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lives improved with the
help of corporate volunteers
The Way Home project
President and CEO Franklyn Baker talks Neighborhood Zones
Home is Where our Heart Is
When the pandemic worsened the housing crisis, United Way responded with its Relocation Program.
The program serves Baltimore City tenants whose needs cannot be met by other eviction prevention or rental assistance programs. In its first year:
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I finished strong due to the Family Center support. My relationship [with my child] and parenting is so amazing because the staff always helped me overcome any hardship! They gave me advice on how to be a great mother in any situation.
Always keep that energy, love, care, patience, etc. with the babies and mommies because that makes us feel amazing. To me, when I saw how y’all treat [my child] and myself, I felt so loved, supported, and motivated!
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Rising Up for Rent Relief
United Way’s STEP (Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention) Program provides rental assistance to at-risk households in vulnerable communities by using data to identify priority zip codes or “hot spots” with high rates of COVID, evictions, and structural/racialized poverty. Lump-sum payments are made directly to landlords that help as many as 100 households at once. Since its 2021 launch in Baltimore County, the STEP Program has expanded its reach to Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Harford, and Howard counties. More than $70 million has been distributed to pay past-due rent and utilities for more than 9,000 households through September 2022.
The Power of Partnerships
Our partners play a huge role in supporting the needs of our neighbors in Central Maryland. This quarter:
students in our
received school supplies
individuals successfully relocated to new homes
35 Years... Already?!
In celebration of the Meyerhoff family’s contributions to United Way and the upcoming 100th Anniversary, our Tocqueville Society celebrated its 35th year anniversary with a night of connections, conversations, and laughter. We are incredibly grateful for the work we have done together to have changed lives forever in the region we call home.
United Way housing expert cites impact of rising Baltimore City rents
United Way responds to demand for housing assistance
WBAL News Radio
local leaders to join
board of directors
new CLIFF Dashboard
100% of individuals and families remain housed
49 households received security deposits & 3 months of rental assistance
25 households received security deposits & 6 months of rental assistance
We Navigated Our Way to the Top
When you donate to a charity, you want to know your money is going where it’s needed, when it’s needed.
We’re proud to share that we now have an enviable four-star Charity Navigator rating – the highest ranking possible.
Undercounted and Overlooked
A recent United Way ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) report reveals that 50% of Marylanders with disabilities are living in financial hardship, with income that doesn’t meet the cost of basic necessities like housing, child care, health care, transportation, and a smartphone plan. Check out the interactive report here.
Volunteers from T. Rowe Price
give back to the community
“Dinner on Us” served families
in South Baltimore
Volunteers paint the library at
Curtis Bay Elementary
Volunteer leaders become
ambassadors of our work
“Dinner of Us” event with partners feeds local families
OneMain Financial created 200 Financial Literacy Kits
Argo assembled 100 stress-relief kits
T. Rowe Price:
Wrote thank you notes to 500 teachers in our
On Track 4 Success schools
Created 500 toiletry kits for individuals in our Neighborhood Zones
Assembled hygiene items for women at My Sister's Place Women's Center
Thanked 500 veterans from our Veteran Treatment Court programs
McCormick & Company:
Packed 1,400 comfort kits for individuals in our Neighborhood Zones
Round Up to Make Communities Stronger
We’re in our 10th year of our Round Up partnership with grocery store Harris Teeter, which has raised more than $231,000 for United Way of Central Maryland since 2012.
New Engagement Leadership Council chairs named
Baltimore Business Journal