Having a place to call home is one of the most basic—and essential—human needs. Unfortunately, families make up a significant portion of our region’s homeless population, and some of them are living in motels or sleeping in their cars—or worse, on the streets.

We rapidly rehouse those who have lost their homes and prevent homelessness for families on the brink of eviction. We work with property management firms to reduce rent costs and waive security deposits, and our case managers work with families to build financial self-sufficiency in the face of skyrocketing housing costs.

Evictions in our region are increasing at a staggering pace, with more people out of work or working fewer hours because of the pandemic.

In one month alone, our 211 Helpline received nearly 4,000 calls for help with housing assistance.  And you can trust that we’ll help: United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of eviction prevention in this area.

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Families across Maryland struggle with hunger and access to healthy food options. We work to provide enough—and better—food for every family by providing food and meals, ensuring that communities have healthier shopping options and easier access to nutritious food, and increasing awareness related to wellness and nutrition.

On example is the Feeding Individuals to Support Health (FISH) Project, the first public-private partnership of its kind, is spearheaded by United Way of Central Maryland and includes partner organizations: McCormick & Co., the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), University of Maryland, Baltimore County and seafood wholesaler, JJ McDonnell. This program provides healthy, fresh, and locally grown seafood to communities in need through a one-of-a-kind initiative.

Through our health programs, we provide meals for people who are hungry right now through innovative partnerships while creating sustainable solutions to help those living in food deserts. Help Greater Baltimore families and seniors access fresh, healthy meals by donating to United Way of Central Maryland.


United Way breaks down barriers to educational equity from every angle:

  • Our Family Centers, based in United Way Neighborhood Zones, provide free or low-cost onsite care and enriching early childhood education. 
  • Our on Track 4 Success program in Baltimore City schools uses early warning indicators to help young students now so they don’t drop out of school later.  
  • We’re bridging the digital divide by providing the technology that today’s learning environment demands.
  • And we make sure students stay in their same school if their families are forced to move when facing eviction or other housing crises. 
  • Young Men United, the largest program of its kind in United Way history, will help 1,500 young men of color get into and graduate from college, ready to enter and strengthen our workforce.

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We help people gain the skills they need to achieve stable employment. We work with those who are eligible for government benefits to reduce their need for assistance and remove the obstacles keeping them from a job that pays the bills. Our workforce programs also include specialized work with veterans and homeless persons.

Through GED instruction, job readiness training, career mentoring, and apprenticeships, we put people on track to gain the self-sufficiency we all desire and deserve—and that will allow them to attain a stable, healthy life for themselves and their families.

Some of our job training programs are for those who want to work in the healthcare field as CNAs, GNAs, LPNs, and phlebotomy. Read more about these programs and volunteer opportunities for those who want to help job seekers here.

211 Helpline

The calls never stop for our trained 211 specialists, who provide help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 211 is a free, confidential helpline that connects people of all ages and from all communities with the essential health and human services they need.

211’s call volume has skyrocketed since the pandemic, averaging more than 500 calls a day. Last year, the 211 Helpline answered more than 195,000 calls for help with housing, healthcare, employment, and more, and we use what we learn to meet the evolving needs of our community.

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United Way Neighborhood Zones

We help our neighbors and neighborhoods succeed by leveraging people’s innate strengths and the community assets they cherish. To convey our support for the communities of Brooklyn, Poppleton, and Columbia and their residents, we’ve designated the programs and resources we offer there as Neighborhood Zones. Vital resource hubs, the Neighborhood Zones are co-created by the people who live there, as well as local leaders, nonprofits, and businesses.

Veterans Treatment Court

Many men and women who fought for our country face another fight when they return home. Their battles can include finding and keeping a job and a home, mental health issues, or substance use—which can lead to minor law offenses.

The Veterans Treatment Court, supported by United Way, salutes their service and supports them as they overcome obstacles to success in civilian life. Read more about this program and how you can help a veteran here.

The Veterans Treatment Court is supported by a grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Office of Problem-Solving Courts and many generous donors. United Way of Central Maryland supports Veterans Treatment Courts in Baltimore City and in Anne Arundel County.


The cascading challenges imposed on so many by the pandemic will require not only our immediate aid, but long-term support that we know our neighbors and neighborhoods will require to recover and rebuild. United Way’s multiphase response is providing what’s needed, where it’s needed.

With continued support, we will:

  • Enable even more families facing eviction remain housed as rent moratoriums end
  • Help meet the ever-increasing need for food so that those who already struggle and those new to food banks can feed their families
  • Provide access to the technology—internet connectivity and computers—that is becoming absolutely essential to accessing health, employment, housing, and educational services and resources
  • Increase our capacity to assist the skyrocketing number of callers to our 211 Helpline
  • Address head-on the need for mental health support that has intensified during the pandemic

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Funding Opportunities for Nonprofits and Other Organizations

Learn more about our Neighborhood and Family Stability Program grants, where you can apply for funding to sustain, deepen, or pivot your operations to address critical needs in local communities. 

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