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.

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 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,  Student Success, Good Jobs and Strong Neighborhoods.

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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