Update June & July 2021
United Way of Knox County Highlights
Kick Off Event Planned for 2021 Campaign

The United Way of Knox County is turning 70 years old this year and we are planning a special celebration to mark this occasion!
Join us as we host the Cleveland Keys at the Schnormeier Event Center on September 3, 2021.
Evening starts at 6:00 P.M., with the performance beginning at 7:30 P.M. To see the options available for purchase log on to www.uwayknox.org/cleveland-keys and get your ticket(s) today. Not only will we be launching our Campaign, but we’ll raise some money for Healthcare, Education and Financial Stability programming! It will be an evening to remember and you won’t want to miss out! The United Way of Knox County would like to thank Park National Bank for sponsoring the Cleveland Keys.

To donate to the 2021 Campaign, please log on to: uwayknox.org
2021 $5 Buck Friday Schedule
United We Brew is Back in 2021!
1st place $500, 2nd Place $200, & 3rd place $100 Cash Prizes!
Visit www.uwayknox.org/duckrace to Enter the Race in our 2021 Campaign online or by mail-in form
A Brief Update from our United Way Office
Meet Our New Program Director
Kyla Brayshaw

United Way of Knox County names Kyla Brayshaw as the New Program Director. Kyla is a lifelong resident of Knox County and graduate of Ashland University.

Brayshaw will be the liaison between community partners and United Way, assuring that partners are managing investments as intended and collecting and tracking data to assure goals and outcomes are being achieved. She will also manage the on-site programing such as Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Poverty Simulations, Crunch Out Knox County, VITA Free Tax Program and will represent United Way on several committees and coalitions.

Kyla brings attention to detail, energy and passion for helping others to this position. While in college she volunteered and became a Nationally Certified Peer Educator and volunteered with Ronald McDonald House Charities. Her commitment to helping others succeed is evident and we are thrilled to have her on our team. You may reach Kyla via email at kyla@uwayknox.org or by calling our office at 740-397-5721, extension 106.
United Way Investment Program Grant Application
Available September 13

The United Way of Knox County will be accepting online applications from 501(c) (3) agencies for investments in programming that address community needs focusing on education, health, and financial stability. Money invested in targeted programs will be awarded for use as 2022 Community Investments.
The application will be open to the public beginning Monday, September 13 at 8am. The application will be online only and can be accessed at uwayknox.org under the “Partners” tab. The deadline for application submission will be Friday, October 29 at 5pm.
Prospective partner agencies are eligible to apply for United Way funds if they have been in existence for at least one (1) year and provide programs that serve Knox County residents. No strictly religious organization serving a limited group of people is eligible to be a partner agency. New organizations interested in applying for United Way funds are encouraged to contact Kyla at 740-397-5721 kyla@uwayknox.org for more details on the application requirements and process.
Volunteers Needed!
2021 Fall Poverty Simulator

This year a poverty Simulator is being planned for the morning of Thursday October 21, 2021.

In the simulation, participants assumed the roles of families facing a variety of challenging, but typical circumstances. Some were homeless, others recently became unemployed, and some were suddenly faced with responsibilities like raising grandchildren. A team of community volunteers play the roles of resource providers, such as social worker, loan officer, employer, pawnbroker, grocer, utility collector, police officer, and teacher.

Poverty Simulation can mean different things to different participants. For resource providers, it can help them to better identify with the needs of families and individuals they serve each day. For community leaders, elected officials, and agency directors it can help them to create and implement policies and programs that address the issue of poverty more effectively. For anyone, it can inspire a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of Knox County residents and employees of local businesses.
United Way traditionally offers a Poverty Simulation in October, which is open to the community.
We are now looking for Volunteers to play the roles of resource providers for this years Simulator. If you are interested in helping with this event on October 21st as details are being planned, please email kyla@uwayknox.org or visit Poverty Simulation Volunteer/Participant | United Way of Knox County's Volunteer Knox

Connect to Volunteer Opportunities in Knox County
Local volunteerism is the power behind long-lasting change. United Way of Knox County has long prioritized volunteerism. Introduction of a new, dynamic online platform will amplify volunteer engagement and impact in Knox County. Nonprofits and other agencies in the area have already started posting their volunteer opportunities, special events, and engagement activities online in hopes of increasing the variety of ways for individuals to get involved. This web-based system, Volunteer Knox is administrated by United Way and available at www.volunteerknox.com.
Organizations and volunteers will utilize the tool for free under one United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. agreement. Contact United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. office for more information!