United Way
United Way
of DeKalb County
Issue: 10
July 2015
Impact DeKalb Newsletter
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Day of Caring 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Kickoff Breakfast: 6:30 AM

National Military History Center
5634 Co Rd 11A
Auburn, IN 46706

Project and team applications now available. 

Gearing Up for 2015 Day of Caring
and 2015/2016 Campaign
The United Way Day of Caring Committee and staff are well underway planning and coordinating this year's event which will take place on August 28, 2015. Volunteer and project applications are rolling in! Don't forget to turn in your application by July 31st, 2015. To submit a project or volunteer application, visit the  United Way website. Applications can also be picked up at the United Way's office in Auburn.


The United Way is also gearing up to start another great Campaign! The Campaign will run from August 1st to November 30th, 2015. Lori Casiano, Plant Manager for TI Automotive, Scott Pflugoeft, Ashley Industrial Molding, and Rick Kipley, Momentive Performance Materials (all pictured above) will lead the Campaign as our Tri-Chairs. 


Please join us at the National Military History Center in Auburn at 6:30 AM on August 28th. We will have breakfast and provide a short program to honor Day of Caring sponsors and kickoff Campaign before teams head out to volunteer at project sites throughout the county. Hope to see you there! 

Cheers to our new Executive Director!
The United Way of DeKalb County's Board of Directors is excited to announce it has hired a new Executive Director: Amanda Davis accepted the position on July 13th! She has been working tirelessly to become versed in her new leadership role and to advance the mission of the United Way.

Ian Mercer, President of the Board of Directors, explained,"The personnel committee did a diligent job of screening and interviewing a number of very good candidates, but felt that Amanda was the best fit for us at this time."

Amanda joined the team as the Resource Coordinator three months ago which allowed her to hit the ground running as Executive Director. Mercer stated, "Amanda has impressed all who have worked with her with her work ethic, positive attitude, commitment to our mission and willingness to learn---and she has made significant progress in this short time!"

Everyone at the United Way is excited to support Amanda and to learn about her ideas to grow the organization! If you see Amanda out and about in the community, please welcome and congratulate her!
Let's Talk Playgroup Grants Awarded
Let's Talk Playgroup grants were awarded this month to willing and able organizations! Each grantee will receive $1500 to hold at least five Let's Talk Playgroups in DeKalb County for disadvantaged children and their parents or caregivers.

Let's Talk Playgroups provide a variety of structured and unstructured activities for children ages 0-5 in a fun, stimulating, and social environment. Additionally, Playgroups are an opportunity for local organizations to connect with families to provide information about child development, literacy, discipline, health, and community resources.

Throughout each Playgroup, adults will be encouraged to talk with infants and young children because these every day conversations foster healthy brain development and prepare children for a lifetime of learning.

Grants were awarded to:
  • Butler Public Library
  • Small Wonders: Early Learning Initiative of the Garrett-Keyser-Butler CSD
  • TLC Preschool to serve families who attend Warm Hearts food bank and soup kitchen in Waterloo
Children who attend the Playgroups will receive a book to take home and caregivers will be asked to complete a survey so that the United Way of DeKalb County can measure the impact Let's Talk Playgroups make on each family. We look forward to sharing those outcomes with the community in the near future!
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