United Way of Greater Cleveland is a leader in addressing health and human service needs through convening partnerships, funding programs, generating resources and advocating for public policy to support our community's priorities.
United Way of Greater Cleveland mobilizes our community to give, advocate and volunteer to advance education, income and health, life’s most essential building blocks. The annual community-wide fundraising campaign raises $40 million to support health and human services. Additionally 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 most difficult problems. The Campaign Cabinet volunteers make thousands of personal calls and visits to mobilize some 1,700 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 88 percent of contributions go directly to advance education, income and health in our community.
In 2012, United Way 2-1-1 referral specialists responded to a record 253,000 calls (12,000 more than 2011), 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 1.9 million people living in a seven county area – Cuyahoga, Ashland, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Wayne and Holmes counties. Lawrence County will be added in June 2013, and discussion is underway regarding expanding coverage to five more counties in southeast Ohio. 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, thereby creating opportunities for a better life for all, including:
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