Update August & September 2021
United Way of Knox County Highlights
2021 Campaign Kick Off Month

Dear United Way Supporters,

Our Campaign is off to a fine start!

Thank you to all who supported our Kick-off at Ariel Foundation Park on September 3, 2021. It was a special evening for United Way as we are celebrating 70 years of serving and caring for Knox County. The food was amazing, the weather was perfect and the entertainment did not disappoint! The Cleveland Keys once again solidified their place in Knox County as premier entertainers, keeping the dance floor packed and people singing all evening! On September 10, we hosted our third United We Brew at Stein Taproom raising $20,000.00 for our annual Campaign. Thank you to the staff at Stein, celebrity bartenders, Cindy Cunningham, Denise Conway, Ryan Sponsler, and Mike Decosky for their time, talent, and donations from not only the bartenders but the Knox County community who graciously supported them! United Way is forever grateful and will be good stewards of these donated dollars.

If you have not had a chance to donate, please log on to: Online Donation | United Way of Knox County, OH (uwayknox.org)

United We Brew T's

Who loves a good T-shirt?

We have left over United We Brew Shirts in Small -2xl in the amazing Bella Canvas Tri Blend. They are so soft and comfy.

Each donation of $10 gets you one of these T's while supplies last.

Stop by the office Monday- Thursday 9am to 4pm -cash, check or card by clicking the link

to November 12th
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.
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 Lindsay at kyla@uwayknox.org.

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!
United Way’s Crunch Out program began last week on Monday, September 20, 2021. Crunch Out is a 6-week nutrition and activity program that teaches 4th graders about making healthy food choices and getting physical activity every day. During their physical education class, students learn how to use an exercise ball as a fitness tool and then get to take one home! Instructional booklets are provided, and students learn about 5-2-1-0. They journal their progress and complete an essay describing how they are living healthy. The program will conclude on November 8, 2021. At the end of the program, all completed essays will be reviewed, and winners will be chosen for each class, each school, and for the whole county! These winners will be recognized at a banquet in the spring and will earn prizes for their hard work. We are looking forward to a successful program this year!
United Way 2021 Program Investment Applications Available
United Way of Knox County is accepting online applications from 501(c) (3) agencies for investments in programming that address community needs focusing on education, financial stability, and health. Dollars invested in targeted programs will be awarded for use as 2021 Community Investments.
The application is available to the public starting Monday, September 13. The process for completing an application is strictly online and can be accessed at uwayknox.org under the "Partners" tab. Deadline for submission is 5 pm on Friday October 29, 2020.
Prospective partner agencies are eligible to apply for United Way funds if they have been in existence for at least one 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 program funding are encouraged to contact United Way at 740-397-5721 for more details on the application requirements and process.