Accepting the check from the United Way of Van Wert County’s Executive Director Vicki Smith is Teresa Shaffer, the Director of Outreach Ministries at the First United Methodist Churches. (Photo submitted)
Accepting the check from the United Way of Van Wert County’s Executive Director Vicki Smith is Teresa Shaffer, the Director of Outreach Ministries at the First United Methodist Churches. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – The United Way of Van Wert County allots funds called Community Impact Funding that are to be allocated to qualified applicants each year. This year the First United Methodist Church applied for and was granted $2,000 to help fund their 5th Annual Operation Back to School outreach event that will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds from 3-5:30 p.m.

Each year, Operation Back to School provides book bags filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items to all children, preschool through 12th grade, in Van Wert County. Last year's event successfully served over 900 children and 500 families.

In addition, 20 community agencies had booths of information, door prizes were given away throughout the afternoon, games and activities for the children were available and free food was provided to all who attended. Planning is still being adjusted as this year’s event will look a little different in order to take precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic, but regardless the event is sure to be a successful one.