2015-2016 Investment Funds Awarded

United Way of Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan Counties Investment Funds Awarded
The United Way of Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan Counties (UWMPM) will make an impact in the tri-county region over the next 12 months by investing in 22 area programs and two initiatives in the areas of income, health care, education, and essential services. This is possible as a result of nearly 2,500 individuals, businesses and organizations who invested in United Way during the United Way campaign.

Applicants were asked to identify how their work advances one of the 11 outcomes identified on the Community Impact Matrix. The Board also focused on four of the 11 outcomes and incentivized applications in these areas (Focus outcomes are identified below.)

Programs that received funding scored high on their applications and are aligned with the Community Impact Matrix and goals of the organization.

In April, ten community leaders with diverse professional skills and backgrounds began reviewing 29 applications. These leaders have donated over 280 hours to review the applications and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. Investment Committee members evaluated each program application in the following categories: program description, program results, outcome measurement, past performance (status of previous investment), coordination with other resources, budget, resource management, and application protocol.


The Investment Committee members are:
Kelly Ashby, Zanesville Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce
Barb Gibbs, Century National Bank
Beverly Huth, Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department
Tom Johnson, Mayor of Somerset
Diane Jones, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center
Brenda Larrick, WHIZ Media Group
Vickey Taylor, Huntington Bank
Karen Vincent, Retired Community Member
Jason Wilhelm, Century National Bank
Dean Wright, Morgan Local Schools




In line with the committee’s recommendations, the United Way Board has made a commitment to support positive change in the community by investing a total of $452,145.59 into programs that advance one of the 11 outcomes.  The amount available to invest is determined by subtracting uncollectibles (pledges that are made but not collected) and direct agency designations from the total amount raised through campaign.  This year’s uncollectible is $40,260 (5% of campaign), and direct designations gross $52,659.73.  Both of these amounts are less than last year’s, which allows United Way to invest the same percentage of funds into the community.

Here is a summary of the investment in these respective areas, including designations and the specific outcomes the programs are advancing:

Discretionary investment for 2015-2016 is $399,485.86, and has been awarded to 22 programs across the three pillars:

  • Education: $144,718.53; This investment will:
    • Increase school readiness for pre-school children
    • Increase academic performance and life skills, including financial education for youth.
    • Increase the number of young adults who graduate and make a successful transition to work or higher education
  • Income: $132,378.74; This investment will:
    • Increase budgeting and other financial skills and habits
    • Keep people in their homes
    • Increase household income and family assets, especially through the Earned Income Tax Credit
    • Provide access to timely, short-term assistance, including food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and referral services
  • Health Care: $122,388.59; This investment will:
    • Provide access to physical, dental and/or mental health care and education (focus outcome).
    • Provide access to mental health and substance abuse services for children and adolescents
    • Increase the percentage of youth and adults who are healthy and seek healthy behaviors
    • Provide access to affordable medication


This total investment of $614,415.86 includes discretionary investment, designations, and UWMPM initiatives of 2-1-1 and the Financial Stability Partnership. Investor specified designations to programs have already begun to be distributed.

United Way of MPM is proud to report that $145,435.09 (or 24%) of investment is funding programs that are advancing one of the four focus outcomes. Also, $368,057.23 or 60% of investment is going to programs that provide direct services within Community Impact.  The remaining investment is meeting the essential service needs. 

For more information on United Way of MPM, including Community Impact, please log on to www.unitedwayofmpm.org.

For questions on the investment process, call Candi Jones, Community Impact Coordinator, at (740) 454-6872.

Programs funded in 2015-2016:



Boy Scouts (through Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America) - $14,474.10*

Cub Scouts (through Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America) - $21,263.84*

Ohio College Guides Program (through Scholarship Central) - $18,079.75*

Reach Out and Read (through Muskingum County Literacy Council) - $6,903.00*

Toddler Enrichment Program (through The Carr Center) - $11,911.11*

Youth Mentoring (through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville) - $67,649.26*

Summer Day Camp (through Muskingum Family YMCA) - $13,120.58

Youth Program (through The Lifewell) - $10,446.67*



Emergency Relief (through Eastside Community Ministry) - $32,990.30*

Disaster Services (through American Red Cross - Muskingum Valley Chapter) -$18,458.44*

Emergency Shelter (through The Salvation Army) - $28,963.49*

Soup Kitchen (through The Salvation Army) - $15,383.99*

Homeless Prevention/Utility (through The Salvation Army) - $23,735.38*

Homeownership Creation & Preservation Project (through Habitat for Humanity) - $8,321.58

Payee Services (through Catholic Social Services) - $34,302.00*



Dental Health Program (through Perry County Health Department) - $38,800.00

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Maintenance Program (through Muskingum Recreational Center) - $24,574.52

Student Assistant Services (through Morgan Behavioral Health Choices) - $16,189.50*

The Field of Dreams Projects (through The Fieldhouse Foundation) - $16,985.68*

Swim Lessons (through Muskingum Family YMCA) - $5,139.43

Weight Management for Adults with DD (through Muskingum Recreational Center) - $17,117.13

Open Gym (through Zanesville Civic League) - $7,335.85*


*Includes Donor Choice Designation