United Way of Central Ohio’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund raised more than $2 million in two months, thanks to generous gifts from corporate sponsors, leadership donors and community members. Our community’s trust in our organization and belief in the impact of our mission lifts our spirits during this unprecedented time.

The fund was quickly distributed to 69 nonprofits answering the needs of our neighbors who have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis. It was also used to provide nonprofits with more than 31,000 face masks, more than 30,000 pairs of gloves and numerous thermometers.

The complete list of nonprofits receiving grants from the fund in four rounds can be viewed here.

Community response fund at work

As this crisis continues to affect nonprofits and the people they serve in the months ahead, United Way is focused on supporting the critical basic needs of families and providing opportunities for student success for kids facing multiple barriers.

The need for these community services will continue to grow dramatically as low- and middle-income families struggle to pay rent, buy food and cover expenses. Children who lack resources and educational opportunities have been away from school for months, missing out on valuable learning, structure and regular meals.

We won’t give up on them, and we know you won’t either.


There is much to do in the months ahead, and United Way is prepared to meet those challenges. But we need everyone who can to step up. Your contributions to support our response and recovery efforts in the areas of basic needs and student success will provide the hope, resources and opportunities our community's nonprofits and the families they serve desperately need.

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 Recovery" 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 Recovery" and mail payment to our bank lockbox at:
PO Box 951571
Cleveland, OH 44193.


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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