May 2024

The United Way Campaign Team is busy planning for the #duckrace2024. 

This year there will be 10,000 tickets...and that's it. Each ticket is $10. (We like it because it's easy to remember! 10K for $10)

The pros: It's simple, easy to remember, and the limited number of ducks available mean greater odds of winning one of the amazing prizes!

The cons: You'll have to be on top of your game on June 3rd to grab your duck before it's gone!

2023 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation

What an incredible time we had at our Annual Meeting! It's wonderful to celebrate our successes and share the impact we've had over the last year.

Annual Report

Take a look at the 2023 Annual Report to see in detail the impact your dollars had on our local community in regards to Education, Health, and Financial Stability. It's pretty incredible what we can accomplish when we band together!

Annual Report

Even better, we got to celebrate the INCREDIBLE volunteers that made all the difference for our partner agencies. Thank you to everyone who gives of their time and energy to build up others in our community. Join us as we celebrate these local heroes!

Brent Ogle


Corey Briggs


Doris Cerny

Youth and Families for Christ

Janelle Prather

The Arc

Jnel Birkel

Royal Family Kids

Renee Held

Habitat for Humanity

Tammi Gotschall

Big Pals Little Pals

Tom and Deb Loseke

Columbus Area United Way

Tricia Dusatko


Jasper Owens

Working with Jasper Owens on a real estate transaction means having a Columbus native and passionate advocate on your team! Plus, when you work with her, you also get to #dogood because a portion of her transactions go to support CAUW!

Check her out!


Legacy Express Wash

When you get your car scrubbed clean and shiny, you're also supporting CAUW and its work in the community. Get your car washed on May 18 and 19, and a portion of the sales come our way.

Check them out!


Rustic Lux Designs

Have you met Amanda at Rustic Lux? She creates beautiful things out of mess. She takes the wood, does a thousand steps (all by herself!) and it comes out lovely on the other end (they make great gifts, hint hint). As an #iPLEDGE supporter, a portion of her May sales are contributed to CAUW!

Check her out!


Join the #iPLEDGE movement!

The #iPLEDGE movement is for you, too! It's designed for small business owners who want to make a difference in their community, using the resources they have at their disposal! If you're interested (or even just curious!) please let us know! We'd love to have you join us for 2024!


By supporting mental health awareness, we can create a more understanding and compassionate community. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration page for resources, messaging, and social media tools for various demographics that you might serve!

You can also find a bank of resources available on our website!

Check out some of the ways the CAUW staff takes care of their mental health!

We're hiring!

Columbus Area United Way is currently hiring for two positions!

Resource Development Assistant Director

Engage business leaders and communicate the value of Columbus Area United Way's work in the community and the value to companies in running a workplace campaign. Position will connect campaign volunteers and as well as develop strong partnerships with companies helping them plan, coordinate and execute successful and engaging fundraising efforts through financial pledging, special event planning and support, and corporate giving.

Bilingual Community Response Coach

The Bilingual Community Response Coach will assist referred or identified individuals and families in accessing needed services and resources in the community, especially during times of stress and crisis. Then if needed and agreed upon, coaching the family or individual through identified risks and needs to achieve desired goals, and to reach and sustain protective factors.

Full Job Descriptions

Hope Freshour - Executive Director


Jo Suess - Development Director


Tammy Bichlmeier - Central Navigator

Roberta Miksch - Collective Impact Director

Bellyni Maldonado - Bilingual Community Response Coach

Reghan Kabes - Navigation Assistant and Coach

Sarah Lindberg- Program/Data Coordinator

Shelly Steffensmeier - Fiscal Assistant

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