Larry Triplett, the 2017-18 campaign chair, announced the campaign yielded $803,200 and community volunteers invested more than 360 hours to raise that amount.
Katie McNeil, director of resource development, noted 100 percent of those funds are reinvested in community programs and initiatives.
“Not $1 goes to paying overhead, we have different revenue sources for those costs,” she said. “We want to maximize the investment into the community. We focus on being good stewards and making sure we achieve the goals we set in our programs and initiatives.”
United Way bases its investment on health, education and financial stability and will invest more than $530,000 into 26 programs.
Becky Clawson, community impact director, said Backpack Blessings and Eyeglass Education are two of the more recent programs having success.
Backpack Blessings are given on Fridays and provide students with food to help with proper nutrition during the week. The program assist 220 kids at New Lexington City Schools and 185 kids at Zanesville City Schools.
The Eyeglass Education offers materials for students who may need glasses, including broken or loss pairs or outgrowing them, said Clawson.
“We evaluate all the applications submitted and see where we can accomplish our goals,” Clawson said. “We stay engaged and aim to assist the community needs in any areas we can.”
United Way also offers student assistance with Zane State College to help students transition into the college setting and also stay on course to earn a degree, and its Family Drug Prescription program provided $39,000 in savings for families.
Genesis HealthCare System, Century National Bank and Kellogg were the top three workplace campaigns, while Dani Lamonica of New Lexington Schools earned the Chairperson’s Award, Deb Lovenshimer who serves as the United Way tax clinic Mmanager received the President’s Award, and Dutro Ford was given Arlene and Clay Littick Service Award.
Jason Ballas, finance manager at Ballas Egg Products Corporation, will served as the chair for the 2018-19 campaign.