Update December 2020
Support LOCAL with United Way
The United Way of Knox County 2020 Campaign theme Eat Local, Shop Local, Spend Local and Donate Local. We can do this Knox County! demonstrates that we are committed more than ever to partnering and support local businesses who support United Way.
$5 Buck Friday & Silent Auction Sunday
Thank you to our community engagement participants! We are declaring our weekly $5 Buck Friday and Silent Auction Sunday features a huge success.

Not only we were able to raise funds for the 2020 United Way campaign, but the community also also spread the word about United Way. By engaging with a larger audience, we are able to share the great program work and program impact with a greater proportion of our Knox County Community. Thank you!
United Way of Knox County $5 Buck Friday and Silent Auction Sunday would not be the success that they have been without community engagement and support of Sponsors.
$5 Buck Friday Sponsors include:
The Energy Cooperative, Park National Bank, CES Credit Union, The People's Bank of Gambier, The Alcove, Sarah Marlow
Silent Auction Sunday Sponsors Include:
The Kenyon Inn, James McLaughlin, Smithhisler Meats, David Perry, The Grand Hotel, Mazza's Restaurant, Lanning's Foods, Southside Diner, Flappers Bar and Grille, Town Center Shell Station, Velvet Ice Cream, Envy Salon, Dean's Jewelry, United Way of Knox County, United Way of Knox County Staff, United Way of Knox County Board of Directors
Thank you!

If you have not already made a pledge to the 2020 United Way Campaign to raise funds for Knox County, call 740.397.5721 or follow this link to pledge your support.
Student Engagement from Kenyon College
Kenyon College and United Way have partnered in several past project. United Way has hosted Kenyon College students interns with the After School Programs, the Tax Assistance Preparation Program, and the new Volunteer Knox Program. Kenyon student groups under the leadership of Professor Abbie Erler have also evaluated United Way programs in class projects. Students have provided assessments of United Way's Crunch Out program and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library free book program. Of course, Kenyon also hosts an annual campaign to raise funds for United Way.

This year, Kenyon and United Way have partnered in new and exciting ways. Kenyon Young Democratic Socialists of America (KYDSA), contacted United Way looking for a way to raise funds to help those is need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The student-led campaign at Kenyon raised over $4,000 towards the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund, which was created to bolster the Knox County economy during the pandemic. United Way staff was also interviewed for Kenyon College Office of Community Partnerships' newsletter.

Student support of the community continued through online campaign engagement activities. Students have donated to the United Way annual campaign by participating in $5 Buck Friday and the new Kenyon Win-Win Wednesday. In Win-Win Wednesday, Kenyon students were invited to donate to United Way in order to participate in a weekly drawing. The prizes awarded to the winners were unique experiences donated by Kenyon staff. These prizes, which ranged from Zoom tea parties to student-specific pizza deliveries, offered an opportunity for remote students to engage with staff and feel connected to the Knox County community: a Win-Win.
The Kenyon College alumni population also contributed to United Way. Alumni were invited to participate in a virtual reading hosted by the Kenyon Review in collaboration with student groups Sunset Press and Rural Cause. The “Writers’ Harvest event asked participants who enjoyed the programming to consider placing a donation to United Way of Knox County, Ohio Inc.
United Way Campaign Continues
Even though GivingTuesday has passed and our $5 Buck Fridays and Silent Auction Sundays will come to an end soon. It is not too late to give.

As part of the CARES Act enacted in March, taxpayers who do not itemize their deduction may claim the universal deduction, which allows for individuals to claim a tax deduction for a charitable donation of up to $300. Please donate to United Way today.
For more information visit uwayknox.org or call 740.397.5721. Use this link to pledge your support to the 2020 United Way Campaign.
Introducing: Volunteer Knox
Volunteer Knox will be an online county-wide volunteer management platform. Through Volunteer Knox, organizations in search of volunteers provide agency information and specific volunteer job descriptions , while community members and groups can view, filter, and strategically select opportunities to pursue.

Organizations and volunteers may utilize the tool for free under one United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. agreement. Contact United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. Program Director for more information!
2021 Investment Process Update
2021 United Way Investment Applications have been received and reviewed! Our program application presented their programs to the Community Impact Panel and Community Investment Committee.

The feedback we received will be shared with the Community Investment Committee who, after our campaign is completed, will make funding recommendations to our United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. Board of Directors.

It is a long, objective process with many community stakeholders involved. We rely on the community to guide funding partnership decisions.
Support Your Community While You Shop
Why not give back while you grocery shop? Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards - it is free, Kroger will donate while you shop, and is completely separate from racking up those rewarding fuel points.

Find enrollment instructions at uwayknox.org/ShopUnited
If you do choose to do some of your holiday shopping online, please consider registering your account and using Smile.Amazon.com to give back to your community as you shop.

Shoppers in our community have helped raise over $255 by using Smile.Amazon.com to make their online purchases.

Find registration details at: uwayknox.org/ShopUnited