United Way wants all people to be prepared for and excel in education of all types.  our funding helps programs bring best steps to individuals in our community so they can thrive.

GOal: Helping Williams County residents achieve their potential
$35,050 FUNDEd

Black Swamp Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Scouting: Youth Development: $1,800 grant

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America movement is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

CPC Women's Health Resource
Earn While You Learn: $5,000 grant

The Earn While You Learn program began in 2007. CPC provides the following services free of charge: pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, pregnancy counseling, nurse consultation, parenting classes, life skills classes, maternity clothing, baby care products, infant clothing, cribs, mattresses, car seats, gas cards (only as needed), bedding, diapers, formula, and baby food. All of the above services benefit those in Williams County.

Educating Community on Healthy Opportunities
Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign: $500 grant

In 2018, a diverse group of organizations came together to work on addressing substance abuse in the community in a united front. The group is called ECHO (Educating Communities on Health Opportunities). ECHO created by-laws for organizational purposes and a multi year strategic plan to work towards limiting the impact that substance abuse has on the community. Through this plan, a need for increased community awareness about substance abuse was identified. One of ECHO's goals is to initiate a prevention campaign using evidence based messages to prevent substance use. ECHO has a presence on Facebook and has also provided banners to area high schools. The messages have been crafted, researched, and tested by the University of Toledo , and are available for our use in Williams County. As a new initiative in Williams County, ECHO would like to expand the reach of the messages to all communities through a variety of venues. In order for messages to be effective, research has shown that the messages must be saturated in the community even through innovative ways.

Educating Community on Healthy Opportunities
Youth Led Programming: $500 grant

Youth Led Programming started in Williams County Schools in fall of 2020 with a smaller group of students meeting in Montpelier Schools during the school year of 2019/2020. In youth-led programs, young people collectively engage in a data-driven planning process to create and implement a strategic plan that uses evidence-based strategies to create community-level change. A Youth Summit provides the opportunity for youth to engage with business leaders, to break down stereotypes and engage in fresh ideas.

Never Let Go Ministries
Outreach Program: $2,250 grant
Never Let Go Ministries will strive to create drug free communities by educating and bringing awareness, especially to our youth, of the deadly effects of alcohol and drug use, while also supporting family members and those in recovery.

Project Respect
School Programming: $5,500 grant
We envision a community of young people who stand up against social pressures and stand out as people of character.

Williams County Family YMCA
2nd Grade Swimming Lessons: $4,000 grant

Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids.  The plan is to extend the 2nd Grade Swim Lessons out to all 2nd graders in Williams County. Ohio is ranked 6th in the nation for number of drowning deaths ages 1-14yrs old.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: $15,500 grant
ANY child living in Williams County under the age of 5 is eligible to receive a free book a month mailed right to their mailbox (and in their name!).  Start your child out right by reading to them with high-quality books from the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.