W omen United affinity group of United Way of Knox County, Ohio
Newsletter February - March 2020
If you have not renewed your membership for 2020, Please take moment to do so by clicking the Women United Dues link below and selecting the membership level of your choice. Stay up to date with Women United events and activities by visiting our website and Facebook.

International Women's Day Luncheon

As part of the " empowered women empower women" International Women’s Day celebration with New Directions Shelter of Knox County Ohio , we hosted a Women United luncheon on Thursday, March 6. We were joined by ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) facilitators, who shared their RoX experiences with the group. Women United is proud to support RoX in Knox County by both providing support to enable social workers to complete facilitator training and to cover to cost of program participation to make the program available to girls in Knox County free of charge.
Our first speaker was Michelle of Centerburg Local Schools. Michelle facilitates elementary aged groups of 5th grade girls. Each year she will have a group group of about 12 girls. The groups will include girls of various backgrounds, personalities, and needs. She explained that throughout her time as a facilitator, she has tailored the program material to meet the needs of Centerburg local schools and the specific age group she works with.
Michelle also gave our group a glimpse of what girls going through RoX experience by offering an overview of a few notable session: empathy, conflict and communication, and body image and beauty. These sessions include role play, group activities, and hands on projects.

The  Knox County Career Center ’s Beth spoke next. She shared her experience working with High School girls and demonstrated the need for RoX. She expressed that in her role as a school counselor, she sees girls who may need help to advocate for themselves, to learn to set boundaries, and to access to a safe place where we can come to have conversations without fear of judgement. Beth explained that the RoX provided tools and guidance that she can now rely on as a resource to offer. KCCC hosts two unique RoX opportunities. The girls group is made up of cosmetology students and gives these young women the skills to communicate with women and connect with their clients in that chosen career path. The other group is made up of girls pursuing career pathways in which women are a minority. This group is provided tools to build confidence to excel in these traditionally male-lead fields.

New Directions Executive Director Lori was our final speaker. Lori has had a unique opportunity to do intentional work through relationship with ROX HQ. She shared her experience Coaching other facilitators and explained that she has piloted unique groups that other communities do not get to host or support. One of these groups is in partnership with The Village Network for residential and foster children and the second was in a team setting with a local Volleyball team.

Lori shared some insight into what it feels like to facilitate a group including themes of relationships and control, confidentiality (honoring privacy of the group), and self defense.
Investing in RoX represents an investment in each and every girl who participates in RoX. We look forward to sharing more information about the RoX program and other Women United supported programs online and at upcoming Women United events. See more photos from the event on Facebook
Our upcoming Women United Event - Women in Recovery Luncheon
previously planned for April 16 at Noon at the Alcove has been cancelled.

Women United Grant Update
Teaching Hygiene

The Knox County Health Department was awarded two different Women Untied grants to share Health Information with Knox County Elementary School students. The Puberty 101 grant provided funds for Knox County Health Department educators to provide puberty information, including updated video content as well as reading materials and feminine hygiene products to take home. Through the Student Hygiene Supplies grant 4th grade students were provided hygiene products such as deodorant, body wash, toothbrush, etc. as part of a presentation as part of a presentation by health educators. These kits were prepared by Women United members in February. East Elementary in Mount Vernon sent a heartwarming thank you note to the group. Review the list of Women United Grants online.

Volunteer Opportunity

Call for Hand Sewn Masks
Join local sewing groups in preparing hand-sewn masks to groups in need from the comfort of your own home.
The demand for face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has exceeded the supply available to medical professionals and hospitals. Contact Elizabeth for details about when and where to donate the masks.

2020 Power of the Purse Postponed!

Our Power of the Purse event has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, August 21, 2020 .

Please call or email Lindsay if you have questions and have already paid for your reservations.

Stay Healthy!
FamilyWize Prescription Savings Cards  can be used by anyone to receive a discount on prescriptions! When someone calls in to get a script filled or refilled, they can ask that the FamilyWize discount be applied by providing them the following information that is on the card and found online. Since FamilyWize does not require registration, there is no need for to physically show the pharmacy a card.  Additional details are on our website.
Ways to access free confidential assistance to community resources or referrals
CALL: 2-1-1, 345-HELP, or 1-800-544-1601 
TEXT: your zip code to 898211
VISIT: 211pathways.org
Resources for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Medical Questions about COVID-19, Call 740-399-8014