Thanks to generous donors in last year’s fundraising campaign, United Way leadership set aside $700,000 to seed greater local collaboration on our community’s toughest human challenges. The grants are intended to sharpen the focus on persistent poverty east of 60th Street, improve people’s access to human services, and build the capacity of the local safety net to help turn lives around.

In all, 29 grant proposals were submitted by its member agencies, and the funding requests topped $1.7 million.

One of the largest projects is development of a “point of entry” for all homeless services in our community, so those-in-crisis can get support and get back on their feet faster.

Others include: expanded mental health services for extremely low-income individuals; intensive reading programs for children in impoverished neighborhoods; AND assist with child care for families considered the “working poor.”  The programs offer immediate-and-necessary care, and provide long-term solutions.

United Way of the Midlands engages the passion and resources of our neighbors and community partners to improve people’s lives. We help those who need it most and create real change for the generations to come.  UWM celebrates 89 years of service in 2012. People in our metropolitan area received services through United Way Community Care Fund programs 645,679 times in 2011.

For more information about United Way of the Midlands, please call (402) 522-7963 or visit their website at: