About Us

As a satellite office in Port Clinton, Ohio, our staff and volunteers raise money for community needs right here in Ottawa County. From funding for after-school programs in Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools and Port Clinton City Schools, to developing and collaborating with partners, to bring free summer lunch programs for children in Ottawa County–we are constantly striving to ensure ALL Ottawa County residents have what they need to succeed.


We are excited to announce that in partnership with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library program, residents of Ottawa County with children ages 0-5 can sign up to receive one free book a month! Register your child today using this link. If you are interested in supporting this fantastic program, you can sponsor one child for $25 a year – or $125 for a child to receive a book a month for the first five years of their life – can you imagine a greater gift? It’s easy to invest in our future, by simply clicking here you can be a part of making this happen in Ottawa County!

Money Raised Here, Stays Here

Our team works with local donors and businesses to raise money for important community-based organizations right here in Ottawa County.

  • Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools, Acorn Alley
  • Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools, Launch Pad
  • Lighthouse Sober Living, Sober Living Facility
  • Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center, Grand Love
  • Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center, Til Next Time Mentoring (TNT)
  • Port Clinton City School District, Champions for Children
  • Port Clinton City School District, Kindergarten Camp
  • Ottawa County Senior Resources, Home Care Assistance Program
  • Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Community Support Services
  • Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Ruth Ann’s House


  • United Way – Labor, Adopt-A-Family
  • United Way of Greater Toledo, African American Leadership Council, Continue United, Emerging Leaders, Women’s Initiative
  • United Way of Greater Toledo, United Way 2-1-1
  • United Way of Greater Toledo, United Way Volunteer Center
  • United Way of Greater Toledo, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library / Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library
  • United Way of Greater Toledo, Community Impact Strategy & Public Policy
  • Summer Lunch and Fun
  • Tools for School
  • Stamp Out Hunger
  • Head to Toe Emergency Self-Care Pantry
  • Welcome Home Kits
  • Disaster Relief
  • Circle of Influence

Our Local Teams

We are proud of the many passionate community leaders who help lead the work of United Way in Ottawa County! We wish we could name them all, but there are just too many. Read below to learn about a few the community change makers helping to drive our work forward.

Our Ottawa County Advisory Council and Community Solutions Teams meet once a month to help make decisions around raising money, investing money, and supporting local programs and projects. Our current volunteer group includes:

  • Brenda Barton
  • Ed Carlson, Chair – Advisory Council
  • Hayward Evans
  • Alison Falls
  • Kathy Gallogly
  • Emily Gerber
  • Ruthann House
  • Angie Lipstraw
  • Lynne O’Neal
  • April Schalk
  • Amy Skolnik
  • Cindy Staudt
  • Shanna Strouse
  • Michaela Valenta

More than 50 companies in Ottawa County run United Way campaigns to raise dollars for local nonprofit / community-based programs. Each company has a passionate leader helping coordinate the logistics of a fundraising campaign. We could not do this without them!

Our top 5 corporate supporters and their in-house champions currently include:

  1. Materion – Brush Performance Alloys, Carrie Bringman
  2. US Gypsum Company, Michaela Valenta
  3. Port Clinton City School District, Jan Gluth
  4. Civista Bank, Kelli Lottman
  5. Huntington Bank, Lee Vivod
  6. Catawba Bay Development, Pat O’Sullivan
  1. Portage Resale Center
  2. Huntington Bank

Connecting Ottawa County Residents to Services

United Way in Ottawa County works hard to make finding help easy and seamless. Whether it’s an easy phone number to call for help or putting on a community forum for service providers to connect programs, we work to improve experiences. Here are a few ways we help.

United Way 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, 356-day health and human service resource available to anyone in Lucas, Ottawa or Wood County. To get in touch with a 2-1-1 Community Resource Advisor, simply dial two, one, one; text your zip code to 898-211; or visit the link above for instant online messaging.

United Way in Ottawa County advocates for residents through local coalitions such as:

  • Ottawa County Health and Social Concerns
  • Ottawa County Family and Children First Council
  • Ottawa County Early Childhood Collaborating Committee
  • Ottawa County Task Force on Aging
  • Ottawa County Business Advisory Council
  • Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce
  • Marblehead Chamber of Commerce
  • Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

United Way in Ottawa County also leads Circle of Influence events—community forums bringing together like-minded service organizations to create efficiencies and expand support for our Ottawa County residents.