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.

  • 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.

For eligible organizations, download the local application:

EFSP Phase ARPAR Request form

EFSP Phase 39 Request form

  • SingleCare

Provides prescription savings cards for individuals and families who are uninsured and underinsured. SingleCare partners with United Ways to make prescription medications more affordable, with savings up to 80%. 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 Innovation Challenge Program

Designed for all social entrepreneurs and innovators, this program is designed to promote innovation that creates change and makes a positive social impact. Through mentorship, participants receive coaching, guidance, and funding to create sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact.

  • West Texas Mental Health Collaborative 

Following the Meadow’s needs assessment, the WTMHC is working to improve coordination of mental health services across member organizations and reduce duplication to positively impact the lives of families in the community.