United Way of Greater Lorain County

Community Collaboratives

United Way of Greater Lorain County organizes and supports Community Collaboratives that help working families in poverty advance their health, education, and financial stability.

We’ve heard from our community that managing problems with quick fixes is not enough, we need to focus our efforts towards achieving long-term, sustainable results that get to the root causes of problems, eventually eliminating the need altogether.

It is our belief that organizations that coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal achieve the greatest results, through what is known as Collective Impact.  Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem.

To achieve Collective Impact, there needs to be an understanding that social problems, and their solutions, arise from the interaction of many organizations within a larger system.  Important partners in this model include those in government, civil/non-profit society, and the business sector.  Progress depends on working toward the same goal, measuring the same things and learning from each other.

With this understanding, Impact Advisory Councils were formed to conduct thorough research and help identify the areas of greatest need and potential in Greater Lorain County.  These findings led to the declaration of our targeted outcomes.  These are long-term goals for our community that will further guide our work going forward.

Targeted outcomes will be achieved by organizing and supporting Community Collaboratives that include the people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

Our Community Collaboratives work to ensure that our community sees measurable, life-changing impact by:

  • Ensuring children are prepared to succeed in kindergarten
  • Equipping early-adolescents with the tools and resources needed to flourish in high school and beyond
  • Building pathways  from poverty to financial stability
  • Supporting effective care through integrated medical screening and support
  • Promoting productivity through diet and exercise
  • Keeping families strong by providing emergency financial assistance to people in crisis


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