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:

  • LESS
    POVERTY
  • MORE
    OPPORTUNITY
  • BETTER
    POLICIES
  • GREATER
    STABILITY

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.

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