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FirstEnergy Helps Us Deliver Donations to Partner Schools

On Feb.7 the weather didn't stop our friends at FirstEnergy from delivering over 400 individual assorted donations of school supplies, socks, hats & gloves, and books to our partners at South Amherst Middle School, Dohanos Elementary School, & Hawthorne Elementary School.  After the deliveries, they stopped by Rudolph Libbe Group to pick up more donations for us to sort in the Stephen J. Ross Volunteer Engagement Hub.

22 Volunteers Came Out to Our February Saturday Sort

On Feb.22 a group of 22 volunteers, of all ages, spent their morning sorting 550 books.This means each book was sanitized, checked for quality, sorted by category, and boxed. They will be passed along to our partners and used to help fill our Free Little Libraries, that are located throughout Lorain County. The volunteers also put together 16 work outfits, to dress those who can't afford them, to feel confident and land a job.

OberlinKids Match Fundraiser Hits Goal

From December to January 15th the Rotarty Club of Oberlin committed to matching up to $3,000 for OberlinKids scholarships. Through United Way’s OberlinKids Community Collaborative, low-to-moderate-income families will receive these scholarships to send their kids to Eastwood Pre-K, Kendal Early Learning Center, or Oberlin Early Childhood Center.

Through donations and the match we were able to raise over $6,000! Thank you to everyone who donated, shared about the post, and to the generous match by Rotarty Club of Oberlin. 

United Way Hosts U.S. 2020 Census Job Information Session

On Dec. 18 United Way of Greater Lorain County hosted an information session for prospective candidates interested in applying for 2020’s Census jobs.

Community members that came learned about the different opportunities the U.S. Census Bureau offered and how to apply online.

Those who apply don't need a resume, experience, a degree or GED, or to be drug tested and can still benefit from extra income, keeping government benefits and paid training, which begins Jan. 9 in the county.

Stephen J. Ross Volunteer Hub Officially Dedicated and "Re-Opened"

On Dec.14, the Stephen J. Ross Volunteer Hub was officially dedicated and “re-opened” with new flooring donated by Ross Builders. This open door event included volunteering projects and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

31 volunteers quality checked & sorted 730 books, over 1,200 school supply items, over 400 pieces of clothing, and crafted items to be included in preschool literacy kits. All items will be made available to collaborative partners throughout Greater Lorain County to distribute to families in need.

Getting to Know Ryan Aroney: 10 Questions With New President & CEO

Ryan Aroney, who took on the role of President & CEO this month, has been working with United Way of Greater Lorain County since 2011 when he started as the Development Specialist. After three years in that role, he was promoted to Marketing & Engagement Director and led communication & donor engagement efforts as we transitioned to the Community Collaborative model of community impact.
 
If you haven’t had the opportunity to get to know Ryan yet, here’s an introduction who he is and why our community means so much to him:
 

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 President & CEO, 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.

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