Community Impact Programs
Moving beyond temporary fixes, and in collaboration with the community, United Way of Allen County strives to create lasting change in Allen County by strategically investing in the upward economic mobility of households through a generational approach. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, our community can be transformed.
Our current footprint includes:
- Volunteerism | We mobilize community volunteers, connecting them with the nonprofits who need their help.
- Agency Investments | We support funded agencies that align with our goals and demonstrate proven measurable outcomes.
- Collaborative Initiatives | We bring philanthropic and social services agencies together to share knowledge and cultivate collaborative solutions.
- Advocacy | We lead and facilitate political and awareness campaigns that support and protect vulnerable populations.
Investing in our next generation of game changers is fundamental to the health and welfare of Allen County. Quality early childhood education is a crucial step in equipping young children with the tools they need to enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Paths to Quality | Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System, is a voluntary system that providers can enroll in to rate the care being provided by their program. Providers are ranked on a four-level system, with each level building on the previous one’s standards.
On My Way Pre-K | On My Way Pre-K is the state-funded project administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) through the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL). The primary goal is to promote access to high-quality early childhood education programs for low-income children.
Kindergarten Countdown | Kindergarten Countdown helps prepare children and their families for the transition to school. Kindergarten Countdown is offered to incoming kindergartners with little to no prior pre-k experience, English language learners, those qualifying for free or reduced breakfast/lunch eligibility and/or children identified by school staff as at risk for falling behind their kindergarten classmates.
Ensuring high school graduation, post-secondary employment, and essential knowledge and skills will empower youth to have a foundation for success and make wise financial choices.
Families should have the tools to make wise financial choices, save for emergencies, and earn job-relevant licenses, certificates, and/or credentials.
VITA | The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps families or individuals that earn a gross income less than $54,000 annually qualify for free tax preparation organized by members of the Financial Stability Partnership, which includes United Way of Allen County. IRS certified volunteer tax preparers help residents file their taxes and claim available credits.
Safety Net Services
Individuals and families have access to safety net services, so they do not fall through the cracks and they are able to build resiliency.
Call 2-1-1 | 2-1-1 is a national dialing code for free access to health and human service information and referral. 2-1-1 will connect individuals and families in need to community-based organizations. Today, 2-1-1 reaches approximately 91 percent of the U.S. population.