Health & Basic Needs

Working to ensure basic health care and disaster needs are met

United Way provides a safety net of community services that supports programs that provide families and individuals with food, shelter and clothing during crisis situations. Individuals with disabilities and seniors maximize their ability to live in safe environments with independence and dignity. And, Stark County residents have access to ongoing primary medical, dental, vision and mental health care. The Community Basic Needs Impact Council oversees program funding in three areas:

Emergency & Disaster Services
Provide temporary assistance to individuals needing food, shelter and clothing during crisis situations. See how United Way helps by funding programs in the area of Emergency & Disaster Services ».

 
Seniors & Disabled
Assist individuals with disabilities and seniors maximize their ability to live in a safe environment. See how United Way helps by funding programs in the area of Seniors & Disabled ».

 
    

Access to Health Care
Increase access for individuals and families to ongoing primary medical, dental, vision and mental health care. S
ee how United Way helps by funding programs in the area of Access to Health Care ».

Clients tell us how United Way helps

Client Testimonial: Beverly Mohler
Program: Exercise for the Physically Challenged
Funded Partner: YMCA- North Canton

“Ever since I joined this class nearly a year ago, I have noticed a big difference in my physical abilities. At age two I was diagnosed with polio and was in the hospital for 13 weeks. Years later, I developed post-polio syndrome (which causes muscle pain and weakness). I am so glad that a friend suggested the class to me because the exercises work body parts I never thought could be worked. Not everyone can afford big programs, but because of United Way, I can come to this class. I am unable to stand during the class, so I sit and at least try everything. This class has been a big help to me and without it, I wouldn’t be exercising at all.”      -Beverly Mohler