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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
36 people including staff received a flu shot through Lorain County Public Health's free Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, Nov. 4 at United Way of Greater Lorain County, 642 Broadway Ave in Lorain.
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 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.