We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy. Our Community Impact Partner agencies work hard every day to advance the common good in our community, and the United Way of Douglas County strives to ensure that every dollar from our donors addresses the immediate needs of our community and delivers measurable results. The organizations listed below provide direct services and programs to residents of Douglas County with funding through United Way.
For questions on how to become a United Way Community Impact Partner, or for questions about any of these organizations funded projects, or their services, please contact Lea Roselyn, Director of Community Impact.
American Red Cross*
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas.
Ballard Community Services is committed to partnering with families and individuals to achiece stability and self-sufficiency through education and all encompasing, needs-based support services.
Mission: to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
As a faith-based organization, we are inspired by God's love and compassion to provide unconditional love and necessary help to people of all faiths by stabilizing and strengthening individuals and families in need across the 21 counties of Northeast Kansas. Catholic Charities provides residents of Douglas County food, rent/utility/homeless prevention assistance, financial literacy, budget coaching and debt reduction, payday loan payback refinancing through Kansas Loan Pool Project, and employment assistance.
Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas
785-865-0669 (Lawrence office) / 785-357-5171 (Main office in Topeka) / 877-678-2548 (Toll Free)
Lawrence Office- 2518 Ridge Court, Lawrence, Kansas 66046 / Main Office- 1100 SW Wanamaker Road, Suite 201, Topeka, Kansas 66604
Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas supports the development and early education of children by improving access to resources for families, including high-quality child care options. Visit our website for more about how we serve Kansas families, child care providers, communities, businesses and more. Our mission is to support the development and early education of children by improving access to resources for families, including high-quality child care options.
1919 Delaware St., Lawrence KS 66044
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools connects students and families to critical community resources, tailored to their local needs.
The mission of the Douglas County Dental Clinic is to make quality dental care available to low income, uninsured residents of Douglas County, Kansas and beneficiaries of Kansas Medicaid. This mission will be accomplished by providing reduced fee dental care and oral health education with focus given to the special needs of our patient community.
Girl Scouts' mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. We also offer education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition.
Headquarters, Inc. is the suicide prevention leader in Kansas, providing counseling, education, and resources for all to improve public health.
To transform the health and lives of those in need.
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc
785-749-42242518 Ridge Court, Suite 208, Lawrence, KS 666046
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. is a non-profit agency founded in 1972. HCCI provides counseling and education about budgeting, credit and credit building, debt payment, mortgage delinquency, rental housing issues, student loan payment options and homeownership opportunities. HCCI is approved by HUD and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. HCCI is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and is licensed and regulated in Kansas by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner (License #0000003).
Our mission here at Independence, Inc. is to maximize the independence of people with disabilities through advocacy, peer support, training, transportation and community education.
To improve health and well-being by providing access to nutritious food and collaborating with community partners on programs that empower self-sufficiency.
Lawrence Community Shelter
3655 E. 25th St., Lawrence KS 66046
The Lawrence Community Shelter is a place where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can find shelter and support in their efforts to address the root causes of their homelessness. We connect guests with programs and services offered by both LCS and our community partners, with the ultimate goal being to empower individuals and families to live independently in a sustainable manner.
1900 Delaware St., Lawrence, KS 66046
Positive Bright Start believes every child deserves a brighter tomorrow. Children and their caregivers face challenges that compromise their healthy development and ability to thrive. Positive Bright Start serves the holistic needs of our community's youngest, most vulnerable and life-affected children and their caregivers to foster lifelong success.
2920 Haskell Ave., Lawrence KS 66046 at Peaslee Tech (temporary physical address during Center remodel)
Senior Resource Center for Douglas County (SRC) helps older residents of Douglas County remain independent and active in their homes and communities, assists them with necessary transitions to advanced care, and helps families prepare for needs of their elders. Programs and databases are designed to meet the various interests and needs of adults across the senior age and ability spectrum. As the central repository of information, SRC is the designated go-to place for objective, unbiased guidance on resources in Douglas County, Kansas. In addition to helping seniors navigate the complexities of finding what they need, SRC itself provides, sponsors, or hosts several services for seniors, including door-to-destination transportation, support groups, classes, free legal aid, social activities, Medicare assistance, AARP Tax-Aide, and much more.
Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center
The mission of The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center is to promote a culture of consent while providing 24/7 support to anyone affected by sexual trauma and abuse in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties. The Care Center envisions a community free of sexual trauma & abuse while supporting healing for survivors.
The mission of SB6 is to ensure that all Douglas County families of children under 6 have what they need to successfully parent their young children, thereby fostering positive parent-child relationships and preparing children for success in school and in life.
Tenants to Homeowners, Inc. builds stability for families through affordable housing. The Lawrence Community Housing Trust Program stewards 70 rentals and 81 homeownership units and keeps them permanently affordable for families that make less than 80% of the area median income. Some rental units serve households with disabilities, seniors, and other very low income families transitioning from homelessness or escaping domestic violence. TTH also provides homebuyer education, post purchase advocacy, financial literacy, and wrap around services for those who need addiitonal supports to stay housed. TTH develops affordable housing through new construction and rehabilitation, works to balance gentrification pressures, and provides stability for families, neighborhoods and the Lawrence community by making sure everyone has a place to call home.
The mission of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Inc is to provide excellent community-based health care and support services throughout the continuum of care.
Willow Domestic Violence Center
785-331-2034 (adm); 785-843-3333 or 800-770-3030
The Willow Domestic Violence Center restores the health and safety of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking by providing safe shelter, education and advocacy in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties in Kansas.
*Agency did not receive direct allocations from the United Way of Douglas County in 2018, but get donor designations through the United Way and maintain active partnership towards our collective impact goals.