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October 22, 2019
United Way volunteers convened earlier this month to evaluate grant applications from the organization's 25 local partner agencies.

Total requests for 2020 are up 9% from 2019 requests. Some of UWUC’s local partner agencies include The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry Network, Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention Programs, along with 2-1-1 Helpline, Union County Cancer Society, Richwood Civic Center, Daily Needs Assistance of Plain City, Union County Personal Needs Pantry, Memorial Meals, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Union County and Wings Support and Recovery. A full list of partner agencies can be found on UWUC’s website.

The Community Investment Committee is comprised of local volunteers from the business, education, and social service sectors. The group breaks into teams and are each assigned several partner agencies to review.

Dave Gleeson, UWUC Past Board Chair and Chair of the Community Investment Committee, said the group is dedicated to making sure funding is used appropriately and for the greatest good. As the population of Union County grows, so does the demand for services.

“Unfortunately we had to cut funding to agencies by 10% last year given the campaign only raised 88 percent of the $1,000,060 goal,” Gleeson explained, “We need to encourage donations for the current campaign so we can better meet the needs of our local agencies.”

Currently the 2019-20 UWUC Campaign is trending at 10 percent behind what it needs to be to meet the new goal of making 100% impact in the community.

The UWUC is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity, a Guide Star Platinum Participant and a Charity Navigator Four-Star Charity.

“We are proud of our commitment to review our agencies on an annual basis and hold them accountable throughout the year via their quarterly reports,” Corinne Bix, UWUC Director, “Our agencies work hard and we are dedicated to holding up our side of the bargain by doing our absolute best to meet their funding needs.”

The UWUC raises funds through workplace campaigns (one time gifts and payroll deductions), individual donations and event sponsorships. They will hold their 13th annual Run United 5K and Quarter Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. at Glacier Ridge Metro Park in Plain City.

“It’s a great race and gives you a good excuse to enjoy Halloween goodies and run or walk them off while supporting local non-profits that serve Union County and Plain City,” Bix said.

For more information on the UWUC, visit their website at www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org. For more information about Run United, visit bit.ly/RUNUNITED.
UWUC Volunteers gather last week at the organization’s new impact thermometer on the Union County Courthouse lawn to mark 40 percent impact. UWUC is approximately halfway through their annual campaign and trending about 10 percent behind what is needed to make 100 percent impact for local partner agencies in 2020. Pictured from left to right: Evan Smith, Christina McDermott, Melissa Marino and Stephanie McKinnon.
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