These projects include repairing playgrounds, painting, landscaping and yard work, assisting clients at food pantries, repairing facilities, and sorting donations.

At the 2017 Community Care Day, there were 81 participating companies helping 37 agencies at 51 project sites. The agencies included as project sites this year were local non-profits, United Way funded-agencies, schools, and churches.

Volunteers are who make Community Care Day a success. This past year, over 500 volunteers participated at the various project sites. A total of 3,514 volunteer hours were provided to the local agencies. The total value of volunteered time is priceless to all agencies involved, but we have estimated this year's effort at over $82,500.
Community Care Day encourages community involvement and is the largest organized volunteer event each year. Volunteers are needed year-round and are appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering before next year's Community Care Day, please check out our volunteer website at www.volunteerfairfieldcounty.org. If you wish to participate in next year's Community Care Day as an individual or wish to get your company involved, please contact us at (740) 653-0643, we would love to have you.

KRILE Named Campaign Chairman 2019

David Levacy, Owner, Buckeye Lake Marina, 2017 Campaign Chairman, has announced that Angela Krile, CEO, Krile Communications has been named 2019 Campaign Chair for the United Way. She joins Jeff Beard, President, Standing Stone Bank and 2018 Chairman.

"We look forward to having Angela's leadership ability and marketing talent at the table. Her commitment to community is strengthened by her passion for helping others," said Levacy.

Angela has more than 20 years of experience in helping to develop and implement strategic communications effort for organizations that range from small non-profit organizations to large, international corporations.

Her career has taken her backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show; behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil; to meetings with CEO's of Fortune 500 corporations; and inside the offices of local, state and national lawmakers.

A native to Sugar Grove, Ohio, Angela received her degree at the prestigious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has served on Ohio University's National Alumni Board.

In 2016, she was appointed by governor John Kasich to serve as a Commissioner with the Ohio Expo Commission. She is a member of the Fairfield Medical Center Board of Directors and Lancaster Rotary. She serves as a board member of Fairfield County College Bound, Fairfield County Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Ohio University-Lancaster Coordinating Council and the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. She was named the chamber's 2013 Young Professional of the Year. She is a life-long 4-H volunteer and coordinates the Fairfield County Jr. Fair Queen contest.

Angela and her husband, Greg - a high school math teacher- live on a farm in southeastern Ohio with their two sons.



Feeding Our Future Receives Grants

1 in 5 children in Ohio is hungry. Every day hundreds of children living with food insecurity look forward to the meals they receive from federally funded programs at school.

At Gorsuch West, 73% of the 610 children enrolled, which is 445 children, receive free or reduced lunch.

At Talmadge Elementary, nearly 72% of the 564 students are on free or reduced lunch, which is 406 children.

In Berne Union schools, 43% or 443 students receive free or reduced lunch.

That is why the United Way of Fairfield County has partnered with local food pantries and volunteer groups to help.

Weekend food bags are provided once monthly at 6 different schools, the package includes a variety of choices to get the student through the weekend and typically weighs about 8 pounds.

It is our hope that these meals are helping students grow and return to school, after the weekend, ready to learn.

Our partners: Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, Victory Hill Church, New Hope Church, Tallmadge Teachers, Community Christ Church, Key to Giving, Lancaster Vineyard, and Krile Communication.

We are proud to announce that we recently received a $10,000 grant from the Martens Trust through PNC Bank, a $10,000 grant from the Ann Chess Memorial Fund, and $5,000 from the R. Alvin Stevenson Fund. To get your school involved, call Scott Spangler at 740-653-0643


DAY OF ACTION 2017




COMMUNITY CARE DAY 2017

Invite your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to join us on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 for United Way's Community Care Day. <Sign up Here> Help your community by giving the gift of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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)

 

 

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