What We Do
Central Ohio has recovered from the Great Recession and unemployment is the lowest it’s been in years. Yet the number of people in poverty is unprecedented. As a result, our community’s future growth is clearly at risk.
To address this critical situation, United Way’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to focus all of our work on reducing poverty. Since adopting that plan, we thoroughly reviewed the latest data and research on the root causes of poverty, and developed transformative approaches that offer the greatest potential for effectively reducing poverty.
FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY, UNITED WAY’S NEW
APPROACH TO REDUCING POVERTY MEANS:
Changing How We Reduce Poverty
United Way took a hard look at current research to determine the root causes of poverty in our community. As a result, we’re working even harder to mobilize and convene community leaders, government, agencies, businesses, volunteers and donors to change underlying conditions and help families succeed.
By promoting and improving public and system policies that help break poverty’s barriers, we’ll provide people with more opportunities. Coordinated services and high-quality programs will lead to more stable outcomes that put people on a proven path to success. And, investments in high-need neighborhoods where revitalization is critical will expand resources for community partners.
The end result for central Ohio? A community that has more opportunities available for everyone. A community that’s energized, vibrant and stronger than ever before.
In order to focus on the one clear purpose of reducing poverty, United Way is changing the way we work. We’re acting more like a start-up than a 90-year-old organization. We’re investing smarter with a more integrated and comprehensive system. We’re embracing innovation to develop solutions that go beyond anything we’ve done in the past.
Our priority areas are focused on what people need to reach their highest potential: Basic Needs, School Readiness, High School Graduation, Jobs and Financial Stability, Good Health and Stable Housing.
We’re seizing this moment to make ourselves better so we can be even more effective at building a better community for everyone.
Provides early learning and childcare programs/services in central Ohio; improving availability, affordability and quality. Advocates for children so they may be prepared for kindergarten and lifelong success.
78 Jefferson Avenue (43215)
The African American Leadership Academy is designed to expand the number of African American leaders in central Ohio who excel in their professions and engage in community service. The Academy enlarges the definition of success and redefines the description of leadership to include doing well at work to do more good in the community. To that end, it assembles a group of Fellows who have the likelihood of significant accomplishments in both of those arenas. The Academy selects individuals who are ready to grow and to engage in preparation for that kind of success and that kind of leadership.
Each year, the Academy’s Advisory Board along with current and past Fellows seek out and nominate individuals to be invited to apply to the Academy. These individuals, ages 25-55, represent the business, non-profit, government, education and entrepreneurial sectors of the central Ohio community. Nominees have demonstrated potential for top leadership roles in both their professional and civic life.
The Academy’s mission is to increase the number of central Ohio’s African American leaders and broaden its awareness of a wider pool of capable and civic minded African American professionals. Maximizing the potential and engagement of all social and economic sectors is essential to the greater purpose of building “best at” and “best to be in” businesses and communities.
For more informations on the African American Leadership Academy, visit their website http://aalacademy.org/.
Reconnecting Families; Restoring Communities and Reinvesting in Ourselves by providing results-driven community reentry programs and behavioral support programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
2100 Stella Court (43215)
Provides immediate disaster relief and planning, emergency communications for military families, health and safety education, international services and transportation for seniors and disabled individuals.
995 E. Broad Street (43205)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps children realize their potential and build their futures by providing meaningful, professionally supported relationships between children facing adversity and caring volunteer mentors.
1855 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. (43229)
614.839.2447/Toll free 866.892.2447
Affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Clubs provide a comprehensive youth development and guidance after-school and extended summertime program for girls and boys, ages 6 to 18.
Administrative Offices West Side Unit - 115 S. Gift Street (43215) 221-8830/fax 221-1225 (admin) or 233-6842 (club) Milo-Grogan Unit, 1012 Cleveland Avenue (43201) 294-4366 EXTENSIONS Como Elementary Extension - 2989 Reis Avenue (43224) Heyl Elementary Extension - 760 Reinhard Avenue (43206) Highland Elementary Extension - 40 S. Highland Avenue (43223) Southmoor Middle School Extension - 1201 Moler Road (43207) Call 221-8830 for each extension listed above
Delivering Results for Families, Providers, Funders and Communities
The new Franklin County Pathways Community HUB offers our community an integrated and comprehensive system that meets holistic needs of county residents in an efficient and organized manner. Using nationally-recognized pathways that help people take coordinated, step-by-step action toward set objectives, the HUB provides:
- A single point of contact for individuals and families managing multiple needs,
- Standard, organized pathways for information flow and funding,
- Clear direction and efficiencies for all involved, and
- Accountability for outcomes.
How it works:
Community care coordinators within various organizations work directly with individuals and families to determine their needs, identify the appropriate service pathways and follow up regularly to ensure milestones along each pathway are completed. The HUB’s standard, organized pathways for information flow and funding bring increased efficiency to the process. Providers receive payment for services once a milestone is reached. Having one consistent point of support for individuals and families pursuing multiple pathways builds the relationships and rapport needed to help people achieve a better quality of life.
- A family with a preschooler receives an early learning checkup through Columbus Kids, which uncovers potential learning delays in the child.
- A Columbus Kids care coordinator will help the family find the pathway for overcoming the learning delay, but will also work to discover other needs the family might have.
- The father is unemployed and needs work skills to get a new job, so the coordinator starts him on a workforce development pathway.
- The mother is pregnant and does not have a health care provider, so the coordinator gets her on a pathway to having a healthy baby.
- The coordinator checks in regularly to make sure milestones along each pathway are completed.
A portion of funding for the Care Coordination Network is provided by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.
Central Community House is a comprehensive community center and human services agency that has been serving near east and near south neighborhoods in the settlement house tradition since 1936.
1150 E. Main Street (43205) Child Care Center 253-7267
The COPC is available 24/7/365 with free emergency information about poisoning and drug information. Specially trained nurses, pharmacists and doctors answer your calls.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital 700 Children’s Drive (43205)
Emergency 1.800.222.1222 /614.355.0463
We all have a stake in making sure our community’s children grow up with the support and opportunities necessary to learn in school and succeed in life to their fullest potential. It is critical that our community commits to making children and families a priority, and to addressing the issues that affect them.
From awareness to action, Champion of Children acts as a powerful voice and platform to fight poverty by focusing on the needs of our community’s children.
Champion of Children’s MISSION:
Dedicated to advancing and elevating community awareness and understanding of issues that affect the well-being and potential of our children and their families.
Committed to gathering and publishing research that guides and informs the support of programming that positively impacts issues affecting children.
Focused on making our community’s children a priority and motivating individuals and organizations to take action.
Investment in Champion of Children supports:
- Year-round community outreach, engagement and advocacy – Includes outreach, events, activities and volunteer opportunities that increase awareness of and to impact issues affecting children.
- Champion of Children events – Includes year-round events hosted in partnership with United Way affinity groups and/or community partners to create awareness of education issues and the needs of children in central Ohio.
- Year-round research – Funding for innovative research focused on creating awareness of children’s issues by highlighting and synthesizing relevant data. This includes publishing the annual Champion of Children Report which highlights and analyzes community issues and statistics related to central Ohio children in connection with a specific theme.
- Individual and Nonprofit organization awards – Annual awards honor an individual and an organization that have exhibited a passion for education and children through their actions, and have had a deep, far-reaching and lasting impact on the lives of children in central Ohio. Click here for a list of previous honorees.
- The Signature Event – An annual public event that brings the best and brightest leaders in education to central Ohio to highlight best practices and key children’s issues and opportunities. The event also includes the presentation of the Champion of Children awards.
- Champion of Children Blog – A resource for news, research and information relevant to children’s issues in central Ohio.
Join us. Become a champion today!
To obtain more information about how to support Champion of Children, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.227.2700.
Champion of Children Blog
We all have a stake in making sure our community’s children grow up with the support and opportunities necessary to learn in school and succeed in life to their fullest potential. It is critical that our community commits to making children and families a priority, and to addressing the issues that affect them.Learn More
Champion of Children Report
A report that explores some of the unique challenges that Latino boys face, as well as opportunities we can create to ensure success for these boys and all of our children in central Ohio.Learn More
We collaborate with multiple community investors and stakeholders who help connect the dots between our initiatives and investments to achieve our community’s vision and goals for children's issue.Learn More
Each year, our Signature Event honors a Champion of Children individual and nonprofit organization who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to children's issues.Learn More
Champion of Children Signature Event
This event annually highlights the great work being done locally and nationally around children's issues and features a panel discussion that is broadcast locally on WOSU.Learn More
We’ve honored an outstanding individual as our community’s Champion of Children annually since 1994.Learn More