Supporting our neighbors in need

Due to the wide-reaching impact of COVID-19, nonprofits in central Ohio that serve residents in need find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for critical services.

United Way of Central Ohio and a coalition of partners are working with local nonprofits to identify critical needs and gaps in resources. These needs may include access to food and household essentials, child care, and keeping the community’s safety net strong as this crisis continues.

Safeguards will be put in place to ensure these emergency funds are disseminated with urgency and used to support those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.


Your generous contribution will support United Way’s more than 80 nonprofit partners directly serving our neighbors in need facing economic distress associated with COVID-19. Thanks to our generous match sponsors, every donation will have a 50% match. Example: Every $100 donated will be matched with an additional $50 gift.

Other Ways to Give:

Are you interested in wiring funds?

Please click here to send an email request to Accounts Receivable for instructions.

Are you interested in donating stock?

Click here to donate stock
*Ask your broker to include your name and "COVID-19 Response" when processing your stock transfer.

Are you interested in mailing a check or giving via a Donor Advised Fund?

Please make check payable to United Way of Central Ohio.
*Please note on check: "COVID-19 Response" and mail payment to our bank lockbox at:
PO Box 951571
Cleveland, OH 44193.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, every donation is matched 50%, and 100% of your gift goes directly to our nonprofit partners serving the most critical needs in our community.

United Way of Central Ohio distributed the first round of our emergency assistance grants, ranging from $8,000 to $50,000, to 17 nonprofit partners on April 1. These nonprofits received a total of $373,000 from this fund to help them respond to urgent needs in our community. We will distribute 100% of the fund in two-week cycles to meet the evolving needs of our network of nonprofits. Learn more here.


Are you in need of help? Call 2-1-1.

Free meals for children 18 and under

During the extended canceling of classes (through Friday, April 3), Columbus City Schools will offer meals for ALL children age 18 and under, Monday through Friday.

The meals will be “grab and go” style, and kids will also be able to pick up lunch at breakfast, or pick up the next day’s breakfast at lunch. Also, per federal regulations, children 18 and under must be in attendance in order to pick up food.

Click here for a map and to find the location closest to you.

Local Resources


Many of our community’s senior citizens who volunteer are at risk for the COVID-19 virus. Our nonprofit partners will need to fill their spots in the coming weeks. To volunteer at a local nonprofit, visit Volunteer United.

Thank you to our match sponsors

Thank you to our Leadership Donors

Gari Aber and Glenn Laine
Anonymous (2)
Michal Elias-Bachrach
Maria Bishop
Michael F. Bowman
Joe and Corrine Burger
Burns & McDonnell Foundation
CareSource Foundation
Tony Casagrande
Central Ohio Diversity Consortium
James J. Chester
John J. Chester Jr.
Joe and Linda Chlapaty
Benjamin Cole
Columbus Education Association
Columbus Facial Plastics LLC
Barbara Curran
Joyce DeArmond
Michal Elias-Bachrach
Josh and Megan Frazier
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
James Jr. and Barbara Gaddy
Roberta Garber
Carol Andreae and Jim Garland
Brian Gillis
Andrew J. Graf
Greif, Inc.
Elizabeth Haydel
Holly Heer
Julia Huffman
Frank and Melissa Ingwersen
The Jeffrey Company
Hal Keller and Laurie Kaps-Keller
Barry Keenan
Key Bank
Colleen Koehler
Thomas and Dana Kromer
Michael and Ann LaRocco
Stephen LeMasters
Craig Lockwood
ODW Logistics/Ness Family Fund
Douglas Marin
William McGee
Mark Metzger | Screenin' Fever
M/I Homes
Mollard Consulting
Dr. James J. Mohr
David Mustine and Leah Winkler
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
John and Emily Ness
Robert E. and Lynn Ness
Ohio Equities
Park National Bank
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 189
Douglas Polack
Buss and Lou Ann Ransom
Kyle Richards
Pamela Romanoff
Michael and Patricia Schiff Family – Schiff Capital Group
Vicki Schwartz
Brian Sherrick
Chester Spicer
Olga Tebben
Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky
Joseph Tomaszewski
Beverly Tran
United Food and Commercial Workers 1059
Utica First Insurance Company
Peggy Walter
Brittany Wells
Les and Abigail Wexner
Mark White
Krieg Williams

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