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MISSION STATEMENT United Way of Douglas County: Addressing human service needs by mobilizing community resources and building partnerships.

Agency partnerships consist of 24 not-for-profits that address human service needs locally; some of these agencies are part of a national entity, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. These agencies must be recognized as a 501c, complete a rigorous application to the United Way and submit a full audit in order to be selected by a review board allocating United Way funds.

The 24 agency partnerships are separated into three categories of service:

Building Successful Families, Children and Youth - United Way helps families become stronger and supports quality childcare, school readiness, and safe, enriching environments for children and youth.

Creating a Healthier Community - United Way provides access to quality healthcare services, support for persons with chronic illnesses and disaster preparedness programming. United Way encourages volunteerism and strengthens area non-profits to better serve the community.

Fostering Self Sufficiency - United Way supports efforts to create more self-sufficient adults and families, and helps seniors live independently as long as possible.

You, a family member, friend or a colleague may have utilized a United Way partner agency due to the varied amount of assistance they provide in Douglas County.

Take a look: Building Successful Families, Children and Youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council; Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence; Douglas Count CASA; Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri; Van Go Mobile Arts; Ballard Community Services; Douglas County Child Development Association; Success by 6 Coalition of Douglas County; The Salvation Army

Creating a Healthier Community American Red Cross; Headquarters Counseling Center; Douglas County Dental Clinic; Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care; Douglas County AIDS Project; Health Care Access Clinic; GaDuGi SafeCenter

Fostering Self Sufficiency Lawrence Community Shelter, Inc.; Women’s Transitional Care Services; Douglas County Legal Aid Society; Housing and Credit Counseling; The Arc of Douglas County; Meals on Wheels; Trinity In-Home Care

Learn more about each agency at www.unitedwaydgco.org.

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/18/Picture_2.jpg A real garden with an assortment of metal flowers, in foreground, frame a new butterfly garden mural and painters, from left, Maya Percich, Ryan Armstrong and Oliver Elphick, all 12 and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. The students were working on the mural Thursday at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court. Photo by Mike Yoder


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