Community Solutions

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United Way Improves Lives Through Community Solutions

Our Goal

That everyone in Benton and Franklin Counties has a good education; access to healthcare; lives and works in a safe environment; and is a self-sufficient, active member of our community.

Our Strategy

Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to create better outcomes will enable more people to attain a good quality of life. Community Solutions is how United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties brings people together to solve problems that affect us all. We lead two community-wide initiatives, provide funding to 28 local programs, facilitate Emergency Food & Shelter, and participate in our community's human care planning and implementation.

Our Initiatives

Where programs directly provide needed services, initiatives work to create stability and positive long-term change. Both are important in creating better and lasting outcomes for all. United Way leads two community-wide initiatives 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.

Community Solutions Investment Funding for Local Programs (Application period is now closed.)

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 services that align with the Community Solutions priorities in the areas of education, health, safety, and self-sufficiency. Currently, we provide funding to 28 programs through 17 local agencies.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program

United Way facilitates the  Emergency Food & Shelter Program at no cost to the federal government so 100% of funds goes directly to emergency support and disaster relief in our community.