United Way of Greater Cleveland reaffirmed its commitment to graduate more kids, lift families and individuals to financial stability and create a healthier community when its board of directors approved funding to continue implementation of its Community Impact Agenda. United Way will invest more than $34.5 million in more than 130 education, income and health programs.
“We’re committed to creating meaningful change in Greater Cleveland,” said United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson. “One way we drive change is by investing in the best local education, income and health programs to impact our community’s kids and their families.”
In education, United Way is investing $6,131,946 to support programs to prepare our kids for kindergarten and help them achieve and maintain grade-level reading. This investment also includes United Way and Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s wraparound strategy in 25 schools to address barriers to learning such as chronic absenteeism and social and emotional development to ensure our community’s kids have the support necessary for high school graduation and beyond.
In income, United Way is investing $6,095,053 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. The goal is to help our community earn it, keep it and save it. In income, United Way is also supporting food and housing programs.
And in health, United Way is investing $4,588,804 to support programs helping our community members prevent trauma, manage chronic disease and increase access to health care.
In addition, United Way 2-1-1 received $1,851,324 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 266,000 calls for help across 15 Ohio counties.
Along with supporting the Community Impact Agenda, United Way invests in a number of community programs and activities aligned with its mission. For example, United Way 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 $12,254,998 in donor-directed funds to local nonprofit organizations and $3,620,708 to federation partners Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, Jewish Federation of Cleveland and United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland.