Thank you to United Way of Knox County's 2018 Campaign Ambassadors. An Ambassador is a representative, a promoter. Our 2018 Ambassadors represent their United Way affiliated program. They represent our community. They promote their programs. They serve as change agents, educating the community on the good we can do when we Live United.
Their stories are powerful and we are excited to share them with you.
A United Way Program...
- Saved my life
- Improved my grades
- Helped me become a better mom
- Taught us to serve and respect others
- Empowered me
- Provided the boost they needed to improve thier lives
Consider donating to the our United Way 2018 Campaign to help support our Ambassador's programs and other meaningful United Way programs in our community. Your gift changes their stories.
Rachel is a recipient of Program Care Management, a United Way investment program at our Partner Agency, the Freedom Center. In 2018, this program expanded to include sober community wellness Recovery Activities in addition to Case Management. The new programming has to objective to offer sober social groups outside of the traditional recovery-focused programming. Rachel is grateful for her experience with Program Care Management; she very simply stated: This recovery program has saved my life.
Adrianna was a participant in The Eagles' Nest afterschool tutoring and enrichment program. Piloted by United Way in the 2017-2018 school year, The Eagles' Nest provided both tutoring and homework help and a variation of playful engaging activites. Adrianna's grades improved, but she didn't see it as more school. She said: I like the Eagles' Nest Activities. I played games: Sorry, Uno, and Crazy Eights. I learned how to play Crazy Eights.
Carol is a Blood Drive Volunteer for Knox County's Blood Services program supported by the United Way and delivered by the American Red Cross. Carol explained: Each blood drive is a day of gratitude for me. Having worked with cancer patients (as a registered nurse) I am so aware of how each unit of blood brings comfort and an enhanced level of physical well-being to so many.
Now in stable housing, Samantha is a former guest of The Winter Sanctuary seasonal emergency homeless shelter. United Way supports The Winter Sactuary's Homeless Shelter Services and Client Advocacy which provides guests with a shelter while helping them form goals and empowering them to take steps toward independance. Samantha asked for community empathy: Don't judge my story by the chapter you walk in on. She boasts that: This program gave me the self-esteem to do what I needed to do.
Sky is Carters basketball coach and his Coaching Boys into Men facilitator. The Coaching Boys into Men program was a new United Way program investment in 2018, run by our long-time partner agency New Directions. The sports-themed curriculum introduces young-men to healthy relationship skill and enables discussion of topics that are often glossed over until issues arise. Carter saw the program as meaningful, he said: It has taught us what an impact we can make on people in the community. Being able to serve others and respect others around us. Coach Sky reinforced Carter's claim, when he insisted: this program fits well with our team's 5 pillars. Our pillars are Servanthood, Thankfulness, Passion, Humility, and Unity. These pillars have a huge impact in basketball and in life for our young men.
As an eighth grader, getting ready to start high school, Ella participated in Ruling Our eXperineces (ROX). This program, made available to all Knox County Schools by United Way's affinity group Women United, empowers young girls and teaches them healthy relationship skills. Ella stated powerfully and clearly: the ROX program has helped me make new friends, learn how to stand up for myself, and help my community. I now accept myself for who I am and know that I can be who I want to be, not what society wants me to be.
Matia was a first-time recipient of United Way's Tax Preparation Services this year. The tax preparation assistance program is through The Ohio Benefit Bank's online tax preparation software, and delivered directly to recipients by appointment at United Way's office on East High Street in Mount Vernon. While there are qualification requirements, many people from all walks of life qualify to be recipients of this service. Matia for example, described: I wasn't aware of the helpful service that my local United Way offers. Being new to town, I was in search of tax prep services and I found UW could help me. It was quick and easy - and definitly a stress relief.
Nhechell recieved a New Born Home Visit from a Home Visit nurse. Because of United Way funding, the Knox County Helath Department (through the Public Health Partnership of Knox County) can provide these visits to any new mom in Knox County - without qualifying restrictions. Nhechell found the visit to be a relief. She insisted: Having a newborn is terrifying, especially when I'm a first-time mom. United Way supported me through these difficult times. Their newborn program offers home visits, which I get to benefit from interacting with their nurse and volunteers and in a way it has helped me become a better mother to Agustus. Agustus also has his own United Way story - in addition to the New Born Home Visiting program, he has enrolled in United Way's internal free-book program, Imagination Library, and recieves a new book in the mail each month.
Steve Oster (pictured with Molly) is the Superintendent for the Knox and Coshocton County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and the United Way of Knox County's Campaign Chair for 2018. "A healthy community is also a strong and vital community, able to sustain its vitality and accomplish even greater things in the future. That strength is built on the health of all of its citizens, from the newborn baby to the oldest and wisest among us and everyone in between. It is important that we continue to invest in, maintain, and improve the health of Knox Coutny so that we can continue to be the amazing place we are." Oster will be traveling around the county and educating the communities on the importance of United Way in Knox County beginning in September and serving through the year until the Annual Meeting in March.