Disaster Cycle Services & Home Fire Preparedness

American Red Cross | Central & Southern Ohio Region

The American Red Cross Disaster Cycle services prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Their Home Fire Preparedness campaign saves lives by installing smoke alarms and educating families about home fire safety. United Way of North Central Ohio is proud to support these efforts in Crawford, Wyandot, and Marion counties.


Formula for Impact

Boys & Girls Club of Marion County

Formula for Impact is a program developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to encourage positive youth development through a safe, positive environment; fun; supportive relationships; opportunities and expectations; and recognition. It also incorporates high-yield learning activities, targeted programs and regular attendance.


Homebuyer U

Buckeye Ridge Habitat for Humanity

Low-median income and first time home buyers seeking affordable housing are often unprepared for the new responsibilities and needs they will have as a homeowner. Homebuyer U helps prepare first time homebuyers to navigate the transition from renter to owner.



GEAR Up Marion City Schools

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) at Marion City Schools works to support early college preparation and awareness using academic, career and culturally woven events and activities including tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education, and college scholarships.


Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Family & Community Services, Inc.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Volunteers can use the skills and talents they’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within their communities.


Let's Read 20

Let's Read 20

Forming the habit of reading at a young age is linked to higher performance and achievement throughout life. Let’s Read 20 is a community-wide initiative that promotes early childhood literacy and is attempting to positively impact the culture of our community and the way it values reading, education and academic success.


Keeping Kids in School - LASC's Youth Law Project

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

LASC's Youth Law Project directly address barriers to high school graduation in our community by identifying recurring themes and challenges experienced by Marion County's children and creating a community-wide referral network for children and their families.


Meals-on-Wheel & Congregate Dining Center Programs

LifeCare Alliance

Provides nourishing food and socialization to older adults and individuals living with a medical challenge or disability in Marion County.


Victim Assistance Program

Marion County Victim Assistance

The Victim Assistance Program provides county wide services to victims of any crime. Victim Assistance minimizes the effects of crime in the lives of crime victims, while Victim Advocates offer victims of crime support services which include emergency assistance, emotional support, agency referrals, and assistance with legal filings as well as court orientation and advocacy.


Weekend Backpack Program

Marion City Schools

The Weekend Backpack Program provides meals to the most food insecure students at Marion City Schools. Volunteers fill bags weekly with shelf stable foods to cover two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners to bridge the weekend gap when school meals are unavailable.


Job Readiness

Marion Goodwill Industries

Job readiness training at Marion Goodwill Industries helps participants understand workplace etiquette and employer expectations. Participants also learn how to conduct an effective job search and develop the skills required in their respective career fields.


Getting Ahead

Marion Matters

Getting Ahead is a ten week program providing participants with opportunities to use their own experiences in poverty to explore issues in the community impacting poverty, and to put those resources to work as part of their move to self-sufficiency.


Youth Mentoring

Marion Mentors

The Marion Mentors program works to support the development of one-to-one relationships between a volunteer adult role model and a student. This unique relationship provides support and encouragement, and can help a young person develop the academic, social, personal, and leadership skills to foster success in their future.


Music Time

Marion Public Library

Supported by United Way of North Central Ohio, Music Time at the Library is a program that fosters early childhood learning. Led by a board-certified music therapist, the program builds kindergarten-readiness skills by focusing on music and movement activities and is designed to be inclusive of all children, regardless of developmental levels or disabilities.


Marion Shelter Program

Marion Shelter Program, Inc.

Shelter program provides individuals and families safe shelter, basic necessities, and a structured opportunity to regain sustainable self-sufficiency.


Mobile Meals

Mobile Meals of Marion County

Mobile Meals delivers a hot, nutritious meal daily, Monday through Friday, to residents in Marion and surrounding communities. Meals are prepared locally and can be tailored for specific dietary needs.


Housing Crisis

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission

With support from United Way of North Central Ohio, OHCAC works with a network of housing programs to provide emergency housing for homeless individuals and families in Marion County. OHCAC has a full time staff member dedicated to housing the homeless.


Pay It Forward Project

The Ohio State University, Marion

With support from United Way of North Central Ohio,  the Pay It Forward Project at OSU Marion helps students to learn the important role philanthropy plays in sustaining and improving our local community, to apply academic course content in service to the community, and to become engaged citizens by awarding grant funds to local organizations.

Safety City

Safety City of Marion Ohio

Safety City uses hands-on role playing to give Marion County kindergarteners knowledge and experience in the 9-1-1 system, fire safety, gun safety, and traffic safety, enabling them to make good choices and help them live long, safe and healthy lives.


Shelter & Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence

Turning Point

Turning Point provides crisis/hotline, shelter, advocacy, information and referral and victims' rights advocacy to victims of domestic violence in our community.


Marion Housing Coalition

United Way of Marion County

The Marion Housing Coalition works to bring together community residents and agency partners to address housing and blight issues in Marion County.


Scouting Scholarships

United Way of Marion County

Scouting Scholarships provides funding for a variety of scouting expenses, including troop dues, summer camp fees, patches, national/district events, weekend camping, day camp, and High Adventure. Scholarship applications are available at the UWNCO; funding is provided through the Scouting Committee which meets monthly to review applications.

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