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 businesses to raise money for important non-profit organizations right here in Wood County.

See the list of our funded partners below.

  • Reach Out and Read of Northwest Ohio’s Early Literacy Program
  • Children’s Resource Center’s Parenting Education Program
  • Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • Community Learning Centers of WCESC’s Out-of-School STARS program
  • Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO)’s Steps Out of Poverty program
  • American Red Cross of NW Ohio’s Wood County Family Emergency Response Services program
  • The Cocoon’s Safe Housing and Advocacy for Victims of Abuse program
  • The Salvation Army’s Comprehensive Emergency Assistance program
  • The Salvation Army’s Housing Outreach & Assistance program
  • Wood County Board of Development Disabilities’ Emergency Rent Assistance



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.

Our Wood County Advisory Board and Community Solutions Teams meet every other month help make decisions around raising money, investing money, and supporting local programs and projects. Our current volunteer group includes:

  • Holly Ball
  • Sylvia Chandler
  • Kyle Clark
  • Brady Gaskins
  • Beth Genson
  • Melinda Kale
  • Gregory Kegler
  • Claude Kilpatrick
  • Cameron Kusmierek
  • Mindy McCarthy
  • V Rosser
  • Mike Rywalski
  • Bernard Scott
  • Maria Simon

More than 30 companies in 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! In Wood County South, 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, confidential service accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get help or find ways to give help. 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 Wood County from housing and financial stability to school supply assistance and food pantries. You can also dial 2-1-1 to be connected to local volunteer opportunities.

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 Job & Family Services Advisory Council
  • 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