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 2017 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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
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 Community Christian Child Care
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Inc.
Iowa Legal 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 Child Abuse Prevention Council
North Iowa Community Action Organization
Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless
RSVP of North Central Iowa
Salvation Army Adult Day Health Center
Special Olympics Iowa
The Salvation Army
Youth For Christ
One on One Mentoring
One-on-One mentoring program in Floyd County provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Mentors see mentees one hour a week four times a month and are required to commit to 18 months.
Mental Health Counseling
Catholic Charities Mental Health Counseling provide various outpatient treatment services to individuals, couples, children and families. Counselors provide individuals, couples, and families the ability to work out their issues before they become a crisis, helping to maintain emotional health and strengthen relationships. Catholic Charities operates on a sliding scale fee structure to ensure that even low-income or those not covered by insurance are able to have access to mental health care
Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families
The Charlie Brown Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families provides childcare coverage for those who are seeking or beginning employment. The coverage fills the gap between when a family first starts a job and when they begin receiving DHS Child Care voucher funds for childcare. Currently, there is a 30-45 Day wait to receive DHS Assistance. This often results in families not pursuing employment or finding cheap/unsafe/unlicensed childcare for their children until assistance is granted.
One on One Mentoring Project
One-on-One Mentoring provides mentoring relationships for youth, which promotes relationship building and social skill development, reducing youth substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors while increasing development assets. They offer individual mentoring, team mentoring, and peer mentoring.
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Nutritional Meals for Those in Need
The Community Kitchen provides a daily noon meal Monday through Thursday and an evening meal Monday through Thursday through its Nutritional Meals for those in Need Program.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & Other Violent Crimes Intervention Program
Crisis Intervention Services Program Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Other Violent Crimes Intervention Program provides comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention Program
Crisis Intervention Services provides comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization blends prevention, education, crisis response, supportive services, housing assistance, community organizing, and collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of victims of violence in North Iowa.
Emergency Services Shelter
Francis Lauer Youth Services Emergency Services Shelter provides shelter for children between the ages of 12 and 17. The Emergency Services Shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shelter services are provided for children who experience any of the following: Abuse, neglect or abandonment, child/parent mental health issues, unsafe health or environment situations, homelessness, behavior issues, minor law violations.
North Iowa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children
North Iowa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides specially trained volunteer advocates to serve as an effective voice in court for abused and neglected children, strengthening efforts to ensure that each child is living in a safe, permanent, and nurturing home. CASA Advocates are thoroughly screened and required to complete thirty hours of pre-service training to work with children. CASA volunteers assume the role of investigator, reporter, and monitor for the child or sibling group.
Garner Community Christian Child Care
The childcare center operates in accordance with DHS childcare laws and provide childcare for up to 75 children ages infant through 12 years old before and after school hours, summertime, and drop-ins.
Girl Scout Leadership Experience
The Girl Scout Leadership Program is supported by volunteers and community organizations to deliver programming and provide outreach to girls in need. The leadership development approach is a research-based and age-appropriate approach to skill building. The program provides experience through after-school programming, camp opportunities, cooking program and activities.
Empowering, Engaging, and Educating Mason City
IJAG’s Empowering, Engaging, Educating Mason City program helps children facing multiple barriers achieve high school success and a lifetime of self-sufficiency. The program provides support through classroom instruction, competency-based curriculums, adult mentoring, advisement and support, summer employment training, student-led leadership development, job and post-secondary education placement services, 12-month follow up after graduation, and having an accountability system in place.
Financial Stability Project
Iowa Legal Aid’s Income Stability Project provides participants with legal assistance (advice, negotiation with third parties, legal research, representation before administrative agencies and courts, and appropriate referrals) from Iowa Legal Aid Staff. Iowa legal aid would help clients remain in their home, increase their income/assets (through keeping benefits, etc.), and help domestic abuse victims live independently from their abuser
Lake Mills United - Education
The Education summer reading program that is offered to students in the Lake Mills Community School District and in partnership with the public library. The program provides books, logbooks, and incentives for the summer reading participants to encourage a love of reading and combat summertime reading skill loss for students in the Lake Mills Community School District and surrounding area.
LM United - Health
Lake Mills United’s Health Program provides low-cost memberships to the Lake Mills Aquatic Center and also covers the registration fees for various Parks and Rec programs to low-income families and their children to encourage health activity over the summer months.
Al Exito Hampton
Al Exito provides programming that builds the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support and celebration of culture.
Early Childhood Programming
The Early Childhood Programming provides evidence-based and comprehensive approach to strengthening families with children ages 0-5 through home visitation. The program works towards reducing adverse childhood experiences and child maltreatment and is designed to work with overburdened families. The program is voluntary and provided to families at no cost.
Families together is a voluntary in-home child abuse prevention program for at-risk families with children ages 0-18 in the counties of Floyd, Mitchel, and Franklin. Home visits are provided weekly to teach families with evidence based curriculum on coping and communication skills.
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Meals for the Homebound
Meals on Wheels provides meals to people who are homebound and in need of assistance to attain good nutrition and meals delivered to their home. Volunteers deliver meals that have been prepared by Mercy Hospital Dieticians in order for the homebound to remain in their homes and maintain proper nutrition.
Emergency Home Repairs Projects
The Housing Trust fund assists low-income elderly and disabled households with emergency housing repairs. Typical projects include furnace repair/replacement, handicapped ramps, resolving electrical issues, repair/ replacement of water heater, and making bathrooms accessible. This program allows the elderly and disabled to remain in their home safely.
Community Partners increases job readiness and employment outcomes for at-risk youth and youth with disabilities. The program enhances and promotes financial stability and improves the ability to earn an income for young adults at-risk or with disabilities ages 15-21.
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Satellite Child Protection Center
The Satellite Child Protection Center provides a centralized access and referral to an integrated system of community services for abused children and their families. Forensic interviews and medical exams by specially trained forensic interviews and physicians are coordinated and interviews are recorded and available for court use, reducing the number of times children must tell their story. Efforts include the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse
Bridges Mentoring Program
Bridges Mentoring coordinates mentors and students in Mitchell County to help strengthen the self-esteem and social skills of children and youth by providing positive mentoring relationships to youth at no cost to the youth.
The Outreach program helps individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless stay in their home by offering them a one-time rent assistance in combination with financial literacy training and budgeting assistance.
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Homelessness to Permanent Housing
Homelessness to Permanent housing helps clients with a rent deposit, a first month rent, utility deposit or help with an old utility bill to allow them to get utilities back in their name at their new home. Six hours of Follow-up case-management is provided to each client over the following six months after they leave the shelter.
Children's Autism Center
The Children’s Autism Center’s Family 2 Family Connect Program provides North Iowa Families with children who have autism and other special needs, as well as caregivers, teachers, and other professionals numerous supports and affordable local access to professionals and experts in the field. Prior to the Children’s Autism Center, families would have to wait 3-6 months for an appointment in Iowa City for a diagnosis, because of the addition of two behavioral analysts, families are able to get help sooner and closer to home.
Reading Buddies Program
Reading Coaches provides in class reading instruction to elementary students who are reading below grade level and may need extra time in reading instructions. Volunteers over the age of 55 meet with students on different days of the week so each student receives around an hour of extra reading per week.
Reading Coaches Program
RSVP Reading Coaches trains community volunteers over the age of 55 to read with and mentor middle school students who are struggling with reading comprehension and reading skills
Adult Day Health Center
The Salvation Army’s Adult Day Health Center provides a safe environment for adults with physical or memory limitations to attend during the day so they may be able to remain out of nursing home care for as long as possible.
The Salvation Army Blast Zone provides a safe, gospel-centered after-school environment for children from low-income households. The program provides academic support by offering homework assistance as needed and other additional educational activities.
Campus Life is a relational ministry that reaches young people between the ages of 14-19 years old and encourages a balanced lifestyle. This program provides a supportive atmosphere to at risk teens, young teen parents, and teens who need community a supportive atmosphere and the tools they need to graduate high school.