United Way to invest $11.9 millionWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Way of Greater Toledo has announced it will invest $11.9 million in program initiatives in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties this year.
Of that investment, $7.6 million was allotted to causes chosen by United Way volunteers. The bulk of that ($4.2 million) went toward what the organization calls the three “building blocks for a quality life,” including education, income and health.
The remainder will be spent as the donors wished.
“It’s all tied together,” said Mary Foote, the co-chairwoman of United Way’s Community Impact Cabinet. “Income and health are crucial supports for educating our kids. A family’s financial stability and a student’s access to health services are absolutely factors in classroom success.”
Of the three building blocks, education is receiving the most attention. The United Way is investing more than $2 million into education including $365,000 into the Toledo Boys & Girls Clubs, $265,860 into Child Development at the Toledo Day Nursery and $190,000 into Schools as Community Hubs, which takes a school and makes it the center of an entire neighborhood.
“Education continues to be our community’s top priority, and we thank our loyal donors for their trust and generosity in helping advance this critical issue,” said United Way of Greater Toledo President and CEO Bill Kitson. “Education is the subject that arises throughout our community time and again, in conversations from economic sustainability to crime rates and everything in between.”
Health programs include a partnership with the YMCA’s Pioneering a Healthy Community project, which has received $100,000. The project is designed to bring city leaders, organizations and community members together to “improve the health and well-being” of the community through policies, systems and environmental change.
“We are thrilled to be immersed in our community and out listening to people’s aspirations,” Kitson said.
For more information on the United Way, visit the website www.UnitedWayToledo.org.