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United Way Welcomes Eight New Members to Board

August 30th, 2023

United Way of Central Ohio recently welcomed eight new board members to our dedicated and talented board of trustees. In addition, five members completed their terms and departed the board. Barbara Benham of Huntington Bancshares Inc. became the past chair after serving as board chair for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. She was replaced by Dan Crane…

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Over 500+ Volunteers Join Forces for Stuff the Backpack

August 24th, 2023

United Way of Central Ohio and our partner NBC4 invited donors, volunteers and corporate partners to our annual Stuff the Backpack event on Aug. 10, and the community responded in a BIG way. We aimed to gather 300 volunteers at Field to pack 1,000 backpacks in 90 minutes. Instead, we smashed that goal with…

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United Way Adds Accessibility Toolbar to Website

July 25th, 2023

United Way of Central Ohio is excited to share that we now provide an inclusive online experience to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free. As part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, website visitors are now able to access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customize their…

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United Ways Receive Funding in State Budget to Support Families and Improve Literacy

July 21st, 2023

United Way of Central Ohio is pleased to share that the State of Ohio approved funding in its 2024-2025 budget that will help a collaborative of Ohio United Ways advance strategies to improve early literacy and family stability. Gov. Mike DeWine has made improving childhood literacy a priority and has urged agencies across the state…

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100 Years of Impact Made Possible with Strong Partnerships

June 21st, 2023

United Way of Central Ohio is proud to be celebrating 100 years of impact in our community throughout 2023. We know our accomplishments in the past 100 years are not ours alone but are the result of partnerships. We are a strong United Way because of strong community partnerships. Each year, as a proud sponsor…

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Join us for Stuff the Backpack and Help Local Students Succeed

June 16th, 2023

Do you remember the thrill of buying and having new school supplies and a new backpack to put them in? Those new pencils, notebooks and folders helped you feel confident, prepared and READY to start school. Join us to make sure every local student starts school with that same feeling — excited and ready to…

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A Century United: United Way’s Support of the LGBTQ+ Community Spans Decades

June 13th, 2023

Like many organizations, United Way of Central Ohio celebrates and honors the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month every June. But our work and support has always gone beyond celebration. For many decades, we have been committed to creating and maintaining a community where everyone has equitable opportunity to participate and contribute to their own success….

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Increase in ALICE Households in Franklin County Presents Extreme Risk as Public Assistance Programs End

May 1st, 2023

Franklin County’s economic strength is linked to its residents’ financial stability, including ALICE households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), and research from a new report issued by United for ALICE shows cause for concern, especially as pandemic-related assistance programs conclude. According to the report, which provides data for the entire state of Ohio and each…

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2022 Annual Report: Together We Can Change Lives

May 1st, 2023

For 100 years, United Way of Central Ohio’s many corporate and nonprofit partners, individual donors and volunteers in our community have joined with us to help families thrive and ensure students have the opportunities they need to succeed. When we join together, we can change lives. In 2022, thanks to you, we raised and invested…

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Local Young Authors Create United Way Centennial Activity Book

March 29th, 2023

Thanks to three talented, creative sisters from central Ohio, United Way of Central Ohio has a unique activity book that tells the story of our centennial celebration through the eyes of a curious child. In the book, Zakira, whose name comes from combining the three sisters’ names, meets and becomes friends with local individuals who…

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