Our work falls under three priority investment areas.  Listed below are the programs supported by United Way Program Staff.

For programs administered by our partner agencies, visit our Areas of Focus page.

Please click to view the 2020 Annual Report.


Imagination Library - A free book program for all Knox County children under age five.  Books are mailed directly to your home each month.

Ruling Our eXperiences ROX - An extracurricular program which aims to help young girls learn to love themselves, be more confident, and develop healthier relationships.

Knox County Family and Children First Council - a community coalition focusing on a shared commitment to child well-being.

After School Tutoring and Enrichment Programs

  • Eagles Nest - The after school program at East Elementary School in Mount Vernon
  • Tiger Pride Club - The after school program at Dan Emmett Elementary School in Mount Vernon.

Financial Stability

FamilyWize Prescription Savings - Now merged with SingleCare, this is a free prescription discount program.  There is no enrollment and everyone is eligible. Just show the card at your local pharmacy. 

Free Tax Preparation Assistance - United Way volunteers assist individuals preparing their taxes for free!

Poverty Simulation - A powerful and enlightening opportunity to discover the challenges and struggles families in poverty deal with every day in Knox County.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program - The Knox County Commissioners and United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc partner in leading the Emergency Food and Shelter Program in Knox County, which supports the community in allocating Federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.


Crunch Out Knox County - A youth wellness program involving Physical Education teachers and 4th grade students througout the Knox County. Students complete weekly journals, track their exercise progress and their healthy eating habits to win prizes.

GeoTrail - In partnership with the Knox County Park District, the GeoTrail is an outdoor geocache activity in Knox County with prizes for completion.

Get Healthy Knox County - A Comprehensive Community Partnership working to build a community that encourages healthy habits and physical activity. The 5-2-1 and none campaign supported by Get Healthy Knox County and United Way is designed to change lifestyles by providing nutrition and exercise information.

Knox Substance Abuse Action Team - Formed in 2011 in response to community concerns about substance abuse and the effects on the community, KSAAT committees aim to help those at risk or involved in sustance abuse by increasing awareness and education. Our KSAAT mission is to engage our community in building partnerships dedicated to preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth and adults in Knox County.

Timely Grant Program

Traditional Agency Partnerships and Community Investments are required to follow a standardized and well-practiced process. Applications are submitted nearly a year in advanced of release of program funds. This process demands careful planning and stability in program investments and yields strong agency partnerships and robust programs. However, at United Way, we recognize that this funding model does not fit every program.

United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. Timely Grant process makes resources available to meet these immediate demands in an expedited process since 2018. The Community Investment Agenda includes a budget reserve to apply to these timely projects.

Knox County Career NavigatorIntroduced in the Spring of 2020, the Knox County Career Navigator focuses on identifying and recruiting high school and adult students to consider careers in Knox County manufacturing and healthcare settings. Working closely with WorkDev Knox County Workforce Development Alliance, the Career Navigator is supported by United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc., Knox County Foundation, Area Development Foundation, and Knox Educational Service Center.

Public CPR Scholarship Award Program - In 2019, United Way provided funds to the Public Health Partnership of Knox County to create a scholarship to assist the public in achieving the Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED certification through Knox Public Helath.

Workforce Analysis for Knox County - The Area Development Foundation partnered with United Way to complete a Strategic Workforce Development Analysis for Knox County. The study, completed by economist, identiffied economic drivers and projected the long-term employment needs of two key industry sectors in Knox County: Manufacturing and Healthcare.

CitizenAid Initiative for Knox County Public Schools - Knox Community Hospital lead a team made up of  United Way of Knox County, The Ariel Foundation, First-Knox National Bank, and Kokosing Construction in bringing CitizenAid to every publich school district in Knox County. Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, East Knox, Centerburg, Danville, Knox County Career Center, and the Learning Center were equiped with training licenses for staff, emergency response kits for each classroom, and wall-mounted united with multiple kits for each public space, to support an informed and effective respons in case of a traumatic injury or mass casualty event.