United Way invites community to Give, Advocate and Volunteer

With a little more than a month left in its 2012-2013 campaign, United Way in Ottawa County is approximately $15,000 short of its fund-raising goal. United Way’s yearly investment in the community is over $365,000. “If you haven’t yet given to United Way this year, it is not too late,” says Chris Galvin, Director of United Way in Ottawa County. “We need your help in order for us to continue to fund all the programs in need. If every person in the county donated $10 a year, we would reach our goal.”

Every dollar donated in Ottawa County stays in the United Way programs in Ottawa County. “We continue investing in programs that are increasing the stability of the entire family through strategies in education, income and health,” said Lori Clune, chair of United Way in Ottawa County’s Community Solutions Team that makes funding recommendations. “Between kid-centered initiatives, financial stability and case management programs, and neighborhood development like the Conestoga Project, we’re advancing the common good of our entire community.”
Through the tough economic times the past few years Galvin said that “United Way in many ways worked as a safety net to sustain the community’s needs.”
Gem Beach Rocks on August 17 and the United Way Golf Outing on May 3 at CIC are fund-raisers for Ottawa County United Way, but the majority of funding comes from the workplace and community donations.
Some ways you can give, advocate and volunteer:
•    Begin or energize a United Way donation program at your place of business or school.
•    Sponsor a band for Gem Beach Rocks or a hole at the United Way Golf Scramble.
•    Create a fund-raising challenge with your friends, family, class or workplace.
•    Volunteer via 2-1-1 as a reader or with the summer school lunch program.

For more information or to donate, contact United Way in Ottawa County through 2-1-1 or at 419-734-6645 or or visit their office at 1854 E. Perry Street in Port Clinton.


United Way was recently selected by Forbes Magazine as one of five All Star Charities nationwide.
For United Way of Ottawa County, the strategies for advancing the common good are:
•    In the area of education: preparing children to enter and graduate from school.
•    In the area of income: increasing individual and family financial stability.
•    In the area of health: increasing access to health care, nutrition and healthy environments.

By the numbers (2010-2011 program outcomes for Ottawa County):
•    In the Conestoga program in Port Clinton, 5 dilapidated numbers were demolished, 2 houses were built, 1 park was created, 1 group home was secured, 1 park was restored
•    40 community gatekeepers were trained to ensure their neighbors find help.
•    30 adults received help to take the GED test and get a job.
•    50 volunteers and 18 volunteer groups and 17 local businesses came together for summer lunch and fun programs, which served 50 plus lunches 2 days a week at 2 sights.
•    287 people with severe mental illness avoided hospitalization and were provided with socialization opportunities and job skills through the Club House at the Oak House.
•    40 people volunteered for the campaign to recruit readers and tutors.
•    494 people were assisted through family wrap-around programs, providing long-term supports in financial and housing security.
•    1,262 Ottawa County residents connected to community resources through United Way 2-1-1.

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