Approximately half way the through official campaign season and the thermometer is over 30% toward The United Way of Union County’s 60th anniversary goal of $1,000,060.00.
Board members gathered on Wednesday around the thermometer on the Union County Courthouse lawn to mark progress on this year’s campaign.
“We are off to a solid start but there is a lot more work to be done,” Corinne Bix, Campaign Director, said, “As our community continues to
grow and prosper so do our health and human services’ needs.”
The United Way of Union County (UWUC) celebrates 60 years in December and is considered one of the community's oldest non-profits.
UWUC raises funding for 27 local partner agencies and over 40+ programs countywide.
Emily Davis-McElroy of Richwood Bank serves as this year’s campaign chair. She said The United Way’s focus on meeting and funding community needs is
in tandem with the close-knit, family values present in Union County citing UWUC’s slogan “local dollars…local solutions”.
“Kickoff is one of my favorite times of the year as we hear from our local partner agencies and how the funds raised have impacted the community.” Davis-McElroy said.
UWUC kicked off this year’s campaign in a unique way by holding four separate kick-offs at local business association meetings around the county.
In addition to the large thermometer at the courthouse, thermometers were also put in Richwood, Plain City and on the two Marysville community sign locations.
“We want to remind everyone from Plain City to Richwood, that our agencies serve all of Union County and the 43064 zip code,” Bix said, “As a county that is leading the world in
technological innovation such as the smart corridor, we want to make sure our health and human service agencies are top-notch so as to sufficiently support our residents.”
Bix explained more and more people are moving to Union County because of our excellent schools, neighborhoods, commerce, and job opportunities, and in turn, we need to properly fund the agencies that
provide support for all factions of our community.
“Our agencies and programs are multi-generational from Maryhaven providing drug and substance education to students in every school district to Memorial Meals providing home food
delivery and congregate meals to the elderly, disabled and home bound,” Bix said, “We are the one-stop shop when it comes to supporting local charities for all Union County residents.”
Shari Marsh, UWUC Operations Director, is actively involved in various on-going human and health service collaboratives including the Council for Union County Families,
The Union County Drug Free Coalition, The Union County Housing Coalition and the Community Needs Assessment.
“UWUC has a seat at the table when it comes to making decisions and finding solutions which allow us to fund the agencies and programs that will make the biggest impact on
our local residents,” Bix said.
For more information about the UWUC, visit their website at unitedwayofunioncounty.org or call 937-644-8381.
Pictured (left to right): UWUC Board Members - Peter Lore, Mike Irving, Dave Gleeson, Andy Britt, Matthew Zarnosky and Dave Drummond
United Way of Union County, Inc., 648 Clymer Road, Suite 313, Marysville, Ohio 43040-1661