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

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  • College Access

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  • Disaster Preparedness/ Prevention

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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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  • 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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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: Academic Interventions

    How can you dollars make a difference in Academic Interventions programs funded by United Way? Here are four ways.

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  • Academic Interventions Programs Funded By United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 8 programs in the Academic Interventions area: 

    • Academic Interventions, Greater Omaha Attendance and Learning Services
    • Integrated Student Support, Communities in Schools of Mid-America Inc.
    • Residential Care Education Support Services, Omaha Home for Boys
    • Pathways to Success, Latino Center of the Midlands
    • School and Family Enrichment (SAFE), Child Saving Institute, Inc.
    • Truancy Reduction Program, Urban League of Nebraska, Inc.
    • Violence Prevention and Youthful Offender Re-entry Program, Urban League of Nebraska, Inc.
    • Youth Enrichment Programs/Tutoring Program, The Salvation Army-NE

    This group of programs works closely with students to ensure they stay in school, graduate on-time, and build a foundation for future success. Click read more to learn how.

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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: College Access

    How can you dollars make a difference in College Access programs funded by United Way? Here are four ways.

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  • College Access Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 3 programs in the College Access area:

    • AKSARBEN Scholars Career Connectors Program, operated by the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Foundation
    • College Possible Omaha Core Program, operated by College Possible
    • Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy, operated by Urban League of Nebraska, Inc.

    These three programs are doing great things for hundreds of students in the metro area - click read more to learn how.

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  • Story of Change: Teadrana

    Preparing to enter college can be overwhelming - with so many steps and questions, where can students turn? For Teadrana, she found her answers at College Possible. Through their Core Omaha Program, program staff work with students like Teadrana to prepare for college entrance exams, apply to schools and figure out their career path. Teadrana wants to inspire her younger siblings to follow in her footsteps to college and beyond. She credits the program with getting her into college, and looks forward to a successful future as a neonatal nurse.

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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: Disaster Preparedness/Prevention

    How can you dollars make a difference in Disaster Preparedness/Prevention programs funded by United Way? Here are four ways.

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  • Disaster Preparedness/Prevention Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 1 program in the Disaster Preparedness/Prevention area:

    • Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery, American Red Cross - Omaha Council Bluffs Metro

    This program provides key support to families and individuals affected by disasters, large and small - click read more to learn how.

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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: Domestic Violence

    How can you dollars make a difference in Early Childhood programs funded by United Way? Here are three ways.

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  • Domestic Violence Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 2 programs in the Domestic Violence area:

    • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention and Education, operated by Women's Center for Advancement
    • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Safety Services 16/17, operated by Women's Center for Advancement

    These programs are doing great things for hundreds of students in the metro area - click read more to learn how.

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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: Early Childhood

    How can you dollars make a difference in Early Childhood programs funded by United Way? Here are four ways.

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  • Early Childhood Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 5 programs in the Early Childhood area:

    • Early Childhood Education, operated by Kids Can Community Center
    • Early Childhood Education for At-Risk Youth, operated by YMCA of Greater Omaha
    • KidSquad, operated by Child Saving Institute, Inc.
    • Read in Five, operated by YMCA of Greater Omaha and Heartland Family Service
    • Y Ready to Learn, operated by YMCA of Greater Omaha

    These programs are doing great things for hundreds of students in the metro area - click read more to learn how.

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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: Emergency Shelter

    How can you dollars make a difference in Early Childhood programs funded by United Way? Here are four ways.

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  • Emergency Shelter Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 8 programs in the Emergency Shelter area:

    • Campus-Wide Case Management and Outreach, operated by Stephen Center Inc.
    • Emergency Shelter Services, operated by Child Saving Institute, Inc.
    • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Program, operated by Heartland Family Service
    • The Shelter, operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha
    • Emergency Shelter Program for Men, Women and Children, operated by Siena/Francis House
    • Emergency Shelter Services, operated by MICAH House
    • Pettigrew Emergency Shelter Operations, operated by Stephen Center Inc.
    • Phoenix House Domestic Violence Shelter and Sexual Abuse Program, operated by Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines, Council Bluffs

    These programs are doing great things for hundreds of students in the metro area - click read more to learn how.

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  • Story of Change: Nicole

    An abusive and nearly deadly relationship sent Nicole to Phoenix House, a United Way funded domestic violence shelter operated by Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines in Council Bluffs. The shelter gave her the support and guidance she needed to become independent and confident in she and her daughter's future. Today, she's graduated from college and wants to become an undercover police officer. And it's thanks to the generosity of community supporters that Nicole and so many others are able to leave their abusers and find safety, confidence, and happiness.

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  • What Your Dollars Can Do: Family Support

    How can you dollars make a difference in Family Support programs funded by United Way? Here are four ways.

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  • Family Support Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 4 programs in the Family Support area:

    • Adoption program, operated by Child Saving Institute, Inc.
    • Family Strengthening Programs, operated by Completely KIDS
    • Child & Family Center - Pathways to the Future, operated by Nebraska Children's Home Society
    • Nest Program, operated by Southwest Iowa Families Inc.

    These programs are doing great things for hundreds of students in the metro area - click read more to learn how.

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