Programs

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Lake Area United Way is taking a bold, new approach to tackling tough challenges facing our community.  We’re attacking problems at the root and driving solutions that will make lasting, sustainable change. The following initiatives are tackling issues because we believe that thriving communities begin with thriving families.

 

2-1-1

2-1-1

2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number that connects individuals with resources in their community. 
With approximately 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States plus scores of government agencies, finding help can be confusing and intimidating. People who want to give help often do not know where to begin. 2-1-1 centers are staffed by trained specialists who quickly assess the callers’ needs and refer them to the help they seek. It’s simple to remember, accessible to everyone at no cost, available 24/7, with multilingual capabilities.

Northwest Indiana Community Action and Lake Area United Way partner together to provide the 211 resource to Lake County.

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Financial Assistance for High-Quality Child Care

Quality child care can be expensive. Fortunately, there may be financial assistance for hard-working, Indiana families that meet certain income criteria. And, some providers may have flexibility to help families help families who don’t meet the income criteria. 

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Level Up

Level Up is a pilot program designed to provide you with information and referrals for services including job skills training, scholarships, basic needs supports, mental health resources and one-on-one support from a Family Career Navigator. 

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United for Families Network

The United for Families Network is a coalition of social service agencies, government entities, and faith-based organizations that deliver services to and/or impact ALICE households. UFFN provides a structured environment for providers and organizations to come together and engage in meaningful and productive dialogue. UFFN fosters new collaborations that result in a stronger system of care for ALICE households, facilitates changes to service delivery systems, reduces duplication of services, and creates ongoing, consistent communication among providers.

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