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Read United

How I Live United.

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Talent

Isaac, 23

"I live united by volunteering to do handyman jobs for the United Way."

Isaac
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Lindsay, 30

"At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about who you have lifted up, who you have made better. It's about what you've given back."

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"You reached goal...and that is the first time in a long time that United Way did that. Congratulations are in order!"

Live United

You know the tag line, but do you know what that means?

To Live United means to work together to solve problems in our community. We focus on four core areas that will help people improve their lives and make our community better. We believe healthy communities need builders, weavers and warriors. Where do you fit in? How do you live united?

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Areas We Impact

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Health

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

We believe people need access to health care, mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment in order to improve their overall chances of prosperity.

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Safety Net

Food, Shelter and Clothing

We believe people need food, shelter and clothing in order to be positioned for improvement.

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Workforce Development

Training, Transportation and Child Care

Workforce Development

We believe people need skills, training, proper equipment, reliable transportation and childcare in order to advance their career opportunities.

Youth Development

Youth Development

We believe children need safe, stable, active and fun environments to learn, grow, adapt and succeed.

Impact Stories

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Catholic Charities

A student began counseling during the academic year with concerns of anger and some reports of previous abuse. The student would only talk about...

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NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

MOCA brought out creativity that was within me. There’s a lot of support at MOCA and gave me tools to help to deal with what life throws at us and...

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Community Action Wayne Medina

Olufemi joined the Getting Ahead class 5 months after moving to the United States with his family. His biggest challenge was understanding the social...

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At MOCA House I have mad friends in places where I never would have looked. They have excepted me and helped me through so many emotional battles. It’s nice to know you are never alone!

MOCA House is a place where people cultivate hope and compassion. It’s a place where I learned to see a future and start rebuilding my life with the help of my peers. Truly a great place.

MOCA brought out creativity that was within me. There’s a lot of support at MOCA and gave me tools to help to deal with what life throws at us and how to manage life issues.

MOCA House has helped me a lot by giving me the support that I need. I have learned so much about my mental illness. The stuff that I learned has helped me in my recovery. If it wasn’t for MOCA House I would be in a very bad state of mind and not even know why. I wouldn’t have the knowledge of mental illness if it wasn’t for MOCA House. I would refer anybody that has a mental illness or wants to learn about how to take care of someone with a mental illness to come to NAMI/MOCA.

I would like to share what MOCA has done for me. First, I want to share my background. I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder two years ago. I kept to myself for one and a half years. I am now finding the support I need from MOCA House. I started out small by attending the Monday night support group. I then gradually started coming on Fridays for lunch. It has provided me a place to share my love for baking by bringing a dessert to share with everyone. The staff and peers all enjoy lunch together along with playing games. The joy I have received from MOCA has given me a purpose to continue in my recovery and to help others in sharing my story.

With help from MOCA House I have learned some new and better coping skills. I am learning how to communicate with others in a healthy way. I get the human contact that I need. I have been very busy getting better and MOCA has helped me immensely.

MOCA House has been and still is an extremely positive experience for me. I attend support groups each week. All of the people at MOCA House truly care about you. I’ve met many new friends and I trust everyone. I have been able to socialize and be interactive with other people. It’s a place where you can be open and not be judged by anyone.

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Catholic Charities

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Community Action Wayne Medina

Olufemi joined the Getting Ahead class 5 months after moving to the United States with his family. His

biggest challenge was understanding the social and financial structures of his new community. The class

opened his eyes to the ‘hidden rules’ of social class and the financial literacy classes were absolutely

pivotal in helping him make informed financial decisions for his family. Today, Femi has settled into life in

the US and has joined the staff of Community Action Wayne/Medina as the Getting Ahead Coordinator.

Eugene joined Getting Ahead at the prompting of his Probation Officer. He was fresh out of jail, had no

job and no way of supporting his family. Through the classes and the resources made available to him, he

was able secure a job. The financial literacy classes helped plan his finances and the Bring Your ‘A’ Game

classes helped him with work stability. Today, he is being trained in robotics by his employer.

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Partners Spotlight

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Wee Care Center

Wee Care had a child who qualified for Speech Therapy but his parents were not able to get him to the services. Wee Care’s Program and Education Director contacted Tri-County Educational Service Center and was able to have the Speech Language Pathologist come to Wee Care when the child was in attendance so he could get the assistance he needed.

Wee Care recently started a Sign Language class. One day at pick-up a parent was talking to her child and the Sign Language teacher about how she was able to use some of the signs her son taught her with a patient she had that day. The child had a huge smile on his face.

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Boys & Girls Club of Wooster

Kids Come First

We live united by making sure our kids are learning about and addressing community needs!

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American Red Cross

Bringing Positivity and Change
We live united every day by thinking outside of ourselves and knowing that we have the power to bring about positive and lasting change - large or small!
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Community Action Wayne Medina

Helping People

Community wide collaboration through our transportation initiative is the most amazing example of living united.

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VIOLA

Viola Startzman Clinic

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NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

We must stay united

We are a small group, so if we’re not united, we would fall apart.

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Goodwill Industries

Providing a Future

We live united by providing hope of a brighter future by placing people in jobs that earn higher than minimum wage!

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Wooster City Schools

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OHuddle

A Triway student recently came to the OHuddle office with the observation that many teachers’ school supplies were becoming depleted since the start of the year. The student and his mentor partnered to organize and deliver school supplies donated through OHuddle for Triway, creating a mid-year supply delivery in “service to others” (Developmental Asset #9).

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Planned Parenthood

We provide pap smears, mammograms and colposcopies for qualifying women at no charge!

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Aspire

We help people reach their academic goals, no matter the age!
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OneEighty

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Community Legal Aid

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Learn N Play

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YMCA of Wayne County

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Northwestern Local Schools

We live united by offering an opportunity for preschoolers to learn Science Technology Engineering and Math!

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Catholic Charities

Bringing Hope

We live united by working together as a partner to bring hope and healing to those suffering from depression, anxiety or distress in their life!

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The Counseling Center

Making a Difference
We live united by collaborating with partners to help our patients obtain and maintain employment!
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Salvation Army

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Holmes Center for the Arts

Enriching lives through the arts

We live united by reaching children and families with need through the arts!

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Wayne County Schools Career Center

Live United

We live united by working cooperatively with many organizations!

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People to People Ministries

We live united by connecting with many other groups and organizations!
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Anazao Community Partners

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2019 Community Events

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2019 Heart & Sole 5k/10k/Half-Marathon

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/2019heart-sole

Historic Downtown Wooster, 151 N. Market St, Wooster, OH 44691

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Live WHIRE Blog

Recent news and blogs about our local community

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Bridges Out of Poverty, Workshop Highlights 4.25.2019

On April 25, 2019 we partnered with Community Action Wayne Medina and Salvation Army Wooster to present Bridges Out of Poverty to many community members.

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