To qualify for membership in United Way of Greater Stark County's Community Partner network, local health and human service providers must prove they meet United Way established quality standards.

United Way's Community Partners consist of two designations. Funded Partners are those agencies that are currently receiving funding through United Way’s allocation process. Affiliate Partners are not currently receiving funding through the allocations process, but they meet all United Way quality standards for membership, have received funding in the past and are eligible to apply for funding at the beginning of the next two-year funding cycle. Funded Partner programs must meet additional requirements including reporting outcomes in compliance with United Way Strategy Guidance Documents.

As stewards of the community’s trust and contributions, and with quality standards as the basis for membership and funding decisions, United Way's volunteer Impact Councils ensure donor contributions are well-spent. United Way believes a nonprofit agency will increase its ability to positively impact the lives of its clients when it is well-structured. An organizationally sound agency has a board of active and diverse leaders who set a strategic direction and provide oversight; has programming that is well-designed, well-implemented and includes a quality improvement process; is financially stable, accountable and maximizes resources; and has sufficient infrastructure and service capacity.

Responding to changing needs in our community, United Way's volunteer Impact Councils extend invitations to non-profit service providers to fill identified gaps in community service and care. This approach keeps the emphasis on stretching the most from each dollar donated and keeps the allocation process responsive to changing needs and resources here in our community.

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Nearly 100 community volunteers comprise the Impact Councils of United Way of Greater Stark County. Their diverse backgrounds as human care and agency experts, community leaders and dedicated volunteers ensure the citizen review process operates to its potential. The Impact Councils examine data and facts about greater Stark County,and from that data, allocate funds to programs and services that work to solve our community's problems at the root cause. CLICK HERE to see how the Impact Councils make funding decisions.


Impact Councils provide Community Partners with the following Strategy Guidance documents to guide grant applicants in the areas of health, education and financial stability.

HEALTH IMPACT AREA: We envision a community where all residents have access to programs and services that improve the overall health of Greater Stark County


  • Increase the number of Stark County residents reporting that they are healthy

  • Reduce infant mortality to meet or exceed the Healthy People 2020 Objective and reduce the disparity across races

  • Reduce opiate substance abuse

IMPACT STRATEGIES : Healthy Lifestyles | Physical Health | Behavioral Health

EDUCATION IMPACT AREA: We envision a community that supports and enables all students to reach age appropriate milestones leading to graduation and careers.


  • Sustainable progress towards 100% of eligible students being kindergarten ready

  • Sustainable progress towards 100% high school graduation rate

IMPACT STRATEGIES: School Readiness  | Success in School

FINANCIAL STABILITY IMPACT AREA: We envision a community where a cycle for financial success exists, that individuals and families can access in order to build long-term, economic independence.

GOAL: 70% of Stark County residents will spend no more than 30% of their income on housing


  • Job Training and Preparation

  • Asset Building

  • Access to Affordable Housing

  • Financial Coaching

  • Household Stabilization ( Food Security  |  Emergency Assistance  | Legal Assistance  |  Housing  |  Disaster Response  |  Safety)



Financial Stability


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Community Partners allow Stark County residents to receive much-needed help through the programs they provide.