Why should I give to Orrville Area United Way?

Orrville Area United Way ensures that comprehensive services are here to help thousands of people who live in Eastern Wayne County. More than 30 human service programs receive funding from Orrville Area United Way. A gift to Orrville Area United Way is an investment that benefits the entire community, not just one program, issue, or population. No other organization touches so many right here at home.

Are all United Ways the same?

United Way is engaged in more than 1,110 communities across more than 37 countries and territories worldwide to build partnerships and leverage resources to create plans for long lasting community change. Though United Ways share a logo and have similar missions, each United Way is independently incorporated and is led by local staff and volunteers. The work of each United Way is determined by its community needs. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

Nearly 1.5 million volunteers and 6.8 million donors are engaged with United Way across the world to advance community-based and community-led solutions. United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. For more information about United Way, please visit: https://www.unitedway.org/

Who decides how to invest my donation?

Local volunteers - people like you - invest your donation. We call this group Citizen Review Committee. These volunteers review each grant, attend live presentations, and collaborate to unbiasedly make funding recommendations that make the greatest impact in Eastern Wayne County. Citizen Review Committee members live and/or work in Dalton, Marshallville, or Orrville. They are committed and invested in the community. 

How much of my investment goes to local services?

82¢ of every dollar goes directly to meeting needs in Eastern Wayne County. The remaining amount goes for fundraising and administrative costs incurred in running our United Way.

What is the easiest way to contribute?

Payroll deduction is by far the most convenient method of contribution. A small amount is taken from your paycheck per payday, allowing you to make a small contribution each week that can make a big difference in the course of a year. Additionally, you can donate to Orrville Area United Way via PayPal.

What if I don't want my money to go to a certain agency?

Not every agency appeals to every donor, but all agencies have met the meticulous standards of our United Way and the programs we fund produce measurable results within our four impact areas. If you like, you can designate to any one agency that fits your values.