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United Way Programs

United Way programs are how we invest local dollars in our communities to address specific community centered issues. These programs make a difference in education, health or financial stability. 

Adopt a Family 

Adopt a Family provides gifts to children ages 0-18 over the holiday season. Adopters are matched with adoptees based on the number of children in a family. All participants in the program remain confidential. Program opens in for Adopters and registrations mid-November. 

Community Impact Coalition 

The coalition's strategic intent is to create long lasting impact in our community in the areas of health, education and financial stability by serving as a resource in identifying and meeting community needs, as well as being a resource to one another. Meetings take place once a month. These meetings are open to the public.

Coat Distribution

Our Coat Room is available at our office for families to pick out a coat and cold weather accessories for each member of their immediate family, free of charge. To receive or donate a coat visit office during the Coat Room hours.

Backpack Attack

The Backpack Attack program provides hungry students a child-friendly bag of supplemental food through the participating school to take home over the weekend. 

Equipped to Work

Provides resources to individuals that allow them to secure employment. 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library sends out age-appropriate books on a monthly basis to registered children until they reach the age of 5.
We have capped the number of children we are able to serve. We are not taking new registrations at this time. 

The Food Drop

Each month United Way hosts a free food distribution event in both Douglas and Pope Counties. Anyone who eats and lives in the coordinating county is able to attend and utilize this program. 
Pope County Food Drop
Douglas County Food Drop
Upcoming Food Drop Date

Plant an Extra Row

Plant an Extra Row encourages gardeners to plant additional produce with the intention of donating it. Donations are placed outside of our office and are made available to the community. Gardeners are able to make produce donations at our office during summer months and early fall. 

Poverty Simulation

A Poverty Simulation is an interactive experience where participants take on different roles that place them into typical scenarios that low-income families face. Roles are based off of real families. The goal of those participating in the simulation is to meet the needs of their family for one month. 

Traveling Tree House

The Traveling Tree House is a mobile learning center that is staffed with licensed educators and provides free literacy based programming. The Tree House stops at several designated locations within Douglas County over the summer. Due to CDC recommendations around gathering the 2020 Traveling Tree House delivered Tool Kits to designated stops, then held programming online and at our Facebook page @TravelingTreeHouseUW

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