June - July 2019
  United Way of Knox County, Ohio

In This Letter

Power of the Purse

Harmony Park

Kids at the Park Day

Edible Knox

Hidden in Plain Sight

Knox Addiction Conference

Homeless Prevention Legal Partnership

The Winter Sanctuary

Scouts Welcomes Girls

Online Presence

Volunteer Opportunities

Join us!

United Way events

August 6th and 7th 
KSAAT Presents 2019 Knox Addiction Conference with Youth Track
located at MVNU

Tuesdays 9:15 a.m.
YMCA Youth Enrichment
YMCA, United Way
OSU Extension, KCH, and Psi Iota Xi Sorority join forces: Get a workout while your child learns something new each week! Free for YMCA members, $5 non-members
Call 740 392 9622

Edible Knox

Email for more details.

Join Our Friends!

Community Events

June 19
Hospice of Knox County
Gold Outing Fundraiser
Apple Valley Golf Club
433 Club House Drive, Howard
Registration is Open! 

June 26 and 28
Knox County Health Department
Mental Health First Aid Training

July 10, 5 pm
July 17, 5 pm
July 24, 9 am
July 31, 9 am 
Knox Community Hospital Urgent Care Education Room
Hidden in Plain Sight
Awareness Program for Adults 

Saturday, August 24
early morning
Ariel Foundation Park
Rastin Challenge, Family 1 mile run
Get Healthy Knox County supports a 1 mile family fun run to encourage activity and wellness

Daytime and Evening sessions available
Triple P
Positive Parenting Lessons
Mount Vernon Library
Childcare available through YMCA

May 1 through Summer
Ariel Foundation Park
Summer Fitness Schedule - Free Events
Ariel Foundation Park 
Schnormeier Event Center

Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm
Mount Vernon Farmers Market
Opening Market
1 Public Square, Mount Vernon.  
Market is active May through October

Knox Out Tobacco
is looking for Service and Referral Providers
Contact Mike Whitaker 
740.392.2200 ext. 2233

1st Monday Each Month, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
the Freedom Center
Family Education Session
106 East Gambier St

During the School Year
Ohio Job and Family Services
New online Child Care Resource tool to find childcare before and after school.

Get Healthy Knox County

Email for more details or to share your organization's events in the next newsletter!

In the News!

Recent Program and Community Events

Recognized by CADCA

Released an Updated Resource Book

United Way Videos 
Hear the United Way Stories

Email for more details or to share a story or event for the next newsletter.

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Kindness in words 
creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving
creates love.

- Lao Tzu

No matter your personal or spiritual beliefs, these words sign true. We at United Way invite you to choose to Live United and create love.

Power of the Purse

Women United's Annual Power of the Purse Fundraiser took place on May 10 at the Woodward Opera House. This event is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for United Way of Knox County, and 2019 proved to be our biggest year yet!

The event featured a silent purse auction, a raffle, and a live designer purse auction, which were all modeled by male models with their own unique twist for each bag.

Women United and United Way would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and energy to make this event so successful, including the auctioneers at Jagger Auctioneers, our guest emcee Brock Evans, all of our sponsors and contributors (a full list is available through our event program by request), and all of our models and servers, our dedicated co-chairs Patty Workman and Erica Taylor, and everyone who attended this event and pledged their support to women in Knox County.

Following the success of the event, Women United is pleased with the ability to invest $50,000 into programming in Knox County. Complete the Women United Grant Application to be considered for funding for a project to take place between August 2019 to August 2020. 

Grant applications must include the name of a supporting Women United member to be considered. The Women United Founders Council will review all grant applications and make funding recommendations to the United Way of Knox County Board of Directors for final approval. Applications are being accepted now through July 4, 2019. To access the online application, visit this linkFor more information, please email or call 740.397.5721

To learn more about Women United or to become a member, contact

Harmony Park 

United Way was a proud contributor to the new Harmony Park inclusive playground. Since the ribbon cutting on April 25, we are happy to see children of all abilities utilizing the park to play together in harmony.

Kids at the Park Day!

Kids at the Park Day is a national initiative started by the National Parks Trust and encourages park use and family engagement. The aim of the day is to get kids and families physically active, exploring, and caring for their local, state, and national parks. 

We celebrated the day at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday, May 18. 21 agencies, businesses, groups, or organizations were represented. Kids had the change to be physically active, learn bike safety, eat a real bug, talk with MTVarts characters from Wizard of Oz, learn about soil erosion, plant seeds, investigate ants, and much much more! 

Our United Way was there sharing  5-2-1-0 healthy living information, offering healthy snacks, and giving away some fun prizes - like our 5-2-1-0 water bottles and portion plates which teach about proper portion sizes.

An estimated 350-400 people participated in the day. We look forward to returning to the park all summer and to the event again next year!

Edible Knox

United Way is partnering with OSU Extension SNAP Ed, Get Healthy Knox County, and the local Food Council to support Edible Knox

As the 2019 Season Sponsor, United Way is helping equip sites with the planters, potting soil, and plants that will be maintained by local organizations. The Edible Knox project, promotes community engagement, and makes  healthy food and recipes available to anyone in our community. Contact   Tanner of OSU Extension for more information or to inquire about starting an Edible Knox garden at your organization.

Upcoming Events

Homeless Prevention Legal Partnership Program

Our Agency Partner Program offered by the Ohio State Legal Services Association Southeastern Ohio Legal Services provides free legal representation to qualifying clients in effort to prevent homelessness. Clients are seen by appointment and at drop in hours. Drop-in is held at Interchurch Social Services in Mount Vernon on Wednesdays 9:30 am to 11:30 am from April to October and at the Winter Sanctuary 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from November through April.

A recent client issue was far too easy to relate to: a local woman had her ID stolen. With the information from her state ID, someone files a false joint income tax return. The state notified her of delinquency in tax payments and tarted trying to collect funds. Southeastern Ohio Legal Services stopped collections and prepared an ID affidavit, allowing her to continue to keep her money to pay for living expenses and housing. 

The Winter Sanctuary

The Winter Sanctuary had a wonderful season sheltering the homeless within Knox County from November 1, 2018 through May 1, 2019. During this time, they provided 3,325 Bed / Nights for over 100 different individuals.

The Winter Sanctuary goes beyond meeting the immediate physical needs of the homeless through the United Way Homeless Shelter Services and Client Advocacy program. The advocate meets with each guest twice a week, developing goals and connecting them to resources that empower them to be successful and self-sufficient - resources that guests desperately need to address underlying issues like addiction, mental health, and housing assistance.

BSA Welcomes Girls

Girls up to 10 years old have long been included in Cub Scouts, but for the first time Scouts BSA and our agency partner Muskingum Valley Council BSA  now include girls in the Boy Scouts Program (age 11-17). Two new Knox County female ttroops, Troop 338 and Troop 333 of Mount Vernon have already attended ScoutFest and are enjoying camping, hiking, and other outdoor activity. A third troop out of Centerburg is on the way!

Activating Our Online Presence

Many of you may have noticed our new and more active online presence. We have increased our communications on 
Facebook, made it a priority to create new content on 
our website, and have implemented a bi-monthly schedule for our newsletter.  Please take a moment to check out the website
Call for Volunteers
Would you like to volunteer to serve our Knox County Community?

Active Volunteer Opportunities

YMCA of Mount Vernon
is seeking volunteers to support their child watch services.  Stop by the YMCA's front desk to fill out an application.

Interchurch Social Services
Knox County Locations
Opportunities vary

We aim to make United Way activities a reflection of Knox County's priorities. We rely on community volunteers to lead the process, we strive to LIVE UNITED.