Annually United Way helps 450,000 Greater Cleveland residents by supporting health and human service programs focused on education, income and health. For example, to help kids graduate, United Way supports youth development programs to provide mentors and tutors for low income youth. Many United Way programs reach out to families to help them overcome financial setbacks and get on the path for a positive future by providing job training and financial literacy education. And United Way funded programs offer prescription assistance and address other components to support healthy living.
United Way 2-1-1 answered 252,000 calls for help last year with food and shelter assistance being the top requests. 2-1-1 also is the Kindergartner Readiness line and the call to action for the Defending Childhood initiative designed to help kids exposed to violence. And this rich community resource is available 24/7.
To further this work and have an even greater impact on our community, United Way of Greater Cleveland's board of directors moved our United Way to the community impact model in 2012. The model encourages community members to participate in advocacy and volunteerism in addition to campaign. Community impact is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us.
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