Volunteers show off their impressive dance moves during the United Way pancake breakfast Oct. 8.

Volunteers show off their impressive dance moves during the United Way pancake breakfast Oct. 8.

Danthea Redwood

JRNM 151 Student

The students and staff at Lorain County Community college danced and played games at United Way’s Carnival and Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 1. At this event, there was a free pancake breakfast, carnival style activities, and a DJ to keep things upbeat.

“It brings energy, it’s not just come, eat, and donate money. There’s so much more,” said Lisa Augustine, one of the many people that help put this event together. Augustine continued, “Dancing was ongoing, at one point we had everyone in the middle of the floor doing the electric slide.” Many of the events at the carnival  involved fitness and getting people moving.

“ We wanted a health and fitness theme to all of the activities,” said Augustine. United way is a nonprofit organization promoting health and wellness in the community.

“All of the money goes back to serving our community,” said Augustine. The United Way of Greater Lorain County raises around $25,000 every year for education, financial stability of working families in poverty, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for families throughout Lorain County.

United Way strives to make sure that children are ready for kindergarten and ensure that they reach their full potential in school.  The organization provides year-round access to emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, or other emergency basic needs. United Way is also increasing health education, preventative care, and accessibility to fitness options and fresh food.

“There’s quite a few people taking part in this organization. We started working on this event in July, but it’s a year round thing,” said Ryan Aroney, the marketing and development director for United Way. There’s a full committee of people on the Lorain County Community College campus putting events like this together for United Way.

“It’s such a tremendous thing finding all of this support,” said Aroney.