In addition to the impact of funding the work of the Community Partners, the staff at United Way works closely with many groups to build beneficial relationships throughout the community. The following is a list of some of these:
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
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.
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
For eligible organizations, download the local application.
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
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
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.
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.