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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 in Youth & Children, Promoting Health & Well Being, Caring for People in Crisis, Strengthening Families & Individuals, and Community-Wide Initiatives. Barr states, “The allocation process provides accountability and ensures the community’s dollars are impacting Shelby County’s greatest needs. 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’ awards are as listed:


Catholic Social Services Life Skills7,500.00
Clear Creek Farms40,000.00
Compassionate Care75,000.00
Victim Services20,000.00
Samaritan Works65,000.00
Emergency Housing & Utilities18,000.00
 Day Break Adult Day Services25,000.00
Alpha Community Center47,500.00
American Red Cross8,100.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters55,000.00
Catholic Social Services Counseling30,000.00
Imagination Library21,000.00
Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts30,000.00
New Choices55,000.00
Rehabilitation Center27,000.00
Senior Center Sidney/Shelby Co53,000.00
Shelby Co ESC Opportunity School18,000.00
Shelby County ARC31,000.00
Sidney/Shelby Co YMCA Childcare93,000.00
Catholic Social Services Senior Health40,000.00
Wilma Valentine CLC85,500.00
Agape Distribution 40,000.00
Special Project Grants59,300.00
Sheriff’s Star House 30,000.00
211 6000.00
Student United Way 10,000.00