Cleveland (June 15, 2016) Today, United Way of Greater Cleveland’s board of directors voted to invest $33,394,775 in community programs – a reduction from last year’s investments of $34.5 million.
“United Way is investing in 123 education, income and health programs,” said United Way’s Director of Community Impact Operations, Nancy Mendez. “We are committed to continue implementing our Community Impact Agenda to create a healthy community where all students graduate high school and individuals and families are financially stable.”
In education, United Way is investing $5,795,886 to support programs that prepare our community’s kids for kindergarten and help them achieve and maintain grade-level reading. Additionally, United Way funds programs to address barriers to learning such as social and emotional development to ensure our community’s kids have the support necessary for high school graduation and beyond.
United Way maintains the wraparound strategy with Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The wraparound strategy links a community partner to each school and provides a coordinator in the school whose role is to identify and resolve academic distractions, such as hunger, unstable living conditions and medical issues. United Way and funding partners are investing $2,500,000 to continue wraparound services in more than 20 schools. A list of funders and schools implementing the wraparound strategy is available at www.unitedwaycleveland.org/investmentschools
In income, United Way is investing $5,209,984 to support programs helping individuals and families achieve and maintain financial stability with a focus on workforce development through education, job placement and retention and consumer advocacy and legal mediation. In income, United Way also supports basic housing needs by supporting programs providing emergency shelter for individuals and families in a housing crisis.
And in health, United Way is investing $4,178,766 to support programs helping our community members prevent trauma, manage chronic disease and increase access to health care and healthy foods.
In a combined income and health investment area, United Way invests $588,000 in basic needs for food security and wellness programs.
In addition, United Way 2-1-1 received $2,371,122 to continue linking our community members to the social, health and government resources they need 24 hours per day and seven days per week. Last year, United Way 2-1-1 information and referral specialists answered more than 250,000 calls for help across 16 Ohio counties.
Along with supporting the Community Impact Agenda, United Way invests in a number of community programs and initiatives aligned with its mission. For example, United Way funds the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (formerly FEMA), administers Cuyahoga County’s food grant supporting food pantries throughout the county and special projects such as the Family Stability Initiative designed to help families with school-aged children avoid losing their homes to foreclosure with the goal of not moving children from their current school district which negatively impacts academic performance.
United Way will also distribute $12,691,372 in donor-directed funds to local nonprofit organizations; $3,833,083 in contracts and commitments for community services offered by the AIDS Funding Collaborative, Children’s Health Consortium and more; and $3,095,300 to federation partners Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, Jewish Federation of Cleveland and United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland.
A full list of United Way-funded programs and investment amounts is available online at www.unitedwaycleveland.org.