GUEST COLUMN: United Way programs benefit 1 in 4

By Angela DeBoskey

We help vulnerable people from all walks of life who live and work in Hancock County.

That’s our top priority, and it’s at the center of all our efforts.

In 2021, over 19,000 of our friends and neighbors utilized United Way-supported programs and services. That translates to 1 in 4 people in Hancock County who were connected with critical resources when they needed it most.

It can be hard to wrap your head around that type of impact, but it looks a little like:

  • 500 students receiving regular weekend backpack meals so they won’t go hungry over the weekend.

  • Over 59,000 free and low-cost rides provided to work or medical appointments.

  • 242 households transitioning out of homelessness to steady employment and strengthened life skills.

  • More than 400 individuals receiving equine-assisted therapy, including veterans and people of all ages with developmental disabilities.

  • Medical attention, support services, and protection from physical and sexual abuse for more than 500 children.

  • Over 1,200 youth paired with activities that nurtured their personal growth and fostered confidence.

  • More than $95,000 in financial assistance provided to those in Hancock County with an active cancer diagnosis.

The list goes on and on, and it is important to note that these are all numbers from the past year alone.

With the costs of groceries, gasoline, rent and utilities, and everyday necessities climbing, local nonprofits can expect the need to climb at a steady pace. These agencies act as a safety net for the clients they serve, and as the need grows, so must their capacity to help.

The United Way of Hancock County is proud to support the many great nonprofits offering critical services in our community. Every donation we receive is kept local and put to work in the areas that need it most.

As our Annual Campaign continues, and as you consider your end-of-year giving, we ask that you include a gift to UWHC. That gift could be the reason a family has safe shelter and nutritious food on the table this winter.

DeBoskey is CEO of the United Way of Hancock County.

(This column appeared in the Findlay Courier on Oct. 26, 2022)