Impact Initiatives

Imagine the impact we can make together.

As a catalyst for change, we are devoted to turning innovative ideas into real community solutions. Our impact initiatives are providing support that goes beyond our four walls, improving the lives of thousands of people in the process.

Take a look at some of the exciting ways we are able to help our community and see how you can get involved.

2-1-1 First Call for Help is a community information and referral hotline that United Way of Greater Lorain County offers.

Goal: This free service is provided 24 hours a day to help connect those in need with health and human services for everyday needs as well as crisis situations.

Initiatives: Access is available to hundreds of services including: Food, Clothing & Basic Needs | Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment | Health Care & Health Insurance | Health & Wellness Programs | Emergency Assistance for Housing & Utilities | Financial Management & Free Tax Preparation | Legal Services & Transportation

To access services, you can dial: 2-1-1 or toll free: (800) 275-6106, visit 211lorain.org, or download the  “211 Lorain County” app on your smart phone.

*Spanish speaking information & referral specialists available.

The Collaborative Improvement Advisor (CIA) Program is a rigorous professional development program aimed at providing social service agencies and members from United Way’s Community Collaboratives with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve improvement results in their work across Greater Lorain County.

CIA is based on similar programs used in the corporate sector known as black belt or improvement advisor programs, which are based on improvement science and intend to enhance the quality of service and products that are delivered to customers. The CIA program also focuses on improvement science while seeking to bring about systems change in complex social environments.

The Free Tax Prep Coalition is made up of numerous organizations across Lorain County that collaborate to help working families save money by providing free income tax preparation and filing. The coalition is led by United Way of Greater Lorain County.

Goal: The coalition strives to offer a quality tax return prepared and filed for free for those that need the service. This gives these individuals and families an alternative option to paid preparers, saving them their hard-earned money while introducing them to tax credits that they may not know about.

Initiatives: Trained, IRS-certified volunteers prepare income taxes at no charge to families and individuals throughout Greater Lorain County with professionalism and confidentiality. Individuals, families and the elderly save valuable money in tax preparation fees by having volunteers file their taxes for them. In general, individuals and families with a household income of about $60,000 or less are eligible. Some coalition partners can accommodate other situations at times. For more information or to make an appointment, visit loraincountyfreetaxprep.org or call 2-1-1 (or 800-275-6106).

*We are always looking for volunteers to assist with this program. If you are interested in volunteering, call our office at 440-277-6530.

Partners: United Way of Greater Lorain County | Internal Revenue Service | Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority | Legal Aid Society of Cleveland | AARP Tax-Aide | PNC Bank | Fifth Third Bank | Huntington Bank | Third Federal Savings | HandsOn Northeast Ohio - Lorain County Volunteer Connection | OhioMeansJobs Lorain County | Lorain County Community College | Lorain Public Library | Elyria Public Library | Horizon Education Centers | Keystone Local School

United We Sweat was formed to promote healthy living in Greater Lorain County by raising awareness on the types of fitness and nutrition options available.

Goal: The collaboration aims to ensure that everyone in Lorain County has access to quality physical activities no matter their location, age or skill level.

Initiatives: Every month there will be new fitness classes and events to get everyone moving in Lorain County. All classes and events are free and open to the public. Check out all of the free fitness opportunities by visiting: livehealthyloraincounty.com/unitedwesweat

Partners: The Center For Health & Fitness at the UH Avon Health Center | French Creek YMCA | Lorain County Community College | Lorain County General Health District | Lorain County MetroParks | United Way of Greater Lorain County | Vermilion Family YMCA