United Way Funds Community Projects

The Shelby County United Way is better known for the funding close to $1,000,000 to twenty-seven partner agencies. However, many smaller projects, church-based programs, and all volunteer programs are awarded grants through the Shelby County United Way. Some projects are awarded annually. Between $60,000 and $100,000 are awarded in Community Projects on an annual basis. […]

Shelby County Leading the State with Imagination Library

Scott Barr, President, states “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a Shelby County United Way and Shelby County Libraries sponsored program, has been in Shelby County for over four and a half years and over 110,000 books mailed to participants since the program’s inception.”  This program sends an age and developmentally appropriate book every month until their […]

Student United Way Starts Third Year

Shelby County United Way starts the school year with new students in Student United Way. Students represent every high school in Shelby County. Students will learn about social issues impacting our communities including food insecurities, medical needs, drug rehabilitation and resistance, domestic violence, services for victims and youth issues. Students will have the opportunity to […]

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 […]