Our Impact

Collaborative Initiatives

Community partnerships allow United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to improve lives and community conditions.

2-1-1 Call Center

This nationwide initiative provides local support, toll-free, 24/7 information and referrals for human services needs. During 2019, trained staff helped 4,263 callers from Lincoln/Lancaster County ($20,000 grant). Download your free Lancaster County Free Discount Prescription Card.

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Agency Technical Assistance Fund

The agency technical assistance fund will provide flexible support to United Way partner agencies in addressing their organizational and capacity needs ($20,000 grant).

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Community Learning Centers (CLC) (Lincoln Public Schools)

United Way provides funding to support Lincoln Community Learning Centers. The CLC initiative is focused on achieving three major outcomes: improved student learning and development, strong and supportive families and engaged neighborhoods ($35,000 grant).

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Community Response

Lancaster County Community Response is a voluntary service that provides support, advocacy and real time action for families who find themselves needing basic assistance, social and emotional support, and help navigating other life challenges. United Way provides coordination of Community Response across the Lancaster County community, with the goal of increasing families’ protective factors and decreasing both instances of neglect and entry into the child welfare system and high-end systems of care. United Way collaborates with many local agencies in the delivery of case management and behavioral health services for participating families and leverages the support of other local community partners in its operation. In October 2020, Community Response expanded to serve five additional school communities, while also receiving Response and Recovery funding to provide additional support to families negatively impacted by the pandemic.

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Data-Tracking Project (UNL – Center on Children, Families, and the Law)

This jointly funded project of United Way and the Joint Budget Committee of the City and County helps track food pantry and food distribution efforts in the community ($7,500 grant).

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Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

United Way provides support for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development’s workforce development activity to create pathways for Lincoln residents to obtain living-wage employment in our community ($12,500 grant).

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Ride United

Ride United Last Mile Delivery is a United Way initiative, in partnership with DoorDash that fulfills critical food insecurity needs in 20 communities across the country, including right here in Lincoln and Lancaster County. Over 150 food deliveries are being made to Lincoln families each week through Ride United Last Mile Delivery. In 2022, we are committed to facilitating 10,000 deliveries in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

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