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February 28, 2017

Eastern Area United Way Thanks Partners

We are more than the fundraisers. We are the hand-raisers, the game-changers, the stop-talking-start-doing-band-together-and-take-on-the-impossible-task masters. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in our region. To live better, we must Live United.

This was the opening message at the 2017 United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area Thank You Luncheon held January 26 at American Modern. The welcome was presented by Sarah Ghee, director, UWGC – Eastern area, and Matt Van Sant, president, Clermont Chamber of Commerce, and chair, UWGC-Eastern Area Action Council. The event thanked agency, corporate and community partners for their efforts in 2016 to help make Brown and Clermont counties a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.


Recognitions presented

Community Partner of the Year

Clermont County Chamber Foundation Work Readiness Initiative


The Work Readiness Initiative was created with a mission to establish an engaged and dynamic collaboration with Clermont County School Districts and the business community in order to close the workforce and life skills gap of local students.  The Work Readiness signature programs include Life Skills for Work Readiness (a 9- lesson program led by Clermont County business and community leaders focused on the skills employers’ have identified as lacking in new hires), internships, classroom presentations, mentoring & tutoring, job shadowing, and field trips to businesses.

The Speed Mentoring program initiated by United Way gave over 900 students the opportunity to discuss career options and ask over 200 mentors about their  professional experiences to help better prepare them for their next steps after high school graduation. 

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Lizzy Teets, Summerside Elementary fifth grader


Lizzy wanted to spread the importance of the joy of reading has on getting a good night’s sleep. Lizzy, an 11-year-old, decided to give books to kids inside a uniquely decorated pillow case so they can not only start to realize the joy of reading but also sleep well at night on a nicely decorated pillow-case.  She would organize sew-ins, where 8-10 people come together to help sew pillowcases with family and friends donating the supplies.  She has already given away about 150 books and pillowcases in partnership with Child Focus.

Agency Partners

  • Child Focus, Inc., for the highest percentage increase in employee participating during the 2016 Annual Campaign

  • Corporate for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD), for the highest percentage increase in dollars raised during the 2016 Annual Campaign                          

  • LiteracyCouncil of Clermont & Brown Counties and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, for the most volunteer hour percentage increase with United Way’s Speaker’s Bureau

2016 UWGC – Eastern area Campaign Chair:

Dave McNutt, Senior Vice President, American Modern, for his leadership in the Eastern Area during the 2016 Annual Campaign 

Corporate Partners:

  • AIM MRO Holdings, Inc., for the greatest percentage increase in dollars raised during the 2016 Annual Campaign  

  • Buckhorn, for the greatest percentage increase in employee campaign participation during the 2016 Annual Campaign

  • International Paper, for the highest percentage increase in volunteer hours 

 special recognition

Yvonne Washington, Executive Vice President, COO, UWGCfor her dedication and service in anticipation of her upcoming retirement


Event sponsors were American Modern, Clermont Chamber of Commerce, Lykins Energy, Mercy Health, East Market Ohio National Financial Services, and Park National Bank – Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky.