Funded Programs

2020-2021 Funded Programs

Total Funding allocated for 2020-2021 is $181,527.17. For more information about a funded program, click on the agency name to learn more!

Education: Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
$46,201.71 Funded

Scouting Scholarships: $2,930.38 Grant*
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.
Earn While You Learn: $4,785.33 Grant
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.
Project Respect School Programming: $4,125.00 Grant*
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.
Holy Cross Catholic School
Academic Assist and Social Wellness/VTA Program: $2,805.00 Grant*
The Academic Assist & Social Wellness/VTA Program is a new program designed to help students with their academic transition from the 4th quarter of 2019-2020 to the 1st quarter of 2020-21. The Program will also help to address social and emotional needs of students impacted by COVID-19.
Therapeutic Riding: $3,300 Grant
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: $7,626.00 Grant
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, 45,856 books have been delivered to Defiance County residents enrolled in the program.
United Way of Defiance County
Kindergarten Camp: $20,630.00 Grant*
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.


Health: Improving Peoples' Health
$61,339.00 Funded

Counseling: $5,957.58 Grant
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.
Hospice Rays of Hope Camp: $4,055.18 Grant*
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.
Defiance County General Health District
My Plate Program: $2,236.50 Grant*
This USDA evidence-based nutrition program introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups in addition to the importance of physical activity. Offered to 3rd grade students in all Defiance County elementary schools, the My Plate Program is presented over four individual course lessons discussing topics such as: the five food groups, portion sizes, sugar content in drinks, and physical activity, just to name a few. All lessons include hands-on activities to engage the students in learning the nutrition concepts including a taste testing of various fruits and vegetables. 
Mental Health First Aid: $10,885.33 Grant
This 8-hour training teaches participants to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It helps provide awareness of mental health issues, decrease stigma, and prepares participants how to respond to mental health crises, such as suicidal thoughts. The program teaches a 5-step action plan that is easy to understand and implement in real-life situations. Mental Health First Aid is designed to provide people of all background and knowledge levels with basic mental health information and response skills, along with area resources and supports. Upon completion of the course, participants become certified as Mental Health First Aid Responders, a certification good for three years. 
Signs of Suicide: $8,250.00 Grant*
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.
Path Center Transportation: $4,829.00 Grant*
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.
Summer Food Program: $5,809.34 Grant
Serves a healthy meal five days a week throughout the summer to children. In 2018, 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.
Serenity Haven: $9,091.91 Grant
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.
United Way of Defiance County
Back Pack Buddy: $4,735.66 Grant*
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: $5,488.50 Grant*
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.


Essential Services: Providing a Quality Safety Net
$51,326.46 Funded

Information & Referral: $1,650.00 Grant
The information and referral phone line is staffed with personnel knowledgeable in engaging "at risk" people who may have a one-time need or may have to be referred for mental health treatment or other services. The phone line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can be as routine as telling the caller about a local social service agency who can help or providing the phone number or address to a more complex issues such as concerns with legal issues, income support, or public safety concerns.  
Disaster Services: $4,839.73 Grant
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.
House of Ruth: $8,250.00 Grant
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.
Northwest Ohio CASA: $2,248.40 Grant
Recruits and trains CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates), who are appointed as Guardians ad Litem to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in court
Rapid Rehousing for Homeless Families: $14,850.00 Grant
Provides an intervention designed to help families exit homelessness, increase self-sufficiency, return to permanent housing and stay housed.
Emergency Assistance: $12,338.33 Grant
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.
Emergency Medicine: $1,650.00 Grant
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.
Homelessness Prevention: $5,500.00 Grant
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: Promoting Self-sufficiency and Financial Wellness
$22,660.00 Funded

Legal Assistance: $5,500 Grant
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.
It Takes Two: $8,910.00 Grant
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.
Financial Empowerment $8,250.00 Grant
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.


Give with a Lasting Impact:

United Way of Defiance County
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.

Ways to donate:
Fill out a 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.

*These funds have not been dispersed but have been reserved for these programs to function after COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.