United Way’s POWER Continues to Change Lives

The mission of the Shelby County United Way Women’s Initiative Group, P.O.W.E.R. (Passionate Optimistic Women Encouraging Results) 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. One of the main initiatives of […]


Sidney, OH – Shelby County United Way’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the fifth time that Shelby County United Way’ has earned this top distinction in the last six years. Since 2002, using objective analysis, […]

POWER accepting grant applications

The Shelby County United Way Women’s Initiative Group, POWER, is accepting applications for annual grants for the second year in a row. This year up to $2,000 will be available to 501(c)(3) agencies or government entities. The grant monies will be awarded for projects that fulfill POWER’s mission of providing programs, assistance to initiatives that […]

Student United Way Awards Grants

The Shelby County United Way board of directors during their May board meeting approved the Student United Way grant recommendations presented by Houston senior, Shelby Ayers. Student United Way is comprised of two students, juniors or seniors, from each high school representing all ten school districts in Shelby County. The students were provided a $10,000 […]

United Way Awards Grants

The Shelby County United Way announces six Special Project Grant Applications were approved during the past quarter. Agape Distribution was awarded $3500.00 to assist with the food pantry. They serve over 7,500 unduplicated residents each year and over 2.2 million pounds of food to the community. Charity League was awarded $3200.00 for the purchase of […]

Shelby County United Way Approves $1,022,900 in Allocations

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 forty 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 […]

Student United Way Accepting Grants

The Shelby County Student United Way Committee is proud to announce they are accepting applications through Friday March, 8th. The students have been provided a $10,000 allocation budget by the Shelby County United Way board of directors. Grant requests cannot exceed $2500.00. The Student United Way Committee is made up of local junior and senior […]

United Way Awards Special Project Grants

Each month the special projects committee reviews submitted grant applications from local non-profit and tax exempt organizations. Recommended grants are presented to the full board of directors for approval. Since July, $33,435 has been awarded to eleven organizations. The Upper Valley Career Center was awarded $3500 to support accredited counseling for Shelby County students. Family […]

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Student United Way Awards Grants

Twenty local high school junior and senior students participating in Student United Way reviewed ten grant applications focused on the impact area of birth to age 18 in mental health and counseling, substance abuse prevention, and food insecurity during their past two monthly meetings. They narrowed the applicants to eight and had in person presentations […]