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United Way of Central Ohio is creating lasting change in our community. One way we do this is by providing you with opportunities to learn, connect and give back with others who are passionate about central Ohio. Will you join us?
Nov 18 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: Housing Issues and Homelessness
In Columbus, a person would have to make $19.83 an hour to afford a two-bedroom home at the fair market rate of $1,031 per month. But the average renter in our community falls short of that number, making $16.99 per hour. Affordable housing is in short supply in central Ohio, but United Way and other organizations are committed to ensuring families have access to safe, affordable housing. Join our discussion with local nonprofit partners about housing trends and issues, what is being done to solve this complex problem and how we can all be part of the solution.
Oct 28 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: Improving Our High School Graduation Rates
Did you know that high school graduates earn a national average of $9,204 more annually compared to high school dropouts, and they are less likely to engage in criminal behavior or require social services? Join us to learn about the importance of increasing high school graduation rates, current trends, and the work that is being done by local nonprofit partners and United Way to ensure every student graduates and reaches their full potential.
Oct 14 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: Food Insecurity in Central Ohio
According to Mid-Ohio Food Collective, 153,000 families in Franklin County have visited a food pantry since March 2021. Of those families, 35% did so for the first time. Join us to discuss and learn from our local nonprofit partners about the trends, program investment, and hard work that is being done by organizations and United Way to ensure equitable access to nutritious food throughout our community.
Oct 12 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: The Importance of Kindergarten Readiness
In Franklin County, only 40% of children enter kindergarten with the academic, social and emotional skills necessary to be ready to learn. School readiness gives children a strong foundation for future success in school and in life. Join us for this important discussion about the importance of quality early education and the supportive programs that ensure children are prepared for kindergarten.
Oct 07 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: Census 2020 – Record Growth and Change for Franklin County
The recently released U.S. Census revealed fascinating facts about the population and shifting demographics of the City of Columbus and Franklin County. Join us to learn where, how and why the Columbus metro area is outperforming the state, region and nation with robust population growth. We’ll discuss what the changes mean for our community, and how we can continue to work together to create a stronger, more equitable central Ohio for everyone who lives here.
Sep 30 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: Hispanic Heritage Month
According to the latest 2020 Census, Columbus’ population is now 905,748, up by 15% since 2010. Much of the growth is attributed to racially and ethnically diverse groups, including Hispanic and Latinx. Join us to learn about and celebrate the profound impact and cultural significance of the Hispanic and Latinx community from a diverse panel of speakers during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Jul 22 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: What the State Budget Means for Children and Education
Join us to learn from local advocates and policy experts as they break down and discuss the effect the state budget will have on children and education in Ohio. While the budget will be signed by the time the session takes place, advocates will offer their reflections and provide strategies for how to stay engaged and continue to advocate for our community’s children and families.
Jun 17 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: The History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is considered the “longest running African American holiday” and has been called “America’s second Independence Day.” However, activists continue to fight for its observance in many states. Please join us as we challenge our understanding of the holiday, explore the context of its history and discuss ways to honor its legacy.
Jun 14 12-1 p.m.
614 Day | Can You Name a Single Columbus Historical Fact? You Can’t? You’re Not Alone.
Most residents of central Ohio come from outside the metro area, across the country or around the world, meaning they are not well-versed on the city’s history. What do the Short North arches mean? What was the first tax approved in Columbus? Why did the state capital move three times before landing in Columbus? Full of importance, the city has a unique history with many great contributions to regional and national history. Established in 1812 as the first city in the United States solely created to be a state capital, Columbus was not an early success. Prosperity in the city is not evenly felt. Some neighborhoods struggle while others thrive. This session provides fun, quirky, interesting and historically noteworthy facts about Ohio’s capital and largest city, and how the past shapes our current day.
Jun 03 12-1 p.m.
Learn United: Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Community
Columbus runs on Pride! Since 1981, Columbus has been celebrating its LGBTQ+ community and is known as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the United States. However, there are still struggles and hurdles experienced by our LGBTQ+ neighbors. Join a panel of local leaders sharing their own pride and discussing the needs of our LGBTQ+ community and how we can best support them. Moderator: Solonas Karoulla, Relationship Manager at United Way of Central Ohio.