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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.

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. 

Tax Education Series

Taxes 101 for First Time Filers & Simple Returns

Saturday, October 12th 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Who should attend? Anyone who needs a basic refresher on filing your own taxes, young people who are employed & living at home, college students
A lot of people tell us they wish there was a class in high school on how to file taxes; it can be confusing for even the simplest of returns! We'll answer these questions:
• What are taxes?
• What paperwork do you need?