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.


  • Basic Needs

    Our community is a strong one. But there are still individuals and families in the greater Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area with little or no access to basic services. With your help, United Way of the Midlands is empowering more of our neighbors to reduce the impact of poverty, and achieve economic stability.

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  • Classroom Ready

    To succeed in life, children must first succeed in school – and that can be especially challenging for children who live in poverty, or close to it. United Way is working on common goals with strong local partners – school districts, education experts, other nonprofits and funders – to increase classroom success.

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  • Workforce Ready

    For our Omaha-Council Bluffs community to stay strong, and grow stronger, its residents need to have steady income from a good job. But too often, young people and those in poverty don’t have all of the skills and supports required to get and keep that job, or to sustain a living wage.

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