February, March & April, 2019
  Women United 
  United Way of Knox County, Ohio

In This Letter

Recovery House Warming

Knox ROX

Power of the Purse 2019

Women United members visit After School programs

Facebook Page

Grant Allocations

Senior Vouchers

Women in Recovery Breakfast

Volunteer Opportunities

Join us!

Women United
Upcoming Events

April 18, 7:30 am
Women in Recovery Breakfast 
The Alcove  Restaurant
Garden Room
 RSVP to Allison or by phone 740.397.5721

May 10, 5:00 pm
Power of the Purse 2019
Join Our Friends!

Community Events

March, April and May:

March 15-31st
All Day
Mount Vernon GM
Driven to Give campaign with United Way
Test drive a car and $10 will be donated to United Way of Knox County! Be sure to stop by March 23 for a live radio remote event with Super Q 93.7 WQIO!  
Mount Vernon GM  - 510 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon

Thursday, March 21
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Knox County Career Center
World Down Syndrome Day/Crazy Sock Day 
The public is invited to check out Awakening Minds, a student-run coffee shop, hosted by KCCC BIONIC Team and Women United member Kathie Brown. 
KCCC - 306 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon

Wednesdays, April 3 and April 10
YMCA of Mount Vernon and Knox Community Hospital 
Living Well With Stress
YMCA of Mount Vernon - 103 N. Main Street, Mount Vernon

April, all month long
Wiggin Street Coffee and United Way 
Feature Drink Fundraiser
For every Berry Blossom Latte sold in the month of April, $1 will be donated to United Way of Knox County. Be sure to stop by for a latte in April!
Wiggin Street Coffee - 101 Wiggin Street, Gambier

Saturday April 13 
9 am - 4 pm
Knox County Park District
Opening Day for Trails
C.A. & C Depot - 501 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon

Saturdays, April 20 - May 18
9 am - 5 pm
Mental Health and Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties
Peer Support  Certification Training
For more information contact Emily Morrison or call 740.522.1234

Saturday, May 11
1:30 - 5:30 pm
Foundation for Knox Community Hospital
Knox Grudge Race
Pacemakers Dragway Park - 8926 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon

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

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

Knox Rox 
The International Women's Day Rox event was featured in the Mount Vernon News! 

Driven to Give Campaign
United Way of Knox County has teamed up with Mount Vernon GM for the Month of March! 

United Way Annual Meeting
United Way of Knox County hosted its annual meeting in February, where Women United was featured for raising $63,000 last year! 

Purses Needed! 
The call has been put out for purse donations for Power of the Purse 2019! 

Email  for more details or to share a story or event for the next newsletter.
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"Instructions for living a life. Pay Attention. Be astonished. Tell about it."

- Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, who survived a difficult childhood, and found peace and passion in nature. She passed away January 17, 2019.

Recovery House Warming

We are still in awe of all of the work and passion Women United members put into readying the Recovery House for residents during our House Warming event on February 22! 

Naomi's House is an all-new Women's Recovery House in Mount Vernon. The home has been carefully redone by the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Licking and Knox Counties, as well as Behavioral Healthcare Partnerships of Central Ohio. Additionally, a Women United Grant outfitted the bedrooms and bathrooms in the house with decorations, linens and other necessities, as well as provided a patio set and grill. 

The Recovery Home has been a passion project of Women United from the very beginning. Our members have been working behind the scenes in support of this project for the past three years.
Women United members came out in droves to stock the house with small gifts of paper products, cleaning supplies and toiletries during our House Warming event. They also began the task of preparing the bedrooms and living spaces and decorating for the residents. 
The House Warming proved to be an emotional evening, a culmination of years of dedication and it allowed a collective sigh of relief for all of us.
The project is now completed and residents are moving in. With the home, and through the help of Women United, vulnerable women will be able to restart their lives with safety and hope.
Thank you to everyone who came out to help!  More photos are  available on Facebook  and here

Ruling Our eXperiences in Knox County!

International Women's Day, March 8, proved to be a very special occasion for young women in Knox County. 

We all saw pink as ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) visited the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus. All of our Knox County ROX girls were invited to come together to celebrate International Women's Day at an event hosted by Women United and our partner agency New Directions. 

Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Founder and Executive Director of ROX joined us for the event as the keynote speaker and led a small group session. 

The event encouraged our participants to think critically and shift their focus into becoming confident young women through the small group  exercises and an empowering self-defense class.
Women United makes ROX available in Danville, East Knox, Centerburg, Fredericktown, East Elementary and Mount Vernon Middle School. 

Thank you for your continued support in helping girls experience this wonderful program! 
Stay tuned for a video of the event to see all of the amazing things ROX is doing for girls in Knox County!

Power of the Purse 2019!

Get excited Women United! Our most exciting and successful event of the year is almost here!  

This year's event will be a brand new experience. Held at the historic The Woodward Opera House it's sure to be an unforgettable evening!

Individual ticket prices are $50, corporate tables are $600 to $1,500. Additionally, tickets for just the auction and entertainment portion of the evening will be sold for $25. These guests will join us after dinner, enjoy private seating in the balcony, as well as a complimentary glass of wine.

To reserve your ticket or table contact Allison or call 740.397.5721.

New and gently used purse donations will be accepted until April 15 at the United Way office.

Please join us Friday, May 10 for Power of the Purse 2019! We look forward to seeing you all there for a fabulous night!

Women United members support students at United Way's After School Program

Women United members continue to volunteer with the Eagles' Nest after school enrichment program at East Elementary school!

Eagles' Nest is a United Way after school program coordinated by Women United member Marilyn Nagy. They meet after school, Monday through Thursday, 3:30 - 5 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering or coordinating an activity contact Elizabeth Doolittle or call 740.397.5721. 

Like our Facebook Page!

We are delighted to introduce you to our new 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

Applications for Women United Grant funding for projects to occur August 2018 through August 2019 have been received, reviewed, and announced! Visit our website to review the list of projects planned for the year!

For more information, please email Elizabeth or call at 740.397.5721.

Senior Vouchers

Supported as a 2018 Women United grant project, senior vouchers were distributed to those age or older for use at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market. Distribution and redemption was recorded and the report for the year has been completed. This year a total of  $1,565 was distributed in voucher form. $1,371 of food was purchased using the vouchers. Only $194 of vouchers were left unspent for a total 87.6% voucher redemption rate.

Thank you Women United for supporting this program to provide fresh, healthy food to our seniors!

Women in Recovery Breakfast

The next Women in Recovery Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, April 18. Our meal will be held in the Garden Room of the Alcove Restaurant and will start at 7:30 a.m.
RSVP by emailing Allison  or by calling 740.397.5721. 

Power of the Purse

Power of the Purse 2019 will be held Friday, May 10, with doors opening at 5 p.m. 
Held this year at the historic Woodward Opera House, it's sure to be an unforgettable evening!  
For more information contact Allison or call 740.397.5721. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

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

Eagles' Nest after school program
at East Elementary School in Mount Vernon
is actively seeking volunteers to serve as tutors 
Monday through Thursday, 3:30-5pm
Contact United Way at 740.397.5721

Tiger Pride Club after school program
at Dan Emmett School in Mount Vernon
is actively seeking volunteers to serve as tutors 
Monday through Thursday, 3:30-5pm
Contact United Way at 740.397.5721

Interchurch Social Services
Knox County Locations
Opportunities vary

The Winter Sanctuary
Volunteers will oversee the guests 
and assist to  operate the shelter

SPI Science and Play Space 
unitilize regular and ivolunteers 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!