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Moira's Message: You Stepped Forward - 2021 in Review

Thanks to your support, we accomplished major things in 2021. Here is a quick recap of how your investment in United Way impacted our community.
January 11, 2022

CINCINNATI, Ohio (January 11, 2021) —

Dear United Way friends,

Before we completely turn the page on a new year, thank you for a wonderful 2021. I am in awe of your generosity and care for our community.

When we called, you stepped forward. You donated. You volunteered. You advocated.

That allowed us to do great things:

  • Saved Free Tax Prep participants about $2 million in tax preparation fees and helped them obtain $10 million in refunds.
  • Organized and trained 300 volunteers who helped file nearly 6,800 tax returns.
  • Enrolled 1,197 families in Project Lift and helped them remove barriers to securing sustainable income and achieving financial stability.
  • Increased the number of early childhood education providers in our Early Success Network by 10%.
  • Increased participation in our Success by 6® Community Roundtable by 30%. The new composition of the group includes 10% of Black parents and community members.
  • 800 volunteers helped provide literacy kits to 4,860 preschoolers through a partnership with Blue Manatee and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
  • Increased kindergarten registration by 80% in Lincoln Heights through our Kinder Camp in August.
  • Administered nearly $14 million in new public contracts to help governments support human services.
  • Provided over $150,000 to non-traditional and grassroots organizations through our Community Outreach and Engagement mini-grants program.
  • Launched our second round of Black Empowerment Works, supporting 45 Black-led programs and projects with nearly $1 million.

That is just a small sample of what United Way of Greater Cincinnati accomplished because of your help and the determination of families throughout our region. The challenges families face that prevent them from achieving economic well-being are complex. Only they know what is best for them. Because of your advocacy and generosity, we co-created individual solutions that met their needs and truly helped.

Together, we LIVE UNITED®. From our recent email campaign asking for your support of Project Lift, to the group and individual volunteer opportunities you joined, to the many other ways throughout the year you supported us—we thank you.


Moira Weir
United Way of Greater Cincinnati

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