A Message from our Executive Director, Scott S. Barr
Dear Shelby County Friends,
Thank you for visiting our Shelby County United Way website. As we start 2016, we are truly humbled by our generous community. We achieved goal raising just over $1,350,000 providing the funding of 27 agencies and programs.
In 2015 we successfully launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as a collaboration with the Shelby County Libraries and many community partners. Imagination Library is an early literacy program for children under the age of 5. At no cost to the family, an age appropriate book is mailed monthly to the family’s address. Studies show children enrolled in Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten, are read to more often, and have more books and visits to the local libraries than children not enrolled. Wilson Health enrolls Infants at the birthing center. At the end of 2015, 1686 children were enrolled!
POWER, the United Way’s Women’s Initiative, continues to grow more in members and impact to the community. They continue to care for their charter project, The Born Learning Trail located at Tawawa Park. They started a weekly tutoring program at Longfellow Elementary called EMPOWERED. Through fundraising and their membership POWER awarded three grants in 2015; Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, Elizabeth New Life Center, and Imagination Library.
A fall coat drive was coordinated with the Shelby County United Way, Shelby County Community Services, Salvation Army and Charity League. The Hampton Inn graciously washed the gently used coats. Coats were distributed to the elementary and middle schools in Sidney and Shelby County.
During 2015, the staff and I were engaged and involved in the community. The Shelby County United Way is a member of the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition, Area Agency on Aging, Shelby County Community Service Council, Continuum of Care, Homeless Task Force, and Family and Children First Council.
The 27 United Way funded programs and agencies are impacting the communities in the areas of Health, Education, and Income because of the ongoing support of the community. 35% of the campaign dollars came from corporate gifts with the remaining 65% from local individuals and families. Shelby County is a special place to live because of the compassion towards our fellow citizens.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank all of our Donors, Campaign Leaders, Volunteers, and United Way Staff for your time and treasures. I look forward to an prosperous 2016 where the Shelby County United Way can fulfill our mission “to continually identify, evaluate, and make possible the human services needed in our community.”
Scott S. Barr
Shelby County United Way