Greater Cincinnati United Route recently announced to up to 135 partner organizations that they would receive more than $ 9 million in total to help with the aftermath of the global pandemic and continue to serve local families.
The money will be available in January, but the granting of the money will now help fund nonprofits for 2022. This continues United Way’s efforts to help nonprofits deal with the effects of COVID. The same partners received advances last year to help respond immediately to COVID and were among the groups that received $ 7.2 million in aid through the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.
All grant recipients are United Way sponsored agencies for the past several years and operate throughout the United Way Service area of 10 counties in northern Kentucky, southwest Ohio, and southeast Indiana. Together, they serve tens of thousands of residents across the region, helping families, among other things, meet basic needs, achieve financial stability, improve health and well-being, and receive quality education.
For a full list of the agencies funded, see uwgc.org.
“While the health effects of the pandemic appear to be wearing off, the economic impact is still raging and we know that rebuilding for many families in the greater Cincinnati area is a long-term effort,” said Moira Weir, President and CEO of United Way. “Our local nonprofits are a vital component in helping families on their way to economic prosperity. We are grateful for their work and proud to be part of the support system that helps our community recover and revitalize. “
Non-profit organizations, religious organizations, and other community groups served as boots on-site during the COVID response. United Way initially advanced one month funding to all partner agencies so that they could respond with violence when the pandemic began. During COVID, United Way offered further support, such as the distribution of 1.6 million masks – donated by Procter & Gamble – via agency partners.
United Way also expanded beyond partner organizations to work with hundreds of other community and religious groups to ensure equitable relief efforts. Weir said the work continues and United Way is committed to showing up in all communities and being relevant.
“We exist at the interface between donor interests and community needs,” she said. “Our donors trust that we know what is going on in our community, that we are assessing where the need is greatest, and developing a plan that not only addresses the immediate need, but also changes the system to accommodate the People are financially stable in the future. We are grateful to have this trust. “
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