Why We Reduce Poverty

  • 206,427

    Number of individuals in Franklin
    County living in poverty*

  • 69,647

    Number of children in Franklin
    County living in poverty*

  • $ 5,088

    The monthly income it takes for a
    family of 4 to make ends meet**

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* U.S. Census, American Community Survey 2014 1-year estimates
** The University of Washington, Self-Sufficiency Standard 2015

How We Reduce Poverty

  • 1

    We research

    We deeply understand community conditions in Central Ohio and pinpoint the most effective approaches to reduce poverty.

  • 2

    We created a new approach

    We created a new pathway system which ensures families receive services, gaps in services are filled, and positive outcomes are achieved.

  • 3

    We mobilize

    By convening and catalyzing people and systems, we help change community conditions and improve the chances that families will succeed.

  • 4

    We don’t stop there

    We also prioritize neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, serving as a catalyst and organizer for revitalization efforts.

our impact

  • Ty’s Story

    The moment Tinya (Ty) White heard the woman on the other end of the phone say “Welcome to OhioHealth,” she burst into tears. She never imagined she would finally be hired by Grant Hospital. As a home health aide, Ty had been laid off, was struggling to pay bills and faced eviction from her Bexley…

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  • Stephen’s story

    After Stephen was diagnosed with cancer, fighting the disease was not the only battle he faced. Daily radiation and chemotherapy treatments had weakened him and made it impossible for him to work. As a result, he was struggling with depression and searching for help with basic needs like food, clothing and transportation. He found the…

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  • Arnetta’s Story

    Growing up on the South Side, Arnetta watched her mom struggle to put food on the table for the family of seven. She vowed she wouldn’t live on welfare as an adult. That determination took her to Columbus State after high school. But as her debt climbed, she quit college to work and keep from…

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  • Antonie’s Story

    When Antonie couldn’t help his son solve a third-grade math problem, he decided it was time to make a change. For him, that meant making education a priority and getting his GED. He admits he wasn’t putting much effort into making a good living up to that point, but now he wants to be a…

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How You Can Help

We all have the potential to make central Ohio a better place. If you’re ready to Make Your Moment in our community, we can help you get started. Take the quick five-question quiz, give a gift to reduce poverty or find a volunteer opportunity near you. Whatever you decide, every moment counts.

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News

  • Nominations for the 2017 Champion of Children Awards are Now Open

    Do you know a Champion of Children? Champion of Children honors individuals and organizations who are committed to United Way of Central Ohio’s singular goal to fight poverty by helping children and youth succeed. To see a list of previous honorees, click here. You can nominate Champions in two categories: Nonprofit Organization Champion of Children…

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  • United Way of Central Ohio’s Celebration of Excellence Honors Organizations that Fight Poverty

    United Way of Central Ohio recognized the outstanding campaigns of partner organizations at its annual Celebration of Excellence held at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University.   In partnership with United Way, these organizations help fight poverty in our community. Grange Insurance received the highest honor, the Corporate Award of Excellence, which recognizes overall…

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  • Letter carriers’ 25th annual food drive set for Sat., May 13 throughout nation

    WASHINGTON – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community. Customers simply leave their donation of…

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