Community Impact Initiatives

United Way of Western Nebraska creates opportunities focused on building blocks for a good life.  Here are a few of the Community Impact Initiatives United Way does to help build a stronger, healthier, more compassionate community:

Children's Literacy (Dawes County)
United of Western Nebraska serving Dawes Counties has partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide books for children from birth to age five at no cost to them or their familes.  To register your child, please visit imaginationlibrary.com.  (Please note, the child must be a resident of Dawes County)

Day of Caring (Box Butte, Dawes, Morrill & Scotts Bluff Counties)
United Way is fighted to relieve food insecurity in the Panhandle.  United Way of Western Nebraska packages 60,000 meals to help alleviate hunger in our communities.  Box Butte and Dawes Counties United Way service area packages 20,000 meals to benefit the communities and youth in Box Butte and Dawes Counties.  The 2017 Day of Caring is scheduled for October 4 in Chadron for Box Butte and Dawes Counties and October 5 in Scottsbluff.  The meals are distributed throughout the region through the backpack programs and food pantries to help alleviate hunger.  

Disaster Relief & Preparedness (Scotts Bluff County)
The United Way of Western Nebraska (UWWN), Scotts Bluff County Health Department, Region 22 Emergency Management, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center and Panhandle Region Medical Response System have partnered to manage volunteers during a disaster and/or crisis situation resulting from manmade causes such as Chemical, Biological, Radiologocial, Nuclear or Explosion Incidents (CBRNE) and/or natural causes such as a tornado, flood, blizzard, etc., but utilizing the Region 22 Emergency Management Volunteer Reception Center (VRC).  This includes working collaboratively with the management and volunteers of the Scotts Bluff and Banner County fire/EMS, Police Departments, Scotts Bluff County Health Department, Panhandle Public Health District and numerous other volunteer and disaster response professionals.
     The Panhandle Region Medical Response System will maintain a database of volunteers that can assist in the varous areas of disaster.  Nonmedical volunteers will be processed through the VRC.
     UWWN is also a partner in the Region 22 COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters).  The purpose of the COAD is to bring voluntary, faith based, civic, fraternal, business, non-profit, governmental and school based organizations together to foster a more effective prepardness, response and recovery to the people of Scotts Bluff and Banner Counties, including the municipalities, and to work on problems that our community may face during disasters.

FamilyWize Prescription Cards (Box Butte, Dawes & Scotts Bluff Counties)  
FamilyWize prescription cards are FREE discount cards that provide savings on prescription medications and have saved our communities over $685,000 in prescription costs.  Please visit https:familywize.org/uw for more details.

Food Insecurity (Box Butte, Dawes, Morrill & Scotts Bluff Counties)
United Way packages 60,000 meals to be given to our community to combat food insecurity.  Dawes County hosts an annual "Love Your Neighbor" food drive February 1-14 to supply the local food banks.  

Homeless Prevention (Scotts Bluff County)
A representative of United Way of Western Nebraska regularly attends the monthly Panhandle- Region 1 Continuum of Care meetings in order to help support efforts this community and regional-based process does to promote a coordinated, strategic planning approach for programs that assist families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Stuff the Bus (Box Butte, Dawes & Scotts Bluff Counties)
Each summer shortly before school resumes, United Way partners with local school districts and businesses to gather monetary donations and new school supplies for students who are not able to purchase the necessary supplies for the school year.  The monetary donations are turned into gift cards and given to the schools to purchase exactly the supplies they need.