Partner Agencies

United Way connects and strengthens community resources to nurture change in the lives of all north Iowans. We do this by funding Partner Agencies who specialize in impactful work improving education, income & health. below is the list of our 2016 Partner Agencies. Click on their name for more information about the agency and the program(s) that were funded by United Way of North Central Iowa.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuqe
Charlie Brown Community Daycare
City of Mason City-Youth Task Force
Community Kitchen of North Iowa, Inc.
Crisis Intervention Service
Francis Lauer Youth Services
Friends of Iowa CASA and FCRB
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura CSD
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Inc.
Iowa JAG
Iowa Lega Aid
Lake Mills Chamber Development Corporation
Latinas Latinos Al Exito Inc
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Meals on Wheels
NIACOG Housing Trust Fund
NIVC Services, Inc.
North Iowa Community Action Organization
Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless
One Vision
RSVP of North Central Iowa
Salvation Army Adult Day Health Center
Special Olympics Iowa
The Salvation Army


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuqe back to top

Mental Health Counseling

Provides professional counseling for marriages, families, and individuals experiencing various social, emotional, and interpersonal struggles. The program helps uninsured and underinsured individuals and families receive affordable mental health counseling.

Charlie Brown Community Daycare Child Care back to top

Assistance for Low-Income Families

Provides funding to families who are struggling to pay for child care when trying to seek or begin employment and need quality day care for their children. 

City of Mason City-Youth Task Force back to top

One on One Mentoring Project

Mentoring relationships in Cerro Gordo County area that promote relationship building and social skill development reducing youth substance use and other high-risk behaviors.

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Nutritional Meals for Those in Need

Provides a free, daily, balanced meal six days a week and a free, balanced meal 4 nights a week which strive to meet the nutritional, social, emotional and educational hungers of people in the north Iowa region.

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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Intervention & Prevention

Blends prevention, education, crisis response, supportive services, housing assistance, community organizing and collaborative partnerships to better meet the needs of victims of violence in north central Iowa. 

Francis Lauer Youth Services  back to top

Emergency Services Shelter

The shelter is one of the first lines of intervention for law enforcement, DHS and Juvenile Court Services with the health and safety of the child is compromised and cannot be guaranteed.

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North Iowa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children

Commissions trained and qualified community advocates to serve as an effective voice in court for abused and neglected children and strengthens efforts to ensure that each child is living in a safe, permanent and nurturing home. 

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Garner One on One Mentoring

One-on-One, same gender mentoring matches with a caring adult for children up to age 18 in the Garner Hayfield Ventura school district focused on positive youth development.

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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Helps to build girls of courage, confidence and character through experiences with troops, alternative troops, events, camp and travel.

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Unlocking Student Potential: Mason City

Assists students who experience multiple barriers to success to graduate from high school and transition to continued education and careers through the provision of counseling, mentoring, tutoring, career exploration and post-secondary planning.

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515-243-2980 Ext 1620

Domestic Violence Prevention Project

Provides civil legal assistance to low-income victims of domestic violence in order to obtain court ordered protection orders, secure or modify child custody orders, counsel victims about legal concerns and general safety, and provide holistic legal services that help break the link between victim and abuser.

Housing & Income Stabilization

Project Provides civil legal assistance to low income individuals to help them remain in their homes and have sufficient income to meet their basic needs.

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LM United - Education

Summer Reading Program aimed at preventing learning loss over the summer months by encouraging children to read along with their friends over the summer. 

LM United - Income

Helps meet the needs of low-income individuals and families by covering daily living, medical and emergency expenses and assisting families with child care when starting a new job, changing jobs or unexpected change in hours occurs. 

LM United - Health

Assists low-income families with subsidized fees for Parks and Recreation programs in the community.

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Al Exito Hampton

Weekly after school programs, mentorship, parent engagement, interactive college visits, and academic tutoring for Hampton area Latino Students.

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Families Together

Community based, in-home child and abuse prevention program that serves families with children ages 0-18 that reside in Floyd, Mitchell, Chickasaw, Butler and Franklin Counties. The program adheres to a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families whose children are at risk for adverse childhood experiences. 

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Meals for the Homebound

Provides delivery of nutritious meals prepared under the supervision of dieticians at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa to those who are homebound and have difficulty preparing their own meals due to a variety of physical, financial or mental conditions, including recovery from an illness or operation.

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Emergency Home Repairs Projects

Assists low income, elderly and disabled households with emergency home repairs. Such as furnace repair/replacement, handicapped ramps, resolving electrical issues, water heater replacements and making bathrooms accessible.

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Community Connections

Helps to increase job readiness and employment outcomes in at-risk youth and youth with disabilities by arming students of area alternative schools and special education programs with the skills and resources necessary to get a job and be engaged in their local community.

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Bridges Mentoring Program

Strengthens the self-esteem and social skills of children and youth by providing positive mentoring relationships to youth in Mitchell County at no cost. 

Outreach Program

Provides financial assistance in the area of housing stabilization and/or relocation, to low income families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless to work toward becoming financially stable.

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Client Self-Sufficiency Incentive Program

Assists Northern Lights Clients who are doing well meeting goals during their stay at the shelter to pay some housing barrier (deposit, first month’s rent) in order to get the client in their own safe and affordable, permanent housing.

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Family 2 Family Connect

Provides north Iowa families with children who have autism and other special needs, caregivers, teachers and other professionals numerous supports and affordable, local access to professionals and experts in the field, ultimately giving families the necessary knowledge and skills to reduce behavior problems associated with autism at home, in school and in the community.

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Reading Buddy Program

Elementary school literacy program that addresses the needs of developing readers by providing extra reading time for students who read below grade levels. Volunteers work with readers to improve letter and sight word identification, pronunciation, as well as fluency and comprehension skills. 

Reading Coach Program

Middle school literacy and State of Iowa certified mentoring program that provides individual attention to students with a focus on reading development. Volunteers are trained to use reading strategies to help students improve literacy skills, increase their joy of reading and establish positive relationships.

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Adult Day Health Center

Provides a safe and enjoyable environment for adults with physical or memory limitations to attend during the day so they may be able to remain in the community as long as possible by providing exercises, nutritious meals & snacks, assistance with personal care, health care monitoring and education.

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Mason City Team Abilities

Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continued opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and participation.

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Tutor Plus

Free after school program, located in Mason City, that provides children, grades K-4, an educational atmosphere that focuses on financial literacy, civic engagement, health and well-being, as well as basic reading and math.