United Way of Allen County plays a critical role in our community by convening and supporting collaborative efforts that address needs no one organization can address alone. We identify partners, facilitate interagency agreements and provide resources for these initiatives.

 

EDUCATION INITIATIVES

 

  Volunteers are matched with at-risk children through Real Men Read and School Buddies to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
  

Education Network: a growing group of 20 local early childhood and youth-serving agencies that work in collaboration with United Way to provide opportunities for volunteers to work with children in our community. Visit www.UWEducationNetwork.org to find a searchable listing of opportunities at participating agencies. There is something for everyone — see what works best for you! 

 

Kindergarten Countdown: a partnership with Community Transportation Network, East Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne Community Schools and Women United which will identify children at-risk for entering kindergarten unprepared to learn and offer a four-week, summer preparatory session to help get them on track with their peers. Kindergarten Countdown will foster classroom interactions with teachers and other children and focus on developing age-appropriate literacy and social-emotional skills.

 

Let's Talk: this awareness campaign, sponsored by Parkview Health and PNC Bank,  is slated to target the community at large, but specifically encourages parents and care providers to talk, sing songs, read books and verbally interact with children from birth. These seemingly simple activities with babies and young children will help them develop and strengthen language and cognitive skills and be prepared to learn in kindergarten.  

   

 

     
INCOME, HEALTH AND BASIC NEEDS INITIATIVES
  2-1-1 Services, supported by Lutheran Health Network
  • Connects residents with vital services.
  • Plays a critical role in connecting homeless people to shelter.
  • Coordinates social services and volunteers during times of disaster.
    Free Tax Preparation Program
Free, high-quality tax preparation for low- and moderate-income residents so they can claim credits and use refunds to pay bills or pay down debt. Download the 2014 Free Tax Prep Program information here in English or here in Spanish
    Case Coordination
Allows key social service agencies to integrate services and dollars in order to best meet the needs of families to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
    Homelessness Council
Works with local non-profit and governmental agencies to coordiante homeless and housing programs and servies with the goals of:
  • Reducing episodes of homelessness;
  • Shortening the length of shelter stays; and
  • Decreasing the number of returns to homelessness.