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: Children enter school ready and are successful in Primary School.  Youth Gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials to obtain Family-Sustaining Employment.
$34,200 FUNDEd

Black Swamp Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Scouting: Youth Development: $1,500 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: $4,500 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
Hidden in Plain Sight: $1,000 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. ECHO would like to reach out to parents for increased awareness through the Hidden in Plain Sight Program.

Maumee Valley Guidance Center
Mental Health First Aid: $3,000 grant
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program through the National Council for Behavioral Health. It is an 8-hour course that teaches people to recognize and respond to warning signs of mental health issues and how to link people to appropriate treatment and resources. Mental Health First Aid was started back in 2001 in Australia and began in the United States in 2008. Mental Health First Aid has been available to the Four County area since 2015. It was previously offered through Four County Family Center; when that agency was closed in 2018, Maumee Valley Guidance Center took on the program to continue offering this valuable training to our communities. Since July 2018, Maumee Valley Guidance Center has presented 15 Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout the Four County area, with over 200 participants becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Never Let Go Ministries
Outreach Program: $1,500 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: $5,000 grant
We envision a community of young people who stand up against social pressures and stand out as people of character.

Williams County Health Department
Child Passenger Safety Program: $1,200 grant
The Child Passenger Safety Program has been in existence since 1990. The Car Seat Program provides any parent or care giver with a free educational and installation session with one of the Health Department's certified technicians. These sessions provide care givers with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely transport a child in a car seat while in a vehicle. The program also provides eligible care givers with free car seats. This removes the barrier of cost when it comes to the safety of a child in a vehicle. If the caregiver is receiving a car seat through us, they are required to have the educational session when they receive the seat. This is vital, as it can be a safety issue if the seat is not installed correctly.

Williams County Juvenile Court
Family Intervention Court: $1,500 grant
Family Intervention Court (FIC) is an alternative docket treatment court that is used for juveniles and families who have been involved with the juvenile court who also have mental health, substance abuse, or family issues.

A Renewed Mind
Information & Referral: $7,500 grant
Williams County information on resources available 24/7 by calling 1-800-468-4357.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: $15,000 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.