MOUNT VERNON — United Way Executive Director Kelly Brenneman has announced that Steve Oster, superintendent for the Knox and Coshocton County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, will serve as the United Way of Knox County’s Campaign Chair for 2018.
Oster is thrilled to take part and focus on the health initiatives that United Way supports.
“A healthy community is also a strong and vital community, able to sustain its vitality and accomplish even greater things in the future,” he said. “That strength is built on the health of all of its citizens, from the newborn baby to the oldest and wisest among us and everyone in between. It is important that we continue to invest in, maintain and improve the health of Knox County so that we can continue to be the amazing place we are.”
In 2019, United Way plans to raise $1,150,000 and invest $743,384 in 17 partner agencies, who will run 26 programs.
A natural leader, Oster is not only a past president to the United Way of Knox County, but also the vice president for a partner agency, New Directions, past board member of United Way’s partner agency Behavioral Healthcare Partners, a past president of Willow Works and Diversified Products and Services, past co-chair for the Ohio Association of County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board, and many other groups in Knox and Coshocton counties.
Oster grew up in Ontario and earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and public communications and his master’s degree in public policy and management under the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He has a wide variety of work experiences working in mental health, aging, running a county home and also currently executive director of the nonprofit PAR (Professionals, Advocates, Resources), all which lead to his passion of developmental disabilities.
A graduate of Ashland University and the Ohio State University, Oster is also the past president of the Ashland Alumni Association and a past board of trustees member for Ashland University.
“We are thrilled to have Steve carry the torch. He is a true advocate of our work at United Way and knows directly how important United Way is to supporting agency programming in Knox County,” said United Way of Knox County Ohio Inc. Executive Director Kelly Brenneman.
In addition to the $409,384 supporting the 13 health programs administered by eight partner agencies, United Way will also fund six education programs, supported by five agencies, who will receive $113,500 and seven agencies will receive $220,500 for seven financial stability programs in 2019.
United Way of Knox County is unique as it also runs several programs directly. These include Crunch Out Obesity, Poverty Simulations, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library amongst many others.
Oster will be traveling around the county and educating the communities on the importance of United Way in Knox County beginning in September and serving through the year until the annual meeting in March. To donate to United Way, visit www.uwayknox.org or phone 740-397-5721 or text UWay2018 to 41444.