Funded Programs 2017

We fund programs in the Impact Areas of Education, Health, and Family Stability, which were decided by our Board of Directors to be the most critical areas of need in our Community.



At the United Fund, we believe that education is the foundation upon which we build our future.

That’s why we fund programs that have proven to nurture families with educational opportunities to achieve full potential.

  Group Activities – Reach Our Youth

 Provides group activities to local, at-risk youth between the ages of 5-17. ROY provides  5 or more group activities yearly because a supportive network and positive experiences are needed in order to thrive. Activities include bowling, skating, a summer picnic, a fall event & a Christmas party. All youth & mentors are invited, including the youth on the waiting list.


Age Exchange – Senior Enrichment Services

Provides a mentoring relationship to local at-risk 3rd graders by pairing them with a senior volunteer who helps them with homework and has important conversations. The Age Exchange Program enriches the lives of both seniors and kids!



Preschool – KinderCasa

KinderCasa is the only preschool program in Norwalk that is dedicated to teaching English along with kindergarten readiness skills. They also provide transportation to and from school free of charge to the students they serve.




Wildlife Rehab/Learning Center – God’s Little Critters

Provides learning opportunities and community outreach programs to teach and inspire people of all ages to protect local wildlife.



God’s Little Critter’s Wildlife Education educates about 300 people per year on the importance of wildlife. They advise the public on when a wild animal does or does not need rescuing, and also teach about the illegal shooting of wildlife.




We are dedicated to improving the overall health of our community. Because healthier families, means a healthier community.


Patient Services – Cancer Services

Cancer Services provides travel and prescription reimbursement to local, qualifying cancer patients. They also have dietary supplements, medical equipment loan program, and other small items that are beneficial to cancer patients!

76 Huron County residents accessed the Patient Services program through Cancer Services in 2016.



Direct Assistance – Kidney Foundation

The Kidney Foundation provides transportation reimbursement and prescription assistance to local renal patients.


95% of patients surveyed said they are better able to manage their disease after receiving assistance through the Kidney Foundation of Ohio’s Direct Assistance Program.


Huron County Public Health Primary Care Clinic – Medical Assistance Program 

The Family Health Clinic provides routine health care services provided by a physician and nursing staff. Preventative care and emergent care are provided by appointment. The program provides clients with a primary medical home.

Prescription/Medical Care – Medical Assistance Program

Provides immediate financial aid for families in crisis who need medication, equipment, or specialty physician appointments and/or emergency dental care. Educates applicants about services that will prevent a further crisis and assist with applications to these services.


Family Stability

We fund programs that act as short term safety net services to get people back on their feet.


Miriam House – Catholic Charities

Provides safe and stable housing to homeless women and their children while teaching life skills such as: financial management, problem solving, healthy decision making, education/marketable skills, nutritional meal planning, cooking, and proper home cleaning. Some transportation is also provided.



Adult Advocacy Program – 20131217_151249_resizedCatholic Charities

Provides a voice and an advocate for older adults who are at risk for neglect, abuse and exploitation. An individual of authority is aligned for an elderly person in need. A decision maker is put in place to advocate and promote safety, stabilize living conditions, increase access to care, and prevent/end fraud, theft, abuse and exploitation of the elderly.


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Norwalk Emergency Shelter – Erie-Huron-Richland CAC

Provides emergency shelter, food, and other necessities for up to 90 days. Will help to locate permanent housing and a reliable source of income.



CACEHR ‘s Norwalk Homeless Shelter sheltered 30 Huron county residents in 2016

Meals on Wheels


Meals on Wheels – Services for Aging

Meals on Wheels provides and delivers a balanced and nutritional noon-time meal throughout the year for senior citizens having difficulty preparing their own meals. A daily safety check is also provided at each stop.



Outreach & Community Support – Wakeman Caring Community

Provides emergency assistance to members of the Wakeman Community (i.e. rent, electric) for up to $300 once a year. Provides a food bank on the last Tuesday of each month.




Clothing – Clothing Bank

The Huron County Clothing Bank provides eligible individuals with clothing at no cost.



Service to the Armed Forces – American Red Cross

Puts military families in contact with deployed loved ones when an emergency occurs.

Disaster Response – American Red Cross

Disaster response services exists to provide disaster preparedness, response & recovery services to individuals and/or families that  experience disaster events.


Social Services – Salvation Army

Short-term counsel during basic need crisis, advocacy and referral to community resources, and emergency funding available for miscellaneous financial assistance.

Summer Youth Feeding Program – Salvation Army

Providing nutritious meals & physical activity during the summer

when they are not available at schools.

The Norwalk Clothing Bank serves about 4,000 Huron county residents per year.

Service to the Armed Forces includes pre-, during and post-deployment support and referral services.

American Red Cross Disaster Services helped 65 residents last year.


United Fund Grants

  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio
  • Northeast Ohio Scouting Boy Scouts of America
  • Local Scout Scholarship Program
  • Arts in the Park, Norwalk Kiwanis
  • Charity Tracker Assistance Network Grants Available

Grants available for qualifying programs    


According to a 2014 study conducted by MENTOR – At-risk youth who had a mentor were more likely to:

130% to hold leadership positions.

81% to participate in sports/extracurricular activities.

78% to volunteer in the community.

55% to enroll in college.

“Area kindergarten teachers and school administrators say that students from KinderCasa preschool are more proficient with English and kindergarten readiness skills than students that come from other programs that serve the same population, or that don’t attend any preschool at all.”

In 2016, God’s Little Critters rescued 440 wild animals in Huron county.

You may know a couple of people who have been diagnosed with cancer, but did you know that from 2010-2014 an average of 317 new invasive cancer cases occurred each year among Huron County residents.

  • Over 2,000 Ohioans are on the wait list to receive a kidney transplant.
  • The avg. cost of dialysis treatment for one individual is $90,000/year.
  • The avg. cost of a kidney transplant is $334,000, including $19,800 for anti-rejection medications.

In 2016, Huron Co. Public Health Primary Care served 274 Huron County residents.

135 Huron County residents received medication/equipment, or specialty physician appointments and/or emergency services through the Prescription/Medical Assistance Program.

On average, 40-45 women and children enter the Miriam House each year.

About 1 in 9 residents age 60+ will report being a victim of elder abuse with another 5 going unreported.

Meals on Wheels served 60,074 meals to seniors within the county in 2016.

889 residents have been served through Wakeman Caring Community’s Community Outreach.