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Record-Breaking Numbers of Tax Returns Filed at Free Tax Prep Super Saturdays

Hundreds of tax returns have been filed at the Lorain County Free Tax Prep Coalition's Super Saturday events, held each Saturday in February from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elyria Public Library West River Branch. These dates, sponsored by PNC Bank and Chemical Bank, occur in addition to scheduled, ongoing tax appointments and include a larger number of volunteers to handle first come, first served, walk-in needs. 
 

United Way Once Again Earns GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency

United Way of Greater Lorain County once again earned the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing in-depth metrics that highlight progress United Way of Greater Lorain County is making toward its mission, the local agency keeps its place in the top one percent of the more than 1.8 million charities that are rated by GuideStar.
 

Over 1,500 Christmas Books Cleaned, Sorted, and Distributed

A small group of leadership donors prepared over 1,500 Christmas books for distribution by UCAN partner, the Elyria Salvation Army on Thursday, December 13. The group was able to ready an entire gaylord of holiday books donated by the Greater Cleveland Book Bank, meaning each book was sanitized, checked for quality, sorted by category, and boxed.

Completed boxes of books were delivered to the Elyria Salvation Army the following morning to be included in their holiday-time assistance programs for local families in need. 

OberlinKids Offers Digital Option to Families Looking to Complete Developmental Screenings

As part of their On Track for Kindergarten program, OberlinKids offers annual screenings to any child between ages birth to 5-years-old that resides in the Oberlin City School District. The developmental, social and emotional, play-based screenings are now able to be completed online by the child's parent or guardian, or with the OberlinKids Coordinator at either the Oberlin Public Library or the OberlinKids office (23 Eric Nord Way, Suite 9 in Oberlin). 

UH Elyria Employees Go Bald for Bucks

Employees from University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center recently shaved their heads as a way to raise dollars - and awareness - for United Way of Greater Lorain County.

The event was started six years ago by UH Manager of Rehabilitation Services Tom LaMotte and has grown into an annual tradition that raises over $1,000 each year.

LaMotte was joined this year by Chief Operating Officer Jeff Reilly and Facilities Manager Chris Pebworth.

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