I always thought, give money to United Way, they give it to needy families.
Yes, they do that, but did you know they do even more?
I didn't until now. The United way has reached out to local bloggers to help spread the word in their latest fund drive, Live United.
So I'm going to talk about some good they are doing in the city that directly addresses what I care about.
Cincinnati, the city itself, if only a small part of it, East Price Hill.
I have to admit, I know nothing about Price Hill, except, well there it is west of downtown. One thing I was surprised about, the number of parks and schools in just the small area we covered, what an incredible asset to Price Hill.
Place Matters in addition to moneys from United Way and other partners has gotten over a million dollars in stimulus money, putting people to work and improving the area itself. Their three main goals are;
- stabilize the housing market
- promote business districts
- support youth and early childhood development
Ken Smith of Place Matters gave us a small tour of the positive change they are having in and around the St Lawrence/Warsaw intersection area.
They decided, in order to get the most bang for their buck, instead of buying and rehabbing a house here, and one there that they would pinpoint troubled blocks with a number of distressed properties and rehab those.
One block we were shown at one time had 3 houses right in the middle of the block in foreclosure. I don't know what they looked like back then, but the houses as they stand now are beautiful and the whole block looks really nice.
So there you go, your United Way donations help not only individuals, but whole neighborhoods.
What better way to Live United than to help whole neighborhoods?
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