Community Solutions is how we bring people together to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We fund 52 local non-profit programs, facilitate the Federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program locally, and lead our community's human care planning.
Grants for Local Programs (Next application period opens early 2018)
An open application process is conducted bi-annually for local 501 (c)(3) organizations to apply for Community Solutions grants. Funds are raised through United Way's annual campaign and then distributed to local programs that align with the Community Solutions priorities in the areas of education, health, and financial stability.
United Way leads two programs that support our community's goal of increasing high school graduation rates.
- Birth 2 Five helps prepare parents and caregivers to ensure a sound foundation so our children have a healthy start and are ready to learn in school and succeed in life.
- Attendance Matters works with local schools to increase student attendance so kids can be more successful in school and life. Studies show attendance is the biggest correlation to graduation.
United Way also supports 2-1-1, a national partner and free service that provide people simple access to a variety of local resources such as: rental assistance, temporary shelter, medical care, food pantries, senior services, transportation, and counseling.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program
United Way facilitates the distribution funds from the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) to local agencies in Benton and Franklin Counties. EFSP is a program run by FEMA - and facilitated locally by United Ways - that allocates money to every county in the U.S. based on its population size. These Federal funds support local food banks and other non-profits who provide emergency support services.
In 2017, we helped distribute over $164,000 in Federal funding to local agencies. Without United Way's help, these Federal funds would not be distributed to our community. United Way is putting your tax dollars to work for local people who need it most.