Who Do We Help?
The United Way supports programs that touch people from all walks of life in Ross County.
In 2016, over 3296 children were served through partnerships with organization like: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Map Your Futre, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Easter Seals Discovery Garden, all 7 Ross county/City School Districts with the success by 6 Kindergarten Readiness Program, Huntington School's Archery Program and the Carver Community Center. More than 45,852 adults and children were served in collaboration with the Baninbridge & Frankfort Senior Centers, the Hope Clinic, the Hunger Coalition Mighty Active Packs Club and Produce Give-a-ways, Solace, the YMCA, the Child Protection Center, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Ohio State University's Cooking Matters program. Additionally, we helped over 5963 people with programs that improved financial independence and that helped people in crisis through partnerships with the American Red Cross, Ross County's Community Action Center's Men's Shelter, the Assistance House, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and the Ross County CASH Coalition.
How Do We Help So Many People with So Many Needs?
We partner with over 33 local agency programs and facilitate 7 United Way Initiative Programs in Ross County. We focus on three major impact areas to address needs in our community: education, health and income stability. When a program doesn't already exist to meet a need in our community, we work with non-profit partners to create programs to address those specific community needs. Please see click on the various tabs under the "Programs Menu" to see details on all our programs.
How Do We Decide Which Programs to Fund?
99% of donations made to the United Way of Ross County, STAY IN ROSS COUNTY, making a difference in the lives of our community members. This is why United Way relies on community leaders and volunteers to help us decide where and how to invest our dollars. Community volunteers continually spend time reviewing programs and requests for funds, and make careful decisions on where the greatest needs in the community are. We then make careful decisions on how to invest your dollars, and follow up on programs through reports, audits and visits throughout the year. This process allows United Way to be extremely efficient, keeping costs low so more dollars go toward providing services. You can be assured that by giving to United Way of Ross County, your donation will meet the most deserving needs across the community in the best way possible to make the most difference.
If you are a non-profit agency with a 501(C)(3) status and are interested in becoming a Program Partner by receiving a United Way Grant, please click here for more information or contact us at 740/773-3280. Together we can help make our community a better place.
The United Way also provides one-time special needs and new program initiative grants to agencies that need assistance. Click here to find out more about these available grants.