SIDNEY — Twenty students, a junior and senior from every high school in Shelby County, will be meeting this week to start the second year of Student United Way.
Last year the students learned about the critical issues facing Shelby County, toured local agencies, created a grant application, and allocated $5,000. The recipients were; $1,000 to Maplewood United Methodist Church on behalf of the churches delivering the weekend back pack hunger program for Jackson Center Students; $1,000 to First Presbyterian Church Munch Bunch weekend back pack hunger program; $850 to Shelby County Counseling Center to purchase evidence based Kindergarten to grade three prevention curriculum; $800 to New Choices to purchase equipment and curriculum for a PLAY room to work with children afflicted by domestic violence; $750 to Alpha Community Center to purchase healthy snacks for the summer food program: and $600 to the Shelby County Sheriff’s DARE program.
“Last year was such a success, the board of directors raised the allocation budget from $5000.00 to $10,000.00 for the students to allocate this year,” said Scott Barr, United Way executive director.
Students participating this year are Claire Bensman and Derek Wolters from Anna, Grace Homan and Elliot Goubeaux from Botkins, Aly Baughman and Emma Abbot from Christian Academy, Skylar Jones and Garret Kramer from Fairlawn, Riley Middendorf and Marissa Meiring from Fort Loramie, Shelby Ayers and Jon Steiner from Houston, TJ Esser and Riley Jackson from Jackson Center, Grace Olding and Mikey Rossman from Lehman, Daniel Kerns and Jessica Your from Russia, and Ava Money and Macie Ivey from Sidney High School.
The Shelby County United Way is a local 501c3 non-profit organization. Monies raised in the annual campaign are invested locally under the leadership and direction of local volunteer board of directors and community allocation volunteers. The Shelby County United Way is highly rated from Charity Navigator.
Through the third week, the campaign totals are $216,661. Donors can make payroll contributions with participating employers or make a one time or reoccurring donation by visiting www.shelbycountyunitedway.org or text SHELBY to 40403. Checks can be made payable to Shelby County United Way and mailed P.O. Box 751, Sidney.