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2017-2018 Funded Programs

(Photo: 2017 Kindergarten Camp at Ayersville Elementary School)


Black Swamp Area Council, Boy Scouts
Scouting Scholarships
The Boys Scouts of America is designed to incorporate activities and learning experiences that strengthen young people's attitudes and actions toward God, family, country and community. This scholarship fund will help make it possible for those who need help with expenses to participate.
Community Health Professionals
Hospice Rays of Hope Camp
This day camp is a safe place for kids ages 6-17 who are grieving the death of someone important in their lives. With the help of CHP Hospice grief counselors the campers take steps toward healing. Together in small peer groups, the campers will process what they are feeling, learn healthy ways to cope with grief and remember their loved ones.
CPC Women's Health Resource
Earn While You Learn
Provides parenting education, pre-natal care information, life skills classes, and over 100 lessons to educate expecting parents and give them the opportunity to earn Baby Bucks to use towards free car seats, cribs
and mattresses.
CPC Women's Health Resource
Project Respect School Programming
The program offered in school helps to educate Defiance County youth to make healthy choices as they begin to experience life. Presentations
include subjects that many youth do not discuss with their family members. The discussion allow youth to hear and understand the potential danger/ hazards of risky behavior and gives them helpful suggestions to avoid this behavior, importance of good choices and a better self esteem.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Coaching Clinics
This program will aim to decrease student athletes abuse of drugs and alcohol, increase awareness of destructive behavior and increase positive action. This program will also promote the development of mentoring relationships between the coaches and athletes.
Lily Creek Farm
Therapeutic Riding
Children and youth emotionally bond with horses, instructors, volunteers and other students through a weekly one hour session helping to promote social and emotional development. Funds will be used to pay for tack equipment, hay and farrier services.
United Way of Defiance County
Imagination  Library
Offers a new age-appropriate book to children from birth to age 5 mailed monthly to their home to encourage early literacy. Since the program launched in 2009, 27,960 books have been delivered to Defiance County residents enrolled in the program.
United Way of Defiance County
Kindergarten Camp
Offers a week long Kindergarten experience for students entering Kindergarten that are identified during screening as needing additional preparation. These students are taught social skills, following instructions, holding a book and fine motor skills including writing their name.

Lasting Impact

United Way of Defiance County
Community Engagement Center
Provides a resource for agencies and organizations to list their volunteer needs, in-kind donation requests, advocacy and employment needs, as well as community events. Community individuals can seek out needs in the community and events, and connect with the agencies.
United Way of Defiance County
Endowment Fund
Ensures that the United Way of Defiance County will leave a legacy for future generations, in addition to funding projects and programs today. Many donors are passionate about leaving a long term legacy, in addition to sharing today’s dollars. This will assist in fulfilling the donor’s passion, as well as touching more lives today, tomorrow, and in the future.


A Renewed Mind Services
Expressive Arts Therapy
Therapeutic groups will offer art, poetry, storytelling, creative writing, music, movement and drama as a way to help people focus on building self-esteem and wellness management skills. Each artist will be encouraged to explore and develop their creative and artistic skills while increasing insight which can assist one in moving towards wellness.
The Center for Child and Family Advocacy
Provides therapy for individuals affected by abusive behaviors such as sexual assault and domestic violence as well as other mental health issues.
Treatments available include individual, family, marital counseling, and group therapy. Also provided are parenting programs and bullying prevention programming for schools, churches, and the community at large.
Defiance County Drug Free Coalition
Hidden in Plain Sight
A guide will lead parents through a mock teens bedroom with clues to help them determine whether their child might be experimenting with or using drugs or alcohol. Items to conceal use are located throughout the room.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
School Assemblies
Professional speakers and athletes that have experience in clearly communicating the dangers of poor behavioral choices will share their experiences in the hope of inspiring youth to make good choices to positively impact their lifestyle.
Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio
Provides and organizes a coordinated continuum of services empowering patients to manage kidney disease. The program addresses quality of life issues and appropriate referral services; including transportation to and from dialysis, prescription medications, nutritional supplements, and medical equipment to patients suffering from kidney disease.
Maumee Valley Guidance Center
Signs of Suicide
Increases awareness and education of depression. Signs of Suicide is offered to all freshmen health classes in the Defiance County school district, and it teaches the action steps individuals should take if they experience the signs of depression or suicide, or see the signs in a friend.
Summer Food Program
Serves a healthy meal five days a week throughout the summer to children. In 2015, 53% children are eligible for free or reduced meals in Defiance City Schools during the school year. This program allows those children to have access to a meal during the summer as well.
Path Center Transportation
Provides rides to and from the Path Center where people can enjoy a free nutritious meal, activities and socialization in a healthy and non-judgmental atmosphere. It is an opportunity to prevent isolation for community members with limited income, mental illness or in the recovery process.
Ravens Care
Life Skills
Provides basic life skills training to clients to help them reach self- sustainability. Through the classes, clients learn to better manage finances through household budgeting, stretching food dollars and maintaining adequate employment.
Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio
Serenity Haven
Provides chemical dependency and mental health treatment to women. Services include assessment, group, individual and family therapy, parenting classes, mental health counseling by licensed counselors and licensed
social workers. A psychiatrist is available on site as well as a full pharmacy, pharmacist, pharmacist tech, and primary care doctor.
Sight Conservation of Defiance County
Sight Conservation
Provides sight care to residents of Defiance County who cannot afford eye care and do not have eye care insurance. This includes vision exams, glasses, special needs, sight therapy, special medical treatment and surgery.
United Way of Defiance County
Back Pack Buddy
Provides kid-friendly and nutritious food 35 weekends of the school year for children who qualify for free and reduced lunches at all public elementary schools in Defiance County.
United Way of Defiance County
Feeding Success
A personal care item and food pantry is stocked in every Defiance County middle and high school that allows counselors, teachers, administrators and coaches the opportunity to access items when needs are presented.
United Way of Defiance County
The Monarch Fund
Dedicated to addressing Defiance’s unique health and well-being needs through a fund established in partnership with the PDRH Foundation Board.

Essential Services

American Red Cross
Disaster Services
Serves people affected by disaster and continually strengthens the capacity of communities for disaster response, recovery and readiness. Provides immediate emergency needs for food, clothing, shelter.
The Center for Child and Family Advocacy
House of Ruth
Offers a safe, secure and confidential place to reside at no cost to victims and their families, as well as access to a 24 hour hotline. Victim advocates are available and provide emotional support, linkage to services, assistance with obtaining protection orders, and court advocacy and accompaniment.
Comprehensive  Crisis Care
2-1-1 Program
Provides quality information and referrals to programs and services that can help individuals meet their basic and emergent needs. Helps consumers
explore long-term options for financial sustainability and provides additional referrals for training and education.
Ravens Care
Emergency Assistance
Provides emergency assistance to avoid disconnections that will cause further financial burden. Assistance in prevention of water, gas and electric shut off is provided and helps avoid hazardous situations in homes that have small children, senior citizens or individuals with potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Ravens Care
Emergency Medicine
Provides life sustaining prescription medications and supplies and gas vouchers for out of town life-sustaining medical procedures for clients that are unable to pay because of lack of insurance or income.
Ravens Care
Emergency Shelter
Provides short-term assistance with shelter to insure that no one is sleeping on the streets or in uninhabitable environments in Defiance County.

Financial Stability

Family Service of Northwest Ohio
It Takes Two
Assists fathers in understanding their role in their child’s life and educating them on the impact of fatherlessness. Consulting includes basic parenting skills, improving job readiness, and assisting fathers in overcoming personal issues that prevent them from taking an active role in their child’s life.
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.
Legal Assistance
Provides free comprehensive civic legal assistance to low-income people, addressing issues of domestic relations, domestic violence, access to education, eviction defense, housing conditions, disability law, access to government benefits, and consumer issues.
Financial Empowerment
Financial Empowerment Provides strategies that will empower low-income and vulnerable consumers to make informed choices that improve life skills, self-sufficiency and financial capability.
Ohio Benefit Bank Taxes
Provides free tax preparation to low to moderate income families, promoting financial stability and independence. Often families are linked to additional available benefits including SNAP, Healthy Start and FAFSA.


Ways to donate:

Print and mail in a 2017 Pledge Form or donate online by credit card. You can allocate your donation to a specific program on the pledge form or note this under "special instructions" when you donate online.


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