FREMONT – Sandusky County United Way raised about 20% less money than normal in its 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Way raised about $467,550 in 2020. Funds will be dispersed to county programs starting in July and ending in June 2022.
“It was about 20% less than 2019,” Abby Aldrich, executive director of the Sandusky County United Way, said in an email. “Not being able to host fundraising events like golf outings and auctions greatly decreased what was raised.”
Organizations that are looking for funding apply online between January and March each year. Members of the United Way Board of Trustees review each application and assess them based on factors such as alignment with the United Way’s strategic plan, the need for the program, the outcomes the organization has produced in the past and the organizations financial health, according to Aldrich.
The organizations that are awarded funding are the ones that receive the highest scores on the assessment.
Programs that received a notable amount of money include the Sandusky County Family and Children First Council Wraparound, Liberty Center of Sandusky County, Sandusky County Share and Care and Great Lakes Community Action Senior Meals on Wheels.
Approved for funding are Wraparound, Liberty Center, Share and Care, Meals on Wheels
Funding for Family and Children First Council Wraparound will go toward expanding collaboration with Great Lakes Community Action Project, Juvenile Court, Children’s Services and social workers from Clyde, Fremont and Bellevue school districts to provide Wraparound, which helps provide families and young people with resources to succeed in their goals.
FCFC’s 2021 goal is to have 10 Wraparound facilitators trained and available for families to use.
Liberty Center’s funding will allow it to continue to help feed and house those who do not have a home for up to 60 days. The facility has 26 beds, three living rooms, five bathrooms, laundry, a dining room, a kitchen, a pantry, a conference room and offices. Meals and toiletries also are provided by Liberty Center.
All of the funding from United Way for Sandusky County Care and Share will allow the organization to continue to pay utility bills and rent for people with demonstrated needs. Share and Care also offers budgeting assistance, a food pantry and thrift store.
GLCAP Senior Meals-on-Wheels will use the funding to deliver healthy meals for the homebound elderly in Sandusky County Monday-Friday.