United Way held our Annual Meeting luncheon at the Alcove Restaurant Thursday, Feb. 21. We packed the upstairs private dining room with representatives from agency, industry and community partners.
The luncheon featured a short presentation of the annual report and highlights from United Way’s 2018 Campaign and programming, including the accomplishment of reaching the 2018 Campaign goal of $1,150,000.
Bill Levering, President of the Board of Directors opened the meeting by stating, “By Living United, we were able to accomplish so much more together than any of us ever could alone. United Way brings people together in Knox County to understand our community’s needs, secure resources and strategically invest those resources to measurably impact the quality of peoples’ lives. Today we celebrate the great things that happened because of all of you, our board of directors, community investment committee members, community impact panel members, our partner agency directors, staff members and our investors.”
Levering also shared that United Way is making strides for a strategic plan for the future of United Way. The plan, dubbed United 2025, is being cultivated after a measurement resource company was utilized to gather critical information and assist with future planning endeavors, as the organization designs its path in the areas of health, education and financial stability.
Chair of the Community Investment Committee, Lisa Lloyd, shared the impact of United Way funding to 26 programs with 16 United Way partner agencies in 2018. Together they received $702,868 last year through United Way’s community investment process, she said.
New programs with The Freedom Center, The Area Development Foundation and New Directions were highlighted by Lloyd, including sober living activities for those in recovery with the Freedom Center, a study with the Area Development Foundation to better capture and understand the ways students can be prepared to enter the workforce and an evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches and guidance counselors to teach young men healthy relationship skills. called “Coaching Boys into Men,” coordinated with New Directions.
Lloyd recognized members of the Community Investment Committee, Jeff Scott, Brenita Nicholas, Calyn Posey and Sandy Kolar for volunteering the time and energy in the selection and evaluation of potential programming.
New to the United Way team in 2018, Program Director Elizabeth Doolittle explained that the United Way Tax Assistance Program is off to a tremendous start, completing 169 returns in just 14 days, with the assistance of Lisa Rutter, program assistant and Dee Hoeflich, United Way office manager. Doolittle additionally led a round of applause for representatives of the 2018 United Way Partner Agencies.
The 2018 Annual Report was shared by new Resource Development Coordinator Allison Glass, who highlighted the United Way affinity group, Women United, made history last year by raising $63,000, which was strategically distributed throughout the Knox County community.
The top workplace campaigns of 2018 were honored by 2018 Campaign Chair Steve Oster, who additionally led the organization in a round of applause for achieving the campaign goal of $1,150,000.
The top 20 workplace campaigns included: Levering Management - $3,520; Beatty B Williams Trust - $3,732; Edward Jones/Sara Mankins - $4,000; Knox County Head Start - $4,089; Knox County Foundation - $5,000; Elizabeth Ring Mather Fund - $5,000; Moose - $8,324.08; Mount Vernon City Schools - $8,400.12; United Way of Central Ohio - $9,313.50; Donley Auto Group - $10,394; F.T Precision, $12,190; Ohio Cumberland Gas - $14,000; Brenneman Lumber and Kiln - $14,385; Knox County Employees - $19,261.56; Knox Community Hospital - $24,778; Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors - $28,526; Kenyon College - $37,428.12; First-Knox National Bank - $69,822.49; Kokosing Construction, $91,097,64; and Ariel Corporation - $600,000. Representatives from our top 10 campaigns are pictured above.
United Way of Knox County Executive Director Kelly Brenneman honored both Levering and Oster for their service as Board Chair and Campaign Chair, respectively, as well as four board members with expired terms, including David Bilenko, Ellen Scott, Jami Nininger and Pam Rose.
In new business, Levering led the election of board members, including Cindy Higgs and Jeff Harris to their second board terms; as well as the Mark Blanchard, Brain Bell, Suzi Helming and Bethany Celmar for the first terms, serving 2019 to 2021. Additionally, Carla Byrne was elected Board President, Jeff Scott was elected first vice president, Sara Mankins was elected second vice president and Higgs was re-elected Treasurer.