Issues We Address

What is United Way of the Midlands? Simply put, we're a local nonprofit organization working to connect donor dollars with health and human service programs that make a measurable difference in our community. Our mission: to impact poverty, we focus the efforts of many to help our neighbors stand strong - by addressing basic needs, and fostering success in the classroom and the workplace.

These issues we face as a community need to be addressed and we're committed to using our resources to find solutions, helping the most vulnerable in our community. We've listened to local volunteers, donors and community members on the issues our neighbors face, through our Community Assessment and task forces. We engaged local experts, reached out to organizations that offer resources, and launched a community-wide dialogue on solutions.

Just as we have for over 90 years, we remain committed to supporting high-impact health and human service programs that address today's issues. Through a focus on Basic Needs, Classroom Ready and Workforce Ready programs, United Way can bring local families a step closer to overcoming poverty.

Click below to read more about our focus on Basic Needs, Classroom Ready, and Workforce Ready programs.


ACADEMIC INTERVENTIONS

Academic Interventions programs address a central issue many students struggle with: attendance. These programs intervene by addressing the root causes of a student's absences from school by providing resources during and outside of the school day. By working with students and their families, these United Way-funded programs are creating the foundation for a bright future, and creating a path to high school graduation.

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COLLEGE ACCESS

College Access programs work in our community to assist youth in preparing for and succeeding in college, both within and outside of the classroom. United Way of the Midlands works with three local nonprofits to ensure that college opportunities are equally available to everyone in our community. Whether it's academic assistance, testing preparation, or guidance through the college application process, these programs work with hundreds of local students to help them achieve a bright future.

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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS/PREVENTION

Disaster Preparedness and Prevention are key to the safety of our community. Helping low income families and our community at large prepare for disasters, small or large, is the central focus of these programs. By helping the most vulnerable in our community during their times of need, families and individuals can recover quickly and return to a stable life.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

To gain safety and stability, domestic violence victims need supports to recover and rebuild. Through Domestic Violence programs, clients and their families are given access to counseling, education and support, including legal services and a 24-hour hotline.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD

Connecting children and their parents with Early Childhood programs and resources ensures kids are ready to enter school and are best prepared for success. These funded programs aim to increase the health and wellbeing of children form prenatal to five years old. Giving every kids equal opportunities to succeed is essential to the future of our community, and United Way is committed to funding these esesntial programs.

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EMERGENCY SHELTER

Every year, individuals and families in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area find themselves homeless and in need of assistance. United Way-funded Emergency Shelters provide a temporary safe and nurturing residence for those in need of shelter, providing a stable foundation as clients work to rebuild to ultimately gain stability. Programs continue to address basic needs of clients, including physical and mental health care, food security, and crisis intervention.

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FAMILY SUPPORT

A community thrives when families are strong and their children are supported. Family Support programs work with parents and their children, giving them the skills to best interact and learn as a child grows. Through parental education and early childhood supports, local families are strengthened and, ultimately, our community is, too.

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FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Financial stability is an essential step as families work to climb out of poverty. By connecting local individuals and families with programs that provide personal financial management, general banking education and tax assistance, these United Way funded-programs are helping people gain stability and prepare for future success.

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FOOD SECURITY

Food Security is one of the most basic needs for local families struggling to get by. For those wondering where they'll get their next meal, United Way funded Food Security programs provide a lifeline to essential services that connect families and individuals with nutritional food to mitigate hunger and begin a path out of poverty.

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HEALTH CARE ACCESS

Good health is an essential basic need, and access to health care services gives local families and individuals the peace of mind that help is available when needed. Health Care Access programs funded by United Way provide access to health and wellness services for all ages, including physical and dental health, preventative health care, and wellness education.

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HEALTHY HOMES

Good health starts in the home, and connecting low income families with resources that ensure they live in a healthy environment is an essentail step to creating a healthy home. Through these United Way funded programs, low income families have access to assessment services that evaluate air quality and their physical homes, in addition to providing support to make necessary repairs to improve the homes and the health of those living within them.

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HOME VISITATION

Providing supports to parent of very young children helps to ensure that local families provide a nurturing and safe environment that encourages positive growth and development. Home Visitation programs provide in-home support to parents of young children by educating them on how to create the best environment, build positive relationships and prepare children for kindergarten.

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HOUSING STABILITY

Investments provide case management, education, and supportive services for access to safe, affordable housing options for area low-income residents.

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MENTAL HEALTH

Investment in programs offering emergency and ongoing mental health and counseling services for children and adults. 

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MENTORING

Investment in programs that connect youth with a caring adults to help them achieve their potential, stay on track in school, and discover their strengths.

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OUT OF SCHOOL TIME

Investment in programs that provide high quality programming and safe environments for youth to explore their interests, provide the foundation for success in school and life, and build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

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PARENTING EDUCATION

Investment in education programs for  parents to diminish or eliminate physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children by providing support, education and guidance to parents.

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REFERRAL TO COMMUNITY SUPPORTS

Investments provide immediate financial assistance, legal access and referrals to low-income individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis. Individuals are also referred to a network of additional community supports at other agencies/programs to meet their needs.

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SENIORS

Investment in programs that offer specialized health and wellness services to address the unique needs of senior citizens.

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SPECIALIZED MENTAL HEALTH

Investment in programming offering emergency mental health services to young adults impacted by severe mental health issues and substance abuse.

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TRANSITIONAL LIVING SUPPORTS

Investments focus on case management and supportive services for individuals and families to help identify and access options for permanent housing.

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SKILLS

Investment in programs aimed at increasing the employability of participants of all ages (with an emphasis on Opportunity Youth), including placement in permanent or temporary opportunities such as internships and work experience, to improve their skills. 

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Investment in programs that offer youth enrichment and character development opportunities with peers and adults. 

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