United Way allocates more donor dollars than ever before


A record-setting United Way campaign has led to record-setting support for community needs in Logan County.  48 human service programs of 27 agencies will split more than $954,000 throughout 2023.  Allocations to Funded Agencies will increase 13 percent over last year and six internal United Way programs are also getting a boost.

It’s all thanks to the fall fundraiser that generated nearly $1.1 million in pledges.  United Way will announce final campaign totals at the LIVE UNITED Awards Breakfast on January 31.

According to the U.S. Census, the fastest-growing segment of the Logan County population is senior citizens.  As such, United Way is responding with $157,000 dedicated specifically to seniors.  The amount includes $60,000 to RTC Services to help with their 60 percent increase in demand for transportation to take seniors to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other errands.  Green Hills Community will receive $57,000 to support in-home hospice care and their adult daybreak service which provides respite for caregivers.  LifeCare Alliance will receive $40,000 to support more than 450 residents who receive meals-on-wheels and pet care.

Help with housing remains the number one reason why people call United Way.  $155,250 will be invested in programming to support the homeless population and prevent others from falling into that state.  United Way is putting $80,000 into its own Housing Stability Program, which works to provide case management and financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility shutoffs.  The Logan County Homeless Shelter ($35,000) and Caring Kitchen ($25,000) continue to be available for those already homeless.  And Habitat for Humanity ($15,250) builds a home a year in partnership with low-income families.

Overall, 38 of the 48 funded programs will receive what they asked for in 2023.  18 of the 48 programs are receiving increased funding.  No agency that requested support this year was shut out of funding, though five program requests were denied.

New United Way Funded Agencies include CASA of Logan County ($10,000) to help train more volunteers to assist the court system in providing for abused and neglected children.  Give & Take Community Services which operates a food pantry and thrift store in West Mansfield will receive $2,500.

A look at all of the 2023 United Way allocations:


Always United Endowment Fund – Donor Designations

Donor option to include United Way in your will or estate plan.

Community Blood Center – $0

Blood drives offer donors the chance to give the gift of life to benefit regional hospitals, including Mary Rutan.

Community Care Day – $4,000

Corporate volunteer event is scheduled for Friday, August 25.

Community Impact Fund – $77,000

Grant fund for emerging needs and emergencies in 2023.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library – $24,000

A free book a month to preschoolers under age 5 to increase vocabulary and reading skills.

Housing Stability Program – $80,000

Case management and financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility shutoffs.

LIVE UNITED @ WORK Financial Wellness – $37,000

1-on-1 resource coordination and financial help for employees in participating workplaces.

Lunch Buddies – $3,000

Matches adult mentors with 3rd and 4th graders to eat lunch together once a month.

MyFreeTaxes.com – $0

Free online tax preparation from United Way Worldwide with online chat support.

Student United Way – $26,500

6-month leadership experience for high school juniors and seniors who invest donor dollars into youth programs.

Stuff the Bus – $500

Countywide school supply drive held each summer.

Women United – $3,000

Philanthropic women’s group conducting volunteer and social events.


211 Information and Referral Hotline – $15,000

24/7/365 hotline to talk with live operators about any human service need.

Bellefontaine Police Department – $5,000

Outreach and education programs that help police build relationships and reduce crime.

Boy Scouts Tecumseh Council – $2,000

Character development, citizenship, and leadership skills for boys and girls.

Bridges Community Action Partnership – $10,000

Free income tax preparation and financial education for families in poverty.

Caring Kitchen – $25,000

Urbana-based homeless shelter serving Logan County residents when our shelter is full.

CASA of Logan County – $10,000

Court-appointed advocates who serve children in abuse/neglect cases.

Discovery Riders – $35,000

Scholarships for therapeutic horse riding for persons with physical and developmental disabilities.

Give and Take in West Mansfield

Give & Take Community Services – $2,500

West Mansfield-based food pantry and thrift store.

Greater Riverside Area Community Encouragers – $10,000

DeGraff/Quincy-based food program feeds Riverside students on weekends.

Green Hills Community – $57,000

In-home hospice care for the terminally ill; adult daycare for senior citizens; Camp Braveheart grief camp for youth.

Habitat for Humanity Logan County – $15,250

Builds homes in partnership with low-income families.


LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance – $40,000

Meals-on-wheels to shut-ins; senior pet care.

Logan County Cancer Society – $35,000

Financial assistance to cancer patients for medicine, transportation, etc.

Logan County Family & Children First Council – $24,000

Case management for the community’s most vulnerable families.

Logan County Homeless Shelter – $35,000

Bellefontaine-based short-term homeless shelter.

Logan County Neighborhood Outreach Center – $5,250

Summer meals for children at three after-school drop-in centers.

Logan County Sheriff’s Office – $27,300

Mental health counseling for inmates at the Logan County jail; Outreach and education programs that help law enforcement build relationships and reduce crime.

Lutheran Community Services – $40,000

Our Daily Bread soup kitchen; Christmas adopt-a-family help

Mary Rutan Hospital Medication Assistance – $15,000

Financial help for prescription medication.

Midwest Regional Education Service Center – $7,500

Summer Autism Academy – 7-week program for youth on the autism spectrum

Recovery Zone – $30,000

Peer support center for those in recovery from mental health and addiction

RTC Services – $60,000

Free rides for senior citizens on Logan County’s public transportation

Second Harvest Food Bank – $60,000

Weekly Mobile Food Pantry truck distributions throughout Logan County

TCN Behavioral Health – $43,200

Domestic violence shelter and support; Mental health screenings for teens

Warm Clothes for Kids – $39,000

Outfits students in grades K-8 with new winter clothes each fall.

YMCA of Central Ohio – $15,000

Scholarships for child care and programs at Hilliker YMCA

Other United Ways – $36,317

Donor designations to United Ways in neighboring counties

$77,000 remains available for local entities to access for emerging opportunities and emergency needs via United Way’s Community Impact Fund.  An additional $25,000 will be available soon for programs serving Logan County youth via the Student United Way grants.  Contact United Way directly for more information about these funding opportunities.  $48,400 was budgeted for pledge loss.  United Way’s overhead is seven percent.

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Logan County.  It does so by facilitating successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community.  Since 1955, United Way of Logan County has raised more than $28 million to support the specific social service needs of our community.  More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.  For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org.