We have kept busy since the beginning of the pandemic. In April we partnered with
The Union County Foundation to create a joint COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for
Union County. We began working directly with the county’s Emergency Operations Center and
were asked to lead the Mass Critical Care Unit. This allowed us to help connect our community with
resources and identify gaps in services.
In addition, we co-chaired the committee that distributed funds from the almost $80,000 collected in the response
fund. Committee members include co-chair, Commissioner Chris Schmenk, Brad Gilbert, Union County EMA Director, representatives from
The Hope Center, The Salvation Army, Council for Union County Families, and the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Of the
COVID-19 funds raised through United Way of Union County, 100% has been reinvested into community programs.
In June, our office was contacted by FEMA via Habitat for Humanity of Delaware and
Union Counties and blessed with 5,000 cloth masks. The masks were intended to be
distributed to local non-profits in Union County for staff and volunteers to safely
service clients. Carol in our office quickly became the mask fairy and began delivering to our partner agencies and
other non-profits throughout the county, 17 to be exact! She delivered to Bridges Community Action; Community and Seasoned Citizens;
Daily Needs Assistance of Plain City; The Hope Center; The Marysville Food Pantry; The Marysville Library; The Milford Center Food Pantry;
North Union Personal Needs Pantry; The Plain City Food Pantry; The Richwood Food Pantry (REAP); The Richwood Civic Center; The Salvation Army;
The Union County Cancer Society; Union County Neighbor to Neighbor; The Union County Personal Needs Pantry; The Union County Guardianship Program;
and Wings Support and Recovery.