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 Ohioโ€™s Community Relief Fund โ€“ 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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We appreciate the generosity of this community. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported local response to the COVID-19 pandemic with donations to the United Way of North Central Ohio Community Relief Fund. Read more about how your gifts are being used here.

Special thanks to these corporate donors for their support of the UWNCO CRF!

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

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.


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.


Pay It Forward Project

The Ohio State University, Marion

With support from United Way of North Central Ohio,ย  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.

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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Todays the deadline for signing your child up for The Boys & Girls Club of Marion Countys summer program!
Were back in the office! After more than two months of working remotely from home, United Way of North Central Ohio will reopen on Monday with our summer schedule. The office has been deep cleaned and sanitized, were wearing masks and keeping our distance, and we have masks and sanitizer available for our guests!

Way to go, Erin! United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. is so proud to partner with you and Marion Family YMCA! #MarionMentors #BoldGoal1Rookie of the Year...
This person started her position as the Director of Mentoring in September 2018. Not only was she new in the position and new to the Y, but the position itself was new. As Director of Mentoring, she provides leadership to a community collaboration led by the Y while also working to ensure a mentoring program based on best practices. As she was learning her role; she was also establishing a culture of collaboration among school districts, United Way, the local Boys & Girls Club, faith communities, and a local bank as a business partner.

During her first year, she also took on additional responsibilities during a co-workers maternity leave. These added responsibilities included a new grant funded program for middle school students and Summer Day Camp. She took these on while was preparing for her own maternity leave. With her efforts, the Y saw growth in Day Camp and parent evaluations told us campers were experiencing achievement and belonging.

She worked tirelessly during her first ten months, including creating a strong collaboration with the Mentor partners, such that the partner organizations stepped up their role during her maternity leave. She connected us with MENTOR Central Ohio to ensure our local Mentors program was using best practices in mentor screening and training. She redesigned the roles of the partners to provide a more effective collaboration with better defined responsibilities.

She successfully led a partner-based implementation team in YUSA’s Character Development Learning Institute and was successful in securing the Y in CDLI Phase II. She also recently secured this community as part of YUSA’s Boys & Young Men of Color work.

Her efforts have resulted in a 40% increase in the number of youths benefiting from a caring adult mentor. Today, the Y has 134 youth (mentees) and 122 volunteer mentors meeting each week and building impactful relationships. They are mentoring in 15 locations with three school district partners, one charter school, one faith community, United Way, Boys and Girls Club and the Union Bank Company as committed and engaged partners.

Throughout her short tenure, she has demonstrated all Y character values, but what stands out is her responsibility. Her actions are based on responsibility to the youth of this community so that all youth have equitable opportunities to excel; to the Mentor partners so that their organization’s voices are heard and their organizational goals are met; to the volunteer mentors so that they have the training and support needed to be excellent mentors; and to the Y as her new career-home.

She took on the responsibility of Summer Day Camp and a grant funded summer program for middle school youth during her first summer as a Y professional. She also designed roles for the mentoring partners in preparation for her own maternity leave that ensured mentoring would continue in her absence.

Please congratulate our Rookie of the Year, from the Marion Family YMCA, Erin Slater.
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Way to go, Erin! United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. is so proud to partner with you and Marion Family YMCA! #MarionMentors #BoldGoal1

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Erin is WONDERFUL! Well deserved!

Thank you! We couldn’t do it without your support!

Good Job Erin!๐Ÿ‘

Congrats Erin!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Congrats Erin!!!!

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Marion City Schools Summer Feeding Program will distribute 5 breakfast/lunch bags each to children ages 1 to 18 on Wednesdays through August 5! See the pickup schedule and details below. ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽ
With generous support from our community, United Way of North Central Ohio funds more than 50 programs and initiatives for our non-profit partners serving the populations of Crawford, Marion, and Wyandot counties. #LiveUnited Learn more at

The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County is finding innovative ways to continue to serve and mentor their members during the COVID crisis! Club members can pick up "Sports in a Bag" Care Packages today from 3:30 to 5:30 pm - they are packed full of fun and food to start summer off right; see their post below for info. The Club is also finalizing plans for the 2020 Summer Program - space will be limited this year - enrollment begins on May 27. See for more info. #BoldGoal1 #UWNCOCommunityPartner๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’™ ๐“๐Ž๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰

We will be distributing "โšฝ๏ธsports in bag๐Ÿ€" care packages at the club TODAY 3๏ธโƒฃ:3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃpm - 5๏ธโƒฃ:3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃpm!

We ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ all of our CURRENT members to stop by and receive their bag, which includes sports items๐Ÿˆ, shelf stable food ๐Ÿฅซ & information about the ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’ปVCE (Virutal Club Experience) & much more!

We cannot wait to see all of your ๐“ผ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ faces, even if it is through car windows! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
**โ„™๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•– ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ž๐•’๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•ง๐•–๐•™๐•š๐•”๐•๐•–**

#TodaystheDay #BGCFamily #HereForYou #InThisTogehter #SportsBag
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The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County is finding innovative ways to continue to serve and mentor their members during the COVID crisis! Club members can pick up Sports in a Bag Care Packages today from 3:30  to 5:30 pm - they are packed full of fun and food to start summer off right; see their post below for info. The Club is also finalizing plans for the 2020 Summer Program - space will be limited this year - enrollment begins on May 27. See for more info. #BoldGoal1 #UWNCOCommunityPartner
Our (remote) offices are closed today in recognition of Memorial Day. Please take time today - and every day -  to remember and honor all those who have served and sacrificed for us.
In April, United Way of North Central Ohios governing board of directors said a sad goodbye to Dr. Jackie Quach of OhioHealth Physician Group in Marion as she finished her last of two terms serving with us. Dr. Jackies work with United Way began with her enthusiastic support for Lets Read 20 - a program United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. is proud to help fund. Read more about Dr. Jackies committment to United Way here:, and follow Lets Read 20 for more great info on how reading can Beat the COVID-19 Slide! #LiveUnited #BoldGoal1
Its Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year more than ever its essential to demonstrate how much our community cares. If you know someone who is hurting, reach out and check in. If you are strugging, please know that there is help waiting for you. Call Pathways of Central Ohio at 800-544-1601 or the Ohio COVID CareLine at 1-800-720-9616 for 24/7 assistance. Visit for more resources. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™
We are so happy to have helped fund the fun! Local donations to United Way NCOs Community Relief Fund provided a grant to Marion Family YMCA  to help make the Pandemic Child Care program possible. Learn more about the Community Relief Fund at #BetterTogether #BoldGoal1

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Thank you Marion Family YMCA and United Way...a wonderful community partnership!


Shawna Gartrell look at my nieces lol

Congratulations to all of these amazing Marion-area graduates! #MarionMade #LiveUnited
The P-EBT program will provide about 850,000 Ohio children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school with money to buy food for the summer, giving some much needed help to local families who are struggling.
Worried about loved ones who are sheltering alone? Or are you staying home for your health but missing contact with others? Ohio residents who are 60 or older can sign up for daily check-ins by phone, complete with information on additional services and support. Check out the Staying Connected program from the Ohio Department of Aging and sign up for the free service! #BetterTogether
Not sure how to best use your stimulus $? Need help prioritizing spending? Heres a great opportunity for FREE professional financial advice from Ohio State - Marion County Extension! #BoldGoal2

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๐Ÿ‘ Absolutely! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Check out the Partner Spotlight shout out to the ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) program in the Ridgedale School District in this months United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. newsletter: ! #LiveUnited #BoldGoal1
Many thanks to the National Christian Foundation for a generous donation, made possible by Hord Family Farms, to United Way of North Central Ohios Community Relief Fund! The CRF is providing childcare for essential workers, PPE and supplies for healthcare workers, emergency food and shelter for the newly unemployed, and more. We will continue to distribute money until the fund is depleted; 100% of donations go to COVID-19 response and relief in our community. Learn more here:
The Pathways of Central Ohio information & referral crisis hotline is available to anyone in Marion County who may be struggling and in need of help.This United Way agency partner is available 24/7, ready to connect callers with mental health services, emergency food and housing, veterans services, health care, and more. Call 2-1-1 or  800-544-1601; you can also search the online Pathways 2-1-1 Community Resource Directory at
Ohio 4-H Camp staffers have found a way to offer a virtual experience thats . . . pretty darn close to summer camp! Sign up now for Camp...ish!
Non-profit organizations are working tirelessly across the region to ensure that families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic hardship, as well as those who were strugging pre-COVID, have the food they need. United Way of North Central Ohio is proud to help fund those efforts through our Community Relief Fund. Text COMMUNITYRELIEF to 41444 to give now, or visit to learn more.
Congratulations to all of the remarkable college and high school graduates across the region! The day youve worked so hard for may not look the way you had hoped, but please know how very proud our community is of you! ๐Ÿ’™#BetterTogether

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Congrats! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

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United Way Workplace Campaign

Live United!

Theย United Wayย Workplace Campaignย 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,ย  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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