4 • The Beacon September 24 , 2020
Coshocton County United Way celebrates 80 years of helping local families
By Jen Jones
TheCoshoctonBeaconToday . com
In 1940 the Community Chest was formed with Guy Clow as the chairman . There were seven charter agencies that included Boy Scouts , Girl Scouts , Salvation Army , YWCA , Hospital Auxiliary , Christmas Basket Fund and summer band concerts . The goal was to raise $ 16,180 to cover the entire operating budgets of those seven agencies . The community stepped up , and that goal was reached in one week .
One year later Coshocton City Recreation was added , and in 1951 West Lafayette ( Ridgewood ) Recreation also was added . The Community Chest became affiliated with the United Way of America in 1970 . The average per capita gift was $ 3.17 in 1972 . Today , it is $ 113.90 .
It was incorporated as the United Way of Coshocton County Inc . in 1980 with this mission : “ Comfort the children , soothe the troubled and give strength to the weak and helpless .” Their mission was changed to “ Unite neighbors and resources to positively impact lives in Coshocton County ” in 2015 , and to date , the United Way of Coshocton has raised more than $ 12 million for its charitable programs .
Sen . Jay Hottinger presented a proclamation to the United Way . “ I am very familiar with the United Way and understand all the work you do to serve the community ,” he said .
Jen Jones Sen . Jay Hottinger is pictured with Lyn Mizer , director of United Way .
Jen Jones United Way of Coshocton celebrated 80 years of serving the community on Sept . 14 . Sen . Jay Hottinger and Tim Ross from Congressman Bob Gibbs ’ office presented the agency with proclamations . Pictured in front are Susan Turner , Amy Crown , Erin Slaughter , Lyn Mizer , Ingrid Yoder , Beccy Porteus and Kay Lane ; in back are Ross , Steve Oster , Samantha Servais , Hottinger and Jarred Renner .
Hottinger said there are great needs in all communities and that United Way served and supported thousands of families over the last 80 years . “ Every time you are able to change a life , it ripples ,” he said .
Hottinger also said he grew up as an at-risk youth and that youth services mean a lot to him . “ I just want to say thank you to the staff and the volunteer board . You really make a difference in the community . I wish you much success in the next 80 years ,” he said .
Tim Ross from Congressman Bob Gibbs ’ office also had a proclamation to present . He said when people call the congressman ’ s office for help , their office often calls the United Way in the county to see what local resources they may have to offer . “ Your work is a work of love . It ’ s all about helping people ,” he said .
“ Many people don ’ t understand how far the money goes . Until I started working here , I had no idea of the magnitude of services United Way offers ,” said Erin Slaughter , executive assistant for United Way . “ Every donation helps so many programs right here in Coshocton . The board is a big
Every donation helps so many programs right here in Coshocton . The board is a big piece of why the United Way has been around for so long .”
piece of why the United Way has been around for so long .”
Steve Oster , United Way board president , said the impact United Way has on the community is impossible to measure . “ We support so many causes that need funds . The majority of our money comes from local donations . We have a great group of volunteers , and the board is very diverse , from retired people , to educators , to business people , and they all want to give back to the community ,” he said .
Oster wants to encourage everyone to go to United Way ’ s new website at www . coshoctonunitedway . org to see what agencies are supported . “ There is a huge variety of agencies . We pull people together to give back ,” he said .
Lyn Mizer , director of United Way , said their funds all come from local people and businesses . “ The donations stay here . We support locally to improve locally . There are so many agencies in Coshocton that help people , and luckily , we work well together and there isn ’ t an overlap in services . This helps all of us more efficiently make a difference right here . Your donations help people learn to stand on their own feet — to empower people , to encourage people ,” she said .
A donation to United Way of Coshocton County supports these programs : American Red Cross , Boy Scouts , CARES , First Step , Handicapped Society , Maternal and Child Health , Rising Tide , Kids America / City Recreation , Ridgewood Recreation , Girl Scouts , River View East , River View West and the Salvation Army . Your donations stay local and support the community .