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.
What is the Circle of Support?
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?
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?
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?
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.
She overcame addiction, homelessness and domestic violence with our donors’ support.
He learned how to cope with trauma and is thriving in preschool with our donors’ support.
A young entrepreneur, he will be the first college graduate in his family with our donors’ support.
How Your Gift HelpsA 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.