CareSource awards $500,000 to expand services for low-income families

DAYTON — CareSource awarded the non-profit organization, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA), $500,000 to expand services for thousands of youths and adults.

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The expansion is expected to impact more than 1,500 youths and over 1,200 adults throughout Greater Dayton, according to a spokesperson for UWGDA.

“CareSource knows that many households that may still be far below the necessary income level needed to cover the basic cost of living,” CareSource Ohio Market President Steve Ringel said.

To help cover the financial gap, CareSource awarded UWGDA with $500,000 to expand support for youth education with a free summer literacy enrichment program that “helps children fall in love with reading and generates a positive attitude towards learning,” the spokesperson said.

The funds will also support system navigation and direct referral via 211, providing volunteer opportunities.

People living paycheck to paycheck can also have increased access to ProsperiKey, an online platform offering discounts for everyday essentials and other services like resources for financial growth and childcare, according to the company’s website.

Finally, the expansion will provide an intake tool to connect families with diabetes control as well as accessible insurance.

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For anyone interested in volunteering with UWGDA, you can visit their website or call 937-225-3060.