Human Services

Help When You Need it the Most

While the Ice Bucket Challenge was making splashy headlines in the past year, many Clevelanders quietly continued to open their hearts and wallets, ensuring their fellow neighbors had access to basic social services. Beyond bare subsistence, your dollars are used to address everyday needs for people who want a better life for themselves and their children.

From faith-based safety networks, to centers that provide food, shelter and job training, to pilot projects that reunite families more quickly, helping hands can make a big difference. And fellow Clevelanders are stepping up.

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Human Services by the Numbers

In the first three quarters of 2015, the Cleveland Foundation has awarded 728 grants totaling more than $11.4 million to support human services in Greater Cleveland.

Did You Know?

Experts have stated that the monetary value of saving a single high-risk youth from turning to criminal activity is $1.7 to $2.3 million in costs to society over his or her lifetime.