TOLEDO—The Catholic Club and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo received $250,000 from the United Way of Greater Toledo, which is investing a total of $12.9 million in programs, initiatives and partnerships advancing the common good in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties for the 2012-2013 year.
United Way volunteers were able to direct $8.6 million toward the goal of graduating children through strategies in education, income and health, while donors designated the remaining $4.3 million to programs and organizations of their choice.
“We continue to be grateful to this generous community for their gifts of time, talent, and treasure,” said Jane Moore, United Way of Greater Toledo’s interim president & CEO. “I believe donors continue supporting our vital work because they recognize the collective nature of how United Way is attacking community issues at the root and working to advance the entire community.”
“We truly believe increasing graduation rates is the key to our community’s long-term sustainability and success,” Ms. Moore continued. “We have also identified the barriers to a student’s success usually lie in the areas of education, income — or family financial stability — and health, which is why our strategies are focused on these building blocks.”
Highlights of United Way’s investments in Catholic institutions include:
• Club Care at the Catholic Club, a licensed and NAEYC-accredited educational childcare for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years who have not attended kindergarten. The Catholic Club is a Step Up to Quality Star 2 center.
• Parenting Education and Support at the Catholic Club, which includes parent support classes, a dad’s support group, informational workshops and individual support sessions, all planned to improve parent-child interactions.
• Club Recreation at the Catholic Club, including community swim lessons for ages 3-16, school swim lessons for classrooms and a Saturday recreation program for children.
• Family Emergency Guidance of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, which provides qualified families with rent assistance to avoid eviction, along with strategies to achieve future stability in their lives for home and financial stability.
• La Posada of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, a shelter providing temporary housing to homeless families.