When you give to the United Way Fund, what happens to your dollars?
The United Way Fund allocates funding to programs in two focus areas: Investing in Lincoln’s Children and Assisting Those in Crisis. Within those focus areas, programs are funded in seven different strategies designed to create measurable improvements in our community and achieve real change in the lives of struggling families and children.
Investing in Lincoln’s Children
Educational supports: These programs provide support to help children and/or their parents meet an educational goal in the classroom or establish educational foundations. Successful programs use a research-based curriculum for program content and work closely with school teachers and administrators to monitor the student’s academic progress.
- CEDARS Youth Services – Early
- Childhood Development Centers
- City Impact – Impact Reading Center
- Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties – Head Start & Early Head Start
- El Centro de las Américas – Adelante Education Program
- Family Service Association of Lincoln – Early Childhood Development Center
- The HUB – Central Access Point for Young Adults – Lincoln Education Outreach
- Lighthouse – Education Program
- Lincoln Literacy – Family Literacy Activities for Immigrants & Refugees (FLAIR)
- Lincoln Public Schools – Family Literacy Program
- Northeast Family Center – Early Childhood Center
Youth Development: These programs support the development of social and emotional skills that children, adolescents and young adults need to be successful. Successful programs will maintain ongoing relationships and routine contact with clients and provide the opportunity for youth to form relationships with caring adults, build skills, exercise leadership and help their community. Programs, through research-based activities and programming, offer healthy social engagement and enriching experiences in order to prevent or reduce high or at-risk behaviors to encourage the success of the client.
- The Arc of Lincoln –Youth Programming
- Asian Community and Cultural Center – Youth Program
- Community CROPS – Young Urban Farmers
- Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters – Mentoring
- The HUB – Central Access Point for Young Adults – Youth and Community Together (Youth ACT)
- LUX Center for the Arts – After school enrichment
- Mourning Hope Grief Center – Grief Support Services and Community Outreach
- Lincoln TeamMates Mentoring Program – Mentoring
- YWCA Lincoln – SMART Girls Club
Expanded Learning: These out-of-school time programs offer a wide range of learning and enrichment activities plus nutritious meals that promote the physical, emotional, cognitive and social development of K-12 children and youth. Programs take place beyond the traditional school day, including before school, after school, holidays, weekends and summers in schools and community-based organizations.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County
- CEDARS Youth Services – Community Learning Center
- Family Service Association of Lincoln – Community Learning Center
- Lighthouse – After School Mentoring Program
- Malone Community Center – Out of School Program
- The Salvation Army – Lincoln – After School Program/Fine Arts Academ
- Willard Community Center – Youth Program
Youth Behavioral Health: These programs serve children and youth by providing professional intervention and prevention, clinical treatment, counseling and/or therapeutic case management. Successful programs will use qualified, professional staff, accredited programming and typically invest significant time in each client to achieve lasting, long-term results.
- CEDARS Youth Services – Partners in Permanency
- Child Guidance Center – Outpatient Services
- Family Service Association of Lincoln – Behavioral Health
- Lincoln Medical Education Partnership – School Community Intervention Program
Assisting Those in Crisis toward Stability and Independence
Hunger/Food: These programs move individuals and families away from hunger and toward stability by providing them with emergency food. Programs also move clients toward independence by linking them to the resources they need to ultimately become food secure and not rely on emergency food, through case management and/or direct referrals to other community resources.
- Asian Community and Cultural Center – Family Resource Program
- Catholic Social Services – St. Francis Food Pantry
- CEDARS Youth Services – Emergency Food Assistance to Street Youth
- The Center for People in Need – Neighborhood Food
- Community CROPS – Community Gardens
- Food Bank of Lincoln – BackPack Program
- Food Bank of Lincoln – Mobile Pantry
- Good Neighbor Community Center – Food Pantry & Perishable Food
- Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach – Hunger Relief & Nutrition Education
- The Salvation Army – Lincoln – Food Security
Victim Safety: These programs provide stability for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse through emergency and transitional shelters and case management services, such as crisis services, advocacy and prevention, support and outreach, counseling and/or legal assistance.
- CASA for Lancaster County – Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
- Catholic Social Services – St. Gianna’s Transitional Shelter
- CEDARS Youth Services – Healthy Families America Parent Support Program (HFA)
- Child Advocacy Center – Direct Services to Child Victims of Abuse
- El Centro de las Américas – Mujeres en Confianza (Women Among Friends)
- Friendship Home – Emergency Shelter Program
- Legal Aid of Nebraska – Domestic Violence Representation Project
- St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women – Project Mother & Child
- Voices of Hope – Crisis Intervention & Advocacy
Emergency Response: These programs connect and mobilize resources to build community response and provide support to people affected by fires and disasters, natural or manmade. Programs must demonstrate their fit into the Lancaster Emergency Operation Plan (LEOP), hold Memorandum(s) of Understanding (MOUs) related to emergency and disaster response, and have a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
- American Red Cross – Capital Area & Eastern Nebraska – Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery
- The Salvation Army – Lincoln – Disaster Services
- Volunteer Partners – Emergency Volunteer Program
Shelter: These programs support individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to maintain or acquire stable housing by providing emergency shelter, transitional shelter and emergency assistance to those in crisis.
- Catholic Social Services – Emergency Services
- CEDARS Youth Services – Emergency Shelter Services
- Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties – Basic and Emergency Needs Services
- El Centro de las Américas – Crisis Prevention & Assistance Program
- Fresh Start – Transitional Shelter Services
- Good Neighbor Community Center – Basic Needs
- League of Human Dignity, Inc. – Barrier Removal
- Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach – Homeless Prevention
- People’s City Mission – Family Shelter
- The Salvation Army – Lincoln – Utility Assistance
Community Health Charities of Nebraska
Programs and organizations which provide medical research, patient and family services and community education and advocacy to assist individuals and families facing chronic illness.
- The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter
- Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter
- American Diabetes Association of Nebraska
- American Lung Association® in Nebraska
- Arthritis Foundation, Heartland Region, Nebraska
- Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Nebraska/Iowa Chapter
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nebraska Chapter
- JDRF, Heartland Chapter
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- March of Dimes, Nebraska Chapter
- Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska
- National Hemophilia Foundation, Nebraska Chapter
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid America Chapter
- Nebraska AIDS Project
- Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association
- Nebraska Kidney Association Inc.
- Susan G. Komen® Nebraska
- United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska