United Way of Greater Cincinnati, together with the community, has raised $25 million — 45 percent — of its $62.2 million goal for the 2017 community campaign. The 2016 campaign was 50 percent toward goal at this time last year. The slight difference proves just how important every person and every dollar is to support United Way’s vision of creating a community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
“We are off to a great start thanks to so many generous supporters — but we have much more work to do,” said Gary T. “Doc” Huffman, United Way’s 2017 community campaign chair and chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Ohio National Financial Services. “Poverty is holding this community back — 200,000 children in our region are struggling. That’s unacceptable. Everyone who gives to this year’s campaign will make a difference in the lives of our region’s children. We need all the help we can get to achieve our goal to help those who need it most.”
Local businesses, organizations, and individuals have joined the campaign by collecting every dollar possible while sharing United Way’s story and its community impact. Companies such as Western & Southern, Macy’s, American Financial Group, Fund Evaluation Group, BakerHostetler, Keating Muething & Klekamp (KMK), and Ohio National Financial Services have all met or exceeded their respective goals. Cincinnati Bell recently completed its campaign $230,000 over its original goal.
“With a heightened focus on helping people who are living in poverty or struggling to meet their basic needs, United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s community campaign is critical this year,” said Rob Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “I am so grateful for what we are all accomplishing together. I look forward to seeing the great things I know our caring community can do by choosing to Live United.”
United Way of Greater Cincinnati helps more than 365,000 people per year by bringing people and organizations together to do what no one person or group can do alone. Through its work on key initiatives such as the Child Poverty Collaborative, with a goal of moving 10,000 children and 5,000 families out of poverty in Hamilton County in five years, United Way is leading the effort to create transformative change through the organization’s 10-county, three-state region.
To contribute to United Way, visit www.uwgc.org/donate.The final campaign total will be announced at United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s “Live United” finale event 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Friday, October 27 at Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. To register visit, http://bit.ly/2xZ8tM0.