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Just days ago we launched the campaign for the upcoming year and yet another Day of Caring.  How quickly the year has moved from one event to the next with scarcely any time to reflect.  In a recent newsletter article I pointed out a few of the successes achieved through your support of our partner agencies - hundreds of children reading and being promoted to a new grade level, families learning how to budget or being assisted to improve their credit rating, seniors enabled to continue to live in their own homes, basic needs met for food, medication, and emergency assistance - the impact on the lives of adults and children who participate in BCUW funded programs. 


But as we launch this year's campaign, I want to challenge you to reach farther, accomplish more.  For each of those successes, there are other children, other families, who are yet to be touched by the work provided by our partner agencies and the quality programs they provide. 


There is more to be done.  Much more.


Our true goal is not a campaign total.  Our true goal is to continue our work so that EVERY child in our communities graduates on time, prepared to move forward toward a successful future and so that self-sufficiency is the standard for ALL adults.


We believe that if we build up the individual - we build up our community.


I invite you to join us.  You can give.  You can advocate.  You can volunteer.

 Thank you Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for Sponsoring our Kickoff and Day of Caring Festivities.



That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.


Jan Troutman 


Each month, partner programs of Butler County United Way are in the spotlight.  It is this work that brings change to our community. 


For September, the FOCUS is on the funded programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County

provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  According to Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Winslow, children and young adults who stay out of trouble, even those who live in poverty, often report that they have positive adult role models in their lives and that these individuals have helped guide them to make good decisions and avoid risky behaviors.  The mentoring programs provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving over 600 children annually in Butler County between the ages of 6 and 18, have proven to be very successful in helping children develop a sense of a positive future and increasing the likelihood that a child will complete their high school education and become a productive, contributing member of our community.While many of these children are from single parent homes, live at or below the poverty line, or may have experienced neglect or abuse, the well-trained volunteer mentors serve as that much needed positive role model.  A recent study indicates that youth participating in the program are less likely to begin using illegal substances and alcohol, less likely to skip school, are more confident of their performance in schoolwork, and get along better with their families.


According to Winslow, "By placing a mentor into the life of a child, that child now has somebody, outside of family, who is not being paid or court ordered, taking an active interest in their life. This is a person they grow to trust, and together they build a close relationship - a true friendship. This child now has someone who is asking them about their grades, exposing them to new interests and activities, and setting high expectations. The positive results that we continuously see in our programs come from the power of this relationship."


For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters or if you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact Marvin Torres of Big Brothers Big Sisters, at 513-867-1227 or go to www.bbbsbutlercounty.com   







For many people, philanthropic giving is a lifelong commitment that provides both personal satisfaction and financial benefits.


Through the Butler County United Way Planned Giving Program, you can give a general endowment gift that benefits you and your family, while ensuring vital health and human service programs are available for generations to come.


To learn more, contact Mitchell Willis, Director of Resource Development at [email protected] or 513-863-0800.


  Jan Troutman, Interim President & CEO
WI Women's Leadership

Volunteer & Networking Opportunities



Tuesday, October 8th, 2013



Evening Reception at the home of Karen Mueller with Special Guest Speaker Johnna Reeder, VP Community Relations, Duke Energy.


We would love for you to join us for some open dialogue and community conversations while also networking with other women in our community.



For more info contact  Mitchell or

(513) 863-0800




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Day of Caring Volunteers
Here are just a few of the many Volunteer Teams that spent their time in the community helping organizations clean up and prepare for Fall.

Team Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Team Center for Family Solutions
 Team West Chester Hospital
 Team Miami University Students and  Staff

Join Butler County Volunteer Administrators Network

Join BCVAN on Wednesday, September 11th, at 8:30AM for hands-on training.

Joanne Westwood of Westwood Virtual Associates will be presenting Managing Your Internet Presence (facebook, outlook, twitter, etc.)

BCVAN Members - FREE
Community Members - $20
(which will include a BCVAN mambership)

Two hours of instruction at the Miami Univeersity Hamilton Campus in Phelps Hall. Light Breakfast will be served.

RSVP: 513/524-5670 or Rhonda Brown at [email protected] 

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