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You know United Way ... But do you know what we do?

For over 100 years, United Way of Greater Cleveland has worked to help those in need.

Our neighbors need our help. The mission we began in 1913 is more important than ever today as we collaborate with partners, donors, and volunteers who share our vision of building a stronger, more equitable region.

Leading, partnering, and convening innovative programs

United Way of Greater Cleveland takes part in many initiatives that reach across all segments of our region. We provide staff and additional support beyond funding to many of these initiatives; others are managed by United Way. These programs work with various nonprofit agencies and maximize our impact in Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties.

United Way 211

United Way 211 is a trusted information and referral service that provides expert help 24/7 to meet your needs.

Accountable Health Communities

United Way’s 211 provides comprehensive on-site and remote screening to help people access services that address the social determinants of health. 

Aging & Disability Resource Center

The Geauga County Aging and Disability Resource Center helps older adults, people with disabilities, and family members find and access the right long-term services and supports.


Bridges@Work provides assistance to employees in Geauga County coping with challenges that affect their productivity at work.

Collaborative Investments + Health

United Way brings together hospital networks and insurance companies to invest in programs that keep people healthy.

Family Space

Family Space provides neighborhood hubs of information and for families with preschoolers. 

Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition

The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is committed to reducing lead exposure among Cleveland’s families and children.

Right To Counsel-Cleveland

Tenants facing eviction in Housing Court now have an ally in their corner. Right to Counsel provides free legal representation.

Louise C. Stokes Scholar House

The Louise C. Stokes Scholar House removes barriers to economic opportunity by providing housing and wrap-around services for low-income college students and their children.

Social Determinants of Work Initiative

 A collaborative effort to strategically advance access to work in our region through a deepened understanding of the barriers workers face.

Providing grants to agency programs

About the Community Hub for Basic Needs

Our Community Hub for Basic Needs addresses the here-and-now needs of individuals in Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties. Through the Hub, we select and fund the programs to combat poverty in the strategic areas of Economic Mobility, Health Pathways, and Housing Stability.

Through a rigorous process of applications, interviews, and input from community stakeholders we identify innovative programs to combat poverty that are aligned with United Way’s investment strategies. 

We are excited to partner with these 16 nonprofit agencies that are fully aligned with United Way’s community strategies and aggressive goals. Together, these 16 agencies will work together and report out results.

Current Community Hub for Basic Needs Agency Grantees

Asian Services in Action
Offers healthy, culturally appropriate meals and in-person opportunities to socialize with peers, keeping seniors connected to each other.
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Doors of Hope
Connects families facing homelessness with food, basic living needs, and temporary housing.
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Family & Community Services
Works with clients in Geauga County to assess wellness and schedule food deliveries for homebound senior citizens and those who are disabled.
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FrontLine Service
Creates a comprehensive approach to preventing and alleviating homelessness among LGBTQ+ adults.
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Joseph’s Home
Provides a safe place for single, adult women who are experiencing homelessness and have an acute medical condition.
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Journey Center for Safety & Healing
Connects domestic violence victims to stable housing.
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Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers
Works with individuals and families who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
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Lexington-Bell Community Center
Helps parents, family members, and home‐based caregivers provide quality learning experiences for children from their earliest days.
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May Dugan Center
Helps reduce hunger among people in the Ohio City neighborhood who have a hard time accessing services during regular business hours.
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Ravenwood Health
Empowers individuals and families through mental health and addiction services.
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Spanish American Committee
Provides hands-on workforce development training and certification assistance to the Latino/Hispanic community.
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Starting Point
Gives educators the resources they need to prepare kids for kindergarten.
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Thea Bowman Center
Bridges the digital divide and health literacy for seniors to enhance health-related outcomes and lower depression.
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Towards Employment
Helps people build skills and experience to connect to family-sustaining careers.
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Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Helps high school students navigate their career journeys.
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YWCA Greater Cleveland
Provides assistance for families and children under five who were disproportionately impacted by homelessness.
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