Areas of Greatest Need

AREAS OF GREATEST NEED

When you donate to United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties, you're helping provide long-term solutions to our community's biggest challenges. Your gift is invested in our community where it's most needed, to solve our area's biggest problems and create lasting change. 

We currently fund 22 programs at 15 local agencies. These programs provide thousands of people in our community with better access to basic needs, education, financial stability, and health care.

 

BASIC NEEDS: ensuring access to food, shelter, and safety

Partner agencies

Agency

Program

Program Description

ANSIL

ANSIL Service Center

Basic day services for homeless population, including showers, laundry, and internet access

Senior Life Resources NW

Healthy Generations Meal Program

Meal assistance for non-traditional caregivers and the children that they care for.

Support, Advocacy & Resource Center

Crisis Program

Crisis intervention, support, information, and referrals for survivors of sexual violence.

The ARC of Tri-Cities

Advocacy: Information and Referral

Advice and advocacy for individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities, and their families.

 

CHILDHOOD SUCCESS: preparing children to succeed in school

Partner agencies

Agency

Program

Program Description

Benton Franklin Head Start

School Readiness Program

Materials and interventions in math, literacy, and science to increase children's preparedness for Kindergarten.

Benton Franklin Head Start

Social Emotional Learning Program

Training of trainers in areas of social-emotional development and impacts of COVID-19 on children and families.

Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Community Outreach

Multifaceted support for at-risk parents/caregivers and their young children in the areas of child development and early learning.

Children's Developmental Center

Early Intervention

Early intervention services for children with developmental delays and their families.

 

FINANCIAL STABILITY: providing support for obtaining employment and stable housing

Partner agencies

Agency

Program

Program Description

Columbia Industries

CI Employment Services

Individual assistance for adults and students with intellectual / developmental disabilities to gain and maintain employment.

Domestic Violence Services

Housing Assistance

Basic housing assistance to survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Elijah Family Homes

Transition to Success

Supportive housing and case management services for low-income, vulnerable families.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities

Keeping Families Working

Financial assistance for families who cannot afford childcare services.

 

HEALTH CARE: ensuring people have access to health care, including mental and behavioral health services

Partner agencies

Grace Clinic

Health Access for Uninsured Workers

Access to healthcare for low-income uninsured individuals in Benton and Franklin Counties.

Grace Clinic

Mental Health Access for Uninsured

Access to mental health services for low-income, uninsured individuals in Benton and Franklin Counties

Grace Clinic

Preventing Complications in Uninsured Diabetics

Comprehensive diabetic care for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Service Peace Warriors

Service Dogs for Benton / Franklin County Veterans

Provision of service dogs to veterans in Benton and Franklin Counties.

 

YOUTH SUCCESS: providing youth with tools to succeed in school and socially

Partner agencies

Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties

Mentoring for Youth At-Risk

Mentoring, case management, and support for at-risk youth.

Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington

Foster Teen Program

One-on-one support for youth aging out of foster care.

Domestic Violence Services

Girls' Circle

A structured support group for girls ages 9-18 integrating resiliency, positive connection, and personal strength building.

Domestic Violence Services

Boys' Council

Support, education, and activities for teenage boys led by trained staff.

The ARC of Tri-Cities

Buddy Club

Structured development of friendships and connections between teens with intellectual / developmental disabilities and their peers.