Roots of ChangeForging a More United Way

 In the early 1900s, with a need to help the large number of people experiencing financial hardship, the United Way of Greater Cleveland was organized. For more than a century the organization has funded and supported programs to help people in need, fight poverty, and advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approves 2023 grants for six organizations
The Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees yesterday voted to approve six Northeast Ohio arts organizations for 2023 grants funding, including four arts and culture groups—Assembly for the Arts, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Karamu House, and SPACES.
Shopping with a conscience: Look for fair trade products when picking holiday gifts
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, a local group of more than 70 organizations working together to prevent sex and human trafficking in Cuyahoga County, wants shoppers to keep fair trade in mind when looking for gifts this holiday season. Here are some tips to support local retailers committed to fair trade.
First phase of six-year Woodhill Homes project starts with 120-unit apartments
CMHA, Cleveland, The Community Builders, and Marous Brothers Construction have officially started construction on Woodhill Station West—the first phase of the new Woodhill Homes, a six-phase, six-year $250 million development project that is part of the Buckeye-Woodhill Transformation Plan.
Cleveland Restoration Society receives funding for an African American Cultural Heritage Fellow
The Cleveland Restoration Society is looking for a one-year Fellow to help implement its Cleveland Civil Rights Trail project. 
Original grassroots: How Buckeye Woodland activists agitated for affordable utilities in the 1970s
More than 40 years ago, the Buckeye Woodland Community Congress shut down the East Ohio Gas building, crashed an energy company board meeting, and disrupted a fancy lunch to get the executives of major utility companies to reduce heating costs for seniors and more. What can we learn from this history of activism?
Catching a lift: Church van program helps give workers a boost out of poverty
One of the more intractable problems facing manufacturers is the mismatch between the location of jobs and where entry-level workers live. Many low-income and Black workers live in Cleveland and don’t own cars, but many jobs are in the suburbs, far from public transportation. 
The Color of Law: Author talks about racism in the law and America’s public policy history
Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law," recently gave a webinar to talk about a missing chapter in American History books—the chapter that tells about systemic racism in U.S. public policy.
United Way fights Cleveland’s poverty crisis head on with the Community Hub for Basic Needs
Cleveland is facing a poverty crisis, something that the United Way of Greater Cleveland and a network of its partners are tackling with a new strategy of focused investments.
United Way supports groups fighting hunger year round
The fight against hunger doesn’t stop when the holidays are over. The United Way of Greater Cleveland supports a number of groups battling hunger the entire year, in ways that go beyond dollars.
New child advocacy center helps children at time of greatest need
Each year, Cuyahoga County receives approximately 50,000 calls through the Child Abuse Hotline at the Division of Child and Family Services, according to the county website. These calls report acts of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect to children throughout Northeast Ohio. Nationally, abuse affects three million children annually, and causes the death of about four children every day.
The United Way of Greater Cleveland has a new strategy for tackling poverty head-on
While the United Way of Greater Cleveland has always been known for its progressive attitude, going forward, the agency is dividing its work into two distinct prongs: supporting services that address the symptoms of poverty, and also working to tackle the underlying causes of poverty.
Inside the Lead Safe Summit and the quest to save CLE kids from lead poisoning
Cleveland's decades-long lead poisoning epidemic has dominated policy and community debates in recent years. The concern is warranted: Each day, four Cleveland children are poisoned by inhaling or ingesting lead dust—putting our city's childhood lead poisoning rate at four times the national average.
How would 21 teens better Cleveland with $25,000? United Way gave them a chance to find out.
During a recent afternoon ceremony at the Halle Building, the mood was celebratory and inspiring as five local organizations received $5,000 grants in support of youth-geared initiatives. Even cooler? The benefactors are ambitious, civic-minded high school juniors and seniors who spent nine months serving on United Way of Greater Cleveland's John K. Mott Youth Fund Distribution Committee.
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