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United Way of Greater Cleveland Sets Focus on Action to Alleviate Poverty

Bill Winans, VP, Brand Strategy and Marketing

Cleveland (Sept 19, 2018)

When/Where: Friday, September 21, 2018
11 a.m. Networking
11:45 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
Grand Ballroom
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Annual Community Luncheon will be a launch pad for a number of significant collaborative initiatives designed not only to alleviate the here-and-now symptoms of poverty, but to take aim at creating a better understanding of the breadth of factors that so often keep generations of families from climbing out of poverty and ultimately at creating solutions and prevention.Close to 1,000 community members will gather for the luncheon on September 21 at the Huntington Convention Center. A centerpiece of the meeting is a call to action for the Greater Cleveland community to unite and solve for the root causes of poverty. The 105-year-old organization is setting its sights on the future and is encouraging the collaboration and self-reflection of all community members to look at the root causes of poverty and play a part in its resolution through a bold agenda that includes new messaging, but more importantly, that showcases new systemic methodologies and an elevated level of partnerships in the public and private sector.

“We must focus on the fundamental causes of poverty in our community,” states Augie Napoli, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland. “As hard as we have worked, we have yet to tackle the causes of our community’s pain. Once we diagnose the totality of the complex problem of poverty, we can begin to cure it.”

In addition to a celebration of the 2017-2018 fundraising campaign success, which raised more than $45 million, the meeting will include commentary from Monica Robins, senior health correspondent for WKYC alongside Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, 2018/19 Campaign Chair, United Way of Greater Cleveland.

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