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.



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.
  • Bulldog Pound - The after school program at East Knox Elementary School in Howard.


Financial Stability

FamilyWize Prescription Savings - A free prescription discount program for those without prescription coverage.  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.

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