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Join us to Help Stuff the Backpack for Central Ohio’s Students

June 20th, 2022

We’re all experiencing sticker shock these days when we go to buy groceries and household items. For thousands of families, though, inflation means making tough choices as they struggle to pay the rent and feed their children. Providing school supplies will be difficult or impossible for these families. Together, we can make certain no child will start school in August without the essential supplies they need to learn. Join United Way and NBC4 to Stuff the Backpack for 70,000 students in Franklin and Licking counties! Now in its fifth year, the program has provided nearly 165,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade with basic school supplies since its inception. This year, we’re excited to have Josh Williams of the Columbus Crew join us to help collect donations and supplies for Stuff the Backpack through August! Make certain to follow him on social media to learn more about Crew giveaways you can win just by donating to help students succeed. We have a variety of easy ways you, your friends and family members can help: Buy school supplies and drop them off at a CME Federal Credit Union branch or Primary One Healthcare location. Buy supplies from our Amazon Wishlist and they…

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Resources and Funds to Help Families Impacted by Mass Shootings

May 31st, 2022

United Way of Central Ohio is deeply saddened by the recent tragic mass shootings: the racially motivated attack in Buffalo, NY and the murder of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, the second deadliest school shooting in America’s history. Our hearts are with the families and communities. To help the communities of Uvalde and Buffalo, please consider sharing and supporting these funds: Robb Elementary Memorial Fund First State Bank (FSB) of Uvalde has created a fund for the families of Robb Elementary. To donate, you may send Zelle funds using the email address, share a donation in person at any FSB branch, or send via mail to: Robb School Memorial Fund, 200 E Nopal Street, Uvalde, TX 78801. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s United with Uvalde Fund Donations will provide mental health services for students, teachers, and families in Uvalde. Funds will be made available to nonprofit organizations with expertise in providing direct trauma services for communities impacted by tragedy. Learn more here. The Uvalde Strong Fund, hosted by the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country The Uvalde Strong Fund supports victims, families, and others affected by the tragedy….

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United for Impact Provides $650,000+ for Local Nonprofits

May 23rd, 2022

Thank you, central Ohio, for being United for Impact! Our community’s generous supporters and 17 corporate sponsors helped 75 local nonprofits raise and unlock more than $650,000 in just 4 1/2 days! The excitement throughout the week of May 9 to May 13 was inspiring as participating nonprofits worked together to raise money and engage new and existing donors. As the nonprofits reached each of the four levels of giving or number of donors, bonus dollars were unlocked from the sponsorship prize pool. Best of all, 100% of all donations raised through United for Impact went to the nonprofits and every organization received a portion of the prize pool money based on how much they raised and how many donors they had. Community Shelter Board inched out NNEMAP by bringing in $35,745 in donations throughout the week. The nonprofit received an additional $18,513 dollars from the prize pool, as a result, for a total payout of $54,277. In the donor category, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center had 215 individual donors, which helped it earn the largest percentage of money in that category from the prize pool. The nonprofit finished with a total payout of $50,188, thanks to $16,489 in donations and…

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Success by Third Grade: An Important Communitywide Movement

May 20th, 2022

  The ability to read by third grade plays a significant role in a person’s success later in life. Unfortunately, a growing number of students in Franklin County are failing to reach this critical milestone, requiring immediate and strategic intervention. In response, United Way of Central Ohio is taking the initiative to lead a countywide movement called Success By Third Grade to directly impact the many factors inhibiting student achievement. Why Focus on Third Grade? Research confirms that third graders who are unable to read at grade level are among the most vulnerable to dropping out of school before graduating. Consider these sobering facts: Students not proficient in reading by the end of third grade were 4x more likely to drop out of high school. And 88% of students who failed to earn a high school diploma had struggled to achieve third grade reading proficiency. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation) In Ohio in 2019, 78% of fourth graders from low-income families scored below proficient reading level, while only 47% of students from middle- to high-income families scored below proficient reading level. (Kids Count Data Center) The Challenge in Franklin County Throughout Franklin County, collaborations have mobilized to address infant mortality…

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A Community UNITED: 2021 Annual Report

April 25th, 2022

We are grateful that so many corporate partners, individual donors and volunteers, remained with us throughout 2021 to help strengthen nonprofits and the families they serve in our community. When you join us, we can tackle challenges that no one organization or person can solve alone. Thanks to you, we raised and invested more than $24 million, of which the majority stayed in our community and $9 million was invested in our nonprofit partners. Together, we issued 128 grants to 91 local nonprofits helping families meet basic needs and youth achieve student success. Thank you! Our 2021 Annual Report is included in the May issue of Columbus Monthly. You can also see what you helped accomplish by downloading and reading it here.

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It’s Back! Get Ready to be UNITED for Impact from May 9 to 13

April 25th, 2022

Mark your calendars! From May 9 to May 13, YOU can join forces with the collective caring power of central Ohio to give to your favorite nonprofit(s) and unlock an additional $250,000 sponsorship prize money for all 75 participating partners. 100% of your gift goes to the nonprofit(s) of your choice to help strengthen our community’s safety net. This year, we have both United Way of Central Ohio AND United Way of Union County nonprofit partners participating! Pandemic fatigue is real, but the reality is that the impacts of COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. No one knows this better than our local nonprofits, which have been struggling to do more for the families they serve with fewer resources, staff and volunteers. These local nonprofits are joining us to be UNITED for Impact, and they’re counting on you to help them be stronger together! Every gift, no matter the size, matters because bonus prizes will be unlocked when various levels of donations or number of donors are reached: ✅ Level 1: Unlocks at $60k raised or 500 donors ✅ Level 2: Unlocks at $145k or 1,025 donors ✅ Level 3: Unlocks at $255k or 1,625 donors ✅…

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Column: Together, we proved that when we stand UNITED, we shine like stars

April 13th, 2022 Reprinted from The Columbus Dispatch – April 13, 2022   While our community will feel the effects of the pandemic for years to come, it’s important to acknowledge the incredible ways we stand united in times of crisis. In 2021, United Way of Central Ohio, together with our corporate partners, individual donors and volunteers, raised $24 million resulting in program support for thousands of nonprofits. That money helped local families meet basic needs, children and youth achieve student success and much more. For example, Star House provided 819 youth experiencing homelessness with food, clothing, and a safe place to stay. Community Development for All People provided fresh and healthy food to 23,500 people. And Directions for Youth and Families helped 100% of children in their program improve Get Ready to Read scores. We measure success by actual lives changed, and those are just a few of the actual, tangible results that come from supporting United Way of Central Ohio. We know corporations and individuals have many ways and opportunities to support the causes they care about, and we’re grateful for their unwavering support. In 2023, United Way of Central Ohio will celebrate 100 years of working together with our…

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Nearly $27,000 Raised for United for Ukraine Fund

March 17th, 2022

  Almost 3 million people have fled Ukraine, and experts predict 7 million will be forced to leave before the conflict is over. Neighboring countries, including Poland, Romania and Hungary, are seeing the biggest waves of people escaping the violence. United Way is stepping up to support those displaced by the violence, providing life-saving relief. Nearly $27,000 was donated by 220 generous central Ohio donors on Friday evening when NBC4 and United Way of Central Ohio partnered for a CALL4 event from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The CALL4 was staffed with employees from United Way of Central Ohio who were inspired by the volume and generosity of the viewers who called in. Many of the donors mentioned how grateful they were to have a local trusted source to give to in order to help families and children fleeing Ukraine.  The calls were so steady that many viewers waited on the lines to make their donations and some were unable to get through. If you were one of those callers who didn’t get through or you are looking for a way to make a difference today, you can still donate by clicking the button below. 100% of your donation will go…

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Working Together to Close the Digital Divide for Our Community’s Students

January 3rd, 2022

Millions of students are facing a challenge that keeps them from succeeding in school. The digital divide in education is the gap between students who have reliable access to an adequate device or internet and those who don’t. The gap has existed for decades – ever since personal computers gained popularity – but during the COVID-19 pandemic our community saw how deep the challenge runs. This challenge impacts all of us, not just students. Two studies, from Michigan State University and University of Miami, respectively, show the connection between grades and future success. Michigan State researchers discovered a connection between access to broadband internet and higher GPAs among students. While the University of Miami study found that students with higher GPAs have higher earning potential. Paired together, the studies demonstrate the multi-generational impact of increasing connectivity for individuals. On top of the benefits for individuals, when students are more prepared to go to college and have more opportunities to secure high-paying jobs our local economy grows stronger. A skilled, high-performing workforce is essential to keeping our region thriving today as well as decades into the future. If the digital divide is so hurtful, why does it still exist? Most experts agree…

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December 13th, 2021

The Cardinal Health Foundation and United Way of Central Ohio recently approved $150,000 in grant funding for 16 nonprofits that support student success in central Ohio. Recipients of this round of funding include many organizations that are new, smaller in size and/or provide culturally-specific opportunities. Of the 16 organizations selected, 63% are led by people of color: ● All THAT: Build and encourage healthy relationships and provide an open forum for students to design their own solutions to their challenges. ● Columbus Literacy Council: Support an academic enrichment program for youth in low-income households. ● Community For New Direction Incorporation: Fund a program that ensures kids who are most at-risk receive the most effective interventions. ● Community Refugee and Immigration Services: Non-intrusive youth mentoring program that provides one-on-one mentorship for new Americans. ● Foundation for Families: Youth empowerment program that provides mentorship and evidence-based curriculum. ● Girls On The Run of Central Ohio: Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a curriculum that creatively integrates running. ● Hardy Center: Program that focuses on literacy, life skills and leadership for students in grades kindergarten through 8th. ● King Arts Complex: Empower young people to use their creativity and lived experiences…

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