On a Mission

to build a better community
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The Shelby County United Way is on a mission to build a better community starting from birth through adulthood.

Over the past few years, we have established new evidence-based, community-wide initiatives to Sidney and Shelby County.

Imagination Library - Focuses on Childhood Literacy

Infant to 5 Years Old

In collaboration with the Shelby County Libraries and many community partners, we successfully launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2015. Imagination Library is an early literacy program for children under the age of 5. At no cost to the family, an age appropriate book is mailed monthly to the family’s address. Studies show children enrolled in Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten, are read to more often, and have more books and visits to the local libraries than children not enrolled. Wilson Health enrolls infants at the birthing center. More than 30,000 books have been mailed since the program’s launch in March 2015!

Visit imaginationlibrary.com and click "Register My Child".

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The IMPACT Program - Family Counseling

Pre-School to Middle School

I.M.P.A.C.T., Imagine Making Positive Accountable Changes Together, is a program developed to proactively identify school age children who are facing obstacles towards academic, social, and community success. This preventative program allows families to participate in the IMPACT Program and receive support, resources, and counseling to meet the needs of each unique child and family. Students and their families are referred from their local school district. Professional services are provided by the Family Resource Center. In collaboration with the Shelby County United Way, Judge William Zimmerman and Court Liaison Amy Simindinger developed this unique and successful program. From the program’s inception, the number of youth 15 years old and under entering the legal system and assigned a probation officer is down more than 60%

Character Playbook - Building Healthy Relationships

6th-8th Grade

Character Playbook is an innovative digital course that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. Character Playbook is comprised of six modules that cover key concepts of positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships. This course will allow students to engage with true-to-life scenarios that include bystander intervention strategies and positive relationship examples.

The course aligns with National Health Education Standards, CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Competencies, and Common Core Standards. Course Module Topic Areas include: Analyzing Influences, Understanding and Managing Emotions, Communicating Effectively, Resolving Conflicts, Stepping In, and Making Decisions.

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Workforce Partnership - Inspiring Students for the Workplace

7th Grade through High School
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The Workforce Partnership is a non-profit organization supported by over 50 business partners, including the Shelby County United Way. Their goal is to build a strong workforce throughout Shelby County, exposing students and the community to all the various career opportunities in Shelby County, as well as developing skills that will allow students to become successful in employment and college. SCUW initially supported the Workforce Partnership with a special project grant to help with the state of the art classroom at Sidney High School. In addition, SCUW has sponsored the Career Explorations Academy, a career fair of local businesses and corporations for middle and high school students throughout Shelby County.

We fund partner agencies and programs that assist in establishing building blocks
for a good quality of life and a strong community.

  • Compassionate Care
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development
  • Safe Haven, Inc.
  • Shelby County ARC, Inc.
  • Adult Day Services of Shelby County
  • Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County
  • Catholic Social Services of Shelby County
  • American Red Cross of the Northern Miami Valley
  • New Choices, Inc
  • Samaritan Works Inc.
  • Shelby County CASA
  • Shelby County Victim Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County
  • Clear Creek Farms
  • Boy Scouts - Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts, Miami Valley Council
  • MIdwest Regional ESC | Mac-A-Cheek
  • Sidney Alternative School
  • Alpha Community Center
  • Catholic Social Services of Shelby
  • Salvation Army
  • Wilma Valentine Creative Learning Center and  Childcare
  • Y Child Development Center at the YMCA
  • The IMPACT Program
  • The ”Kidz Corp Program
  • Imagination Library Imagination Library

Special Projects

Special Project Grants are available to non-profit organizations, churches, and/or government agencies that are driving impact programming in the community’s critical or more pressing needs. For example, funding is awarded to fight food insecurity in Shelby County through weekend backpack programs, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

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