As part of United Way’s initiative on Early Childhood Learning another important ingredient has been added to help prepare Ashland County newborns to age 5 prepare for kindergarten through stressing the importance of reading as a family. Parents can enroll ant Ashland County child under the age of five in the program. Then, each month until their fifth birthday, that child will receive a free, new hard-cover, age-appropriate children’s book mailed directly to their home. There is no cost to the family. Sponsorship opportunities are available to financially support this important program. Please contact Executive Director Ev DeVaul email@example.com for sponsorship details. Click here for application to sign your child up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Providing Life & Financial Skills To Women
Our program was launched in 2013 where we have helped several women in Ashland County. Please read this awesome story about an amazing woman! Melissa McCormic was one of our participants in our second annual Financial Stability program for helping women. She has faced adversity and has shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through her work in support of our community. Here is what she has to say…
In the fall of 2014, I was in a place in my life where I was struggling with many different things. I was feeling like I was financially sinking but working a number of jobs. I made too much money to get any assistance, and my pride didn’t want to ask for much either. I felt like I couldn’t balance my work, teenage son and everyday life. I was working on a project at work, when I came across WINA! on the United Way of Ashland webpage. I printed out the information and reached out to get additional information on the program. It seemed like it was meant to be for me to find this. The program was for women who needed assistance with work/life balance, financial management, stress management, etc. Right up my alley with things I was dealing with.
Upon meeting with the group of ladies, they shared what they had gone through and overcome in their lives. Each participant then shared our lives with the group. I was a single mom of a 13 year old boy (divorced and father was not contributing). I worked 1 full time job and 2 part time jobs. I struggled throughout my life with many things, including family and finances. I never had a handout given to me; I was always the person who tried to figure out how to give to others.
I was paired with a wonderful mentor, Tia. Tia not only helped me realize that I had more under control then I thought I did, but she also has taught me to keep things in perspective and that God has a great plan for me. Unlike others in my spot, I had kept track of where I spent money and made sure that bills were taken care of…to the ability I could. The WINA group allowed us to share our problems and concerns, not just with financials, but everyday life. I got lots of pointers regarding: raising my son and allowing him to share in household responsibilities, putting my financial tracking to work for me, credit, budgeting, relaxation, what is going on in our community, what organizations offer what, bonding with other women who were in similar roles and spots in their lives. Seeing people who overcome their own challenges gave me strength and knowledge that I could do the same.
I have learned many tips and tricks about financials and been able to give some pointers on some things that I’ve learned over time. I have also learned that I don’t have to do it on my own. There are many women out there that just need a support person to tell them “You’ve Got This!”. WINA doesn’t pay your bills for you; they don’t solve all your problems. But what the do is so much more! They teach you to fish, they show you how to get your own water and take care of everything and they are right beside you along the way. I feel I have met some friends for life in this program. I currently am looking at what God’s big plan is for me and how I can glorify him and assist others along my adventure.
Even though the program has ended for this year, I have continued to meet with some of the ladies on the side and have learned more about our community. Along with what assistance I can provide to others that were in my spot, and how to give guidance to others.
“CRUNCH OUT” OBESITY SETS RECORD PARTICIPATION…58 Award winning fourth, fifth and sixth graders were honored at the “Crunch Out” reception at the Ashland Y on Wednesday, May 11. Click here for the award winners and student quotes on the impact of “Crunch Out” on their lives. Click on the title for Best Quotes of 2016 for the award winners and student quotes on the impact of “Crunch Out” on their lives.
In the first half of 2015 the 2-1-1 calls and contacts is on the increase. 663 contacts were made directly to the 2-1-1 Call Center and 302 were website visits to learn about community services on-line. The specific requests are tracked and housing/shelter was number one request for information followed by utility assistance. 2-1-1 is a free 24/7 referral service available throughout Ashland County.
After a very successful first year of reaching over 650 four year olds in Ashland County with a unique learning bag, the second year is off to an amazing start. The Barbasol Foundation has awarded United Way a $10,000 Grant to support the project in the 2015/2016 school year. With over 20 community partners the Learn More @ 4 kits are distributed to parents of 4 year olds throughout Ashland County. The purpose of the educational kits is to better prepare these eager learners to better prepare for Kindergarten. Click on the Learn More @ 4 tab for more program details.
A record crowd of 500 watched the amazing success stories of our 2016 “Power of One” Superhero Pacesetters at the Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast on September 24 at Ashland University Convo. It was a fun and rewarding morning to see the combined efforts of the Pacesetters raise $440,851 or 41% of the goal of $1,070,999. Click here for highlight photos or the event.
Molly Riley, Executive Director
207 Miller Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: (419)289-0626 FAX: (419) 289-9121
Serves and supports the community of Ashland County by following its mission to focus on healthy living, social responsibility and youth development.
527 West Liberty Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: (419) 281-8001 FAX: (419) 281-3909
Serves at-risk Ashland residents with emergency food, shelter, case management and financial assistance; and provides community arts, enrichment, and recreation programs for children and adults.