Lincoln Resettlement Fund

In recent months, Lincoln has experienced a significant increase in the number of families coming into our community, particularly from Afghanistan and Ukraine. This is in addition to the number of families entering our community from other places across the globe. With little time to prepare for such a significant influx, our current infrastructure has been strained and families are in need of additional supports. With a goal of raising $400,000, the fund is intended to immediately bolster and build capacity for ongoing wrap-around supports to enhance services for families from Afghanistan and Ukraine as they resettle.

The Lincoln Resettlement Fund has been established by United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County through partnership with Lincoln Community Foundation, Duncan Aviation, Community Health Endowment, Woods Charitable Fund Inc., Acklie Charitable Foundation, and others. Specific needs to be addressed include transportation support, childcare and additional case management.

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About the Resettlement Fund

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, local philanthropic leaders announced the creation of the Lincoln Resettlement Fund to wrap support around families resettling in the Lincoln community. The fund is hosted by United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. The need is urgent and critical, so the goal is to raise $400,000 by July 7, 2022.

There will be a streamlined application process that will open to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations providing services in Lincoln, NE or Lancaster County, NE. The application will open June 22, 2022 and close July 11, 2022. A single round of grant review will be conducted following the conclusion of fundraising on July 7. Support from the Lincoln Resettlement Fund is available to any nonprofit 501(c)(3) serving resettling families in the Lincoln area, and will prioritize support for the following:

  • Transportation needs of resettling families to attend appointments, gatherings, employment, etc.
  • Childcare needs beyond that which is needed during regular employment while families attend ELL courses, appointments, community events, etc.
  • Expanded Case Management to connect families to resources in the community

The fund is separate from the United Way Annual Campaign. Grant requests are also separate and distinctly focused on expanded support for resettlement.

Grant applications are now open and will be due July 11.

Questions

  • General questions and inquires about the Fund can be directed to info@unitedwaylincoln.org or call 402-441-7700.
  • For media inquiries and interview requests contact Peter Schnake, Communications Manager for United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County at pschnake@unitedwaylincoln.org or 402-441-7760.
  • To make a donation by check send to:
    Lincoln Resettlement Fund
    c/o United Way Lincoln and Lancaster County
    238 S. 13th St
    Lincoln, NE 68508

Special Thanks

Special thanks to those donors who made significant gifts of $10,000 or more to the Lincoln Resettlement Fund:

  • Acklie Charitable Foundation
  • Ameritas
  • Community Health Endowment
  • Cooper Foundation
  • Duncan Aviation
  • Farmers Mutual of Nebraska
  • Lincoln Community Foundation
  • Nelnet
  • Union Bank and Trust
  • United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County
  • Wake Charitable Foundation
  • Woods Charitable Fund, Inc.