Sep 24, 2013

United Way kicks off community-wide campaign

GREENVILLE – Sept. 9 marked the start of the annual Darke County United Way Campaign Kick-off. The goal is $360,000 this year, but United Way is hoping to bring in $400,000, and the board of directors at United Way encourages individuals and businesses to get involved in the campaign. The Darke County United Way serves 27 non-profit programs in the county. Last year, between these programs, over 24,000 residents were served in Darke County. That was an increase of over 5,000 residents from the year before. Lauren Henry, executive director, thanked the Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid® Experience for sponsoring the day and for continuing to be the largest employee campaign in the county, making up 1/3 of the community’s campaign. Wayne Deschambeau, president of Wayne HealthCare, was honored and celebrated as the chairperson for last year’s campaign which exceeded goal bringing in pledges of $368,589 or 102% of goal. Jean Young, president of Family Health, was welcomed as the 2014 campaign chair and she spoke of community and the healthcare needs among Darke County residents and how we can help those who are struggling.

United Way also welcomed Sharon Fellers, director of Grace Resurrection Community Center. Sharon shared the work of GRCC including their food pantry, soup kitchen, clothing bank, medical support, and children’s nutrition backpack program for those children who need a meal over the weekend. The United Way is a partner with GRCC and provides help for the food pantry to help fight hunger in our community.

Mailings will be going out and brochures will be around the county if you would like to donate. We have three wonderful mailing sponsors helping us with this effort this year including Law Offices of Scott D Rudnick, Romer’s Catering, and State of the Heart Hospice. If you are interested in learning more about Darke County United Way or donating please feel free to send donations to Darke County United Way at P.O. Box 716, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or visit the website to donate and learn more at

The luncheon celebrated our community as well as the United Way programs including Education programs - connecting the leaders of tomorrow: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Co, Boys & Girls Club of Greenville, Council on Rural Services (CORS) Gateway Youth Programs & ACES (Achievement Center for Educational Success), Darke County 4-H, Miami Valley Boy Scouts, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, & Stuff a Bus; our Stability Programs - putting the pieces back together: American Red Cross - Darke County Chapter, Community Action Partnership (CAP) Emergency Homeless Shelter & Supportive Housing, Community Unity, Darke County YMCA Financial Assistance, FAME (Financial Assistance for Medical Emergencies), FISH Choice Pantry, Grace Resurrection Community Center, Bridge the Gap; and our Health Programs - building wellness throughout the community: Cancer Association of Darke County, Catholic Social Services - Counseling Services, CAP Medical & General Transportation for Seniors, Community Services for Deaf, CORS-RSVP, HandsOn Programs, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, SafeHaven, Inc., State of the Heart Hospice Bereavement programs, and Familywize Prescription Drug Discount Program.

Darke County United Way is working to strengthen health, education and stability for residents in need. How do you make a difference and Live United for Darke County? Give. You will be a part of helping 3,142 youth in the county. You can help provide 633 meals to children who do not have food over the weekend during the school year. You can help 32 families during fires seek safe shelter and rebuild. You can help us provide over 14,000 food distributions, so Darke County residents can fight hunger. You can help us provide over 23,000 miles for seniors for medical and general transportation.

The board of directors and staff of Darke County United Way thank the community for this continued support and helping us make the 2013-2014 Darke County United Way campaign a success! Join us Sept. 20 for Runway & Rhythm at Montage featuring music by Frohna & Warner. Call the United Way office at 547-1272 for your tickets!

Pictured left to right: Sharon Fellers, GRCC, Wayne Deschambeau, President of United Way, and Jean Young, VP/Campaign Chair for United Way.


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