United Way of North Central Ohio is mobilizing to direct resources and support to the agencies who are tasked with meeting the needs of the community during this COVID19 outbreak and its consequences. Please consider making a donation to the United Way of North Central Ohio’s Community Relief Fund – all donations will be used to support the near- and long-term COVID19 response efforts in our community, and you can designate your donation to be used in Crawford, Marion, or Wyandot.

We’ve added a COVID-19 Response & Resources page to our website to use as a clearinghouse for parents, seniors, and others looking for local information and advice. We’ll be adding information as we receive it, but circumstances are changing continually; please check with individual agencies and organizations to confirm.

Read more about our response to this crisis here.

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2020-2021 Community Partner Grant Application & Funding

In order to help protect the health of the community and in compliance with the executive order issued today by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, we have postponed our Pathway to Funding: How Donor Dollars Lead to Change training meetings. The meetings will be scheduled if and when possible.

The 2020-2021 Community Partner Grant application period opened on March 16, as planned. The online application is available here. Recognizing the additional stress and time constraints that partner and prospective partner agencies are under as they respond to the outbreak, we have extended the application due date to April 30. The approval and funding cycle remains the same.

2020-2021 Grant Application

Big Problems Call for Bold Goals

It is not about short-term charity, it is about lasting change.

Our United Way of Marion County is committed to tackling the root causes of our community’s most challenging problems, implementing and supporting innovative strategies and ambitious visions of our future. Our Bold Goals are a collective vision for making our region stronger for everyone who calls it home.

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

Our United Way fights for early childhood literacy, positive mentorship opportunities, and higher graduation rates.

Healthy, Vibrant Neighborhoods

Healthy, Vibrant Neighborhoods

Our United Way advocates for safe and affordable housing, increased quality of life, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Our United Way supports leadership and workforce development programs that create sustainable employment and forge the path to self-sufficiency.

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Featured Partners

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.


Victim Assistance Program

Marion Area Counseling Center

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.



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.


Marion Allocation Committee

Comprised of dedicated volunteers representing a diverse range of community organizations, the Marion Allocation Committee is an integral component of our application and allocation process, helping to determine United Way funded partners and programs each year. The committee members review all funding applications, meet to discuss and evaluate applications, and recommend programs and funding amounts to the United Way Governing Board for final approval.

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At United Way of North Central Ohio, our offices are closed but its business as usual! Our staff is working remotely to make sure local social service agencies have the resources to continue serving the expanding needs of our most vulnerable residents. We can all be reached via email, or you can call 740-383-3108 to speak to us. See more about our COVID-19 response and how you can help here:
We are so thankful for Meijers generosity and support of United Way! Their gift to our United Way NCO Community Relief Fund will help support the tireless efforts of local non-profits responding to our communitys needs during the COVID19 pandemic. Find out more about the Community Relief Fund and how you can help here:
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Ohios primary election has been postponed until June 2, and Ohioans can request an absentee ballot up until May 26. If youve already voted in-person or by mail, your vote will count! Many of us are confined, confused, and worried, but voting is one of our greatest duties and rights as citizens, and its something we have control over. If you havent voted yet, please visit and request your absentee ballot today! #WorthIt #SupportOurSeniors
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It is so heartwarming to see the generosity of our community as they look for ways to help one another in these days of uncertainty. United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. wants you to know that our community has a great network of agencies providing safety net services already in place; they are experienced and prepared to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents during this crisis. The resources of these agencies will be strained to the limits, however, as we expect the need to grow over the coming days and weeks. Please consider making a donation to the United Way of North Central Ohio’s Community Relief Fund – all donations will be used to support the near- and long-term COVID19 response efforts in our community, and you can designate your donation to be used in Marion County. Donate now at
This is such great news! All children living in Marion County are eligible to sign up for the Ohio Governors Imagination Library, and will receive a new book of their very own each month until they are five!  We are grateful to Marion Public Library and all of the area organizations who worked to make this happen in our community! #BoldGoal1 #BetterTogether #KindergartenReady
In 1920, the Bold Goals of suffragettes across the country resulted in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and gave women the constitutional right to vote! A century later, United Way of North Central Ohio holds on to the example set by these brave women as we reach for Bold Goals of our own. #CollectiveImpact #BoldGoals #19thAmendment
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United Way Workplace Campaign

Live United!

The United Way Workplace Campaign unites employees in all offices or branches of a company, and gives them an opportunity to donate, volunteer and speak out for causes that matter to them. You can see the results in your own backyard, even as you’re part of a larger mission to affect change worldwide.

Employers who participate in workplace campaigns find benefits beyond the immediate impact in the community,  including more engaged employees and an enhanced spirit of corporate volunteerism.

Workplace Campaign Toolkit

We appreciate the efforts of local businesses and organizations in supporting and administering United Way Workplace Campaigns and are committed to doing everything we can to support each Campaign Coordinator based on the individual needs of their workplace. Available support includes interactive in-person training, annual Campaign Coordinator Luncheon, shared guidance and encouragement from experienced Coordinators, employee engagement support, and United Way staff support and marketing materials.

Tools for A Successful Workplace Campaign

Our Commitment to Transparency

In an effort to remain accountable to our investors, United Way of North Central Ohio serving Crawford, Marion, & Wyandot Counties is as transparent as possible with its financial records. Our annual audit is conducted by an independent CPA and is available below along with our annual IRS Tax Form 990. Our most recent Annual Reports to our investors are also archived below. We strive to ensure your investment has maximum impact in our community.

United Way of North Central Ohio continues to meet all twenty Standards for Charitable Accountability established by the Better Business Bureau.

2018 Annual Report
2018 Form 990
2017 Annual Report
2017 Form 990
2016 Annual Report
2016 Form 990
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