Ebony Turner works two jobs to support her family. But in the pandemic year of 2020 — a year she describes as “extremely trying” — she lost months of wages after being furloughed by Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati Recreation Commission. “It was a significant loss of income. It really put a strain on my household,” says Turner, 45, a single parent who lives in the West End with a daughter, 16, and a son, 22. Her financial responsibilities also extend to her two adult children and her three grandchildren who do not live with her.
Ebony Turner and her daughter
Shortly after her furlough last spring from her job as a senior support specialist for Cincinnati Public Schools, Turner received a $100 gift card through a partnership of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, its affiliated agencies, and Hamilton County Job & Family Services. Her family used the card to buy a variety of necessities, including hand sanitizer, toiletries, food and over-the-counter pharmacy items.
“The assistance we received put a light in all the darkness,” Turner says.
As the pandemic continues to take a toll on families, United Way remains a beacon of hope, committed to providing support and services to the most vulnerable members of our community.