United Way for Clinton County Celebrates People, Progress and Numbers

United Way for Clinton County held its “Annual Meeting and Campaign Celebration” at Faith Family Church on West Green Street on Thursday March 23, 2023.

Over 100 people attended the United Way for Clinton County Annual Meeting and Campaign Celebration

Over 100 people gathered for the celebration and information breakfast to review the 2023 United Way Campaign and Progress for Clinton County.  Campaign Co-Chairs Jeni Royalty and Tristen Comegys announced the 2023 campaign reached 94% of its goal.

$449,336 of the $480,000 goal or 94% was realized for 2023.  New donors and increased giving from last year’s donors equaled $71,000 according to Royalty and Comegys.

Notable contributors to the 2023 campaign included Clinton Central Schools, recognized for highest increased participation. Frankfort Fire Department also recognized for its very high level of increased participation.

 The top 10 businesses and organizations contributing to the campaign were:

  1. Frito Lay (PepsiCo)
  2. The Farmers Bank
  3. Donaldson Company
  4. City of Frankfort
  5. Community Schools of Frankfort
  6. Caterpillar
  7. Subaru
  8. Wesley Manor Residents
  9. Clinton Central School Corporation
  10. NHK Seating of America

United Way for Clinton County celebrated the “Community Impact Award” given to the Peer Recovery Group.  This group, through positive intervention and assistance toward addiction recovery, were able to touch Clinton County lives in profound ways through coaching efforts focused on drug and alcohol addiction  recovery.

”You Make a Difference Award” was given to Ruth Foust, Summer Food Service Program that provided over 10,000 lunches to Kids and Teens during the summer of 2022.  The efforts were aided by USDA, Healthy Communities, CORE, Center Township of Clinton County, Community Schools of Frankfort and United Way for Clinton County.

Janell Crawford was recognized for the United Way Volunteer Award for an Individual.  Frito Lay received the Volunteer Organization Award.

United Way Executive Director Anita Stewart and Assistant Director Bethany Sheets recognized outgoing Board members Carol Price and Dylan Stambaugh.  Board members for 2023-2024 are:

  • Chris Vawter, President
  • 1st Vice President: United Way Board
  • Karen Gregerson, 2nd Vice President/Treasurer
  • Becky Davis, 3rd Vice President/Agency Relations
  • Alicia Alberston
  • Jeni Royalty
  • Megan Sheets
  • Chad Dennison
  • Mark Sanders
  • Tristen Comegys
  • Esmeralda Cruz
  • Cindy Long
  • Evan Hall
  • Becky Griffy
  • Glenda Frey

United Way for Clinton County served 19 locally funded programs in 2022-2023:

Some of the most powerful moments during the one hour program came from impactful personal stories from Cari, Jen and Alyssa and Heather.  The direct impact on individual lives in Clinton County drove home the good work of United Way for Clinton County and its army of Volunteers in the 19 entities it serves.

Heather Wales shared her transformational story of recovery with the help of WeCare Recovery Home. She now works at Healthy Communities as a Peer Recovery Coach
Jen (mentor) and Alyssa (mentee) talked about their relationship through COACH Kids.
Cari shared her impactful story of addiction and recovery with support from the Peer Recovery Community through Healthy Communities


Photo Highlights below by Becky Griffy with Richey Athletics

Janell Crawford was awarded Volunteer of the Year Award
Carol Price ended her term as United Way board president and was thanked for her invaluable service to United Way for Clinton County
Jeni Royalty and Tristen Comegys shared the final results from this year’s campaign, bringing in $433,000 and 94% of their goal.
Frankfort Fire Department won the second highest percentage of Increased Participation Award
Ruth Foust of Community Schools of Frankfort was awarded the “You Make a Difference Award”
The Peer Recovery Coaches were awarded the Community Impact Award
Frito Lay was awarded the Volunteer Organization of the Year Award
Bethany Sheets, Assistant Director, recognized by Anita Stewart for exceptional service to United Way
Greg Aaron with Clinton County Community Foundation was recognized by Anita Stewart for exceptional service to United Way.
Lorra Archibald was honored for her exceptional contributions by Director Stewart
Jeff Stewart was recognized by Anita Stewart for his devoted service that furthered the United Way cause.
Incoming United Way for Clinton County President, Chris Vawter, addresses audience.
Clinton Central won Highest Percentage of Increase Participation Award for 2022-2023




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