WILMINGTON — Amanda Harrison, President and CEO of United Way of Clinton County, spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon at Damon’s restaurant on Mondays.
Harrison joined the United Way five years ago as community outreach director. She has served in her current role for the past two years.
Harrison stated that United Way of Clinton County strives to improve lives and advance the common good of the community. This is accomplished through participation in collaborative groups, partnering with social service agencies, assessment of the needs of the citizens and cooperation with other community focused agencies, organizations and companies.
The organization’s focus is on community partner funding that provides a long term impact to the citizens of Clinton County. Each partner agency is reviewed by the Allocations Committee annually.
Partner agencies submit their financials, program information, program budget, and growth projections. The allocation committee carefully reviews these documents and interviews each partner agency.
Harrison also said that United Way of America provides United Way of Clinton County with research, training, and the rights to use the United Way name and logo. It does not govern the local chapter.
All money raised in Clinton County stays in Clinton County and all decisions regarding the funding of programs and services are made locally. Local Dollars Helping Local People, insures the impact is felt in all communities. The organization raises money in three ways: fundraising events, payroll contributions and corporate campaigns.
Local United Way organizations in Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties have collaborated to provide access to information and support for financial, domestic, health or disaster issues. The service is called United Way AIRS 2-1-1. It connects callers to health and human services, community resources and government assistance 24/7 and is staffed by trained representatives.