Welcome to the United Way of Van Wert County

Celebrating 97 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.


#BeTheChange is the battle cry for the 2020 campaign.  A brand new event, “Stuff The Truck” helped jump-start the food drive.  A friendly competition was held between the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department and the Van Wert Fire Department. Our local food pantries were the real winners as the Sheriff’s Department collected 2,639 items and the Fire Department collected 1,818 items!  The first annual “Chip For Change” kicked off the campaign on September 13th at Hickory Sticks.  Over $2,000 was raised to support United Way agencies.  The 21st annual Day of Caring was held on September 27th with amazing results!  Nearly 50,000 food items were collected and distributed to the Salvation Army, Trinity Friends Church, and the Van Wert Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry!  176 units of blood were donated at the American Red Cross Blood Drive.  Three lives are saved by one unit of blood…so THANK YOU VAN WERT for saving 528 lives!

There’s still lots more to come.  Eaton/United Way Bag Bingo is coming up November 9th at the Council on Aging… Rivals United – Crestview vs. Lincolnview – is back February 6th and 7th…Cupcake Wars returns to Wassenberg Art Center on February 28th and you can look forward to another Fiesta Fun Friday in early May.

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 director@uwvwco.org.   You can also visit us at the office at 136 E. Main Street, Van Wert. Check us out on Facebook and watch for our new campaign video for 2019-20.

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


Surpassing goal of $500,000

The United Way of Van Wert County revealed the final 2018-2019 campaign total of $513,762. This is an all-time record campaign year for the United Way. The highest campaign year was back in 2006 when they raised $505,110 under the direction of Jan Hoblet.  Now under the leadership of Tisha Fast, Campaign Chairman and the many volunteer board members we were able to make a difference for 29 United Way agencies this year.  Tisha Fast, United Way of Van Wert County 2018-19 Campaign Chair shared, “The campaign focus this year was increased involvement from the community, stressing that small contributions from a larger number of people can have a tremendous impact.  We wanted to increase community support of the United Way’s mission and develop a sense of “how do we fit” and the response was overwhelming!  Thank you from myself, the campaign committee and the Van Wert County United Way.

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 this is the largest campaign goal we have met. It has been a privilege to work with an amazing board, caring community and great individuals that give unconditionally”.


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