The United Way of Richland County supports 18 partner agencies in Richland County and is raising funds to make 2020 program allocations.

“The United Way of Richland County is committed to fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of EVERY person in OUR Richland Community,” said Dan Varn, Executive Director for United Way of Richland County.

Within the 18 partner agencies, 48 programs receive funding through United Way donations. 

These programs address critical needs in our community including health services, emergency services, family services and youth development. The United Way also works beyond their agency partners by engaging and mobilizing a variety of partners in the area to address pressing concerns.

Though the United Way does not offer services directly, it works with nine different locations to maintain the Big Red Bookshelf childhood literacy program which puts books in the hands of children to read and share.

“Our organization is interwoven into the fabric of Richland County,” said Varn. It was founded in May 1920 as the Mansfield Community Chest. In 1920, the organization was able to support nine partner agencies in the community after raising $57,000.

“Throughout its history, United Way continued to rally the community to its cause of supporting nonprofits throughout Richland County,” said Varn. “The organization continues to keep an eye on the future as we look to engage more and more of our stakeholders to finding collaborative solutions to community needs.”

After the United Way of Richland County reaches its campaign goal, “volunteers from all areas of the community will come together to review agency grant requests, speak with agency representatives on program outcomes, rate and rank the proposals, and make the decisions on the disbursement of funds” explained Varn.

Chosen proposals will continue to benefit Richland County, its residents, and the community as a whole. 

This article was paid for by the nonprofit organization mentioned. Leading up to Giving Tuesday on December 3, we will feature profiles on various local nonprofits. Read all the stories here.