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United Way of Greater Toledo invests in WSOS Community Action Commission Coordinated Public & Human

WSOS Community Action Commission is pleased to announce an investment of $20,000 from United Way of Greater Toledo for the agency’s Coordinated Public & Human Services Transportation Initiative. This program aligns with United Way’s Live United 2020 goals, centered on advancing education, income, and health in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties.

“United Way of Greater Toledo is proud to make an investment in WSOS Community Action Commission because they deliver results that create lasting change in the areas of education, income and health in our community,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. “It’s a pleasure and privilege to partner with WSOS Community Action Commission and deliver results that change lives of people in our community.”

The objective of the Wood County Locally Coordinated Public and Human Service Transportation Plan is to deliver an inclusive, coordinated program of transportation that includes elderly, disabled, and low-income representatives. The plan helps identify gaps in transportation service and provides strategies and solutions to those specific gaps that were analyzed by the Wood County Transportation Stakeholder Group.

In particular, the stakeholder group identified the lack of a county-wide public transportation agency in Wood County as a gap in service. To address this issue, WSOS will soon start a Volunteer Driver Program, which will begin its first phase by transporting Wood County dialysis patients who need assistance traveling to and from their treatments. Special emphasis will be placed on rural dialysis patients who have no access to public transportation.

 “This first phase of the Volunteer Driver Program focuses on an especially in-need population — dialysis patients — who need assistance with transportation,” WSOS Senior and Transportation Program Director Robin Richter. “We see this as a first step in bringing options to populations who had not previously had transportation access.”

WSOS is a private, nonprofit community action agency that just celebrated its 51 year in business.  WSOS is one of 52 CAAs in Ohio and one of about 1,000 CAAs nationwide.  WSOS provides family development, community development, housing and energy, and senior and transportation to individuals and families of all ages. For more information in regards to the Wood County Volunteer Driver Program, contact WSOS Mobility Coordinator Todd Robinson at 419-333-5081 or by email at tmrobinson@wsos.org.

United Way of Greater Toledo, serving Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties, unites the caring power of people to improve lives. We are made up of problem solvers, difference makers, and opportunity creators. Together, we’re on a mission to change lives forever in our community by investing in programs focused on education, financial stability, and healthy lifestyles. We tackle the tough problems in these areas by funding and partnering with the most effective local organizations who create real opportunities and get results. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer – that’s how to LIVE UNITED. For more information, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org.