Newsletter 
  June and July, 2019
  Women United 
  United Way of Knox County, Ohio

In This Letter

Women in Recovery Luncheon

Women United Annual Luncheon

Family & Community Watering Station

Summer Safety Extravaganza

Business Lunch

Refuse to be a Victim

Empowering Recovery with Wellness

Join us!

Women United
Upcoming Events

August 1, 11:30 am
Women United Annual Luncheon
The Alcove  Restaurant
 RSVP to Allison or by phone 740.397.5721
Join Our Friends!

Upcoming 
Community Events
 

July, August, September:

Wednesday, July 24 and August 27th
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Central Ohio Safety Solutions LLC
Refuse to be a Victim Training
The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it.
Knox County Chamber of Commerce -  501 South Main Street, Mount Vernon

August 7-September 25 
United Way and Resilience Team 
Triple P Group 8-Week Parenting Course
Triple P is the Positive Parenting Program - the goals of the program are to increase knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents and reduce the prevalence of mental health, emotional, and behavioral problems in children.
FREE childcare provided at the YMCA. Space is limited to 12 parents for each session. Register here.
Free to all Knox County parents through the Knox Parent Support Initiative (PSI). 
All sessions are held at the Mount Vernon Library- 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon

Saturday, August 3
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon
2019 Kiwanis Club Chicken Barbecue
Kroger- 855 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon

Tuesday-Wednesday August 6 & 7
beginning at 8 a.m.
KSAAT
Knox Addiction Conference
Presentations open to the community providing information about what is being done to address substance abuse and how you can make a difference. Early bird registration  now available online
For more  information email.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon

Friday, August 16
12:00 pm-6:00 pm
American Red Cross
e-Merge Mount Vernon Blood Drive
e-Merge Real Estate - 110 Coshocton Avenue, Suite A, Mount Vernon

Saturday, August 31
6:00 pm- 7:30 pm
New Directions- TAC, KSAAT, New Directions
Color for a Cause 5k
Ariel Foundation Park- 10 Pittsburgh Avenue, Mount Vernon 

Wednesday, September 11
United Way and Resilience Team
Triple P Program- "Developing Good Bedtime Routines"
FREE childcare provided at the YMCA. Space is limited to 12 parents for each session.  Register here.
Free to all Knox County parents through the Knox Parent Support Initiative (PSI). 
All sessions are held at the Mount Vernon Library- 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon

Wednesday, September 18
United Way and Resilience Team
Triple P Program- "Hassle-free Shopping with Children"
FREE childcare provided at the YMCA. Space is limited to 12 parents for each session.  Register here.
Free to all Knox County parents through the Knox Parent Support Initiative (PSI). 
All sessions are held at the Mount Vernon Library- 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon

Tuesday, September 24
United Way and Resilience Team
Triple P Program- "Dealing with Discipline"
FREE childcare provided at the YMCA. Space is limited to 12 parents for each session.  Register here.
Free to all Knox County parents through the Knox Parent Support Initiative (PSI). 
All sessions are held at the Mount Vernon Library- 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon

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Women in Recovery Luncheon

One of our favorite quarterly events are our Women in Recovery meals. They bring diverse women together to share vulnerable stories and inspirational journeys.  

We held our first Women in Recovery Luncheon Thursday, July 18 at the Alcove Restaurant and Lounge, which featured a tremendous guest speaker, Jo, who utilizes the services of our partner agency, The Freedom Center. 

Gathering in the Garden Room of the Alcove Restaurant  Women United members were able to hear inspiring testimonies from women who have battled addiction and fought for recovery. 


These Recovery events are extremely important to Women United, as Women in Recovery is a passion area for the organization. Jo shared her extremely personal and moving journey through life and recovery with all of us and we could not be more grateful. 


Jo explained the roots of her addiction, the path that led her there, and all of the amazing things that she has been able to accomplish with sobriety. She was thankful to the Freedom Center for helping her in her journey, as well as the Women United funded sober-living activities, which provide an outlet for her to explore other interests. 

We also shared the joy of our former Campaign Ambassador, Rachel, who is now serving as an intern at the Freedom Center! These events consistently remind us of the empowering work we do for women in this community!

You can read more about Rachel's story here! 


To see more photos from the event, click here.


Women United Annual Luncheon

It's 2019 Women United grant allocation time! 

Please join us for our Women United Annual Luncheon, to be held Thursday, August 1st, at the Alcove Restaurant. 



Please RSVP to Allison by July 26th! 

As in previous years, we will be hosting an activity of stuffing book-bags full of school supplies, which will be distributed to Knox County children in need. 

We hope to see you there! 

Family & Community Water Station

Ariel Foundation Park recently received an upgrade thanks to the generosity of Women United members! 

The Women United Family and Community Watering Station, located at the Schnormeier Event Center, serves as an eco-friendly water fountain, bottle filler, and pet water station. 
Funded through a Women United grant allocation in 2018, it provides a healthy hydration option for all families enjoying the park and reduces litter. 

Be sure to stop by the event center at your next family outing to Ariel Foundation Park to see some of the amazing things that Women United is contributing to in Knox County! 

Summer Safety Extravaganza! 

Women United members are always going above and beyond to provide for the needs of women, children and families.

Thanks to your generosity, children in Knox County were able to attend a Summer Safety Extravaganza, coordinated with our partners at the Knox County Health Department. 

The extravaganza included food demonstrations with Tanner from OSU Extension  SNAP Ed, an activity with the Knox County Park District,  and bike safety with local law enforcement, with a free bike helmet provided by Women United!
Zoey McDowell, with her mother Kaley, are seen modeling the beautiful helmets thanks to your very generous contributions!

To see more photos from the event, check out our post on Facebook! 

Business Lunch

Thank you Women United for choosing to sponsor the Business Lunch grant. This grant offered Knox County Career Center  students the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about proper etiquette during a business lunch.
   
Student ambassadors attended a business luncheon at The Alcove Restaurant. Connie Rhodebeck was the guest speaker. Ms. Rhodebeck led the students through exercises which demonstrated proper use of silverware to writin g thank you notes.
The students walked away with new experiences and the confidence to conduct themselves in a business setting.

"This is important to know as I continue my career in the culinary field," said one participating student. "It is important to have experience as the customer so I better understand the expectations."

Refuse to be a Victim Seminar

Women United generously funded a grant in 2018 to provide a training seminar on personal protection. 

The "Refuse to be a Victim" and "how to be safe in your everyday living" was held June 27th at the Chamber of Commerce. 

Central Ohio Safety Solutions LLC will hold their final event in "how to be safe in your every day living" July 24th and August 27th at the Chamber of Commerce. For Information email  info@ohsafetysolutions.com. 

Empowering Recovery with Wellness

United Way of Knox County staff visited The Freedom Center in July  to check in with the Empowering Recovery with Wellness United Way Investment Program. 

We were excited to see the new creative children's corner supported by the Women United's 2018 Recovery Atmosphere grant! 
Thank you ladies for helping to make a calm space for kids to enjoy!
 
Like our Facebook Page!

We are delighted to introduce you to our  Women United Facebook Page! Use the page to stay current with Women United news and events. We will also be sharing updates and information from the programs that Women United supports. Give us feedback on what else you would like to see on the page!

Women United Grant Allocations

2019 Grant Applications are currently being reviewed and  will be selected for support by Women United's founding members. 

Grant awardees will be announced at the Women United Annual Luncheon. 

For more information, please email liveunited@uwayknox.org or call 740.397.5721


Women United Annual Luncheon: 

The Women United Annual Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, August 1st. Our meal will be a luncheon held in the Garden Room of the Alcove Restaurant and will start at 11:30. 
RSVP by July 26:   email Allison  or call 740.397.5721. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

The following programs and organizations are actively recruiting volunteers. 
Contact Elizabeth to get involved.

Interchurch Social Services
Knox County Locations
Opportunities vary
740.397.4825

SPI Science and Play Space 
utilize volunteers to help deliver programming to Knox County children

Women United members are encouraged to submit project ideas and volunteer opportunities to United Way for distribution to the rest of the group!