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Frequently Asked Questions

How much of my contribution stays local?
Where do we service?
Why should I support United Way instead of giving directly to other agencies?
May I designate my gift to a specific agency? Who decides what agencies receive funding?
How do I know that the money I contribute really goes to providing services?
How do I start a workplace campaign?
What is Community Support?
Does United Way sell or trade donor information?
Does United Way fund agencies who terminate pregnancy?


 

How much of my contribution stays local?

98 cents out of every dollar stays right here in the Mahoning Valley, helping to improve the lives of over 170,000 people in our community every year. United Way is focused on advancing the common good in the Mahoning County by creating opportunities for everyone in the areas of Education, Income and Health.

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Where do we service?

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley services residents in all of Mahoning County as well as the Trumbull County communities of Girard, Liberty and Hubbard.

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Why should I support United Way instead of giving directly to other agencies?

The stability and strength of our community depends on our ability to meet people’s needs and to encourage their self-sufficiency. The scope of problems such as substance abuse, illiteracy and homelessness is so great that no one agency can solve them alone. That’s why the best investment in our community is an investment made through United Way. Through United Way, we can mobilize many individuals, agencies and resources to tackle some of our community’s toughest problems. Partnerships with other private and public funders ensures that our efforts complement one another. By working together, we can leverage our resources, focus them where they are most needed and measure their impact.

United Way:

  • identifies changing community needs, establishes priorities and funds programs.
  • cuts fund-raising costs through a united campaign.
  • offers contributors the convenience of payroll deduction.
  • provides information about human services and helps people find the services they need.

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May I designate my gift to a specific agency? Who decides what agencies receive funding?

While you may designate a portion your gift to a specific nonprofit health and human service organization, we strongly encourage you to consider the benefits of pooling your contribution with the thousands of other United Way donors in the Mahoning Valley who are making a real difference in our community.

Experienced volunteers who are knowledgeable about local needs monitor agencies and ensure that undesignated United Way contributions are well spent. These volunteers study the impact of each agency’s services on community needs. They review agency budgets and funding requests and make sure that agencies are well managed, have an annual independent financial audit, and maintain a policy of non-discrimination. Your United Way contribution is a guaranteed investment in improving the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors right here in the Mahoning Valley.

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How do I know that the money I contribute really goes to providing services?

The United Way is held accountable for the money it raises by a group of informed community volunteers who form the Board of Directors and Community Impact committees. These volunteers allocate money based on agency and community needs to make sure that designated funds are distributed according to contributors’ wishes. United Way strictly adheres to stringent standards of accounting and financial reporting which govern the fiscal affairs of voluntary health and human service organizations. Click here to view our financial information.

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How do I start a workplace campaign?

If you are an employee of a company or organization and would like to begin a workplace campaign:

  • Contact your Human Resources department about the opportunity for your company to change lives for the better through a workplace campaign or fundraiser.
  • Contact our offices for more information on starting a workplace campaign with your company/organization by calling 330-746-8494 or email Tina Chance at tchance@ymvunitedway.org

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What is Community Support?

At the United Way, we support programs and that provide basic or emergency services. We are committed to finding immediate solutions for those who have needs in the following areas:

  • Clothing - clothing for individuals and families who are experiencing an emergency or for those individuals and families experiencing long-term financial stress.
  • Domestic Violence programming - safe, temporary protective housing for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and supportive services.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance - assistance as deemed emergency by the agency assisting the individual or family.
  • Food - Food for individuals and famlilies who are experiencing an emergency or for those individuals and families experiencing long-term financial stress.
  • Health- Emergency assistance for those experiencing short-term health and/or medical emergency or have long-term financial stressors that make healthcare cost-prohibitive.
  • Shelter - for those who are homeless or services for those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

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Does United Way sell or trade donor information?

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley keeps all donor information confidential.  We have not - and will never - give out personal information to any company or agency without the permission of the donor.

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Does United Way fund agencies who terminate pregnancy?

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley does not fund abortion services or agencies that provide abortions to their clients.

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