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June 1, 2020
As with so many events this spring, our annual Care United events (formerly Community Care Day) had to be rethought in regards to COVID-19. While we were unable to host our two Care Days in Marysville (St. John’s Lutheran School and Church) and in the Village of Richwood, that didn’t stop us from finding ways to give back to Union County.

In early May, together with UWUC Board Member Sherri Coleman, we presented a beautiful memory quilt to longtime volunteer, Betty Hoile Betty has worked as a UWUC supporter and Care Day project leader for many years, participating in every Care Day since 1997. The quilt included t-shirts from Care Day Events and our Annual 5K. Lyndy Agner Quilts donated all the time, materials and creativity to help us honor Betty.

Determined not to let a virus stop her, Betty assembled a small group of volunteers to bake for Military Families living outside of Union County. This has traditionally been a project completed on Care Day. Betty worked with her daughter, granddaughter and a family friend and baked almost 100 dozen cookies. The cookies were given to Bonnie Bonnell who heads up the Union County Military Support Group. The project was funded by our local VFW 3320. Thank you Betty for your continued support, the VFW for your partnership, and Bonnie for serving our local military families.

In late May, UWUC staff and small group of volunteers delivered a generous donation of 100 bags of mulch from Home Depot - Marysville for Care United improvement projects. Mulch was delivered to three of our local partner agencies; Daily Needs Assistance (DNA) of Plain City, The Union County Family YMCA, and Loving Care Hospice. Mulch was also taken to the Village of Richwood to be used at the Richwood Park.

In addition, paint was delivered to Richwood to refresh the Born Learning Trail installed last year at the Richwood Park. This is the third Born Learning Trail in Union County.The Born Learning Trails at Mill Valley South (installed 2017) and at Eljer Park (installed 2018) will be refreshed later this summer.

Dutch Mill Greenhouse donated potted plants to be used by Union County Neighbor to Neighbor (UCN2N). The plants will be delivered by volunteers to UCN2N members to provide them with some summer cheer. For more information about UCN2N, visit their website: www.ucn2n.org

“While the virus has presented challenges, it will not stop us from continuing to serve our community and our 25 partner agencies who provide food, shelter, access to health services, along with valuable programming for youth and seniors.” Corinne Bix, UWUC Director, said, “COVID-19 has shown us that our health and human services are vital to a community’s success in the face of a health and financial crisis, our agencies work hard to meet the needs of our most vulnerable population no matter the circumstances.” To donate to The United Way of Union County and our 25 partner agencies, visit our donation page.
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