Fighting For

What We're Fighting For

United Way of Lake County is committed to more than short-term charity for a few. We are committed to changing the odds for those in need and are focused on the three key areas of our funding model that our community has identified as most critical. Each of these three areas are outlined below.

With your help, we are able to provide hope and help for those who need it most - those who are hurting, lost, broken or suffering. Through our work and the vital programs we help make available, we are able to let those in need know that life can be different and doesn't have to remain hopeless or deeply difficult.

Our Goal:  Drive measurable impact among the three areas of focus identified as critical among our community.

An investment in United Way of Lake County helps change the odds for Lake County residents in need. See below for details.


Pathways to Success

Did you know? Less than half the children in Lake County enter kindergarten with sufficient skills, knowledge, and abilities to engage in kindergarten-level instruction. This means the 50%* of children struggling may never catch up and risk being left behind in school and in life. Learn more here.

Financial Stability


Did you know? A full 31% of Lake County households face barriers to self-sufficiency. These are Lake County residents who live in poverty or barely above, earning more than the federal poverty level but less than the cost of living (ALICE** households). Learn more here.


Healthy Mind & Body

Did you know? Too many individuals in Lake County live in distress at being uninsured or under-insured. When it comes to accessing health services, a person’s zip code, standing in life, and job and financial status serves as a harsh barrier to quality healthcare. Learn more here.


*Ohio Department of Education.
**Source: ALICE in Ohio 2023 Report - United Way ALICE & Poverty in Lake County in 2021.