Community Impact Projects and Programs By Bold Goal

Collective community impact through RBA (Results-Based Accountability) begins with common understanding of the problem, a shared vision for change, and an agreement for data collection and measurement.

Together with community leaders and local social service agencies, we identified three Bold Goals for our community and decided on data indicators that will help us measure success.

Every program, collaboration, and initiative we facilitate or fund with donor dollars impacts one or more of these Bold Goals: Successful Children, Healthy Families, & Self-Sufficient Residents.

Bold Goal 1: Successful Children

Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring • BPL Music, Movement & More • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) • MPL Let’s Read 20 • OHCAC Weekend Backpack Program • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio • PatchWorks House • GCT Youth Theatre Production • YWCA Family Learning Labs • Boys & Girls Club Formula for Impact • Safety City of Marion, Ohio • Marion Mentors • Marion Voices in the Schools • ROX (Ruling Our Experiences) • MCCS Foster Family Mentoring • Peace & Freedom Committee • Sara Beegle Child Care Center • Royal Family Kids • Imagination Library • Storytime at the Jer-Zee • Marion County Child Care Coalition • Believe in Students, Faculty and Students Together (BIS/FAST) Fund

Bold Goal 2: Healthy Families

CCCOA Home Delivered and Congregate Meals • RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) • CCPH QPR Suicide Prevention Training • OHCAC Weekend Backpack Program • Turning Point • Marion Victim Assistance Program • CCSG Food Pantry & Emergency Utility Assistance • PatchWorks House • GCT Youth Theatre Production • YWCA Family Learning Labs • Community Center for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing • Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter • LifeCare Alliance Meals-on-Wheels & Congregate Dining • American Red Cross Disaster Response Services & Home Fire Preparedness • LASC Safety & Stability for Women • Safety City of Marion, Ohio • Mobile Meals of Marion County • MCCS Foster Family Mentoring • Peace & Freedom Committee • First Step • Sara Beegle Child Care Center • Community Health Improvement Plan • 2-1-1 Local Help & Resources • Caledonia Farmers Market • Marion Housing Coalition • New Washington Community Food Pantry • Marion County Child Care Coalition • Marion Microfarm Project

Bold Goal 3: Self-Sufficient Residents

Crawford Works & Crawford Workforce Support Services • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio • Getting Ahead Community Navigation • Marion County Transportation Coalition • Pay it Forward Project • Community Opportunity • Marion County Child Care Coalition • Believe in Students, Faculty and Students Together (BIS/FAST) Fund


Disaster Response Services & Home Fire Preparedness

American Red Cross of East Central Ohio & American Red Cross of North Central Ohio

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.

614.253.2740  |  | RBA Scorecard

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.

740.387.3462  |    |  | RBA Scorecard

Music, Movement, & More

Bucyrus Public Library

The Music, Movement, & More program at Bucyrus Public Library allows children to experience the joy of music while practicing physical skills, increasing awareness of literacy and language development, and encouraging social-emotional skills.

614.253.2740  | | | RBA Scorecard

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

CASA of Seneca, Sandusky, & Wyandot Counties

CASA is a volunteer-based organization that trains people to become volunteer advocates for children. CASA of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties is a non-profit agency and has been serving locally abused and neglected children since 1990!

419.209.1442 | |

Community Center for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Catalyst Life Services

This program works to develop and enhance the independent living skills of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals living in the community.

419.756.1133 | | | RBA Scorecard

Emergency Food & Utility Assistance

Cooperative Christian Services of Galion

CCSG provides emergency food boxes to supply struggling households with pantry provisions while they are waiting for their next paycheck or assistance allotment. They also provide emergency utility funds for clients in danger of utility shut off. United Way of North Central Ohio is proud to partner with CCSG in supporting this program.


Home-Delivered & Congregate Meals

Crawford County Council on Aging

The CCCOA Home Delivered Nutrition program provides the delivery of nutritious and safe meals to eligible consumers in a home setting for the purpose of sustaining or improving consumer health. The program also provides participants with regular opportunities for face-to-face contact and conversation, and referral to more services if needed.

419.562.3050 | | RBA Scorecard

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Crawford County Public Health

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is a nationally-recognized suicide prevention training program that focuses on training community members to identify distressed individuals and get them referrals for professional help.

419.562.5871 |

Crawford Works & Crawford Workforce Support Services

Crawford Works

United Way supports Crawford Works in their mission to partner with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through sustained employment.

419.310.4653 | | RBA Scorecard

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.

567.393.6446 | | RBA Scorecard

Royal Family Kids

For the Children

Royal Family Kids camps, clubs, and mentoring in Marion create life-changing moments for children who have experienced relational trauma.

740.802.3401 |

Youth Theatre Production

Galion Community Theatre

The Youth Production program is open to kids age 10 to 20 from Galion and the surrounding community, and fosters creativity, self-expression, and confidence in its young cast and crew. GCT is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for all young members of our community, and UWNCO is proud to help sponsor their efforts.

419.468.2662 | |

Empowering Students with JA Programming

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio

Programming from Junior Achievement reaches students in Crawford, Marion, and Wyandot, equipping them with vital financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship knowledge.

330.433.0063 | |

Safety & Stability for Women

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

LASC’s program advocates for social and economic stability, advancement, and equity for at-risk women in the region through crisis-centered and long-term civil legal advocacy.

740.383.2161 | | RBA Scorecard

Meals-on-Wheels & 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.

614.278.3130 |

Marion Mentors

Marion Family YMCA

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.

740.725.9622×33  |  | RBA Scorecard

Getting Ahead Community Navigation

Marion Matters, Inc.

Getting Ahead Community Navigation provides support navigating resources to individuals in Marion County looking for assistance and education on their path to long-term stability.

740.223.2999  |  | RBA Scorecard

Marion Microfarm Project

Marion Microfarm Project is a community engagement effort to launch a sustainable local food system in Marion. The project trains beginner farmers in commercial production and develops partnerships with local businesses and agencies to address food insecurity and health and wellness.

419.631.3719  | 

Let’s Read 20

Marion Public Library

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.

740.387.0992 |

Heart of Ohio Shelter Program for the Homeless

Marion Shelter Program, Inc. serving Crawford, Marion, & Wyandot

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

740.387.4550  |  | RBA Scorecard

Believe in Students/Faculty & Students Together (BIS/FAST) Fund

Marion Technical College

The BIS/FAST (Believe in Students; Faculty and Students Together) fund at Marion Technical College provides student-focused non-punitive emergency aid to help keep life challenges from impeding the academic success of Marion Technical College students. Cutting out a time-consuming application process, money from the fund is administered through the Student Resource Navigator once all other internal and external resource options have been identified and exhausted.

Marion Victim Assistance Program

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.

740.387.4401 | | RBA Scorecard

Marion Voices In the Schools

Marion Voices Folklife & Oral History Program

Collaboration between students and Marion Voices’ culture-keepers and artists introduces local young people to folk and cultural arts traditions in our community, & helps to build culturally-sustaining pedagogy & cultivate reparative pride-in-place in Marion County’s diverse cultural traditions & landscapes.

Youth Mentoring

Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring

The Youth Mentor program at Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring provides young people in Crawford County with mentors who support, encourage, and provide opportunities to develop skills that will help them achieve success in life.

419.525.4618 | | RBA Scorecard

Mobile Meals of Marion County

Mobile Meals of Marion County fills an important gap in food service programs, providing minimal-cost meal delivery for Marion County seniors who have been waitlisted for another food service, individuals in need who do not meet Federal food program eligibility or who have a short term need while recovering from illness or injury, and people requiring special diets or food prep.

740.382.1818 | RBA Scorecard

Weekend Backpack Program

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission

United Way of North Central Ohio supports the Weekend Backpack Program in their efforts to provide accessible, nutritious, and child-friendly food for at-risk children at the weekends and over holidays.

419.468.5121 |

Safe Children & Family Contact Services

Patchworks House

Patchworks House provides services to families to help create plans for safe parenting, including the supervised visitation program. The program’s goal is to expand the safety and comfort for families and children who have experienced conflict or family violence.


Promoting Freedom & Equity

Peace & Freedom Committee

The Peace and Freedom Committee provides events and programming in Marion County to spread the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to lift up people from all cultures.

740.360.5975 |

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.

740.387.5019 | RBA Scorecard

First Step

Sandusky Valley Domestic Violence Shelter

First Step addresses intimate partner violence in Wyandot County with community resources, outreach, crisis counseling and advocacy services, with a goal of empowering victims to achieve survivorship.

419.435.7300 |

Educational Improvement Program

Sara Beegle Child Care Center

This program partners with parents and families in supporting optimal education and social development for children.

419.468.2363 |

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.

740.382.8988  |  | RBA Scorecard

Hope Squad & ROX (Ruling Our Experiences)

Union Elementary & Middle School

The ROX program teaches girls to communicate effectively, develop healthy relationships, navigate stress and pressure, plan for college and a career, and to become leaders.

419.294.5721 |

Mobile Learning Labs

YWCA of Northwest Ohio

United Way supports the Mobile Learning Labs operated by YWCA of Northwest Ohio. The Mobile Learning Lab program is designed to improve kindergarten readiness by providing activities that engage families and children while developing early learning skills.

419.241.3235  |  | RBA Scorecard


A Note About Collaborations

United Way of North Central Ohio continues to be committed to using RBA and collective impact throughout our funding process, and gives special consideration to  funding of community collaborations between agencies and organizations.

A collaboration considered for grant funding will be two or more organizations or entities working together to achieve a common goal to improve life for residents in Crawford, Marion, Morrow, & Wyandot counties.

A successful collaboration will meet the 5 conditions of collective impact:

  • Common Agenda. Common understanding of the problem and a shared vision for change.
  • Shared Measurement. Collecting data and measuring results, with a focus on performance measurement. Shared accountability.
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities. Differentiated approaches and coordination through joint plan of action.
  • Continuous Communication. Consistent and open communication, and a focus on building trust.
  • Backbone Support. Separate organization(s) with staff. Resources and skills to convene and coordinate participating organizations.

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Ruling our eXperiences

Carey Exempted Village Schools

The Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) program is implemented for middle school and high school girls at Carey EVSD. The program works to equip girls with the knowledge and skills to live healthy, independent, and violence-free lives.

419.396.7922 | |

Community Health Improvement Plan

Imagination Library

Crawford Partnership, Marion Public Library, Kiwanis Club of Morrow County, & Wyandot County Community Foundation

United Way of North Central Ohio is proud to help support the efforts of Imagination Library in Crawford, Marion, Morrow, and Wyandot counties. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio provides every Ohio child from birth to age 5 with a free book each month. This early childhood literacy initiative is made possible through donations and support by multiple community organizations.

Marion County Childcare Coalition

The Coalition brings together local non-profit organizations including UWNCO, Marion Family YMCA, YWCA, Marion Matters, Inc., Marion Community Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, Marion Goodwill-Ohio, Marion Area Chamber of Commerce and Marion Job & Family Services to address the barriers to accessible, affordable childcare in Marion County. The Coalition’s goal is to remove those barriers and to provide families with improved childcare options as we emerge from the pandemic’s effects. Learn more about the Marion County Child Care Coalition here.

Marion Housing Coalition

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

Marion County Transportation Coalition

The goal of the Coalition is to streamline transportation efforts, by working together with the regional mobility manager, to create solutions that are viable to all Marion County residents.

New Washington Community Food Pantry

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church serves the community of New Washington and its rural environs with a food pantry. Sponsorship by United Way of North Central Ohio helps support the pantry as well as funding for a pavilion that hosts a seasonal community farmers market.

419.492.2182  | 

Open Door

Open Door support families in Wyandot County on a case by case basis with assistance for rent, utilities, limited medical needs, transportation, and food.

419.209.6736  | 

Storytime at the Jer-Zee

This summer storytime series hosted by the Jer-Zee Drive-In in Marion helps stop the summer slide with fun stories, activities, and treats on Tuesday mornings.

740.387.8356 |

Community Opportunity

Wyandot County Office of Economic Development

Community Opportunity is a county-wide workforce development and talent retention tool, which provides a program creating communication and collaboration between local high school youth, educational institutions, and businesses to enhance local career exploration and awareness, and the retention of viable local talent.

419.294.6404 | |

Success by 6 Marion: Kindergarten Camp

Marion City Schools & Marion Family YMCA

Make summer plans for Success By 6 Kindergarten Camp 2023 for your rising Marion City School kindergartener. The FREE four-week program runs July 10 through August 3 on mornings, Monday through Thursday, with school bus service, breakfast, and lunch provided. Students brush up on small and large motor skills, practice handwriting and phonemic awareness, and more. They also gain confidence in the school routine and with a social group.

Foster Family Mentoring

Marion County Children Services

The Foster Family Mentoring program helps new and prospective foster families become a successful resource for children placed in their homes, and for the families of those children.

Pay It Forward

Ohio State University – Marion

Pay It Forward is a collaborative effort between Ohio State Marion and United Way of North Central Ohio that provides students with experiential learning as they explore the process of grant writing and approval while increasing their awareness of the funding needs of local organizations.

2-1-1 Local Help & Resources

Pathways of Central Ohio

This United Way agency partner provides 24/7 services over the phone, connecting callers with the help they need, including mental health services, emergency food and housing, veterans services, health care, and more. Call 2-1-1 or dial 800-544-1601.

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Special thanks to our UWNCO Bold Goal Champions.