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United Way Agencies Responds During COVID

Week 3 Campaign Update:

The Shelby County United Way funded 27 partner agencies and programs during their 2019 annual allocation process. Many of the partner agencies were impacted by COVID with increased client demands and operational adjustments to maintain the safety of both their staff and clients.  Agape Distribution is the largest food pantry in the County serving the most residents annually. They have observed an increase in unduplicated clients, households served, and first-time clients since the start of the pandemic. Alpha Community Center and their mission partner Holy Angels Soup Kitchen continued to serve meals in a carry out format each day while also seeing an increase in demand. Both the Y Child Development Center and Wilma Valentine Child Care were approved by the State of Ohio as Pandemic Child Care Centers and remained open to serve essential families. CASA continued to serve their youth caseload. Victims Services remained on call 24 hours a day serving victim of crime needs and advocacy. New Choices Domestic Violence Shelter remained open with increased client demand and most nights at full capacity. Clear Creek Farm youth group homes, Samaritan Works sober living homes, and the STAR House all remained open 24 hours a day. Catholic Social Services continued to meet the needs of the seniors, families and youth they serve. Many more partner agencies were open and serving their clients and our community during these challenging times. Scott Barr, President & CEO, “Support of the Shelby County United Way and our partner agencies continues to be important. It is heightened during a pandemic where we, along with our partner agencies were able to meet our communities needs. Lives are changed every day, every hour, and every minute.”

The Shelby County United Way is a local 501c3 non-profit organization that has earned the highest rating from Charity Navigator seven out of the past eight years. Monies raised in the annual campaign are invested locally under the leadership and direction of our local volunteer Board of Directors and Community Allocation Volunteers. Through the third week of the campaign the balance is $193,918. Donors can make payroll contributions with participating employers or make a one time or reoccurring donation by visiting www.shelbycountyunitedway.org or text SHELBY