Shelby County United Way approves allocations

SIDNEY — President Scott Barr reports the Shelby County United Way recently completed the annual partner agency allocation process in March and early April. Six allocation teams consisting of almost 40 people including board members, company, and community volunteers conducted agency reviews.

The teams were comprised of the following Impact Areas: Enriching the Lives of Seniors, Investing in Youth & Children, Promoting Health & Well Being, Caring for People in Crisis, Strengthening Families & Individuals, and Community-Wide Initiatives.

“The allocation process provides accountability and ensures the community’s dollars are impacting Shelby County’s greatest needs,” said Barr. “We leverage the experience and skill set of our board of directors and community volunteers to evaluate and make recommendations to our partners.”

In addition to the twenty member board of directors, this year’s Community Volunteers were Connie Barhorst; Air Handling Equipment, Mickey Hamer; Cargill, Doug Borchers; Superior Aluminum, Ed Borchers; retired Superior Aluminum, John Bertsch; Detailed Machining, Jeannie Lloyd, Airstream; Julia Frantz; Elizabeth New Life Center-Sidney, Shirae Reeves, US Bank; Josh Ross; Ruese Insurance Agency, Kent Craver; retired Mutual Federal Saving and Loan, Jana Potts, former United Way employee; Cindy Ohlsen, retired Emerson; Kari Egbert, City of Sidney; Kaitlyn Maas, NK Parts; Vicki Ruhe; US Bank, Lora French; Electro Controls; Candee Esser, Ross Castings Inc.; and current United Way employees, Jayne Smith, Amy West, and Ashley Wynn.

Two new agencies were included in the allocation process with both receiving funding. Agape Distribution was awarded $40,000 and the Sheriff’s STAR house was awarded $30,000.

The Board of Trustees approved the recommended agency allocations during their April board meeting. The agencies and their awards are:

Catholic Social Services Life Skills: $7,500

CASA/GAL, $15,000.00

SafeHaven, $18,000.00

Clear Creek Farms, $40,000

Compassionate Care, $75,000

Victim Services, $20,000

Samaritan Works, $65,000

Emergency Housing & Utilities, $18,000

Day Break Adult Day Services, $25,000

Alpha Community Center, $47,500

American Red Cross, $8,100

Big Brothers Big Sisters, $55,000

Catholic Social Services Counseling, $30,000

Imagination Library, $21,000

Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts, $30,000

New Choices, $55,000

Rehabilitation Center, $27,000

Senior Center Sidney/Shelby County, $53,000

Shelby County ESC Opportunity School, $18,000

Shelby County ARC, $31,000

Sidney/Shelby County YMCA Childcare, $93,000

Catholic Social Services Senior Health, $40,000

Wilma Valentine CLC, $85,500

Agape Distribution, $40,000

Special Project Grants, $59,300

Sheriff’s Star House, $30,000

211, $6000

Student United Way, $10,000

Total, $1,022,900