Programs & Initiatives

United Way of Greater Cincinnati runs several programs working to bring about lasting change in our region.

United, We Can

Building a strong community where all people can thrive depends on your generous support.


United Way of Greater Cincinnati leads the response to community challenges by bringing advocates, volunteers, partners, businesses, faith-based leaders, community leaders, donors, funders and others together to solve systemic inequities holistically with data-driven solutions.

When a challenge is identified, we bring together the best resources to surround the problem and work together to reimagine or reconstruct the system. We’re most successful when we work closely with the community to find new ways to attack old problems.


Free Tax Prep

Free Tax Prep, an initiative of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, provides free income tax preparation and filing services. The program is funded by the IRS and powered by numerous volunteers.

Black Empowerment Works

Black Empowerment Works promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led ideas, programs and projects.

211 Help Center

Our certified information and referral specialists are trained to listen, engage, ask questions, assess your needs and connect you to a community resource from our large database of local providers.

Black-Led Social Change

Black-Led Social Change encompasses organizations, ideas and strategies led by individuals who identify as Black, and that aim to build power and positive outcomes within the population.

Project Lift

Project Lift partners with sponsor agencies that families know and trust to provide a flexible, tailored, family-driven approach on their path to financial stability.

Success By 6

United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Success By 6 aims to ensure that all children ages 0-6 are healthy and ready to succeed by the time they start kindergarten.

Stable Families

The Stable Families program works with community partners to identify families who are at risk of losing their homes. Through short-term intervention, families can address critical bills and opportunities.

Higher Education Mentorship Initiative (HEMI)

The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative provides Hamilton County foster youth with access to a personal academic mentor. We are actively seeking mentors for the program. More details inside.

Northern Kentucky Digital Equity Initiative

United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s NKY Digital Equity Initiative for Students has provided more than 2,000 students with access to technology & opportunities to participate in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Relief Fund

In March 2020, United Way of Greater Cincinnati launched a new fund to help this community recover from the on-going effects of COVID-19.

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