By making it easier for individuals to access substance abuse programs, receive quality healthcare and access nutritious foods, we’re fighting to help everyone get—and stay—healthy in our community.
Goal: Individuals & families improve their health.
Hospice: $2,000 grant
This program has been in existence for 25 years. The goal is to provide comprehensive, progressive, community-based health care services. Our agency believes in high quality, compassionate care that promotes independence, dignity and safety. We also believe in providing community educational opportunities.
Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign: $2,000 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. 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.
Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio
Patient Services Program: $500 grant
Created in 1966.The Patient Services Program organizes and provides a coordinated continuum of services. The Program addresses quality of life issues and appropriate referral services; includes providing transportation to and from dialysis, prescription medications, nutritional supplements, and medical equipment to patients suffering from kidney disease. The Program services are offered free of charge; KFNWO doesn't ask for a fee for service.
Western Region Counseling Services: $600 grant
LSSNWO began providing mental health services in the late 1960s and, by 1980, had an office located in Bryan providing services for Williams County residents. Over the next 15 years, services grew to the point that a building was constructed centrally located in the four county area to provide services for Williams, Fulton, Henry, Defiance and Putnam Counties. LSSNWO continues to provide quality mental health services through this centrally located office.
Clubhouse: $1,500 grant
Clubhouse is a beneficial and greatly appreciated program that was started over 15 years ago. Clubhouse is designed to support the clients’ desires and goals to remain in their natural community environment. Many of the clients that Maumee Valley Guidance Center serves live with a variety of mental illnesses (depression, mood disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, trauma/stress related issues) that restrict them from being socially active in the community and engaging in meaningful activities. Clubhouse allows these clients to come together in a supportive environment with supervision from clinical staff to travel to surrounding communities, to partake in new activities/events, and to enjoy simple pleasures that others may take for granted. Some examples of these various activities that our clients have enjoyed include going to the YMCA, the library, The Toledo Art Museum, Sauder Village, Spangler Candy Company tour, bowling, and area thrift/bargain stores. Clubhouse is a four hour program that is typically ran four days out of the week.
Northwest Ohio CASA is a non-profit organization that utilizes trained community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASAs serve as an independent voice to advocate in juvenile court for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC)
Summer Food Service Program: $3,500 grant
NOCAC has been a sponsor of the USDA Summer Food Service Program since 2009. The NOCAC program started with 3 lunch sites located in 2 counties and, as of 2018, had increased these sites to 19 lunch and snack sites located in five counties. If a school has more than 50% of their students eligible for free or reduced meals, or if census tract data in an area has more that 50% of the children eligible for free/reduced meals, the site can be an open site. This means that income eligibility forms are not needed and all age eligible children can be served a meal. Running open sites creates the feeling of openness allowing the social stigma of low income to fade away.
Victim Offender Reconciliation Program: $1,000 grant
VORP has been in existence for over 20 years and it is an alternative process made available to judges, probation officers and other community agencies. Meetings are arranged between offenders and their victims, giving victims a voice in the system and offenders a chance to make things right. Both parties have a direct part in the settlement of the claim and are given an opportunity to reconcile and restore their relationship. It also gives offenders the opportunity to turn their life around and live a responsible and productive life and to influence their peers to resist criminal behavior.
Counseling: $5,500 grant
The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, Inc. (CCFA) was founded in 1986 through the efforts of a small group of dedicated individuals who formed a grassroots organization. Today, CCFA provides therapy for individuals affected by abusive behaviors and other mental health issues. Treatment modalities include: individual counseling, family counseling, marital counseling, play therapy, sandtray therapy, and group therapy. Victims of sexual assault may engage in individual therapy. Domestic violence victims may participate in individual therapy or in a domestic violence prevention group. Also, intensive, family-based therapy (home-based therapy) is offered in Williams County to ensure services are accessible to all residents seeking assistance.
Development of the Edon Community Garden: $800 grant
The development of the Kunkle Community Garden was begun in the fall of 2018. Due to the increased interest of community members wanting to garden in the space we need to double the number of existing beds which would allow an additional 10 gardeners to participate in vegetable gardening and increase their access to fresh produce. Kunkle is a food desert. There are no grocery stores, fast food establishments, no stores of any kind, period.
YMCA Membership Scholarship Program: $5,000 grant
Our mission compels us to give back to our communities by offering developmental opportunities to all through experiences in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We can fulfill our promise to reach all by subsidizing membership and program fees for those who simply do not have the means to pay the full amount and therefore would not be able to participate. We are able to make this program possible only through a combination of United Way funding and the generosity of those in the community who contribute to our annual support campaign. The program has been in place since the building was established in 1989 and has provided access to YWCA/YMCA experiences for thousands of members of the Williams County community who otherwise would not have been able to do so.
Volunteer Guardian Program: $1,700 grant
The Volunteer Guardian Program (VGP) was created by the collaborating efforts of Williams County offices of the Department of Aging and the Probate Court in 2011. It is the only one of its kind in northwest Ohio. The Volunteer Guardian Program taps community volunteers to act as guardians for individuals who have been declared incompetent, with no other person to serve as an advocate and friend. These individuals may not have family, or, have family/friends but they are unwilling to serve in this capacity. This need was identified for years as unmet by the probate court and care facilities in the area.
The United Way of Williams County recognizes that activities for kids, including sports, and recreation programs help build self-esteem and teach life skills like teamwork, dedication, and work ethic. The “Let Me Play” fund was established in 2003
Anonymous farmers in Williams County donate sows and cows to the United Way of Williams County. We take this meat, pay for the processing, and donate it to the area food pantries for distribution to families and individuals in need.