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Norfolk Area United Way
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YOUR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
 

Here are just a few examples of where your United Way donation is going, and the impact you are making on our community.

In  2011, approximately 33,441 people were served directly by our partnerships, as well as more than 10,000 indirectly.
 
Education
Learning Opportunities:
 
Arc Norfolk
Provides help to children and adults with developmental disabilities, teaching participants how to live, learn, work and play.
 
In 2011 the Arc served 108 individuals from 16 separate communities to ensure that the proper supports are in place for individuals to live an enviable life. (“According to reports form the Health & Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division and the Nebraska Department of Education, Special Populations Office estimates indicated that The Arc of Norfolk serves as many as 450 families in the Madison County Area.”)
 
Read Aloud Norfolk
Promoting successful children & families through reading aloud, through programs such as Read to Your Bunny, a book is given to new parents that encourages reading aloud to their new baby; sponsoring Prime Time Family Reading Time® a bilingual program for low income, low literacy families, in collaboration with the Nebraska Humanities Council; and distribution of books for the First Book program, providing free, new books to children living in low-income families.
 
2011 – Prime Time Family Reading Time® had 60 families reading together.  74% of
            parents said they read with their children more often as a result of the program.
            Read to Your Bunny gave out approximately 1,000 books to new parents
            First Book program gave 5,000 books to 4,500 children of low-income families
           
 
At-Risk Youth Mentoring Programs:
 
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, TeamMates of NE @ Norfolk, Albion, & Holt County
A mentoring program that matches an adult volunteers with students who need an additional positive model in their lives.
 
2011 – TeamMates had 100 matches covering three school districts (12 schools), in three different counties.
             Big Brother/Big Sister – 75 matches in the Norfolk Area and have a high school graduation rate of 100%.       
  
Madison County Diversion
An informal probationary program which attempts to rehabilitate juvenile offenders and provides a chance for them to learn the magnitude of their errors. Participants are chosen based upon their not having a prior arrest record and their age. If a juvenile participates in the program and successfully completes the program, no formal charges are filed against him/her in court for the offense in which he/she was places on diversion.
 
2011 – 130 juvenile offenders from 29 communities where enrolled in the program. As of December 31, 2011 a total of 6,983 juveniles have participated in the diversion program since its inception in 1975.   
 
Other Youth Mentoring Programs:
 
Girl Scouts & Norfolk Family Y
Programs to develop strong character, good citizenship, and mentoring.
 
2011 – Norfolk Family Y gave 572 free or reduced memberships to youngsters who could not afford the programs. These children were provided the opportunity to develop many life skills, from teen babysitting to sports activities such as swim lessons, fitness for kids.
 
Girl Scouts – had 1053 girls from 54 communities developing courage, confidence and character, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.    
 
CASA of Northeast Nebraska
Provides advocates for victims of child neglect or child abuse developing a positive working relationship between the child, the social worker, the attorney and the court.   The advocates provide another set of eyes and ears that can see things that others might miss.                                  
 
2011 – 28 children had CASA advocates.
 
 
Income
Basic Needs:
 
Salvation Army        
Provides needed items to those who have an unexpected hardship…providing basic human necessities. All those receiving assistance are required to work with case workers on financial planning.
           
2011 – 8,316 people were helped from 35 communities
           21,194 meals where provided
                 199 families received rent/utility assistance
              2,222 Food Boxes provided to people in need
                 133 Families received Back to School assistance
 
Community Concern
Serving our senior citizens or those in need with meals through ‘Meals On Wheels’ and providing public transportation in the Norfolk area.
 
2011 –23,022 meals were served to the elderly.
           
 
Health
Reducing substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence:
 
The Link, Inc.
Provides residential treatment facility for men recovering from chemical dependency...goal is to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
 
2011 – 45 men from 34 communities.
 
Bright Horizons
Provides abused persons with a safe shelter...providing children with needed counseling...parenting class 24 hour crisis line...support groups...assistance with protection orders.
 
2011 – 1192 (373 children, 819 adults) people from 34 communities received assistance.
            10,811 meals were served
 
Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center
Provides a multi-disciplinary approach assisting with sexual & physical abuse investigations, in a safe, child-friendly environment.
 
2011 – 307 Children seen, 102 male, 205 female
                        Age of children
                                    Infant - 4:    45
                                           5-12: 169
                                         13-18: 69 
                                         19-24: 11
                                         35-34:   8
                                         35-54:   5
                        Services Provided:                 Number of People
                                   Forensic interviews:               236
                                    Medical examinations:            64      
                                    Hair tests:                                 43
                                    Education & Training:        1,290
Service Area: 24 Counties in Northeast & North Central Nebraska with a population of 250,000+.
 
New Prevention Program started:
Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center started the “Darkness to Light” project. This program trains adults, focusing on teachers & daycare providers, to recognize, react responsibly, and prevent child sexual abuse.
 
Mental Health
 
Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc.
The CARE Line is a community crisis line that offers access to trained mental health & substance abuse providers to not only those with law enforcement or hospital involvement, but also to those individuals and families in the general public who are in crisis and in need of intervention and connection to appropriate levels of care. There are no eligibility requirements or limitations on individuals qualified to be served. No person shall be denied services and there is 100% access to care 24 hours per day, 7days a week.
 
2011 – 295 calls of those, 56 were related to suicide or self-harm.  
 
Oasis Counseling International
Provides anger support groups for men, family support intervention, home-based counseling Child to Adult counseling in numerous areas.
 
2011 – 23 persons participated in counseling services
 
Healthcare Services – other health services
 
Norfolk Community Health Care Center
Providing access to quality primary health care to all individuals in NE Nebr. Service include behavioral health, basic dental services, limited oral surgery.
 
2011 – 4,117 patients from 29 communities
           16,284 visits
           Currently any of the dental services is a 6 week or more wait.
           48% of the clinic’s patients were uninsured
 
Student Health Fund Council
The council is concerned with the general welfare of every student...providing needy children in the public and parochial schools with health care.
 
2011 – 23 students received medical assistance
 
Northeast Nebraska Chapter of the American Red Cross
Provides training for emergency assistance to families, CPR training, water safety classes, conducts community blood drives, and provides services to the Armed Forces to 9 counties in Northeast Nebraska.
 
2011 –      64 people received Disaster Services
             4,000 Trained in Health & Safety courses
             3,890 Preparedness Program (training for times of crisis, man-made or natural disasters)
                   25 Armed Forces Emergency Communications
                     3  Military families received financial assistance
                     1  Mass Shelter – Missouri river Flooding
             1,578 meals provided
 
Norfolk Family Y
Programs for youth, adults, and families, developing and improving the spiritual, social, mental, and physical life.
 
2011 – Provided more than 7,000 Free of Charge usages to members of other nonprofit groups
            784 needy individuals received free or reduced memberships
 
           11,807 individuals from 74 communities participated in programs at the Y.
 
Grants:
 
2-1-1 Nebraksa
By simply dialing 2-1-1, you can speak to a specialist who will link you to help or volunteer opportunities in your community.
                 
2011 - 941 people called for help.