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Celebrating 95 years!!  Established in 1922 to “increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another”, the United Way of Van Wert County contributes to many area non-profit organizations through programs funded by an annual campaign drive… read more.


United Way Reveals Final Donation Tracker! 

Reaching 100% of the campaign goal of $475,000

Van Wert, OH, May 18, 2017– The United Way of Van Wert County recently revealed their final donation tracker. Over the past year the 2016-17 campaign committee has been working very hard to reach the goal that was set last summer, Van Wert County businesses and residents have participated in United Way events and campaigns raising funds for the 26 agencies supported by United Way.

The recent “Fiesta Fun Friday” reverse raffle event which was held at Willow Bend on May 5th was a great success and was able to bring in nearly $14,000 to help reach the goal. The $1,000 grand prize was won by Teresa Parrish of Alexander & Bebout and then given to the YWCA to be used for maintenance of the building.

This past week the Niswonger Scholar Students from Greeneville, Tennessee were in the Van Wert area to volunteer their time and talents to the many non-profits of Van Wert. They provided 3 days of service projects at the Family Health Clinic, Children’s Butterfly Garden, Crisis Care, Salvation Army and YWCA. The students were accompanied by Nancy Dishner and Nikki & Scott Niswonger. The Van Wert trip was concluded with the presentation of a check from Scott Niswonger to Executive Director, Vicki Smith for $17,964 to make it official that the 2016-17 campaign has reached the goal of $475,000. The students were present for the final donation and the reveal. The students were amazed at the example that Scott & Nikki have set for them to support your local communities and are ready to go back to Greeneville, TN and give back.

Vicki Smith, United Way of Van Wert County Executive Director shared, “The ability to reach the goal set, has been a great accomplishment. We can say that this is the 3rd highest campaign goal met in the United Way history since 1955. It has been a privilege to work with an amazing board, caring community and great individuals that give unconditionally”.

Mark Verville, United Way of Van Wert County 2016-17 Campaign Chair shared, “It’s been a rewarding experience to be involved in this year’s campaign. We had great interactions with our business partners, our agencies and our county schools. Thank You to all the United Way Board and committee members who contributed their time to help us reach our goal”.

For more information on giving to the United Way or to volunteer, please contact the United Way of Van Wert County at 419-238-6689 or email at unitedway109@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook to watch the final video reveal.

Thank you for your support, together we can LIVE UNITED!

Day of Caring Event Date Set!

The United Way has set the date for our 2017 Day of Caring.  This annual event, in its 19th year, will be held Friday, September 29th, 2017. It will once again consist of The Salvation Army Food Pantry Food Drive, the American Red Cross Blood Drive, and local business services projects for the United Way agencies. We invite any area resident to support their community by becoming a sponsor for the Day of Caring. Those who have not participated before and would like more information about pairing their business with one of our agencies or would like to place a barrel at their business, can call the United Way office at 419-238-6689 or email us at unitedway109@gmail.com



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