Trumbull United Way Serves 92,000 Residents

WARREN – The United Way of Trumbull County served nearly 92,000 people in 2019, says President Ginny Pasha, as the agency launched its evolution to a community problem solver from a pass-through fundraiser. 

Programs supported by the United Way cover three areas – Learn Well, Earn Well and Stay Well – as part of the focus introduced in January 2019.

“Through Learn Well, one of our primary goals is to make sure kids are reading at grade level by third grade,” Pasha says. “Last year, our Reading Great by 8 initiative was in 16 school districts, including six new districts, and in 2020 the initiative will be in 20 out of 21 [Trumbull] school districts.”

United Way partnered on the project with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center, which was awarded a $1.2 million grant to improve literacy. The nonprofit also provided food, school supplies and basic essentials to school pantries.

As part of the Earn Well mantra, United Way provided income tax preparation and financial resource fairs through the Trumbull County Partnership for Financial Empowerment.

“At the foundation of our work is helping children and families Stay Well through 12 programs that provide basic needs such as food, shelter, medicine and emergency assistance,” Pasha says. “Children and families cannot thrive and be successful if they are struggling with health issues or emergency situations.”

United Way of Trumbull County has yet to see the full impact of the closure of General Motors’ Lordstown Complex, Pasha says, but the agency remains positive in its outlook as it expands fundraising and marketing.

“We are confident that the more the community knows about the impact we are making, the more successful we will be in the future,” Pasha says. “Along with our donors, volunteers, advocates and partners, we continue to find innovative ways to invest in our community and we are making more of an impact than ever.”

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