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

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, Student Success, 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.

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