About Us

As a satellite office in Bowling Green, Ohio, our United Way staff and volunteers raise money for community needs right here in Wood County. From funding for before and after-school programs throughout the county to playing a leadership role in Wood County’s Project Connect event, we are constantly striving to ensure ALL of our Wood County residents have what they need to succeed.




Money Raised Here, Stays Here

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

See the list of our granted community partners below.

  • American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, Family Emergency Response Services
  • Children’s Resource Center (Wood County Children’s Services Association), Infant and Early Childhood Family Support and Parent Education
  • Cocoon Shelter, Access to Safety and Healing for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Wood County Financial Opportunity Center
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, Ohio, Homeowner Repair Program
  • La Conexion de Wood County, Solidarios: Bridging the Gap Through Successful Integration
  • Perrysburg Heights Community Association, Reaching New Heights Reading Program
  • University of Toledo Foundation, Rx for Literacy-Reach Out and Read
  • Wood County Educational Service Center, Community Learning Centers STARS Program



  • 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

Our Local Teams

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

The Wood County Advisory Board meets every month to encourage giving, promote volunteerism, and advocate for the education, financial stability, health, and housing needs of Wood County residents. Our current volunteer leadership roster includes:

  • Melissa Bell
  • Sylvia Chandler
  • Kyle Clark
  • Brady Gaskins
  • Beth Genson
  • Melinda Kale
  • Claude Kilpatrick
  • Cameron Kusmierek
  • Mindy McCarthy
  • V Rosser
  • Mike Rywalski
  • Chris Shope
  • Maria Simon

More than 30 companies in Wood 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! In Wood County, our top 5 corporate supporters and their in-house champions currently include:

  1. Bowling Green State University, Laurel Zawodny & Dr. Sue Houston
  2. Regal/Marathon Special Products, Helen Topp & Carol Espen
  3. Principle Business Enterprises, Jane Curry
  4. TH Plastics, Karen Hannah
  5. Jones-Hamilton, Gerald Danes

Connecting Wood County Residents to Services

United Way in Wood County works hard to make finding help simple 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 Wood County advocates for residents through local coalitions including:

  • Wood County Family and Children First Council
  • Wood County Early Childhood Task Force
  • Wood County Safety Council

United Way in Wood County plays a leadership or convening role on many local coalitions including:

  • Wood County Continuum of Care (Project Connect event committee)
  • Food Pantry/Food Insecurity Resources Group
  • A nonprofit Community Partners networking group