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 Skills 7,500.00
CASA/GAL 15,000.00
SafeHaven 18,000.00
Clear Creek Farms 40,000.00
Compassionate Care 75,000.00
Victim Services 20,000.00
Samaritan Works 65,000.00
Emergency Housing & Utilities 18,000.00
 Day Break Adult Day Services 25,000.00
Alpha Community Center 47,500.00
American Red Cross 8,100.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters 55,000.00
Catholic Social Services Counseling 30,000.00
Imagination Library 21,000.00
Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts 30,000.00
New Choices 55,000.00
Rehabilitation Center 27,000.00
Senior Center Sidney/Shelby Co 53,000.00
Shelby Co ESC Opportunity School 18,000.00
Shelby County ARC 31,000.00
Sidney/Shelby Co YMCA Childcare 93,000.00
Catholic Social Services Senior Health 40,000.00
Wilma Valentine CLC 85,500.00
Agape Distribution 40,000.00
Special Project Grants 59,300.00
Sheriff’s Star House   30,000.00
211   6000.00
Student United Way   10,000.00
TOTAL 1,022,900.00

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