July / August, 2018
  Women United 
  United Way of Knox County, Ohio

In This Letter

Women in Recovery Breakfast

ROX Thank You

Coaching Boys into Men

Facebook Page

Grant Applications

Women United Luncheon

United Way Campaign 

Campaign Kickoff Event

Join us!

Women United
Upcoming Events

August 2, Noon
Women United Luncheon
Foster Hall, Ariel Arena, MVNU Campus
Celebrate our accomplishments and propose future projects.

September 11, 3:30 p.m.
United We Teach
East Elementary School
Volunteer Round-up for afterschool tutoring and enrichment programs

September 20, 7:30 a.m.
Women in Recovery Breakfast
The Alcove Restaraunt, Garden Room
RSVP to Kelly or by phone 740.397.5721

October 11, 5 - 7 p.m.
Bags of Love 
Mazza's Restaraunt
Local Italian Food and preparing diaper bags for new moms in need
RSVP to Kelly or by phone 740.397.5721

Join Our Friends!

Community Events

August 9, Two Options 12:00-1:30 or 5:30-7 p.m.
New Directions
Coaching Boys into Men
Community Training
MVNU Ariel Arena
Enrollment is limited, 
Call 740.397.4357 to reserve your place 
before August 6

August 11, 8-11 a.m.
Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities
feedtheVERN 5k &1mile
Ariel Foundation Park
Tickets available online

September 17
Drive 4 UR Community Fundraiser Event
YMCA of Mount Vernon
103 North Main Street
Call 740.392.9622 for more information

1st Monday Each Month, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
the Freedom Center
Family Education Session
106 East Gambier St Mount Vernon

May 1 through Summer
Ariel Foundation Park
Summer Fitness Schedule - Free Events
Ariel Foundation Park 
Schnormeier Event Center

Saturdays May-October
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mount Vernon Farmers Market
Open Market
1 Public Square, 
Mount Vernon.   

Get Healthy Knox County

Email for more details or to share your organization's events in the next newsletter!
In the News!

Recent Program and Community Events

Knox County Health Department recently published the 2018 Knox County Community Health Assessment  and Community Health Improvement Plan. These will guide the Health Initiatives for the community
Groups Opioid recovery treatment community recently opened a new  center located at
401 West High Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 

Email for more details or to share a story or event for the next newsletter.
Get Involved!

Active Volunteer and Enrollment Opportunities

Women United 
Utilizes the power of women to advance the common good in our community.

Imagination Library 
Encourages learning by providing free books to children birth to age 5.
To become a sponsor or to donate to the program, Contact  Lisa

SPI Where Science and Play Intersect Discovery Play Space,  
Offers a  

Knox County YMCA
Promotes health & fitness programs for all ages.

Touchpointe KnoxWorks
Removes barriers for Neighbors in need of a second chance to transition to the workforce.
This is a win-win for both 

Email and tell us if you have an active program to include in our next letter.
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 2019 Community Investment Agenda Coming Soon!
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"We can be the women who create the authentic and genuine shift that will allow girls to see strength and beauty in female relationships."

- Dr. Lisa Hinkelman
Founder and 
Executive Director of 
Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc

As Women United we can serve as an example of strong and confident female leadership.

Women in Recovery Breakfast
Our third annual Women in Recovery Breakfast was held on Thursday, June 21st  in the Garden Room at The Alcove. It was a gathering of strong women as our Women Uni ted members joined sisters at The Freedom Center in celebrating their continued sobriety.
We had a wonderful turnout and our attendance keeps growing! We were treated to an update of the status of Recovery House some very strong women shared stories of their personal journeys with us.
Images from the event are available on  Facebook . The Next Recovery Breakfast is planned for  Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 A.M. in the Garden Room at the Alcove Restaurant.

Thank You from Our ROX girls
We agree, Danville ROCKS, United Way offices received a special Thank You note from the Danville ROX Girls.

ROX was first introduced to Knox County at Danville and Centerburg Schools in 2015, as a Women United initiative. Since then, t he program has grown to include groups in 
Centerburg Elementary School,
Danville Elementary,  Middle, and  High Schools,
Fredericktown Middle School,
Knox County Career Center,
Mount Vernon Middle School,
St. Vincent De Paul School
The program uses an evidence-based 20-week curriculum to help girls develop the skills needed to navigate their relationships, experiences, and decisions with confidence. Our program coordinator, Elizabeth Doolittle, recently visited the  ROX  training facility to attend  Ruling Our eXperiences  facilitator training  in Columbus To learn more about the program, reach out to  Elizabeth read the Girls' Index online, and visit our website .

Coaching Boys into Men
New to United Way's Investment Agenda in 2018, Coaching Boys into Men (CBiM) is administered by our  partner agency, New Directions. Representatives from New Directions train and support program facilitators. In CBiM, young men learn healthy relationship skills, through a curriculum which uses sports analogies and is administered in a team or group setting by a trusted adult (sports coach, guidance counselor, etc). 
The evidence-based programming that addresses masculinity, aggression, consent, digital disrespect, and other topics, to create school climates that promote the developing and maintaining healthy relationships with all peer groups.
Guidance Counselors in Danville High School were the first to pilot the program. In June, New Directions hosted a facilitator training to spread the program to more of Knox County's young men

A program overview and facilitator training is planned for August 9, contact for more information.
Facebook Page is Live!
We are delighted to introduce you to our new Women United Facebook Page! Use the page to stay current with Women United news and events. We will also be sharing updates and information from the programs that Women United supports. Give us feedback on what else you would like to see on the page!

Women United Grant Applications
Applications for Women United Grant funding for projects to occur August 2018 through August 2019 have been received and reviewed!
Grants selected for funding by Women United's Founder's Council will be announced at the Women United Luncheon scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 2.
For more information, please email Elizabeth or call at 740.397.5721.

Women United Luncheon
Please join us for the second annual Women United Luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments and propose future projects.
Thursday, August 2 at noon on the lovely Foster Hall in the Ariel Arena on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Stay for a long lunch and help 'Stuff the Book Bags' - assemble and distribute book bags with supplies in preparation for the start of the school year.
RSVP on the Facebook Event Pageby emailing , or by calling 740.397.5721  !

United Way 2018 Campaign 
Kicks Off the Week of September 10


I am humbled by your commitment you have shown through your donations, activities and fundraising to make Women United a success and a leader in our region. This year Women United will be investing over $60,000.00 into programs that will touch the lives of so many individuals and show them that Women United cares and we are a powerful force in Knox County to create change.

Our United Way Campaign theme this year is "Hear our Stories, your gift changes their stories." At United Way and at our partner agencies, we hear these stories over and over again. They are emotional, uplifting, inspiring and humbling. They occur because of the financial gifts that our donors provide to United Way. Your gift CAN change their story.

Please remember to think of United Way as we raise $1,150,000.00 to fund programs in Education, Health and Financial Stability. Your donation enables United Way to continue to fight drug abuse, domestic abuse, provide medical assistance to mothers with newborn children, the list goes on and on. Please login to our Investment Agenda to see how we are investing in our community.  

Join us and LIVE UNITED.
Your gift will continue to change stories all over Knox County.

Warmest Regards,

Women United Campaign Kickoff Event
As part of our United Way Campaign Kick Off Week, Women United members are invited to join in a volunteer round-up at East Elementary School on September 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Piloted in the 2017-2018 school year, Eagles' Nest afterschool tutoring and enrichment program at  East Elementary quickly became both much loved by both students and teachers. The program offers a hot meal, homework help and exposure to new activities such as Zumba, Yoga, crafts, and board games to students who are at risk of falling behind in their academics. Standardized test scores and teacher testimonials show the program makes an impact! Encouraged by the pilot program at East, we are growing the Education initiative to include a  new program at Dan Emmett in the 2018-2019 school year following the Eagles' Nest model.

The programs depend on volunteers - tutors and enrichment visitors - in order to be successful. Invest in our children's future. Come to the volunteer round-up to learn more about the program and learn how you can get involved.
United Way has exciting activities planned throughout the full week of September 10. The week culminates on the 14th with the Kick-Off Luncheon at MVNU and the United We Brew happy hour event at The Stein Brewing Company Tap Room.
To learn more, visit our website or call 740.397.5721