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Heartland United Way, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Federated Giving Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: To improve lives and create possibilities for people living in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties in Nebraska.

Results: Helps children and youth achieve their potential; meets basic needs and promotes financial stability; improves people's health and well being

Target demographics: individuals and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: sends books to children under 5 each month, allows children to attend afterschool programs, empowers people to earn their GED, enables immigrants to pass the citizenship test, funds emergency assistance to residents, funds and distributes food, benefits financial education participants, saves individuals on prescription costs, funds mental health sessions, physician and dental visits

Geographic areas served: Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties in Nebraska

Programs: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, FamilyWize, 211 Nebraska, and much, much more! The Heartland United Way funds 16 Partner Agencies that help people gain access to educational, economic and health opportunities.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot think of a better way to have my donation impact the most number of people in my community than to give to Heartland United Way. I have personal experience with many of the Community Partners or I am aware of the programs and what they do to better our community. I have participated in the process to determine how the money raised is distributed to the Community Partners and came away assured that my donation was used fairly to the benefit of these agencies.

Dan M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love supporting the United Way! This organization helps so many great non profits carry out their missions of helping others. Working together to make my community a great place to live.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization providing services in the community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that is very responsible and efficient with donors' money!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to make a difference in the community that I live in! I love Grand Island, Nebraska, and I want to commit to helping others live their best lives. I am lucky enough to have an employer who encourages me to be involved in my community and give back. In August, I started as my employer's loaned executive chosen to help with the annual United Way campaign. I couldn't wait to get started! Today, I am visiting businesses and helping United Way staff with presentations. I am booking testimonies from our community partners and sharing their stories. I am volunteering to help organize fundraisers and educating others on how they can volunteer in the community. This experience has been invaluable! I am improving my public speaking skills, I am learning about new and old businesses in the community, and I am becoming educated on our community partners and how they help others. I am learning some very important life skills, sharing what I've learned with my workplace, making improvements to my workplace's campaign, and I am having so much fun along the way. Working for the United Way has given me a sense of pride in my community, in others and in myself. This is truly an amazing organization that cares!

1 Dave P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Heartland United Way for 21 years. I have volunteered for this organization and contributed. During those years I have witnessed firsthand the dedication the staff has on delivering its mission to the community. Karen, Stephanie, and Cammie are tremendous to work with. It is hard to say no to them and I am not the only one in this community that feels that way. All the past staff also have been great to work with. In my prior and current assignments I have been involved with many United Way organizations this one by far has been the most pleasurable one to be associated with. They are driven, committed to serving the community and improving the lives of those they serve. It is an honor to work with them in meeting the needs in Central Nebraska. They care and make sure every dollar donated is spent well and delivers. They hold agencies accountable for the dollars donated. This staff works hard to get the right people on the bus and motivate those volunteers to success. I have many organizations to give my financial support to. Besides my church and my own organization, the Heartland United Way is the top organization of choice for my dollar.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to have been involved for over 25 years as a donor, volunteer, and most recently a board member for the Heartland United Way. This is a great group of people working together to build a better community. Their compassion, enthusiasm, dedication, and ability to go above and beyond to help others is simply remarkable. I am honored to be part of such a great organization that touches so many people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

No greater way to ensure your community help donations are pointed toward the most need and used in the best way possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Integrity, compassion, leadership, empathy, hard working, dedication, fun-loving! All of these words can be used simultaneously when describing our Heartland United Way. Proud to be a board member of such a great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in other United Ways in multiple states and I think this is one of the best. Great people who care about the individuals served and the importance of helping those in our central Nebraska communities become better able to help themselves. Keep up the great job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been involved with the Heartland United Way for over 35 years. We started as donors, moved on to be board members and eventually served as campaign chairs. We see the Heartland United Way as an integral part of our community, always one of the first organizations to tackle a need, always doing it with enthusiasm and always willing to collaborate with other agencies and organizations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TheHeartland Unity Way is a very valuable partner and friend to our community. Excellent leadership, excellent volunteers, and extremely generous donors make this organization one of the best around. I have been honored to serve as campaign chair and volunteer.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the Heartland United Way as a donor, a volunteer, board member and board chair. The Heartland United Way is an excellent organization that provides a benefit to our community. The staff is professional, attentive to detail and very organized to carry out the mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the United Way over the past couple years as a volunteer and currently as a board member as well. When I took the Tour of Agencies in the Spring I was amazed at how many organizations the United Way helps, and I could tell from their brief presentations how many great things are made possible by the United Way. The staff is very helpful and positive and work together very well to assist all of the agencies that we support. Finally, they are very good stewards of the money they receive and make sure all agencies are accountable for what they do with the funds they receive. It is a great organization to be a part of and makes our local communities a much better place!

Donor

Rating: 5

Heartland United Way is best defined as a non-profit with "Heart". The professionalism demonstrated by Director Karen Rathke, her dedicated staff and Board members make what seems impossible...possible. Each year, persons of all ages, are helped effectively, efficiently and with genuine caring. We are very fortunate to have such a valuable organization in our region!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A contributor, volunteer, a campaign chair, and a Board member - all these exeperiences have been educational, and inspirational. This organization is well run from all aspects. Our communtiy is better because of this organizations efforts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Heartland United Way is the most innovative organization I have had the privilege to work with for charitable causes. From the Executive Director to all the employees, their hearts and minds are always working to help others in their four county region they oversee. It is an honor to have such fine folks working in our community for the benefit of the underserved. God Bless them all.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Very well ran and caring organization! The heartland united way holds itself to highest standards in being transparent to the community, all donor dollars are stretched to help as many as possible

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be involved in the Heartland United Way as a board member and volunteer for the past 5 years. The staff is simply incredible! In my 35 years in the community I have never seen such passion, engagement and dedication in any nonprofit organization. The HUW truly makes a difference in peoples lives on a daily basis by working closely with 16 partner agencies and funding numerous programs to improve health, education and income in our 4 county area. Notwithstanding a legacy of accomplishment, through current collaborative efforts to identify and resolve important local issues the HUW will have an even greater impact in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the Heartland United Way for many years and through many different roles; as a donor, a volunteer, an agency board member and now a United Way board member. The Heartland United Way is committed. They match a challenge with its solution - all day, every day. They're always on. They care, they're driven, they're focused and they're extremely accountable. They are fiscally responsible and are very conscientious stewards of donor dollars. I'm pleased and grateful to know the Heartland United Way is there to improve lives of those in our local communities - Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties.