2022 “Be the star of the show” Celebrates partnerships and campaign success at Annual Meeting

ASHLAND – The United Way of Ashland County‘s luncheon on Tuesday was an opportunity to celebrate community members and its 2022 fundraising campaign, which exceeded the goal of $850,000 to reach a total of $920,154.

“Ashland County, thank you for being the star of the show,” United Way of Ashland County Executive Director Stacy Schiemann told partner agency representatives and community guests at the 64th annual meeting held at Ashland University‘s Convocation Center.

The campaign centered on one word, Schiemann said — generosity.

“It applies to each one of you in this room.”

It began with the challenge gift of Bob and Jan Archer, she said, noting Jan Archer has served United Way in every capacity, and Bob Archer is “a force of nature.”

Despite “a life-changing experience for all of us” brought on by the pandemic, Schiemann said, “what hasn’t changed is the life-sustaining work of our partner agencies.”

United Way of Ashland County executive director Stacy Schiemann speaks at the annual meeting Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at John C. Myers Convocation Center. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Telehealth services one of many ways United Way of Ashland County agencies help the community

Among the many ways United Way agencies have been meeting the community’s health and well-being needs during a challenging period of time are developing telehealth services; increasing transportation; and addressing homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, utility, rent and mortgage needs.

The partner agencies not only provide services, Schiemann said, but also raise funds for them.

‘(They) connect with each other and the clients they serve … they believe in each other and the community.”

Jerry Strausbaugh speaks at the United Way of Ashland County annual meeting Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at John C. Myers Convocation Center. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Jerry Strausbaugh, speaking on behalf of Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, in addition to United Way’s other partner agencies, thanked those who give “not only of their resources. But really in this room are people who give so much more than that,” he said.

“All of us are mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations,” Strausbaugh said, dependent upon partnerships to do their work.

“The people in this room, the individuals,  are what make Ashland a great place to live and work.”

United Way of Ashland County executive director Stacy Schiemann talks about volunteer of the year Brittaney Reep as she poses for a photo with Dan Lawson at the annual meeting Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at John C. Myers Convocation Center. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year award for 2021 goes to Brittaney Reep

Presenting the financial report in the business portion of the meeting was 2021 treasurer Brittaney Reep, who commended the campaigns of the last two years for being successfully run ” in the midst of so much uncertainty.”

Reep was also honored as the J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year for 2021.

Schiemann praised Reep for strategic use of funds and for making “a lasting impact on our organization.”

“I hope you know …. how much you have meant to our organization,” Schiemann said.

Installed as the new slate of officers were Todd Geren as president; Nicole Hawks, vice president; Chris Bevington, treasurer; and Dan Lawson, secretary.

Also announced were incoming board members Angie Cirone of Ashland Source; Nicole Hawks of Critchfield, Critchfield and Johnson; and Natalie Pryor of BCU Electric.

Retiring members are Jordan Peden, Catherine Puster, Clint Leibolt and Reep.

United Way of Ashland County executive director Stacy Schiemann talks about 2022 Campaign chairs Lynne and Dan Lawson pose for a photo at the annual meeting Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at John C. Myers Convocation Center. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Top companies and Pacesetters of the United Way campaign recognized

Dan and Lynne Lawson, campaign chairpersons, recognized the top companies and Pacesetters of the campaign.

No matter the size of the gift, Lynne Lawson said, it’s when they come together that they assist those in great need.

The year 2021 turned out to be just about as challenging as 2020 was difficult, Scheimann said, asking, “How do we move through 2022? My answer is together.”

Support raised through the campaign will provided the funding for services offered by partner agencies in 2022.

Linda Hall @Ashland Times-Gazette  4.6.2022

United Way of Ashland County’s Annual 2022 Campaign underway, private donor challenge nearing end

United Way of Ashland County funds Associated Charities, among others
Since 1910, Associated Charities has served the Ashland community. United Way of Ashland County funding enables the nonprofit to provide relief for necessities such as life-sustaining medications, diapers and toiletries.

The current campaign, with a goal of $850,000, will fund 15 partner agencies and 26 of their programs. As of Dec. 10, United Way had raised $559,000, about 65% of the goal, Schiemann said.

There is no hard stop to the ongoing campaign, although Schiemann expects (based on years past) that most funds will come in before the new year. Private donors Bob and Jan Archer added an additional incentive this year. If United Way secures $750,000 in pledges by Dec. 15, the Archer’s will donate $100,000.

The groups that will receive the funding in 2022 include: Ashland Parenting Plus, Associated Charities, Ashland County Cancer, ACCESS, Council on Aging, ACCADA, Children’s Advocacy Center, the Y, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Olive Tree Care, American Red Cross Heartland, Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Hospice of North Central Ohio, Ashland Christian Health Center and Appleseed Community Mental Health.

United Way funds are typically one of a few funding streams for the aforementioned groups.

Appleseed Mental Health, for example, will use the forthcoming funds to support three of its programs, executive director Jerry Strausbaugh said.

One of those programs is Safe Haven, which provides prevention, intervention, support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence. United Way funds support approximately 10% of this program’s cost.

United Way helps fund half of Appleseed’s Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids Program, which is a training program for parents of preschool-aged youth. Through lessons and resources, parents learn how to develop their children’s social and emotional well-being, oral language skills and motor development.

“We’re seeing more and more needs in crisis kinds of services, that’s certainly growing,” Strausbaugh said, specifically mentioning childhood anxiety, anger issues and suicidal ideation.

With adult services, Strausbaugh said Appleseed has increasingly seen cases of concurrent substance abuse and mental health issues.

Appleseed Mental Health has a decades-long partnership with United Way, whereas others partner agencies have been added in recent years, such as the Children’s Advocacy Center, Schiemann said.

“If we see that there’s something that’s increasing in the community, something that’s really a high need, then we really try to pivot to meet that so things aren’t static,” Schiemann said. “Because if it was just static, it’s not really being innovative. It’s definitely not being strategic with dollars. And we want to make sure that we are placing donations in the highest and best use for people in the community.”

Each of United Way’s partner agencies have to submit applications detailing funding use, Schiemann said.

As a result of last year’s campaign, people in Ashland County were served 21,646 times by partner agencies, a 24% increase in service from 2019. People were living in poverty 13,381 of those times.

Last year’s funds had the highest usage in Ashland, Loudonville, Perrysville, Polk, and Sullivan, but were used across all zip codes in Ashland County. While every age was also served, adults ages 31-64 were served the most, followed closely by children (newborn to 18 years of age). Additionally, United Way’s partner agencies served 100 veterans.

Children’s Advocacy Center

  Lara Kiefer, Executive Director

1734 Gasche Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691

Phone: (330) 262-1063

Website:  www.waynecac.org

Our mission is to reduce the trauma of all abused children who walk through our doors by providing a safe and supportive environment to facilitate healing and justice with the help of our community partners.

ROCKSTARS & LEGENDS “ROCK ON” 2021 CAMPAIGN MEETS $850,000 GOAL!!! March 26, 2021

ASHLAND — The United Way of Ashland County announced Thursday that it exceeded its annual campaign goal, despite its untraditional fundraising strategy.

The Ashland nonprofit raised $861,000 during its 2021 campaign, surpassing the goal of $850,000 by 102 percent.

“This year was difficult, challenging and unlike any other most of us have ever seen, but the simple truth is that we care about and for one another,” executive director Stacy Schiemann said. “Due to the hard work and commitment of this community working together to achieve one goal, collectively we will all be better for it.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit pivoted most of its campaign activities to a virtual platform. Only the annual Kay Conrad Day of Caring was able to continue in-person, as volunteer teams worked in socially distanced groups to help 80 Ashland area homes with outdoor work.

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Tonya Petry of Appleseed Community Mental Health Center empties a potted plant for an Ashland resident during the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

The campaign began in fall 2020 with a virtual campaign kick-off and continued with zoom employee meetings and speaking events. Staff dropped off campaign packets to business and organizations for donations, and the organization’s annual Holiday Happenings auction in December was held over social media channels.

“The common theme remained; we all work together to reach our annual goal,” Schiemann said. “Fully funding the campaign allows United Way of Ashland County to support its partner agencies selected programs and services in 2021, and this year more than ever it was vital that we reached our goal to allow United Way of Ashland County to fund our 14 partner agencies and 23 programs that meet the financial stability, education and health needs of our communities.”

The United Way’s partner agencies include: ACCADA, ACCESS, American Red Cross, Appleseed Community Mental Health, Ashland County Cancer, Association, Ashland County Council on Aging, Ashland Parenting Plus, Ashland Christian Health Center, Ashland YMCA, Associated Charities, Hospice of North Central Ohio, Kidney Foundation, Olive Tree Care and Salvation Army Kroc Center.

This year the campaign was led by five companies: Centerra CO-OP $63,086 (57 donors), PCA Packaging Corporation of America $62,464 (132 donors), Ashland University $32,301 (232 donors), UH Samaritan Medical Center $26,637(125 donors) and Chandler Systems Inc., $25,150 (41 donors).

United Way received two major donations in March 2021, which brought the campaign past its goal this year.

Trinity Lutheran Church gave a significant gift, meeting a challenge by an anonymous donor to reach at least $800,000 by March 1, 2021. The donation from the church triggered the $50,000 challenge donation, allowing United Way of Ashland County to exceed its goal.

“For almost 190 years Trinity Lutheran Church has been blessed to be a part of the community of Ashland, and it has been our great joy in that time to share with Ashland the blessings that God has poured out upon us. Trinity is grateful to have been able to support The United Way in funding the needs of the community,” Pastor Kevin McLain said. “As a community church and a community partner we are glad to partner with The United Way, and grateful for all they do to bless and support Ashland.”

According to a press release, the anonymous donor was also pleased to see the challenge was met.

Schiemann thanked everyone who donated to the campaign this year.

“This is truly why United Way of Ashland County exists, to bring together people of from all walks of life in our county to participate to make one impact for the greater good.  We are thankful for each donation that is made, and each makes a huge impact on our community,” Schiemann said.

She also thanked the United Way campaign leadership team: Aaron and Aubrey Bates, Todd and Krissy Geren, Al Holdren, Dan Lawson, Angela Ringler, Joe and Brittaney Reep, Jerry Strausbaugh, Chris and Michelle Vanderzyden.

“They all are one hundred percent community minded, committed to the cause and are a source of constant humor, enthusiasm, ideas and insight. Thank you all for your hard work,” she said.

  • March 26, 2021 written by:  Tracy Leturgey, Staff Report at Ashland Source

Kay Conrad Day of Caring – October 22, 2020

Ashland County United Way plans Day of Caring for Thursday, October 22, 2020

ASHLAND — The COVID-19 pandemic has created many obstacles in 2020, but United Way of Ashland County has worked hard to find a safe way to continue the annual Kay Conrad Day of Caring Set on Thursday, October 22.

Now in its 26th year, the Kay Conrad Day of Caring is a day dedicated to the service of Ashland County residents. This volunteer day meets the needs of Ashland County residents who are unable to complete yard work and winterizing of homes necessary before the start winter.

Volunteer team captains will drive through Ashland University’s Upper Convocation Center parking lot to pick up boxed lunches for their teams and supplies for the day. This year teams will eat lunch together instead as one large group with all attendees.

Team captains will also deliver a boxed lunch to each resident that has a volunteer team working on their home.

Teams have been assigned to two or three homes in Ashland County each and will complete yard work, and small exterior jobs.

Referrals for this program are made primarily through United Way Partner Agencies such as Ashland County Council on Aging, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Associated Charities, Ashland County Cancer Association and others. United Way of Ashland County matches home requests and volunteer teams to provide the services requested by the resident.

The Kay Conrad Day of Caring was the vision of the late Kay Conrad, who felt that volunteerism and service to others is the cornerstone for a strong community.

Volunteer teams this year are comprised of local businesses, partner agencies, clubs and residents.

“We are very excited about our 2020 Day of Caring.  This year we have worked incredibly hard to make sure that we are providing a meaningful event for our residents.  Over 200 volunteers filling 30 volunteer teams will make a difference to 79 homes across Ashland County. This is an amazing opportunity for our community to come together and make a vast impact to our county in a concentrated period of time.  Ashland County has amazing businesses that have made volunteerism a part of their work culture. These businesses not only encourage their staff to participate but have sponsored entire teams for the day to make a difference in Ashland County” said Stacy Schiemann, Executive Director of United Way.

The United Way of Ashland County would like to thank the following sponsors for making this important day a success. Lunch sponsors for the volunteers include Whitcomb & Hess, Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, First Energy Foundation and Park National Bank. Resident lunch sponsors include Mc B Paving, and Packaging Corp of America. The supply sponsor is Bo Lacey.

“Rockstars & Legends” 2020 Campaign meets Goal of $850,000! February 7, 2020

United Way of Ashland County’s Rockstars and Legends campaign meets $850,000 goal

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Stacy Schiemann, executive director of the United Way of Ashland County, announced the year’s goal of $850,000 in Fall 2019.

“This campaign has been very exciting,” United Way Executive Director Stacy Schiemann said. “Campaign Chairs Joe and Brittaney Reep set the tone for the campaign by showing their enthusiasm and love of Ashland county. They have poured their heart and souls into this campaign and have really connected with the community.

“Their enthusiasm and love of Ashland County was evident in everything they did to make this campaign a success. They both are invested in ensuring that Ashland County is a wonderful place for people to live and they model this by being involved community members.”

“Ashland County has amazing businesses that have made philanthropy, volunteerism and community engagement part of their work culture. We also have amazing individual donors who make the work that we do possible,” Schiemann said. “This commitment to our community ensures that 15 partner Agencies receive funding from Ashland County United Way to provide critical services for our community members across Ashland County.”

These partner Agencies include: ACCADA, ACCESS, American Red Cross, Appleseed Community Mental Health, Ashland County Cancer, Association, Ashland County Council on Aging, Ashland Parenting Plus, Ashland Christian Health Center, Ashland YMCA, Associated Charities, Catholic Charities, Hospice of North Central Ohio, Kidney Foundation, Olive Tree Care, Salvation Army Kroc Center.

“The work they do vital and meets the needs of Ashland County residents on a daily basis,” Schiemann said.

Joe Reep, campaign chair, was also delighted to see the campaign end on such a high note.

“It has been an honor and privilege for Brittaney and I to help lead a successful campaign for 2020, but all of the credit should go to the individuals and businesses who contributed, volunteers who gave their time and the agencies doing the hard work in the community,” Reep said.  “Ashland continues to show its colors as a place that takes care of its own and we are proud to raise our family here and call it home.”