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.

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Money Raised Here, Stays Here

Our team works with local businesses and individuals to raise money for important non-profit organizations right here in Ottawa County.

  • Launch Pad (Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools
  • Joyful Connections
  • CASA (Ottawa County Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • TNT Mentoring (Ottawa County Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Ruth Ann’s House (Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Inc)
  • Community Support Services (Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Inc)
  • Champions for Children (Port Clinton City School District)
  • Kindergarten Readiness (Port Clinton City School District)

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  • 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
  • Coffee with a Banker

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 and visit our Digital Recognition Book for a more complete listing.

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
  • Jennifer Buch, Chair – CST
  • Bob Candage
  • Ed Carlson, Chair – Advisory Council
  • Hayward Evans
  • Alison Falls
  • Kathy Gallogly
  • David Gamez
  • Emily Gerber
  • Ruthann House
  • Nicole Kochensparger
  • Jessica Kowalski
  • Angie Lipstraw
  • Lynn O’Neal
  • Brenda Provenzale
  • Connie Roberts
  • April Schalk
  • Amy Skolnik
  • Sara Stahl
  • Cindy Staudt
  • Michaela Valenta

More than 50 companies in Ottawa County run United Way campaigns to raise dollars for local nonprofit 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, confidential service accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-650-HELP and get connected to a team member who can connect you to hundreds of services in Ottawa County from housing and financial stability to school supply assistance and food pantries.

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.