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Down, Never Out: Finding a Path that Leads Away from Rock Bottom

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It’s been a year since I woke up face down on the sidewalk, eye-level with the coins that had spilled from my beggar’s cup sometime during the night…this was my rock bottom. I was down…

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A Flood of Memories: Surrounded by Support During Times of Disaster

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I went to the kitchen table and sat down, barely aware of my feet soaking in the standing water…. I thought about the last month, all that had happened. So much of my world had been taken away.

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Advocating for Impact: Why the 2020 Census Should Matter to You

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

You may not want to believe it, but the 2020 Census is right around the corner. Actually, it’s less than a year away. And, the 2020 Census leverages billions of dollars for health and human services for the state of Ohio…$21 billion to be exact.

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Community Data: Taking the Complexity out of Your Social Support Decisions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Social issues are complex. One size doesn’t unequivocally fit all. But, when we are able to utilize data, your gift has the power to turn complex issues into high impact and life-changing community solutions...

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Becoming a Real Man: Building Relationships One Chapter at a Time

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

“Ready to read our first book together?” Mr. Michael said as he gestured for me to sit down next to him. I didn’t want Mr. Michael to know I wasn’t a good reader, but I also didn’t want to let him down. He came all this way in that fancy suit…

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A New Day of Hope: Affordable Child Care Solutions to Help Families Succeed

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Working odd jobs around Toledo had made for unsteady and inconsistent work. With Micah’s mom gone, Granny was the only one I trusted to provide care for Micah while I did my best to find a paycheck. I knew Granny loved my son, but lovin’ him and keeping up with him are two separate things. I needed to start looking for a different childcare solution …

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Kicked to the Curb: A Mother’s Tale of Finding Support after Eviction

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The blaring of the ambulance siren as it leaves the station was my alarm clock, gas bills were calculated by the gallon, all my belongings were within an arm’s reach, and showers were only taken when I could find somewhere to bathe. This is what life was like living out of a cramped, mid-sized sedan.

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Deep Breaths: Healthy Beginnings Start with Support

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kat had two physically-demanding jobs, no transportation, and a complicated relationship with her family. Plus, she was pregnant. It was my job to make sure she had the support and resources she needed to give birth to a healthy baby.

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Public Policy & Advocacy: Taking the Extra Step as a Donor

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Usually at United Way we hear, “Well, I’m not really interested in policy and advocacy, because I’m not a political person.” Our reply is: “That’s great, because we aren’t political either!” United Way’s golden rule is that ‘politics’ do not equal ‘policy.’

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Leaving Isolation: Finding Empowerment Among Your Peers

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

I came to school at 18, and to keep the story short, didn’t go back home. That was an important year for me, as I transitioned into the individual I was in my mind and heart. This was an isolating process for me.

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