President & CEO, Bill Harper Says Farewell to Community at his Retirement Party

On Nov. 6 United Way of Greater Lorain County held an openhouse for CEO & President, Bill Harper's retirement. More than 100 people passed through to celebrate and congratulate Bill's many accomplishments, including his 9 years at United way. Harper was instrumental in leading the local United Way’s change in business model from primarily being a corporate fundraiser to becoming a leader in cross-sector collaboration aimed at achieving measurable community transformation through Collective Impact.

United Way Installing Little Free Libraries Throughout Lorain County

United Way installed four Little Free Libraries this month and will be installing five more this fall and early next spring. 

Little Free Libraries have been installed at Clearview's Durling Middle School, outside the OberlinKids office in downtown Oberlin, at Midview Middle School and at Elyria East Rec. Another will be installed next week at El Centro in Lorain.

The Litte Free Libraries were built over two days by 50 volunteers from PolyOne Corporation. United Way will act as the steward of the Little Free Libraries and will replenish the books as needed.

Free United We Sweat Yoga Class Offered Every Friday at United Way Office in Lorain

United We Sweat classes have come to downtown Lorain! United Way is hosting a free weekly Yoga class every Friday from 4:45-5:45pm. The class is taught by local Yoga instructor Tom Gorman.

Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise and meditation to improve health and happiness. Class is held at the United Way of Greater Lorain County office, 642 Broadway in Lorain, in the Ridge Tool Community Engagement Space.

If you're new to Yoga and don't have your own mat, we have mats available for you to try it out!

18,000 School Supplies Collected, Sorted, and Delivered to Elementary Schools Across Lorain County

United Way of Greater Lorain County partnered with the Lorain County Educational Service Center and H&R Block for another successful `Fill the Bus' drive. School supply drop off dates & locations were posted throughout the summer and the citizens of Lorain county really came out to help students.

Christine Matusik-Plas, Director of Community Impact Recognized as Crain’s Notable Women in Non-Profit

Christine Matusik-Plas, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Lorain County is Recognized as one of Crain’s Notable Women in Non-Profit 

Because of Christine Matusik-Plas’ efforts, United Way of Greater Lorain County has more than 150 collaborative partners. 

PolyOne Volunteers at Horizon Educational Center to Get More Kids Ready in our Community

A small group of volunteers from PolyOne SEM Manufacturing team spent a portion of their morning at Horizon Education Center in Elyria on Monday, July 22. The team labeled over 5,000 take-home & multicultural focused books and crafted 50 fine-motor lacing cards. The lacing cards will be used in our literacy kits, that are given to pre-k students in Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin.