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.
Half Pint for Everyone
Half Pint for Everyone provides a 1/2 pint of milk at milk break for kindergarten students whose families are unable to afford it.
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 November 14, 2019.
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. View our calendar for upcoming meetings.
We have a community coat room where families are able to pick out a coat and cold weather accessories for each member of their family, free of charge. To receive or donate a coat visit our office during business hours.
Host a coat drive:
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. Currently we have capped the number of children we are able to serve. If you would like to have your child added to our waitlist please contact our office.
*Douglas and Pope County residents only!
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.
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.
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. For the summer of 2020 the Traveling Tree House is still ON! However, to follow current CDC recommendations around gathering the Traveling Tree House will not be taking place in local parks. Click here to learn more!