2020 Funded Community Partners


Community Campaign

Collective community impact is at the forefront of our work at United Way of North Central Ohio. Community contributions to United Way are invested in local community partners who undergo a rigorous annual application process and report progress throughout the funding cycle. This Results Based Accountability (RBA) approach asks our partners to answer: How much did we do? How well did we do it? Is anyone better off? This gives us the data we need to ensure we are investing your donor dollars in a way that makes the largest and most lasting collective impact on our communities.

Together, we will overcome our current health and economic crisis and will rebuild to a “new normal” in which our community is more resilient and provides equitable opportunities for every resident. We invite you to support your community through a gift to United Way and urge you to advocate for impact by sharing our mission with family and friends. Together, we can make real changes in the lives of real families in north central Ohio.

Live United: Workplace Campaign

A 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.

Community & Workplace Campaign Toolkit

We appreciate the efforts of local businesses, individuals, and organizations in supporting and administering United Way Community & Workplace Campaigns and are committed to doing everything we can to support each Campaign Coordinator based on the individual needs of their campaign. 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 Community & Workplace Campaign

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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Beginning today, round up your delicious  Popn&Rolln purchase and support United Way of North Central Ohio! What a great way to support a local business and do some good in the community at the same time! Vanilla Pumpkin Latte popcorn, anyone? 😋 Find Popn & Rolln at 151 Edgefield Boulevard in Marion!
United Way of North Central Ohio is proud to support the efforts of Turning Point in our region as they work to raise awareness of domestic violence and to provide support, counseling, shelter, and advocacy to victims. We invite you to join us in wearing purple on October 22 - Wear Purple Day -  to show community support for survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence.
Please be aware of this currently circulating scam using Whirlpool and United Way logos and names! This is not a legitimate fundraiser (the Google Form and Gmail address used are tipoffs) and you should not send money or gift cards.

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Vote early (in-person absentee) at your county board of elections now through November 2! You need to be REGISTERED to vote and bring a PHOTO ID (or a bill or government document with your name and current address). Find the address of your BOE and the dates and times for early in-person voting here: https://www.ohiosos.gov/. MASK up and VOTE!

Our staff is looking forward to attending the Embodying Anti-Racism virtual workshop led by Ohio State - Marion County Extension next week. 💙 We are eager to continue exploring the systemic effects of racism and our role in those practices and attitudes, so that we can work more actively for a community that provides opportunity, access to justice, and equal treatment for every person. #LiveUnited ... See MoreSee Less

Millions of people have not yet claimed the Economic Impact Payments they are entitled to.  If you havent claimed your coronavirus stimulus payment, visit https://bit.ly/36YzAc5 to do it now. The deadline to file a claim is November 21. #LiveUnited
Have you been making your shopping list, getting ready to nab some Amazon Prime Day deals? Why not do good in the community at the same time! Shop Prime Day tomorrow and Wednesday from smile.amazon.com with United Way of North Central Ohio selected and your online shopping trip will help support the work of more than 40 local United Way Community Partners.
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Scott has been a great friend to United Way of Wyandot County (including helping with our first ever Celebrity Bartender event 🍹!) and we wish him a full and happy future! #LiveUnited
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will be back in Crawford County on October 13 for a Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry at Bucyrus High School! Thanks again to UWNCO Community Partner Bucyrus Backpack Program, LLC and Virginia Hammontree for helping to coordinate the food distribution!
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the most vulnerable in our community. In addition to being at high-risk for contracting the virus, local seniors are experiencing loneliness and isolation as their opportunities for social activities, grocery shopping, and hot meals have been curtailed. United Way Community Partners like Crawford County Council on Aging, LifeCare Alliance, and Mobile Meals of Marion County are working to help bridge the gap for seniors in our region. Please consider helping by supporting our 2020 Community Campaign and/or donating to the Community Recovery Fund (text COMMUNITYRECOVERY to 41444), and VOTE YES on the Marion County Council on Aging Senior Services Renewal Levy in the upcoming election!

Thank you so much to Crossroads Original Designs and their generous customers for the donation of cancelled pre-sale spring sale tickets! 💙 United Way of Crawford County has always benefited from this popular sale, and this year, with the added burden on our local safety net services caused by the pandemic and shutdown, your support is more welcome than ever! Enjoy shopping the Factory Sale online! #BetterTogether #LiveUnitedTwice each year, Crossroads Original Designs opens its factory to the public to sell discontinued items, closeout items and factory seconds at significantly reduced prices. Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Crossroads Spring Open House event, originally scheduled for April 2-4, had to be postponed. Unfortunately, we have not been able to reschedule this in-person event due to continued safety concerns in regards to large group gatherings as well as social distancing limitations at our factory. Because thousands of loyal candle fans typically attend this event, we believe that putting the health and well-being of our customers, employees and community first is the right decision.

However, after much thought and consideration, we have decided to host an ONLINE ONLY warehouse sale which will give customers a chance to purchase candles and other limited fragrance products while supplies last. Items purchased from our online warehouse sale are PICK UP ONLY. No orders will be shipped. No exceptions. The website will launch Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m. (EDT) and will remain live until Saturday, October 31 at 2p.m. (EDT) or until all products sell out. The link to the sale website will be shared prior to the launch so that you can bookmark it. This will be a true “flash sale” in which products will be sold quickly; so you will want to add products to your cart and check out immediately as the inventory will change rapidly. No quantity price breaks will be given on these sale items. The following quantity restrictions will apply: 48/64/96 oz. jars will have a maximum of 2 (total) per order; 26 oz. Buttered Maple Syrup jars will have a maximum of 48 per order; 26 oz. jars in all other scents will have a maximum of 12 per order (i.e. 12 Hot Apple Pie, 12 Kettle Corn, 12 Farmhouse, etc.) Customers are welcome to place multiple orders if they wish to order more than this. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Orders will not be ready for immediate pickup. Pickup dates are Saturday, November 14 (9a-6p) and Sunday, November 15 (9a-4p) at the Crossroads warehouse, located at 115 Crossroads Blvd., Bucyrus, OH 44820. More details about the pickup process will be shared at a later date.

This online sale is open to the general public during the listed dates with no early access for spring pre-sale ticket holders. Previously purchased pre-sale tickets will be considered a donation to the United Way and will not be honored at future in-person open house events whenever they resume. We thank you for supporting the United Way and its many wonderful programs that help families and youth in Crawford county. These programs have been affected greatly by the pandemic so your ticket donation is very much appreciated. Should you wish to request a refund rather than donating, please submit your request to openhouse@crossroadscandles.com. No phone calls. If a ticket was purchased at one of the Crossroads Factory Stores, it must be returned to us in order to receive a refund. You may return the ticket to the Bucyrus or Mansfield Factory Store. If the ticket was purchased online, please reference the order number when submitting your email refund request along with all pertinent contact information, mailing address, etc. The deadline to submit a refund request is October 31, 2020.

Thank you, kindly, to all of you who have remained understanding and supportive of Crossroads during this very challenging time. We understand that many of you are disappointed about our spring open house event being postponed and that we are not hosting any in-person fall open house sales at this time. We ask that you please be respectful of our decision and understand that we are doing the best we can to navigate these difficult situations. While it won't be quite the same open house experience you are used to, we hope you enjoy shopping from our online factory seconds warehouse sale and stocking up on great fragrance products for less.
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Thank you so much to Crossroads Original Designs and their generous customers for the donation of cancelled pre-sale spring sale tickets! 💙 United Way of Crawford County has always benefited from this popular sale, and this year, with the added burden on our local safety net services caused by the pandemic and shutdown, your support is more welcome than ever! Enjoy shopping the Factory Sale online!  #BetterTogether #LiveUnited
On top of everything else our local public health departments have been doing to ensure the safety of the community this year, they are now hard at work making flu shots available throughout the region! Visit them on Facebook at Wyandot County Public Health, Crawford County Public Health, The Galion City Health Department, and Marion Public Health  to learn how you can get yours - there are lots of options, including tomorrows Drive-Thru Flu Clinic at Crawford County Public Health! #FightTheFlu #LiveUnited
United Way is powered by local donors, volunteers, and partners - all working together to make a difference in our community! Jackie Peterson, already busy as pastor of Logos Christian Ministries in Marion, also serves on United Way of North Central Ohios Governing Board of Directors, helping to steer our Bold Goal work in the region. Learn more about our work and how you can donate to our 2020 Community Campaign at https://unitedwaynco.org/. #LiveUnited #BuiltToDo
Are you ready to make your voice heard on November 3? Check to make sure you are registered to vote in the general election (or register online) at https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/. TODAY IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE! If you need more info, call your local board of elections: Crawford County BOE at 419-562-8721; Marion County BOE at 740-223-4090; or Wyandot County BOE at 419-294-1226.
REGISTER TO VOTE! The deadline to register to vote in the November 3 general election is tomorrow, October 5! If you are not registered, visit https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/ to register online, or call your local board of elections: Crawford County BOE at 419-562-8721; Marion County BOE at 740-223-4090; or Wyandot County BOE at 419-294-1226.
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Featured Partners

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.


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.


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.


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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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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