United for Families Network

United for Families Network


Lake Area United Way established the United for Families Network to begin laying the groundwork for successful cross-sector collaborations and coordinated action.

What is United for Families Network?

The United for Families Network (UFFN) is an initiative of Lake Area United Way, focused on bringing together non-profits, faith based organizations and service providers that share a common mission of supporting struggling working families in Lake County.  UFFN members are committed to a common goal - improve the quality, availability and accessibility of supports for Struggling Working Families in Lake County

Top 8 Services Most Often Used by Program Beneficiaries

1. Food Assistance

2. Utility Assistance

3. Housing Assistance

4. Education/Program Assistance

5. Financial Fitness Assistance

6. Case Management Assistance

7. Legal Assistance

8. Household Supply Assistance



Adult Protective Services - Lake County Government  /  Alzheimer’s Association  /  American Red Cross  /  AMFB Mentors  /  Anthem Medicaid  /  Boy Scouts of America  /  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater NWI  /  Calumet Township Trustee’s Office  /  Campagna Academy  /  Catholic Charities  /  Cedar Creek Township Trustee’s Office  /  Charter School of the Dunes  /  City Life Center  /  City of Hammond  /  ComForCare Home Care  /  Communities In Schools of Lake County  /  Community Career Center - Goodwill Industries  /  Community HealthNet  /  Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Office  /  Consumer Credit Counseling Service of NWI  /  Crisis Center  /  Early Learning Partnership  /    /  Food Bank of NWI  /  G.A.P Food Pantry  /  Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & NWI  /  Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana  /  Grace Beyond Borders NWI, INC  /  Greater Hammond Community Services  /  Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana  /  Hammond Public Library  /  Hanover Township Trustee’s Office  /  Haven House  /  Health Visions Midwest  /  HealthLinc  /  Hearts in Motion  /  Hobart Food Pantry  /  Indiana Parenting Institute  /  Indiana Tech  /  Lake Area United Way  /  Lake County Community Economic  /  Development Department  /  Lake County Community Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Coalition  /  Life Church International  /  Life Mentoring Inc.  /  MDWise  /  Meals on Wheels NWI  /  MECCA  /  Mental Health America of Lake County  /  Methodist Hospitals  /  Metropolitan Baptist Church  /  Metropolitan Legal Clinic  /  Mommy’s Haven  /  Moms Taking Charge  /  North Township Trustee’s Office  /  NorthShore Health Center  /  Northwest Indiana Community Action  /  Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council  /  Nurse-Family Partnership  /  Operation Care  /  Peace Baptist Church  /  Purdue Extension - Nutrition Education Program  /  Purdue Northwest - College of Nursing  /  Regional Health Clinic  /  Re-Think Church  /  RiseNWI  /  Ross Township Trustee’s Office  /  Salvation Army  /  Schererville Civic Fund  /  Self-Injury Support Groups of NWI  /  South Lake County Community Services, Inc.  /  St. Catherine Hospital  /  St. John Township Trustee’s Office  /  St. Jude House  /  Steel City Academy  /  The Dialysis Center of Gary-Merrillville  /  The Excel Center - Gary  /  The Excel Center - Hammond  /  The Welcome Network  /  TradeWinds Services, Inc.  /  UAW/Ford Community Service  /  Unity of Northwest Indiana  /  US Senator Joe Donnelly’s Office  /  US Senator Todd Young’s Office  /  Village of Hope  /  Winfield Township Trustee’s Office


More than 36,000 active cases are in the system.

More than 100 programs & services are being tracked.

More than 50 organizations are in the pipeline to become Charity Tracker users.


Membership Benefits

Membership is free to  non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, and government entities that serve the needs of Struggling Working Families. Interested in learning more? Reach out to Andrea Proulx Buinicki for more information at apb@lauw.org or 219-923-2302 ext. 315.

Network Connection Gatherings

Unique monthly gatherings ideal for case managers, program front-line staff and executive leaders to connect. Gatherings include networking opportunities with fellow providers, professional development opportunities, group discussions on challenges/barriers to serving Struggling Working Families, and collaboration opportunities.

Click Here to register for this month's meeting.

Network Connection E-Update

Receive our monthly e-newsletter and receive timely updates on Network activities, learn of new programs/resources specifically for ALICE households, stay connected to network gatherings and special events.


United for Families Network members gain free access to CharityTracker, a sophisticated web application for shared case management, used to gather and report statistical data for resource development, strategic planning, measuring outcomes, reducing duplication and disaster relief.

Program Sponsor

United for Families Network is made possible with the generous support of ArcelorMittal.

To download information about United for Families Network, click here.