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!
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.
School: Mt. Pleasant Elementary
School: Tallmadge Elementary
School: Medill Elementary
School: Berne Union Elementary
School: Pickerington School District (All)
School: Canal Winchester Schools (All)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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