SIDNEY — POWER is the Women’s Initiative Group for the Shelby County United Way. The volunteer driven initiative’s mission is to build a powerful force of women philanthropists who develop financial resources, unite in service, and are advocates for programs and initiatives that benefit children and their families in Shelby County.
POWER has taken its mission seriously by spearheading projects, programs, sponsorships and donation drives in the community such as the Born Learning Trail, Imagination Library, the Alpha Community Center Garden, Community Fall Coat Drive, Women & Wellness Event with Wilson Health, Elizabeth’s New Life Center Shower, and its latest project, E.M. POWER E.D. at Longfellow Elementary School.
Project E.M. POWER E.D. is a sponsorship of the kindergarten grade level at Longfellow Elementary. POWER members help incentivize children with donations which help improve the educational experiences, literacy, behavior, and attendance of the kindergartners. POWER members tutor children once a week by working with them one-on-one in the hallways on letters and numbers. One Friday a month, the Workforce Partnership’s “Mobile Career Lab” parks at the school. The children participating have a fun and educational experience outside of the classroom. “Feed the Family Night” encourages family bonding for the kindergartners and their caregivers, including dinner and activities focused on literacy and exercise. Parents are also given advice from teachers on how to encourage, educate and strengthen their children and families.
POWER has fun social events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and activities every month, and encourages any women who work or reside in Shelby County to attend.
Almost nonstop since its inception in 2013, POWER truly has strengthened and supported children and families in our community, United Way officials said. Contact the United Way today if you are interested in joining POWER.
A minimum contribution of $50 per year provides eligibility as a POWER member. Anyone interested in membership may contact the Shelby County United Way at 937-492-2101 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on POWER, past newsletters, and the impact they are having in the community can be found on United Way website, www.shelbycounitedway.org.
Through week five, the Shelby County United Way has received $218,952 toward the annual goal of $1,325,000.