Union Centre
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  • 18 Mar 2019 2:03 PM | Teresa Nichols

    At a recent meeting our president, Becky Wilber, asked if we could create a place on our website where members and visitors could find volunteer opportunities and local non-profit events. We talked about the logistics and decided that we could do this, but that it would take some effort on the side of the event coordinator. We started this list with some events we already knew about.

    Here are the steps for finding Volunteer Opportunities:

    1. Go to the "Search" box at the top of the website.

    2. Type in "VN" (Volunteers Needed) and watch for a dropdown list to appear.

    3. You'll see a list of all of the local charitable events coming up that need volunteers.

    Here are the steps to finding Charitable Event:

    1. Go to the "Search" box at the top of this website.

    2. Type in "CG" (Charitable Giving) and watch for a dropdown list to appear.

    3. You'll find all the events that offer an opportunity to give back to a local non-profit, that may or may not also offer a volunteer opportunities. 

    4. You can either click an event right in the dropdown list or you can hit enter to see the list in the body of the website. 

    Here are the steps for finding Sponsorship opportunities:

    1. Go to the "Search" box at the top of this website.

    2. Type in "SN" (Sponsors Needed) and watch for a dropdown list to appear.

    3. You'll find all the events that offer an opportunity to sponsor local-non-profits, that may or may not also offer volunteer opportunities. 

    4. You can either click an event right in the dropdown list or you can hit enter to see the list in the body of the website. 

    Do you have an event you would like to add to the calendar? 

    Send an email to info@ucbma.com with the subject line: Event Calendar Listing (with the Date of your event). Please include the following details: 

    • Official Name of your event
    • Date/s of your event
    • Location of your event including address, name of location and special landmarks
    • Start and end time of your event
    • Links to more details (webpage, Facebook event link, etc.)
    • A short description of your event including ticket prices
    • Information about sponsorship opportunities (Please specific if no sponsors are needed)
    • Information about volunteer opportunities (link to sign up or contact person email or phone number (if you do not need volunteers, please state this in your email).
    • An image for the event
    • A logo for the organization (preferably a png with a transparent background)
    • A name, email, and phone number of a contact person
    You can also complete this form to submit your event for posting. If something isn't included it will delay your listing, so please double check to make sure everything is included. Please submit your request at least 2 weeks before the event. 

  • 23 Oct 2018 12:47 AM | Teresa Nichols

    October 19, 2018  was Reach Out Lakota's major fundraising event and first annual Reach Out Rocks. In the past, Reach out Lakota has organized a celebrity dinner, but this year they decided to do something a little different. 

    Reach Out Rocks was held at the Savannah Center at Chappell Crossing, an elegant local banquet hall. Dinner was included with each ticket and included a build-your-own salad bar and a build your own pasta bar. The salad bar had fresh spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, cucumbers, artichoke hearts and hearts of palm. There were many many different salad dressings to choose from including poppyseed dressing, Italian, French Ranch...are you hungry yet?  At the pasta bar everyone chose what they wanted in there pasta from veggies to meats just before it was sautéed they had lots of different trimmings and meats and then they let you choose your sauce: red sauce, Alfredo, or meat. There were lots of fun activities during the event to entertain guests while raising fund for ROL: a "spin-the-wheel" for either wine, cigars or spirits and it was $25 to spin the wheel they were also selling boas. They had a silent auction with gift baskets of such brands as Yeti and Oil of Olay as well as Bengals tickets some local sporting event tickets and they also had some fun local birthday parties. These baskets were graciously donated by local companies! But the best part of the evening was the entertainment! Blessid Union of Souls was highly requested band, so they made it happen. Blessed Union is a local local band lead by Elliot Sloan who was born in Pleasant Ridge. Some of their big hits are Love is the Answer, and She Likes Me for Me. They were glad to be a part of this local fundraising event! 

    The UCBMA sponsors this event so we were able to have members go to the event. We want to thank the people who represented UCBMA. It’s a great opportunity to talk to people about UCBMA and to encourage people to join so we can keep supporting these events 

    Reach Out Lakota offers many services to West Chester residents who are in need. The organization was founded in 1992 and has collected almost 2 million pounds of food and 100,000 articles of clothing for West Chester residents. Every month they give about 120 gallons of milk to families who are struggling! The money raised from this event goes to help with these kinds of efforts. 

    You can see more photos on our photos page! Scroll down and look for Reach Out Rocks. 

    You can also visit Reach Out Lakota online for more details!

  • 28 Aug 2018 5:21 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    Each year nominations are accepted for the Caring Like Karen Awards. Of these nominations, 6 exceptional local caregivers are awarded a $1000 gift at the annual luncheon. The Caring Like Karen Awards are named in honor of a local caregiver, Karen Mason. 

    The luncheon was beautiful. 7 local caregivers were honored including 2 doctors who saved the life of a young mother who had heart complications during labor. You can see photos from the event on our photos page. Just click photo in the navigation and scroll down to 2018 Caring Like Karen Awards Luncheon! 

  • 21 Aug 2018 8:58 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    2018 Rotary Club Golf OutingThe Rotary Club of West Chester Liberty is a dynamic and hardworking organization. Their annual golf outing is one of their largest fundraisers. Their biggest fundraiser is Buckeye Barbecue Fest which happens each spring. The golf outing held at Wetherington Country Club is a fun day of fundraising that greatly effects our local community. UCBMA is honored to work closely with our local Rotary Club. 

    The event starts with lunch at 11:00 am and plenty of time to prepare for day's events, buy raffle tickets and bid on the silent auction. At noon the competition, in scramble format, begins. Each team of 4 starts on a different hole. All players get to take their turn, but the best placed ball is chosen to move on. There are several prizes awarded for longest drive and top three scores. 

    Upon completing the course dinner is served! This year, City Barbecue catered the event. As the players are chatting and eating, the awards and the auction and raffle results are announced. Funds raised at this event make local scholarships and grants possible. We hope to see you next year! For more information about the West Chester Liberty Rotary Club, visit their website.

  • 21 Aug 2018 12:23 AM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    On May 3, Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council, held it's annual Spirit of Scouting Award Ceremony. Each year they honor community members who most exemplify the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

    Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

    Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent

    This year UCBMA President Becky Wilber and her husband Todd Wilber were honored with the Spirit of Scouting Award with Sheriff Richard Jones.

    Becky and Todd grew up in very small Midwest towns. Todd is from Northern Michigan and Becky hails from the great state of Wisconsin. They always believed they would accomplish awesome things in their lives. As young people, they participated in Scouts. These programs developed many of the values they lived by, raised their children by and trained their staff by throughout the years. Becky and Todd own 11 Taco Bells and 1 Uno Pizzeria & Grill in the Cincinnati area. They employ about 400 people.

    Becky is also the president of Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association, an organization that rallies small businesses to give back! Each year the Union Centre Food Truck Rally is organized to raise money for a local, deserving non-profit organization. Last year the Heroes’ Fund received over $14,000 for their mission!

    Congratulations, Becky, Todd and Sheriff Jones! 

  • 17 Jul 2018 5:02 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    At our July meeting, our members voted to sponsor Focus on Youth Ride and Roll Motorcycle Ride that will take place on September 8, 2018.

    Focus on Youth is a non-profit foster care, adoption, and behavioral health agency serving children in need throughout Southwest Ohio.

    The entry fee for the ride is $25 per driver and $15/passenger. It will start at the Focus on Youth office in West Chester.

    For more details, send an email to Bryan Forney (bforney@focusonyouth.com) or follow Focus on Youth on Facebook for the latest updates!

  • 23 May 2018 4:55 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    We are honored to announce a recent UCBMA grant recipient: PARACHUTE:  Butler County CASA. This non-profit agency is dedicated to providing trained community volunteers to children who are in the Juvenile Court system due to abuse, neglect or abandonment; these volunteers are willing to take a stand for the Butler County's most vulnerable children.   The CASA concept is based on the commitment that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home, as soon as possible.

    Since 1988, PARACHUTE has helped over 2,000 Butler County children find safe, permanent homes by recruiting, training and supervising 524 concerned community members to serve Butler County Juvenile Court as Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers.  CASA volunteers have attended 6,500 court hearings to speak up for the best interest of local abused and neglected children.

    A Family’s Appreciation

    We were very grateful that Diane was chosen as our granddaughter’s CASA volunteer. She is an amazing woman who truly advocates for a child’s best interest. Our granddaughter dearly loved Diane and was so excited each and every time she came to visit our home to spend one-on-one time with our granddaughter. Diane is remarkable in every way - we cannot say enough positive things about her. There were times I felt I may not be handling things just right and Diane would talk to me and reassure me to just love our little granddaughter, do the best we can, and to always put her needs first. Diane is smart, caring, loving and someone I could talk to easily. I trusted her advice and it always worked out for the best. Parachute has a wonderful volunteer in Diane and we couldn’t have asked for a better advocate, not only for our granddaughter but also for me and my husband.

    - John & Joanne, Grandparents for a CASA child

    Learn more on their website!

  • 16 Feb 2018 8:56 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    UCBMA meets every month for many different reasons. Most of our meetings follow a particular plan, but some of our meetings are more casual. We post all meeting minutes on our website as well as in meeting follow-up emails. 

    During our meetings we:

    1. Select local non-profit organizations for grants and sponsorships through our voting process
    2. Plan and organize upcoming events
    3. Network
    4. Share announcements and news
    5. Give back to our local community
    6. Grow our businesses
    7. Learn about other businesses in the area
    8. Keep up the momentum of the group

    If you are looking for a fun way to give back, come to a meeting! We'd love to have you join the fun! Click here to view the calendar.

  • 28 Sep 2017 9:14 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    Hero's Fund gets $14,000Each year we choose a deserving non-profit organization to benefit from the UCBMA Food Truck Rally. This year we chose The Heroes' Fund, which provides one-time emergency financial assistance to combat zone veterans. The organization was founded in 2007; since then they have contributed $135,000 to local veterans in need. Veterans who would like to be considered need to complete an application (www.heroesfundoh.com).

    All of the organization's board members are volunteers. Many of their members are veterans who represent all branches of the United States Military. Their mission is to help veterans who need emergency assistance. Each recipient can receive up to $5,000 for bill payments or other personal needs such s child care or car maintenance.They will consider veterans who live in Butler, Hamilton and Warren County. They follow this application process for each applicant:

    1. Applicants must apply through a printed application
    2. Each eligible applicant is assigned to a Veteran who interviews him/her and completes a report to submit to the committee
    3. After the committee reads each report and approves an application, it is sent to the board for final approval.
    4. The funds are distributed to the veterans' accounts that have been approved for assistance

    UCBMA Food Truck Rally Beneficiary Heroes' FundAs this year's beneficiary of the Food Truck Rally, Heroes' Fund received $14,000 for their mission! Bill Lack, Board Member of Heroes' Fund advises,

    "If your organization is lucky enough to be chosen as the Food Truck Rally beneficiary, promote the event and help man it! We had a blast!"

    The Heroes’ Fund works closely with many local veteran’s organizations such as the Butler, Hamilton, and Warren County Veteran Services Commissions and the local branches of the VFW, American Legion, and Amvets. They are continually working to reach out to many facets of the community to make their fund more widely known in order to help more veterans in need.

    You can help Heroes' Fund by sharing their mission with others! The more people that know about their mission, the more veterans they can help! Visit their website for more details: www.heroesfundoh.com

  • 24 Nov 2015 2:27 PM | Rebecca Wilber (Administrator)

    UCBMA in the News

    On November 23, 2015, the Journal News published an article introducing UCBMA to the community. Click here to read the complete story

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