• Last year alone, 1 out 4 local residents were helped by a United Fund supported agency.

  • Over 7,000 people received free clothing, furniture and household items from the Clothing Bank.

  • Check out our new agency wish list. Link

  • Scouting programs teach our youth teamwork, self-reliance, and leadership skills.

  • The Kidney Foundation supports dialysis patients with mileage reimbursement and compassion.

  • Reach Our Youth mentors offer at-risk youth an extra friend to share life's experiences.

  • The Learning Zone provides local youth with academic support and after school fun.

  • Cancer Services offers wigs, nutritional supplements and emotional support to cancer patients.

  • Norwalk Childcare Center tuition scholarships help families with daycare costs.

  • Miriam House teaches homeless women self-sufficiency, budgeting and employment skills.

  • Wakeman Caring Community helps folks with food, rent, utilities and other basic needs.

  • Senior Enrichment Services helps local seniors maintain their independence.

  • The Family Medical Clinic cares for folks without a doctor of their own.

  • God's Little Critters rescues and cares for injured wildlife and provides educational programs.

  • The Red Cross teaches local school children to be safe in and around the water.

  • The Society for Medically Handicapped helps folks with prescription costs and medical bills.

  • The Norwalk Shelter provides families with temporary emergency housing.

  • Catholic Charities provides guardianship services for court-referred adults.

  • The Age Exchange connects seniors and children for a little nurturing and homework help.

When we say the United Fund is YOUR United Fund we mean it! Local volunteers, representing you, are guiding our organization, making the policies, and allocating the money that comes in from the annual fundraising campaign.

Board Members

2011 Board

2012 Officers:

Ed McClendon, President - McClendon & Associates

Wayne Babcanec, 1st V.P. - Norwalk Catholic School

John Wasiniak, 2nd V.P. - Wasiniak Construction

Mike Jackson, Treasurer - Lynch & White Attorneys

2012 Board Members:

Chip Battles - Battles Insurance
Dave Bleile - Lake Erie Construction
Neil Creary - General Plug & Mfg.
Dennis Doughty - Norwalk City Schools
Steve Euton - Frontier Communications
Eric Everman - Janesville Acoustics
Susan Hazel, Past President - Huron County Clerk of Courts
Karen Krupp - DP Metal Services
Ken Leber
Pastor Amy Little - Trinity Lutheran
Samantha Ludwig - Ditz Designs
Pat Martin - Fisher-Titus Medical Center
Mike Moore - Myers-Ziemke Insurance
Phil Oglesby III - Sandusky Bay Construction
Chris Price - Fabriweld Corporation
Emily Riley - Fisher-Titus Medical Center
Ken Russ - KF Construction & Excavating
Ann Schloemer - KeyBank
Judy Sommers
Howard Wilde - Jakes Autocare, Inc

2012 Associates:

Kevin Cashen -Tiffin University
Joe Centers, Norwalk Reflector
Joe Centers - Norwalk Reflector
Ivy Conklin - Home Savings
Terri Homegardner, New Horizons
Tom Schubert - Edward Jones

High School Representatives:

Taylor Hartman, St. Paul
McKenzie Hall, Norwalk
Ashley Gies, Monroeville
Hayley Beck, Western Reserve

Board Office

Linda Bersche, Exec Director
McKenzie Neuburger, Assistant



Members include the four officers, past-president, and two (or more) appointments by the President. This committee acts on behalf of the board of directors between board meetings and meets on the odd numbered months of the year. This committee acts as the Marketing Team: reviewing all materials, advertising, media releases, etc.


Financial investing, review and direction.


Fiscal oversight of administrative and campaign expenditures.

Budget & Admissions

Board members and representatives from the community and area businesses conduct a rigorous review process: analyzing budget requests, conducting agency site visits, and committee interviews with applicant agencies. Budget recommendations are presented to the board to finalize agency allocations and United Fund administrative and campaign expenses to set the annual goal.


Develops campaign process building upon past structure: recruits volunteers, contacts individual and corporate donors, provides campaign update reports.

Public Relations

Program and event planning to ensure continuous visibility, community activities and fundraisers.


Three to five members meet in October and November to set nominations for board and officer elections at the annual meeting in December.

Community & Emergency Grant Fund

Designated campaign funds used for area 501(c)(3) organizations to further their mission through general operating expenses, specific programs or capital purchases. Funds also allow flexibility in dealing with emergency situations that arise in the community.

Local Scout Funding

Representatives meet two to three times annually to review requests from scout leaders for individual scout, leader and troop needs.

Norwalk Area United Fund · 419-668-0269 · 10 West Main Street Norwalk OH 44857