COMMUNITY CARE DAY 2017
For 21 years, volunteers from schools and offices all over Fairfield County give the gift of time and participate in Community Care Day. Community Care Day is an all-day event where volunteers help support local non-profits by completing projects that might not get done because non-profits usually do not have the time or the resources. These projects include repairing playgrounds, painting, landscaping and yard work, assisting clients at food pantries, repairing facilities, and sorting donations.
KRILE Named Campaign Chairman 2019
David Levacy, Owner, Buckeye Lake Marina, 2017 Campaign Chairman, has announced that Angela Krile, CEO, Krile Communications has been named 2019 Campaign Chair for the United Way. She joins Jeff Beard, President, Standing Stone Bank and 2018 Chairman.
"We look forward to having Angela's leadership ability and marketing talent at the table. Her commitment to community is strengthened by her passion for helping others," said Levacy.
Angela has more than 20 years of experience in helping to develop and implement strategic communications effort for organizations that range from small non-profit organizations to large, international corporations.
Her career has taken her backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show; behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil; to meetings with CEO's of Fortune 500 corporations; and inside the offices of local, state and national lawmakers.
A native to Sugar Grove, Ohio, Angela received her degree at the prestigious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has served on Ohio University's National Alumni Board.
In 2016, she was appointed by governor John Kasich to serve as a Commissioner with the Ohio Expo Commission. She is a member of the Fairfield Medical Center Board of Directors and Lancaster Rotary. She serves as a board member of Fairfield County College Bound, Fairfield County Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Ohio University-Lancaster Coordinating Council and the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. She was named the chamber's 2013 Young Professional of the Year. She is a life-long 4-H volunteer and coordinates the Fairfield County Jr. Fair Queen contest.
Angela and her husband, Greg - a high school math teacher- live on a farm in southeastern Ohio with their two sons.
1 in 5 children in Ohio is hungry. Every day hundreds of children living with food insecurity look forward to the meals they receive from federally funded programs at school.
At Gorsuch West, 73% of the 610 children enrolled, which is 445 children, receive free or reduced lunch.
At Talmadge Elementary, nearly 72% of the 564 students are on free or reduced lunch, which is 406 children.
In Berne Union schools, 43% or 443 students receive free or reduced lunch.
That is why the United Way of Fairfield County has partnered with local food pantries and volunteer groups to help.
Weekend food bags are provided once monthly at 6 different schools, the package includes a variety of choices to get the student through the weekend and typically weighs about 8 pounds.
It is our hope that these meals are helping students grow and return to school, after the weekend, ready to learn.
Our partners: Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, Victory Hill Church, New Hope Church, Tallmadge Teachers, Community Christ Church, Key to Giving, Lancaster Vineyard, and Krile Communication.
We are proud to announce that we recently received a $10,000 grant from the Martens Trust through PNC Bank, a $10,000 grant from the Ann Chess Memorial Fund, and $5,000 from the R. Alvin Stevenson Fund. To get your school involved, call Scott Spangler at 740-653-0643
DAY OF ACTION 2017
COMMUNITY CARE DAY 2018
Volunteering is one of the keys to United Way. To help bring the community together United Way of Fairfield County has brought together this site, which is a main hub for volunteering in Fairfield County. There are almost 40 non-profits on the site and there are over 50 volunteer opportunities!
Tax Program Final Report
The United Way of Fairfield County saw unprecedented success, in 2017, in assisting low-moderate income families file their federal, state and school district income taxes. With the help of volunteers, UWFC assisted over 1,750 families file their taxes, refunding over $2.4 million.
Feeding Children in Need
United Way of Fairfield County (UWFC) is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a good job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health with quality healthcare.
In 2015, after many conversations with community leaders it became clear that, more than ever, poverty and food insecurity is a growing problem for families with school-age children in Fairfield County. In the Lancaster City School District alone there are over 3,400 students utilizing the Free & Reduced Meal program comprising over 60% of the entire student population. Over 1,800 of these students are in the Lancaster City elementary schools. Teachers and school staff have regularly seen many students taking food home to eat during the evening or even over the weekend.
UWFC saw a unique opportunity to serve those in need and make sure our county's most vulnerable, its children, aren't without food over the weekend. UWFC has provided funding to multiple organizations to provide a weekend meal program to several schools in Fairfield County. Registered students received a package of food to take home on the last Friday of every month. The package includes a variety of choices to get the student through the weekend and usually weighs about eight pounds. It is our hope and expectation that these meals are helping young students grow and return to school, after the weekend, ready to learn.
If you would like more information on this program or would like to help in this opportunity to serve young students in Fairfield County, contact Scott Spangler at 740-653-0643 at United Way of Fairfield County.
School: Mt. Pleasant Elementary
School: Tallmadge Elementary
School: Medill Elementary
School: Berne Union Elementary
School: Pickerington School District (All)
School: Canal Winchester Schools (All)