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 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:
- The Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Lottery contract with United Way 2-1-1 to be the problem gambling line for the State of Ohio, over 3,000 calls taken.
- Answering calls and maintaining a database for Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Lorain and Lake counties, linking seniors and persons with disabilities to one of the 14 Aged Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in the region.
- Collaborating with the U.S. Marine Corps on the Toys for Tots campaign and the Plain Dealer’s Holiday Spirit Drive helped over 5,000 families receive gifts and gift cards.
- Assisting thousands of people affected by Hurricane Sandy by partnering with Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and the Red Cross – during the eight days of the storm, 2-1-1 took about 7,000 calls from people in need.
- Serving as the Kindergarten Transition Line for Cuyahoga County though a collaboration with MYCOM and Starting Point, 3,500 school related inquiries in 2012.
- In collaboration with the U.S. Justice Department, County Justice Services, Mental Health Services and other community agencies, United Way 2-1-1 provides the Defending Childhood Line for Cuyahoga County, linking children and their families who are the victims of trauma with mental health agencies
- In collaboration with ideastream/WVIZ, United Way 2-1-1 staff, participated in a telethon to link people with addiction problems to services in the community.
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