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Black History and Black Futures

February 9th, 2021

While celebrating Black history, we also work to create a more equitable future. Black History Month is a time to celebrate influential leaders and impactful moments of the past. In central Ohio, the achievements and contributions of Black Americans are significant. But celebrating Black history is not enough. United Way of Central Ohio continues to…

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Local Students Win $2,500 from Pop-Tarts® and United Way to Improve Community

February 1st, 2021

Pop-Tarts and United Way announced Wellington students Sara Velasco and Cindy Fu were among the recipients of $2,500 grants from Pop-Tarts® and United Way as part of the recent Unwrap the Future Challenge. Grants were awarded to 20 young people across the country between the ages of 13 and 22 to spark their ideas for…

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United Way Announces 2021-2022 Program Investment Process

December 3rd, 2020

United Way of Central Ohio is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Program Investment process to support high-quality, high-impact programs serving those experiencing poverty. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released December 7, 2020. This Program Investment grant cycle will begin July 1, 2021, and end June 30, 2022. Application open: Monday, December 7, 2020…

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Caring isn’t Canceled: Help Local Nonprofits and Families Start Strong in 2021

November 13th, 2020

This holiday season will look, feel and be very different for all of us. Many of our favorite annual traditions won’t be happening: family gatherings, holiday vacations, gift exchanges, concerts and parties, etc. It’s disappointing, for sure. But what if we turn our thoughts away from what we’re missing and think about all the meaningful…

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Column: ‘The helpers’ are stretched thin; time for us all to pitch in

December 8th, 2020

Reprinted from The Columbus Dispatch – December 6, 2020 Fred Rogers’ famous advice to “look for the helpers” in times of crisis is uplifting and comforting. But what do we do as a community when the helpers are being stretched beyond their means? Franklin County is at significant risk of not having the capacity to…

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United Way of Central Ohio and United Way of Union County Announce Affiliation to Better Serve Donors and Communities

November 18th, 2020

United Way of Central Ohio and United Way of Union County today announced a formal affiliation creating greater efficiencies, reduced expenses and increased impact for both organizations. Prior to this affiliation, United Way of Central Ohio was one of only three United Ways in major markets across the country serving one county. The affiliation takes…

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AEP Foundation Makes Generous Investment to Support Central Ohioans in Need

November 9th, 2020

The American Electric Power Foundation (AEP) has committed $825,000 to support local nonprofits and families in crisis due to COVID-19. With the help of United Way, the generous donation will be used to ensure our community’s families have resources to meet basic needs and children have opportunities to achieve student success. “The global pandemic has…

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Rally for Recovery Joins Central Ohio Together in Spirit of Giving, Volunteering

October 9th, 2020

United Way of Central Ohio’s first Rally for Recovery brought together hundreds of corporate associates, individual donors, community leaders and volunteers to rally in support of our local nonprofits and the people they serve. Despite working in a mostly virtual environment, corporations and individual donors raised their hands and gave from their hearts to provide…

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Central Ohio Nonprofits Respond to Diversity Survey

September 30th, 2020

Central Ohio nonprofits were invited to complete a survey in order to better understand what they are doing to foster racial equity within their organizations, and what resources, supports, or tools may help advance these efforts.  Overall, 92 nonprofit organizations in the health and human services sector completed the survey and included current funded partners…

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Ohio ALICE Report Launch

September 18th, 2020

Ohio United Way has launched a groundbreaking report showing that, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 1.1 million Ohio households were already one emergency away from financial ruin – a 10-year record high – setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis. Download and read the report here. The ALICE Report…

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