What We Do

Central Ohio continues to have high poverty despite record low unemployment rates. Many hardworking families are not benefiting from the strong economy. In fact, one-third of all Franklin County residents cannot meet their basic needs.

United Way of Central Ohio is focused on fighting poverty by investing in the most effective partners that get results. This network of more than 80 local partners provide opportunities in four critical areas:

  • Basic Needs

    Ensuring people in crisis get food, shelter and assistance.

  • Good Jobs

    Teaching people the skills they need to get and keep a job.

  • Strong Neighborhoods

    Engaging residents, business and government in revitalization efforts.

  • Student Success

    Helping children succeed from cradle to career.

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Basic Needs

Ensuring people in crisis get food, shelter and assistance.

did you know?

1 in 3 central Ohioans lacks the income to meet basic needs without assistance.

2,000 young adults in central Ohio are homeless.

partners

  • Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio
  • American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio
  • CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Clintonville-Beechwold CRC
  • Columbus Urban League
  • Community Development for All People
  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Shelter Board
  • Equitas
  • Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
  • Gladden Community House
  • HandsOn Central Ohio
  • Homeport
  • Huckleberry House, Inc.
  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • LifeCare Alliance
  • Local Matters
  • Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
  • Mental Health America of Franklin Ohio
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank
  • NNEMAP
  • OhioHealth I AM
  • OSU Moms2B
  • The Salvation Army
  • Serving Our Neighbors Ministries
  • Stable Families
  • Star House
  • YMCA of Central Ohio
  • YWCA Columbus

Achieving Results:

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Good Jobs

Teaching people the skills they need to get and keep a job.

did you know?

Full-time employment significantly reduces the likelihood that someone lives in poverty. Only 2.2% of people who work full time for the entire year have incomes below the poverty threshold in Franklin County.

partners

  • Alvis
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbus Speech & Hearing Center
  • Columbus Works
  • Community Development for all People
  • Community Properties Impact Corporation
  • DOMA International
  • E3 – Educate, Empower, Elevate
  • Economic and Community Development Institute
  • EmpowerBus
  • Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
  • Faith Mission
  • Godman Guild Association
  • Goodwill Columbus
  • Homeport
  • Homes on the Hill Community Development Corporation
  • i.c.stars
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Per Scholas
  • The Salvation Army
  • Tax Time of Central Ohio
  • Westerville Area Resource Ministry

Achieving Results:

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Strong Neighborhoods

Engaging residents, business and government in revitalization efforts.

did you know?

There is a 20-year difference in life expectancy between certain Columbus ZIP codes. Opportunities are enhanced or limited by where you live, depending on:

  • Neighborhood safety
  • Quality of schools
  • Availability of services
  • Proximity to jobs

Columbus is the 2nd most economically-segregated city in nation.

partners

  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Community Development for All People
  • Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus
  • Community Mediation Services
  • Goodwill Columbus
  • Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio
  • Hamilton STEM Academy – CCS
  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Neighborhood Partnership Center
  • Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT)
  • Reeb Avenue Center Collaboration
  • St. Stephen’s Community House
  • Stable Families
  • Neighborhood Partnership Center
  • United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Leadership Academy – Central, Linden, South Side and Near East

Achieving Results:

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Student Success

Helping children succeed from cradle to career.

did you know?

The poverty rate and the unemployment rate for people who do not have a High School diploma is twice as high as for people who have graduated.

72% of disadvantaged preschoolers in Franklin County struggle to learn the skills needed for kindergarten.

partners

  • Action for Children
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
  • Central Community House
  • Childhood League Center
  • City Year
  • Columbus Early Learning Centers
  • Columbus Speech & Hearing Center
  • Columbus Urban League
  • Communities in Schools of Central Ohio
  • Community Development for All People
  • Communities Properties Impact Corporation
  • Directions for Youth & Families
  • Dominican Sisters of Peace
  • Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
  • Gladden Community House
  • Godman Guild Association
  • Groundwork Ohio
  • Junior Achievement of Central Ohio
  • Kaleidoscope Youth Center
  • South Side Learning & Development Center
  • St. Stephen’s Community House
  • St. Vincent Family Center
  • Stable Families
  • The Center for Healthy Families
  • The Salvation Army
  • YMCA of Central Ohio
  • YWCA Columbus

Achieving Results:

Together, We Fight Poverty.

Action for Children UWCO 2018 Investment $50,000
Organization Description:

Action for Children (AFC) has been the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) in Central Ohio since 1972. The agency delivers technical assistance and professional development to all types of early learning programs and professionals; parent referral, education, and coaching services; and leadership in support of quality early learning at the community level.

Address:

78 Jefferson Avenue (43215)

Phone:

614.224.0222

Twitter:

Act4Kidz

African American Leadership Academy UWCO 2018 Investment $NA*

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/.

* United Way of Central Ohio serves as a fiscal agent for this initiative.

Agency Emergency Assistance Fund UWCO 2018 Investment $25,000
Organization Description:

Fund for partners experiencing an unforeseen issue.

Alvis UWCO 2018 Investment $200,000
Organization Description:

The mission of Alvis is to innovate and deliver evidence-based human service programs that empower those we serve to build successful and productive lives. Our vision is that communities believe each person's potential is more important than their past. With over 50 years of experience, Alvis provides research-based reentry programs for individuals with criminal justice histories. We also serve people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who face challenges as they seek to live independently. At Alvis, we give people the inspiration, the encouragement, and the tools they need to turn their lives around 180 degrees.

Address:

2100 Stella Court (43215)

Phone:

614.252.8402

Twitter:

AlvisHouse

American Red Cross UWCO 2018 Investment $450,000
Organization Description:

Provides immediate disaster relief and planning, emergency communications for military families, health and safety education, international services and transportation for seniors and disabled individuals.

Partner Description:

In Emergency Services, we respond to about 800 local disasters each year - mainly home fires and weather-related emergencies - providing shelter, food and clothing as needed. Our volunteers, who make up 94% of the Red Cross workforce, also train and prepare for major disasters, often deploying to help elsewhere. Our Community Transportation Program provides about 15,000 rides per year to necessary medical appointments for seniors who can no longer drive. Community Disaster Education team members present preparedness info to any size group – children or adults - on a variety of topics. The First Aid Services Team administers care to attendees at about 200 large public events per year, including OSU home football games. Service to the Armed Forces facilitates emergency communications for military families, and we provide world-class, certified training in critical live-saving skills. To volunteer, donate blood, make a donation or learn more, please visit www.columbus. redcross.org, or call us locally at 253-2740.

Address:

995 E. Broad Street (43205)

Phone:

614.253.2740

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio UWCO 2018 Investment $310,000
Organization Description:

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.

Partner Description:

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Ohio was one of the charter agencies that founded Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 1947. In 2014, BBBS of Central Ohio provided individual mentoring relationships to more than 2,600 youth. We are one of the top ten largest agencies out of 340 BBBS affiliates in the country. Our core programs include: Community-based Mentoring: Our traditional flagship program matches caring adults with children in need of adult friendship and guidance. Our Amachi program serves some of central Ohio’s most at-risk children, those who have an incarcerated parent. School-based Mentoring: This program matches positive adults and/or older youth in individual mentoring relationships with children at 70 schools in 22 school districts. Project Mentor, our largest School-based Mentoring program, is a collaboration with Columbus City Schools that launched in 2007. Camp Oty’Okwa: In 2014, BBBS also served more than 4,800 children at our Camp Oty’Okwa in Hocking Hills. Owned and operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1942, Camp Oty’Okwa provides group mentoring in a safe haven for youth during the summer months and environmental education throughout the year. The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio: BBBS Mentoring Center partners with 35 youth mentoring programs to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring. The Mentoring Center provides training (in-person and online) to help mentors become more successful, and also provides support to new and current mentoring programs.

Address:

1855 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. (43229)

Phone:

614.839.2447/Toll free 866.892.2447

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus UWCO 2018 Investment $245,000
Organization Description:

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.

Partner Description:

Program areas include character and leadership development; education, technology and career development; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation. Safe and positive environment administered by professionally trained adults. Affordable activities include daily meal programs, homework help, tutoring, drug/alcohol/tobacco resistance training, computer education, career exploration and community volunteer service. Scholarships are available for yearly membership.

Address:

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

Phone:

614.221.8830

Twitter:

BGCCbus

Catholic Social Services – Our Lady of Guadalupe Center UWCO 2018 Investment $50,000
Organization Description:

Catholic Social Services helps poor and vulnerable seniors, families, and individuals reach their potential. Our licensed and certified staff offer programs that serve clients regardless of faith or background.

Address:

197 E. Gay Street Columbus, OH 43215

Phone:

614.221.5891

Twitter:

colcss

CENTER FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES INC UWCO 2018 Investment $50,000
Organization Description:

Center for Employment Opportunities offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO's model is based on a highly-structured program of life skills education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement, and post-placement services.

Address:

50 Broadway, Suite 1604 New York, NY 10004+G12

Phone:

(212) 422-4430

Central Community House UWCO 2018 Investment $147,000
Organization Description:

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.

Partner Description:

Central Community House has a long history of success offering programs such as early education child care, after-school/summer programs, Transit Arts/teen development, Seniors Program, neighborhood development and advocacy, family strengthening, social work services, basic/emergency materials assistance and workforce development. Rather than simply address one problem or social condition, services holistically combat the myriad affects of generational poverty. Healthy children can only exist within strong families; families can only succeed when surrounded by safe, supportive neighborhoods. We exist to alleviate the human suffering that comes from being born into generational poverty and/or living in an impoverished, challenged neighborhood. At the same time we offer support and tools for individuals to increase self-sufficiency so that they may break cycles of poverty and become stable, healthy individuals and families who contribute to greater society.

Address:

1150 E. Main Street (43205) Child Care Center 253-7267

Phone:

614.252.3157

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