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The Columbus Area United Way collaborates with many, many community organizations in order to achieve our mission of improving individual lives. Some of these partnerships include:

Community and Family Partnership

Community & Family Partnership (CFP) is a coalition of local organizations focuses on assisting families in raising healthy and productive children through collaboration and incorporation of community resources. Funded through the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, the Community & Family Partnership is a member coalition of its "Bring Up Nebraska" initiative. This alternative approach seeks to strengthen families and enhance child well-being without the intervention of the child welfare system. By bringing together a community's strengths and services in a coordinated way, the goal of Bring Up Nebraska to give families what they need to thrive so they can stay together, remain self-sufficient, and support the health and learning of their children. The Columbus Area United Way participates in both the Board of Directors and on work groups of CFP as well as partnering through an agreement to provide some of the administrative functions for both Community Response and the Sizzling Summer Enrichment Program.  
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Columbus Area Philanthropy Council

CAUW is a founding member of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council, which is focused on the development of a ‘culture of giving’ in the community to benefit the citizens and agencies of Platte County and the surrounding area for generations to come. The group organizes events including the Columbus Big Give.

Disaster Preparedness

CAUW is a member of the Columbus COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) which works to create a plan for coordinated response in the event of a community wide emergency.  Periodic trainings are held to help prepare disaster volunteers in the Columbus area.

Platte County Juvenile Services Planning Team

United Way's Community Impact Director provides staffing support to this local coalition working to prevent children and youth from entering the juvenile justice system.  Funded by the Nebraska Crime Commission, the Team implements an array of research-based programs that directly impact youth and their families.  Through support for planning, communication and meeting organization, United Way is a strong partner with the many local organizations compromising the Team that guide youth on the path to becoming successful adults.  

Platte County Lifestyle Coalition

The United Way is a member of the Platte County Lifestyle Coaltion, whose Mission is to achieve healthier lifestyles through the development of relationships with our family, friends, and neighbors by utilizing education, engagement, and empowerment.