"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
Spring is my favorite season. It's a time full of hope, renewal, and growth. What a great reminder of how beautiful change can be.
Here at United Way, momentum is building every day. Here are five signs of hope:
330,000 lives changed: We've been busy analyzing the data from our agencies and initiatives about the impact we made together in 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our community, nearly 330,000 lives have been changed and outcomes achieved in the areas of basic needs, education, financial stability, and health. As part of our new family-centered approach, 10 of our agency partners supported 1,300 families over a year to deeply understand poverty and measure progress. We will share more results soon, but for now know this: it's truly amazing what can be accomplished when we come together.
Revolutionizing workplace engagement and giving: Frisch's is the latest company to join with United Way in leveraging our new digital platform, Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud. Frisch's joins other trailblazing companies like First Financial Bank, Michelman, Kellogg's, and UPIC in leading the way. This game-changing platform connects employees to the causes they are most passionate about and empowers them to make a difference. The future of workplace giving is now here.
Tax time: For over a decade, United Way has led the Free Tax Prep coalition to provide free tax services to low- and moderate-income families to save them money and ensure they receive their tax benefits. Since 2006, this effort has helped return more than $227 million in tax refunds to hardworking families in our community. This is why we are working to advocate alongside elected officials, including a visit with Congressman Brad Wenstrup, to make this a permanent resource.This year, we helped 3,800 families receive the earned income tax credit, which is widely-regarded as one of the most effective anti-poverty tools in the country.
Championing diversity, equity and inclusion: We are making strong progress on our journey strengthen our diversity, equity and inclusion. We're launching the Champions of Change; selected The Cincinnati Project at the University of Cincinnati to conduct our internal equity audit; and elevated our leadership.
CincySings Champions: Our own United Way team, the Sing United Ensemble, won this year's ArtsWave CincySings competition! Our song, Bleed the Same, is a powerful call to action for all of us to live united. If you haven't already, please join United Way in supporting this year's ArtsWave campaign.
To our loyal supporters: thank you for giving hope to our community. Thank you for living united.