The agencies that receive funding from the United Way/Combined Health Agencies Drive are important partners in our mission; they enable us to provide effective solutions for the most pressing problems facing our friends and neighbors.
We strive to be the unifying bond that brings our community together and makes it a great place to call home. Without our agency partners, none of our work would be possible. Together we can create real, lasting change in Lincoln.
United Way agency partners deliver services to children, individuals and families within our community to help address United Way’s three pillars: Education, Income and Health. Combined Health Agencies Drive of Nebraska offers hope and support to individuals dealing with chronic health conditions. Below is a list of all the programs for which we provide financial support.
United Way Funded Agencies
American Red Cross – Capital Area & Eastern Nebraska
Disaster Relief Program: addresses the basic needs of victims of disasters and fires. Offers prevention services in low-income neighborhoods by providing smoke alarms and instructing about fire escape planning.
The Arc of Lincoln
Individual and Family Support Program – Youth Program: provides youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), such as autism and Down Syndrome, the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with peers, adults, and their community.
Asian Community and Cultural Center
Meeting Basic Community Needs: helps families build English language proficiency, pursue citizenship and employment, establish medical/dental homes, provides meals and helps with SNAP applications and renewals and helps families file state and federal income tax returns. The program also translates important documents from other relevant health and social service agencies, enhancing their ability to serve these clients with limited English proficiency.
Youth Program: Youth Leadership Program, Life After High School Program, Young Women’s Leadership Council, Summer Youth Camp volunteers, One-on-one mentoring/case management, Creating Lasting Family Connections Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln
Big Brothers Big Sisters Program: provides mentoring to children through school-, community-, and site-based matches that focus on improving academic and social skills.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County
After-School and Summer Programs: focus on tutoring, mentoring, and recreational activities for youth.
CASA for Lancaster County
Court-Appointed Special Advocate Program: focuses on advocating for at-risk youth and working toward an improved family unit to help prevent future violence.
Catholic Social Services
St. Francis Food Pantry Program: distributes food baskets to families and individuals in need and refers them to agencies that participate in the citywide food pantry tracking system.
Emergency Services Program: assists families and individuals in emergency situations so they can retain housing.
St. Gianna Women’s Homes: provides safe, secure housing and intensive care management for women fleeing domestic violence.
CEDARS Youth Services
Emergency Shelter Services: provides emergency shelter and essential crisis intervention services for homeless, runaway, and other at-risk teenagers.
Partners in Permanency: provides therapeutic wraparound case management that is strength-based, family-centered, and needs-driven.
Community Learning Center Program: provides core child care, academic clubs, enrichment activities, and neighborhood enhancement for children at Clinton and Hartley Elementary Schools.
Early Child Development Program: provides child care for children aged 6 weeks–8 years, focusing on children of low-income and at-risk families and teen parents.
Parent Support Project: offers assessment of child development needs, home visitation, crisis management, and referral services.
Emergency Food Assistance to Street Youth: reaches out and engages homeless and runaway youth in order to establish a safer, more stable living arrangement.
The Center for People in Need
Neighborhood Food Distribution Program: distributes food weekly to low-income families at five neighborhood sites.
Child Advocacy Center
Child Advocacy Center Program: facilitates the forensic interview of the child victim, medical evaluation, specialized behavioral health services, case review process, and advocacy and support throughout the prosecution of the case.
Impact Reading Center: offers child and youth development and education services focused on literacy at Elliot, Clinton and McPhee Elementary Schools.
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Basic and Emergency Needs Services: addresses the issues of homelessness, near homelessness, and unsafe housing in the community through emergency services, landlord/tenant mediation, housing authority homeless voucher support services, and representative payee services.
Head Start and Early Head Start: offers quality, comprehensive early childhood education and case management through health and mental health screenings, monitoring of immunizations, and nutritional assessments for home-based and center-based services.
Community Gardens Program: educates new and returning community gardeners as well as low-income families with their own land on the best methods of growing the maximum amount of food in our area. Families gain the knowledge and ability to grow a significant amount of fresh, nutritious food year after year.
El Centro de las Américas
Adelante Program: focuses on increasing the academic achievement of Latino youth to bolster graduation and GED-completion rates, promote enrollment in post-secondary education, and foster positive behaviors.
Mujeres en Confinaza–Among Friends: provides Spanish crisis assistance, counseling, and support services to victims of abuse as well as transportation and interpretation/translation services, healthy living education, and English classes.
Crisis Assistance & Prevention Program: combines the elements of employment assistance, resource navigation, and case management in order to help clients obtain essential resources for themselves and their families, obtain employment, and avoid homelessness.
Family Service Association of Lincoln
Early Childhood and Family Center Program: aids children aged 6 weeks–5 years in reaching developmental milestones and core competencies, complete with ongoing interaction and partnership between staff and parents.
Behavioral Health Services Program: addresses children’s mental health or behavioral needs within the
Food Bank of Lincoln
Mobile Pantry Program: delivers food to Lincoln’s low income neighborhoods, improving access to food and grocery products. One of the staples of the program is that produce is gathered from the Feeding America network. The program features: 4 weekly operations through the Center for People in Need partnership, 2 monthly operations at First Presbyterian Church at 840 S. 17th street with Jacob’s Well volunteers, monthly operations at Four High schools (Lincoln High, North Star, Southeast and Southwest) during the school year, a monthly Saturday distribution at The Bay, 2005 Y Street, and a monthly distribution at the VA.
Fresh Start, Inc.
Fresh Start Program: provides transitional housing and case management in addition to referring clients to services for substance abuse, domestic violence, education, employment, medical treatment, and housing assistance.
Friendship Home of Lincoln, Inc.
Emergency Shelter Program: offers emergency shelter (up to eight weeks), transitional shelter (up to three months), and case management services for women and their children who are homeless due to domestic violence.
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Outreach Program: provides girl focused curriculum. Aims to provide empowerment and eliminate barriers of participation. Try to ensure Girl Scouts is for every girl by utilizing Community Outreach.
Good Neighbor Community Center
Emergency Food Assistance Program: assists people who are food-insecure using shopper’s-choice selection to allow for ethnic diversity.
Basic Needs Program: offers rent and utilities assistance.
HopeSpoke, the new Child Guidance Center
Outpatient Services: provides assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing therapy to individuals, families, and groups (particularly Vietnamese and Hispanic children and families). Also provides school personnel with consultation from therapists assigned to high-need elementary and middle schools in Lincoln.
The HUB – Central Access Point for Young Adults
Lincoln Education Program: provides academic support, college preparation, job readiness/exploration, tutoring and long-term goal setting to at-risk youth in grades 6–12.
Youth ACT Program: utilizes a youth development approach that focuses on strengthening the capacity of young people to successfully navigate from adolescence to adulthood.
League of Human Dignity, Inc.
Barrier Removal: oversees renovation of residential structures to ensure that design and construction allow physically handicapped persons access to and use of housing, thus eliminating barriers and enabling people to maintain their independence.
Legal Aid of Nebraska
Domestic Violence Project Program: provides free legal services for protection orders, divorce, custody/visitation, establishment of paternity, child/spousal support, other family law matters, consumer/finance (credit, debt, bankruptcy, tax, etc.), public benefits (TANF, Medicaid, disability, food stamps, unemployment), and housing (public housing, landlord/tenant, and real estate). Also collaborates with local DV programs to provide wraparound services to clients and make referrals to other agencies and organizations as appropriate.
Education Program: provides educational support and tutoring to youth aged 13–18.
After School Program: offers out of school time activities for youth aged 13–18 including evening meals, enrichment, and recreational activities.
Family Literacy Activities for Immigrants & Refugees (FLAIR): provides English language and literacy instruction with a focus on school readiness.
Lincoln Medical Education Partnership
School Community Intervention Program: works in collaboration with school districts and community agencies to provide early identification and intervention to reduce or eliminate student abuse of alcohol and drugs.
Lincoln Public Schools – Two Generation Family Literacy Program
Two Generation Family Literacy: provides adult literacy as well as child- and parent-education programs.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
Children’s Behavioral Health: works with any child or youth under 18 using family focused, trauma informed, evidence based therapies.
Lux Center for the Arts
Arts Education: teaches classes in painting, drawing, print-making and ceramics offered year-round after-school/summer months art classes for children at title one schools and to youth living at Youth Services Center (YSC).
Malone Community Center
After-School Program: provides after-school opportunities for youth including tutoring, computer lab access, health education, recreation and art activities.
Early Education Program: neighborhood based, educational and recreational program for children ages 3-5. Program teaches social and cognitive skills, while focusing on the child learning his/her independence. Goal is to prepare the child for school in a playful and structured way.
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach
Hunger and Relief Outreach Program: supplies two hot meals a day as well as information, referrals, advocacy, life skills and identification programs to the working poor, hungry, and homeless.
Shelter and Prevention: provides transitional housing, case management, goal planning, advocacy and referral services.
Mourning Hope Grief Center
Bereavement Support Services and Community Outreach: provides an open and honest community of support for bereaved children and their families. Services include education, networking, outreach, and support groups to help individuals gain a better understanding of the grief process and learn coping strategies.
Northeast Family Center
Parents as Partners Program: offers safe and affordable child care by using creative curriculum and focusing on school readiness.
People’s City Mission
Family Shelter Program: provides emergency overnight shelter beds and day shelter, three meals daily, children’s programs, individual support and advocacy, life skills workshops, and other related services (showers, laundry, mail, phone, etc.).
The Salvation Army – Lincoln
Basic and Emergency Family Services Program: provides people in crisis with food and vouchers for a variety of food products and services.
At-Risk Youth Development Program: promotes physical fitness, social skills, and learning opportunities for at-risk youth aged 5–12 through education and recreational activities.
Disaster Services Program: provides food and beverages to volunteers after natural and man-made disasters.
Utility Assistance Program: provides emergency utility assistance to those who are at risk of having or have had their utilities shut off.
St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women
Project Mother & Child: offers emergency shelter and domestic violence services along with professional medical, mental health, and substance abuse services for women and children.
TeamMates Mentoring Program of Lincoln
TeamMates of Lincoln Public Schools: provides a young person with weekly mentoring, support, friendship, and a positive example.
Voices of Hope
Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Program: offers 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy, individual and group counseling, information, and referral services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Also provides ongoing case management, counseling, training, and individualized case plans for women in battered situations.
Willard Community Center
Lakeview Community Learning Center: provides core child care, academic clubs, enrichment activities and neighborhood enhancement for children at Lakeview Elementary School.
SMART Girls Club: provides girls with after-school and summer educational experiences in math, science and technology.