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Annually, all United Ways certify their adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations.  United Way of the Kearney Area is proud to meet those standards. 


Benefits of a United Way Employee Campaign

Running a United Way campaign benefits both your company and your community.

Your business benefits by:

  • Increased employee morale and teamwork. Companies that run annual employee campaigns document higher morale and teamwork. Employees learn about services provided by United Way and work together to plan and engage in fun activities to raise money as a company. Special meals, raffles, games, fun incentives for givers like jeans day, or parking in an executive parking space are some great examples of employee involvement.
  • Safety net. You may never know when you, a family member or a coworker will need help from one of our agencies. That's why we cast a wide net of agencies we help - from large agencies such as American Red Cross and Boy and Girl Scouts, to small, locally based agencies such as The Safe Center and the Friends Program.
  • Tax benefits
  • Community and media recognition

Our community will also benefit from your campaign by:

  • Local focus. Your United Way gift stays here to help our local community. Our United Way supports a group of 24 local agencies in a six-county service area in south central Nebraska. Your gift provides child care, youth programs, rent/utility assistance, help for those living with disabilities, health services, counseling, emergency assistance and disaster response.
  • Wide impact. Hundreds of people in our region are helped by these services each year.
  • Quality agencies. Our United Way ensures that your money funds quality agencies to address the most important community needs. Every year, United Way's Board of Directors will review agency budgets, programs and outcomes to ensure that our dollars have the most impact and are going to where the most help is needed.
  • Additional resources. United Way connects people to services and assistance across the region through our toolkit2-1-1 crisis line. This information is free and available to everyone.

We will help provide you with the knowledge and resources to start your campaign and make it a success.

To view some of our materials and read more about hosting a successful employee campaign, click here.

If you're ready for a workplace campaign, contact Taylor at 308-237-6840 or

Community Impact Grant-CDL Classes
United Way of the Kearney Area has dedicated $10,000 in 2013 for Community Impact Grants that improve our community through the areas of Education, Income, and Health. Organizations within Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan, Franklin or Custer counties are eligible to apply for the funding.

The 2013 recipient was the Job Skills Impact Grant; the goal was to incrase the income of working families through offering assistance toward earning a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Individuals were carefully selected to go through the program by staff at Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska. From there, they were enrolled into the CDL course at the Nebraska Safety Center at UNK. Fees to take the course are $2,500 plus about $60 for the license, making this an unattainable goal for many families due to financial constraints.

To date, four students have been enrolled and completed the program. One particular gentleman, John, really excelled in his CDL course. He had six children at home, so it was very important for him to obtain a job where he could have the potential to move up. With the assistance of the UWKA Community Impact Grant funds to pay for the course fees, he was able to complete the class in less than two months and obtained a full time local job. After a couple months of being employed, he wanted to grow his education even more by earning an extra certification that could increase his income. Community Action was able to help cover the fees for this certification as well.

After taking all the courses and starting his new full-time career in truck driving, John went from his previous job making $8 an hour to over $15 an hour, thanks to this great partnership!

2-1-1 crisis line service that United Way helps to provide to those in need in our community.

Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of the community through volunteerism. The United Way's Volunteer Solutions site connects volunteers with projects to meet local needs and create lasting change in education, income, and health. From individual tutoring opportunities to group neighborhood beautification projects, we have many volunteer opportunities available. No matter what experience or time you have to give, there are many ways to make a significant impact in the community.

Click here to find out more about Volunteer Solutions.

Ready to get started? Go directly to the Volunteer Solutions site.

Nonprofits like United Way and various government agencies provide excellent programs to support people in need. The problem: The people who need these programs often don’t know they exist.
211 works a bit like 911. Calls to 211 are routed by the local telephone company to a local or regional calling center. The 211 center’s referral specialists question callers, access databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies, match the callers’ needs to available resources, and link or refer them directly to an agency or organization that can help.
Every hour of every day, someone in Nebraska needs essential services--from finding substance abuse assistance to securing adequate care for a child or an aging parent. Faced with a dramatic increase in the number of agencies and help lines, people often don't know where to turn. In many cases, people end up going without these necessary and readily available services because they do not know where to start. 2-1-1 gives Nebraskans two ways to look for services -- search the online database and/or dial 2-1-1 (402-444-6666).
Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.