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We Fight for Jaylin on the North Side

August 8th, 2017

When Jaylin and his younger brothers arrived to live with their grandmother, she wasn’t quite sure what to do. “I had girls. I don’t know about guy stuff.” Fortunately, each boy found a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fifteen-year-old Jaylin has really connected with his Big Brother, Matt. “Having a mentor has changed my…

We Fight for Alexis on the South Side

August 8th, 2017

Behind 17-year-old Alexis’ shy smile is a poised confidence many teens don’t possess. One of the first to join the South Side Boys & Girls Club, Alexis plays on the volleyball team, is a junior staff member and participates in the Club’s leadership program. She’s a role model who has testified at the Statehouse regarding…

We Fight for Roy in Linden

August 8th, 2017

Roy grew up poor and couldn’t afford to attend college. For years, he worked low-wage sales jobs, barely making ends meet. Determined to follow his passion for computers, he quit one job but then was laid off a month later from his sales job in the tech industry. At his very lowest point, Roy discovered…

Ken Williams and Allen Carrel

August 8th, 2017

Hand Raisers and Game Changers on the South Side

When Ken and Allen moved into and founded the Ganthers Place neighborhood in 2003, the 30-block area was awash in crime, litter, rats, dilapidated housing and overgrown lots.


August 8th, 2017

Destiny’s face lights up when her children run in the room. Like any mother, their happiness is everything to her. But happiness was hard to come by after mold forced her family to move out of their home and close their childcare business. She and her husband, Greg, both college graduates, were suddenly in a…

We Fight for Kaylah and Dominick

August 8th, 2017

North Columbus

Kaylah’s life has been filled with barriers. She remembers eviction notices and her mother missing meals so she could eat. When Kaylah became pregnant during senior year of high school, she fought through morning sickness and turmoil at home that led to living in her car for several days.

Stephen’s story

August 1st, 2016

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…

Antonie’s Story

August 1st, 2016

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…

Tiwuan’s Story

July 23rd, 2015

My United Way helped me set and achieve my goals.I grew up in Linden, and I can remember not having a home and not having food. Without my Big Brother, Andrei, I wouldn’t be here today. I didn’t know what I was capable of doing, and he really inspired me to do better. I’m the…

Ken’s Story

July 23rd, 2015

My United Way trains people for the jobs they need.After a work accident left me unable to take care of my family, I was at a loss and felt like I had nowhere to go. It’s hard to imagine what I would have done without the support of the two United Way-funded programs that helped…

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