Collaborations

In addition to the impact of funding the work of the 23 Partner Agencies, United Way staff work with many groups throughout the community. The following is a list of some of these:

  • Building Strong Families Conference
    Provides parents and those who work with families the necessary tools to develop and maintain a healthy, thriving home-life.  The conference hosts over 400 people each year. www.buildingstrongfamilies.org

  • Children and Families Coalition
    A Lubbock Area United Way sponsored group that networks, trains and advocates for children and family issues in West Texas. Coalition meets quarterly to collaborate and avoid duplication of services.

  • Coalition of Community Assistance Volunteers (CCAV)
    Helps low income working families throughout the South Plains become more financially self-sufficient.  CCAV provides free income tax preparation and e-filing services through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Volunteers are trained by CCAV and the IRS in order to prepare income tax returns according to IRS guidelines.  This enables income-eligible clients to receive every penny of the refunds to which they are legally entitled. www.freetaxprep4u.org

  • Community Status Report
    The annual Community Status Report is a collaborative effort sponsored by Lubbock Area United Way and partners Covenant Health, City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Lubbock ISD, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University and UMC Health System. The report includes data for education, health, safety, economics and population; tracks progress; and identifies trends, problems, best practices and research.

  • Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - Campus Oversight Committee
    ECI seeks to address learning issues at the earliest moment in a child’s life focusing on children birth to three years of age. Campus improvement committees advise and oversee programs at Lubbock Independent School District. www.dars.state.tx.us

  • East Lubbock Coalition for Community Health Improvement
    Community and health professionals work together to instill healthy lifestyles in East Lubbock.

  • East Lubbock Community Alliance
    The East Lubbock Community Alliance (“The Alliance”) is a collaboration of community partners who have come together for the betterment of East Lubbock. The Alliance works to ensure all Lubbock citizens have equal opportunities and are encouraged about their future. www.eastlubbockcommunityalliance.org

  • East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant Advisory Committee
    A U.S. Department of Education funded grant through the TTU College of Education that is committed to working with the students of East Lubbock to support and advocate for the children – ensuring that both children and parents have access to the resources they need to grow, learn and succeed.

  • Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)
    Lubbock Area United Way administers grants for Lubbock County EFSP programs that serve the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Local board members represent National Board member agencies including American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Council of Churches of Christ, Jewish Federation, Salvation Army and United Way, in addition to representatives from local county government, veterans and homeless individuals. www.efsp.unitedway.org

  • Familywize Community Service Partnership
    Provides prescription savings cards for individuals and families who are uninsured and underinsured. Familywize partners with United Ways to make prescription medications more affordable, with savings averaging 42%. Cards are available at the Lubbock Area United Way office, by downloading the app on a smartphone or calling 800-222-2818, and online at www.familywize.org

  • Institute for Creative Learners - Advisory Committee
    Committed to providing individualized education for children by tailoring education to their needs; supports reading skills, academic support and creative exploration. The Institute for Creative Learners is a division of Generation Covenant. www.instituteforcreativelearners.org

  • March of Dimes - Program Services Committee
    Promotes healthy births through education and advocacy. The committee coordinates the Teen Parents Educational Conference, a one day interactive conference for teen parents. www.marchofdimes.org

  • Nurse-Family Partnership®
    An evidence-based, community health program serving low-income women pregnant with their first child. Early in pregnancy new moms are partnered with a registered nurse, and receive ongoing nurse home visits. Representatives serve on both the Community Advisory Committee and the Statewide Advocacy Committee. www.nursefamilypartnership.org

  • P-20 Closing the Gaps Council (for Preschool through College)
    A coalition of schools, higher education institutions, businesses, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations that are dedicated to fostering a college-going culture for the South Plains Region of Texas. Since 2012, 184 scholarships have been awarded to area high school seniors.  Each scholarship was matched by Texas Tech University and South Plains College. www.southplainsclosingthegaps.org

  • Parenting Cottage - Community Advisory Board
    Meets quarterly to bring entities in the community together. Members provide input and feedback on matters related to the program services being delivered and provides opportunities to share information related to parenting issues. www.parentingcottage.org

  • South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention
    Focuses on collaboration, education and advocacy to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Coalition sponsors “Go Blue Lubbock”, an annual awareness campaign. In 2015, 60,000 people in Lubbock wore blue during one weekend in April to bring awareness to the four children that are abused or neglected every day in Lubbock. www.facebook.com/southplainsccap

  • South Plains College Child Development
    Community Advisory Committee advises the program at South Plains College concerning child care needs and opportunities for workers to receive the Child Development Associate Degree. www.southplainscollege.edu

  • South Plains Homeless Consortium
    Brings together a network of agencies and advocates in Lubbock and the South Plains Region through a Continuum of Care, which is an array of available services and housing to assist people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness to reach self-sufficiency. The Consortium is instrumental in identifying causes and issues, maintaining a database of existing resources, tracking homeless service access, and identifying gaps in services. www.spconsortium.org

  • SPAG 2-1-1 Texas South Plains
    2-1-1 is the abbreviated dialing code for free information and referrals about local community organizations and resources. It serves as the first number to call to link individuals and families to appropriate resources and information. 2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Health and Human Services Commission in collaboration with South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) in Lubbock, and serves the fifteen surrounding counties. The resources can also be found at www.211texas.org  under “Search the Database”.

  • Summer Feeding Program
    Coalition of community leaders working with the Texas Hunger Initiative, Lubbock ISD, community centers, faith-based organizations and many others to ensure children are fed during the summer months.

  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition
    Education, health, and community professionals work to reduce the teen pregnancy rate on the South Plains.

  • TTU Early Head Start
    Governing Board is responsible for the oversight of the Early Head Start Grant through Texas Tech University. The program serves low income families with children six weeks to three years old and also works with pregnant women. www.depts.ttu.edu/earlyheadstart

  • West Texas Association for Infant Mental Health
    Promotes healthy emotional development of infants, toddlers and their families and builds awareness of the critical first three years of life.  The Association hosts trainings for professionals working with young children and participates in advocacy. They are a partner with the statewide First3Years organization.