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United Way of Greater Cleveland Has New Strategies to Create Community Change

Contact: Kendra Wheeler, Media Relations Manager, 216-436-2122, 216-849-4922 cell

CLEVELAND (January 6, 2014) Today, United Way of Greater Cleveland introduced its new Community Impact Agenda, a comprehensive approach to solving our community’s problems. United Way’s goal is to create a healthy community where every child succeeds in school and every family and individual achieves financial stability.

“United Way volunteers and board and staff members indentified 11 priorities and 23 strategies to focus intently on our community’s most pressing needs,” said United Way Chairman of the Board and PNC Bank Regional President Paul Clark. “Formerly, United Way had 19 priorities and 53 strategies. Moving forward, we have fewer, very targeted strategies crafted specifically to advance education, income and health in Greater Cleveland.”

The priorities of United Way’s new Community Impact Agenda are:

Education

  • Kindergarten readiness – prepare kids to enter school
  • Academic success – support and promote in-and out-of-school time
  • High school graduation – post-secondary preparation

Income

  • Basic Needs – access to food and housing
  • Earn it – improve access to employment
  • Keep it – protect low-income individuals from unfair and illegal housing and financial practices
  • Save it – develop financial empowerment for low-income individuals and families

Health

  • Start healthy – risk reduction and disease prevention
  • Stay healthy – promote optimal health by providing support for individuals living with disease
  • Support strong systems – strengthen care integration and remove barriers to health care

United Way is implementing its education, income and health agenda utilizing a comprehensive approach called collective impact. Collective impact engages the entire community – individuals, groups and organizations – who have the passion, expertise and resources to get things done in Greater Cleveland.

When creating the new priorities and strategies, United Way volunteers and board and staff members analyzed gaps and overlaps in programs and services; referenced data provided by United Way 2-1-1 and the Center for Community Solutions to determine needs; and consulted with social service experts, members of the community and national best practices.

Today begins United Way’s open Request for Proposal process for any local 501(c)(3) organization to apply for annual funding for the programs and services aligned with the new community priorities and strategies for change. For more information about the RFP and a full list of United Way’s education, income and health priorities, strategies and investment areas, go to www.UnitedWayCleveland.org/RFP.

United Way of Greater Cleveland is a leader in mobilizing people to give, advocate and volunteer to advance education, income and health in our community. Join us and LIVE UNITED.

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