The Heart and Soul of Ottawa County

by Faith Trombley, Media and Marketing Intern

Non-profit organizations are the heart and soul of any community. Ottawa County has plenty to choose from ranging from the Salvation Army, to helping those with special needs, and even a little something for our beloved fur-babies. Valentine’s day is not too far away so while everyone is celebrating their love for each other let’s not forget about the people and groups in our community who will help give love to those in need this Valentine’s Day season.


  1. United Way raises money for community needs. Learn more about them or what you can do to help here
  2. Ottawa County Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living in Ottawa County. They manage donor designated funds, scholarships, field of interest, and other designated funds. Get involved here.
  3. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those in need. Check out their website to learn more.
  4. The Musical Arts Series Port Clinton provides exposure and training for the young musicians in the area. Click the link to learn more about what they do and for performance dates.
  5. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is committed to educating those suffering from and the families of people with mental illness. Their goal is helping all those affected build better lives for themselves.
  6. Heartbeat of Ottawa County is here to offer help and unconditional love and support to women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancy. Their doors are always open, and appointments are free.
  7. After school and summer programs are a great way to have a positive impact on the young minds in the area and that’s what Pathway Inclusion Center does. Impacting children’s lives one program at a time. Pathway offers after school and summer programs, tutoring, and behavioral services.
  8. Getting older is something no one ever wants to do or think about it, but at Otterbein Senior Life spirit is ageless and living doesn’t end once moving your loved one here.
  9. Everyone deserves equal opportunities regardless of their personal restrictions at Riverview Industries services for adults with developmental disabilities are provided. These services include vocational and habilitation, supported living, supported employment, and nursing services.
  10. Bistro 163 is one of the best-known nonprofits in the area. Their goal is to increase food security and offer all neighbors a place to eat.
  11. Our furry friends deserve all the love they can get, after all dogs are a man’s best friend, so why not treat your local Humane Society this Valentine’s Day to spread the love to all the furry friends who don’t have FURever homes yet?
  12. Black Swamp Bird Observatory provides more than 5,000 students with programs to empower their inner conservationist.
  13. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is here to serve our veterans for the sacrifices they gave for us. Learn more here
  14. The Salvation Army helps those in need by offering special programs and taking donations. Find out more here


Want to feel good this Valentine’s Day? Donate any to any of these organizations it’ll not only help you feel good, but it’ll also help someone who needs the extra help and support. Nonprofits are the heart of any community. Without them many people would be lost and alone, so it’s a good thing we have this many and others around.


Ottawa County Community Foundation

Habitat For Humanity

Musical Arts Port Clinton


Heart Beat PC

Pathway Inclusion


River View Industries

Bistro 163

The Human Society of Ottawa County

Black Swamp Bird Observatory 


Salvation Army USA

About the Author

Faith Trombley is a Media and Marketing intern with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. As a senior at Danbury High School in Marblehead, OH, Faith is interested in broadcast media, journalism, and digital marketing. Faith is involved in choir and spends most of her time in Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor in Port Clinton. After graduation, she plans to attend Wittenberg University.

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