We mobilize people, organizations and resources in a focused effort to advance education, income and health in our Greater Cleveland community.
United Way of Greater Cleveland aspires to create and support a healthy community where all kids succeed in school and families and individuals are financially stable. To do this, we engage our community members to volunteer their time, talent and voices to support our work. More than 150 Community Impact volunteers oversee the annual investments in programs designed to address some of our community's most difficult problems, and Campaign Cabinet volunteers work to mobilize some 1,400 workplace campaigns. And more than 2,000 volunteers participate in hands-on projects through our Days of Caring program.
The result is 450,000 Greater Cleveland residents benefit from United Way every year.
United Way’s administrative costs continue to be much lower than the national United Way average and far less than many other charities. Because of the efficient work of staff members and the generous contribution of time and talent from volunteers, nearly 86 percent of contributions go directly to advance education, income and health in our community.
In 2013, United Way 2-1-1 referral specialists responded to a record 279,000 calls (27,000 more than 2012), providing free and confidential information and referrals 24/7 to those needing health and human services. United Way 2-1-1 services are now available to two million people living in a nine-county area. United Way 2-1-1 continues to partner with many agencies, organizations and businesses to further affect change and advance education, income and health in our community. For example, United Way 2-1-1:
- Launched Help2Veterans, a free veteran-staffed helpline to connect veterans, active military, reservists, National Guard members and their families to social, health and government services in Cuyahoga County. The program launched in mid-November and by the end of the year, nearly 2,000 veterans were served. This program is in partnership with Cuyahoga County Council.
- Linked seniors and persons with disabilities to Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). United Way 2-1-1 received more than 21,000 calls from older adults -- a 14 percent increase from 2012. Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging provides support for this program.
- Provided 1,000 grocery gift cards for older adults through the generous support of Buckeye Community Health, Dave's Markets and Dominion.
- Is the Cuyahoga County Kindergarten Transition Line though collaboration with MYCOM and Starting Point and serves as the entry point for the LIVE UNITED for Kids initiative. Handled more than 7,000 education-related inquiries in 2013.
- Scheduled more than 10,000 tax appointments in partnership with the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, Enterprise Community Partners and regional United Way partners.
- Saved Cuyahoga County residents more than $1 million through the MedRefer program, by facilitating access to free and low-cost prescription medication. This is a three-fold increase from 2012. This program is in collaboration with Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services.
- Provides the Defending Childhood Line for Cuyahoga County, linking children and their families who are the victims of violence with mental health agencies in collaboration with the U.S. Justice Department, County Justice Services and other community agencies.
- Linked over 30,000 people to health, mental health and addiction services in 2013.
Visit their website: 211oh.org