United Way of Central Ohio

Your Gift = Local Impact

We’re tackling root causes and providing effective pathways out of poverty by bringing together volunteers, donors, organizations, businesses, community leaders and YOU, because we need you to join the movement to fight poverty. We can’t do it without you.

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Building Pathways
out of Poverty.

Poverty holds all of us back—individually and collectively—from achieving a better life. And it will take all of us working together to reduce it. We’re helping to lead the fight against poverty by creating more opportunities for people to succeed. When more people succeed, our community gets stronger; and that helps all of us.

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Improve Lives. Strengthen Our Community.

Like many teens in our community, Tyrell experienced a number of challenges that led to a suicide attempt and failing grades. Today, he is a leader who made the honor roll his senior year and is planning to attend college. Because people like you cared, Tyrell has a support system and opportunities that helped him graduate and develop to his fullest potential.

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Creating Opportunities
for Everyone to Succeed.

We focus on four building blocks for a better life that are critical elements in creating pathways out of poverty. People need a good education, help through tough times, regular health care, and safe and decent housing. In a crisis, people usually need support in a number of areas—not just one.

Read Amy's story