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For 65 years, United Way has been THE way Logan County comes together to give back. But a gift to United Way may have never proved more valuable than it has here in 2020. That’s because YOUR support allowed us to respond to the unexpected secondary impacts the Coronavirus has made locally.
When unemployment soared to 31 percent and #1 in the state, 3,788 individuals flocked to the United Way-funded Second Harvest Food Bank’s drive-thru pantry distributions in the 2nd quarter. The Ohio National Guard staffed them a dozen times a month! Most recipients had never used a food pantry before.
Our Daily Bread has become “Our Twice-Daily Bread,” serving both lunch AND dinner since March.
Monthly book mailings to 1,800 preschoolers via our Dolly Parton Imagination Library continued uninterrupted. Logan County remains #2 in Ohio with 60 percent of our preschoolers enrolled.
With depression and anxiety levels high, all 6th and 9th grade students in Logan County will be screened for mental health, substance abuse, and suicide risk through TCN Behavioral Health.
It’s also worth noting that United Way has been supporting local law enforcement long before national events put a spotlight on police relations with communities (since 2012). $23,000 in United Way funding is backing the Bellefontaine Police Department and Logan County Sheriff’s Office community events this year. These foster positive interaction, encouraging residents that policemen are on OUR side.
Who could have seen Coronavirus coming last year? But as 2020 as proved, a gift to United Way is flexible enough to make a difference NO MATTER WHAT our greatest human service need may be. Who knows what 2021 will bring? Or 2030? Or 2050? But United Way will be here, ready to serve and fill the gaps.