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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

CAUW is part of a group of developmental, educational and parental agencies that have teamed up to be available for anyone in the Platte or Colfax county area seeking guidance, assistance or a shoulder to lean on when raising children from birth to the age of eight. Specific programs CAUW is currently involved include:
  • Attendance Monitor
  • Community Response
  • Summer Enrichment Program

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.  

Summer Lunch Program

United Way partners with Columbus Public Schools and USDA annually to put on the Summer Lunch Program. The program provides nutritious meals for children and families in need during the summer months when school is not in session.

United Way lines up volunteers for the program and also prints and distributes about 4500 flyers to all of the area schools. 


T4C (Time For Change)

The United Way partners with T4C to promote "Your Life Your Voice", a website created and maintained by Boys Town.  Your Life Your Voice is a resource where youth can communicate with certified Boys Town counselors by text, voice, email, chat, or blog.  Counselors are able to engage youth and help them through crisis situations ranging from bullying and divorce situations, to dealing with negative thoughts that may take them into even deeper crisis.  Counselors are also able to connect with local counselors and authorities if the situation becomes more urgent.  The website also contains tips on dealing with tough situations; ways to get help; and sharable videos and GIFS.  YLYV also has available a downloadable "Mood Journal App" for users to track thoughts, feelings, and moods.