Our neighbors need YOU more than ever.

COVID-19 has left thousands more people struggling to meet their needs. Faced with fewer volunteers, higher demand and limited funds, nonprofits are struggling to keep up and they can’t meet people’s many needs alone. You can provide a Circle of Support for our neighbors by making a gift today!

Click here to learn more about the Circle of Support your gift provides.

According to the CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress as part of the COVID-19 relief bill, your donation will make you eligible for a tax deduction of up to $300 if you do not itemize your taxes. The CARES Act applies to all donations made to nonprofits throughout 2020.

What is the Circle of Support?

The Circle of Support is a group of more than 100 nonprofit programs that are funded by United Way of the Midlands (UWM) donors like YOU! These nonprofit programs provide three different things that are vital to helping families in need: Basic Needs, Education and Financial Stability. By providing these three types of support, UWM-funded programs form a Circle of Support around our neighbors in need that helps them regain stability during difficult times.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100,000 people were living in poverty in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. Now, COVID-19 has forced employers to make difficult decisions, creating an entirely new demographic: people who are newly in-need, out of work, taking care of loved ones…with no idea where to turn. Others are just one missed paycheck, broken down vehicle or health crisis away from being in need themselves.

People who are struggling often need many different kinds of help to get back on their feet. For example, someone may need help paying a utility bill after losing their job due to an illness they couldn’t recover from because they don’t have adequate access to healthcare. Someone else may be working to escape domestic violence, but also lacks the education and job training to be able to afford a safe, stable home for their family. The circumstances that lead to poverty are complex and interconnected.

Now, more than ever, our neighbors are struggling to get by. YOU can do something about that by giving to United Way of the Midlands and supporting 100+ local nonprofit programs that provide Basic Needs, Education and Financial Stability support for families.

Why are Basic Needs programs important?

Basic Needs are the essential things we all need to live: food, housing, healthcare and a safe environment. These things are the first stepping stones towards stability, health and success for families in the metro.

Helping individuals and families in crisis has been at the heart of UWM’s mission since our founding in 1923. Because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands more people are struggling to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and healthcare. We know that when their Basic Needs are met, they are able to stay on track in school and be more productive at work.

You can help us provide Basic Needs support today! When you donate to United Way of the Midlands, part of your gift provides emergency shelter, food and support to people in immediate need as well as access to physical, mental and behavioral health care, healthy food and family supports.

Learn more about Basic Needs and local programs your donation supports, here.

Why are Education programs important?

Because schools aren’t in session and children have spent less time in the classroom, thousands of children are at a higher risk of falling behind. This can have dire consequences – children who don’t read at grade-level by the end of third grade are more likely to drop out of school. United Way of the Midlands aims to reverse this statistic by providing education supports that help students succeed in school and life.

You can help us provide these supports today! When you donate to United Way of the Midlands, part of your gift provides pre-literacy support, academic support, life skill training and access to mentoring programs so that students are set up for success! It also supports Raise Me to Read, a collaborative effort by schools, communities, government agencies, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and foundations to increase early reading proficiency in the metro area.

Learn more about Education and local programs your donation supports, here.

Why are Financial Stability programs important?

As the economy slips into recession, unemployment rates have reached new heights, leaving a staggering number of people without stable jobs. Providing financial stability supports is an important part of our work at United Way of the Midlands. We know when individuals earn a living wage income, they can meet basic needs, manage unanticipated obstacles and invest in a brighter future for themselves and their family – with impacts that will last for generations.

You can help us provide these supports today! When you donate to United Way of the Midlands, part of your gift provides adult employment, youth employment and assess development supports so people can work toward financial stability. It also supports our Opportunity Youth initiative that helps local 16-to-24-year-olds reconnect with education and employment.

Learn more about Financial Stability and local programs your donation supports, here.

CARES Act Charitable Deduction Changes for 2020

According to the CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress as part of the COVID-19 relief bill, your donation will make you eligible for a tax deduction of up to $300 if you do not itemize your taxes. The CARES Act applies to all donations made to nonprofits throughout 2020.

Learn more about charitable deduction changes here.

Meet Cass

She overcame addiction, homelessness and domestic violence with our donors’ support.

Meet Luis

He learned how to cope with trauma and is thriving in preschool with our donors’ support.

Meet Jabin

A young entrepreneur, he will be the first college graduate in his family with our donors’ support.

Have a question about your online donation? Please contact our team at communitystrong@uwmidlands.org with your inquiry.

How Your Gift Helps

A few dollars make a big impact!

Before COVID-19, the impact of poverty and social injustice on families in the metro was great. Now, more families than ever are struggling with their health, well-being and stability as COVID-19 has pushed them further into poverty or into poverty for the first time. When you make a monthly gift to United Way of the Midlands, you help our neighbors get back on their feet by providing them with Basic Needs, Education and Financial Stability supports.

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