United Way Services of Geauga County Funds Initiatives for Greatest Community Impact

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United Way Services of Geauga County is publishing a Request for Proposal seeking to fund educational and health and human service organizations in Geauga County.

Heather Moseman, Esq., UWSGC Board of Directors and Chair of the United Way Community Impact Committee explains the method of funding. “This year, United Way Services of Geauga County continues our investment strategies of early childhood success, focusing on the health and well being of individuals, and initiatives that increase the financial stability of our residents. We recognize that 22% of our residents struggle to fulfill basic needs such as food, clothing and housing. We are committed to investing in programs that effectively connect individuals and families to services that help lead towards self sufficiency.”

Geauga County has impressive graduation rates but, on average, economically disadvantaged students in Geauga County scored 8% lower on standardized measures compared to their peers. 1 in 5 students in Geauga County come from low income homes and therefore UWSGC is targeting programs that support this population to bridge that gap.

Improving the health of Geauga residents through substance abuse prevention and treatment is another target for funding. Geauga County, like many areas across Ohio, is suffering from the epidemic of opiate addiction. “The ripple effect of families being destroyed has created a burden on health and human service agencies,” says Moseman, “While treatment is a primary need, we also need to address prevention.”

Finally, United Way is attempting to create a path out of poverty. Funding is designed to support programs that provide case management to help individuals overcome barriers that keep them from working or advancing within their workplace. “We are looking at things in a whole new way by talking to Geauga employers to find the most effective solutions to attract, support and retain a local workforce. For families to be financially stable, it takes a longer term plan that includes obtaining employment and building career pathways,” stated Moseman.

Funding proposals can be found at www.uwsgc.org.

For more information, please contact Monica Bricker-Thompson at United Way Services of Geauga County at (216) 436-2044 or [email protected].

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