Programs & Initiatives

Learn more below about the various projects we provide grant funding for, or that we work as a collaborative partner on. 
If you have any questions, please contact us
 
After School Tutoring 
XTO Energy, United Way of Butler County, School Districts
In partnership with XTO Energy, United Way of Butler County funds after school tutoring at various elementary schools throughout Butler County. This tutoring is held on location at the elementary schools beginning immediately after dismissal with a nutritious snack, allowing the students some downtime between the classroom and tutoring sessions. The tutoring is provided by classroom teachers, and focuses on reading/language arts and math. Through this program, significant increases in both attendance and academic performance have been realized by each student.
 
Butler Emergency Relief Initiative (BERI)
The Butler Emergency Relief Initiative began as a response to natural disaster, but it has grown to become a diverse coalition that removes communication barriers between nonprofits that are directly serving clients, eases the concerns of local and county governments who want to see tax dollars being used prudently, and brings community-minded businesses and churches to the table who want to donate their time and money to a worthwhile cause. Together these partners oversee a fund that primarily assists individuals with assistance for utility bills. [Learn More]
 
Camp Apple (Children’s Services)
Camp Apple aims to work with children both with and without disabilities to provide a fun, educational, and inclusive summer experience for all. It operates for six weeks in the summer as well as offering a few weekend experiences for children during the school year, and its aim is to teach children critical social and emotional skills that will help them learn to interact with people of different backgrounds and experiences and assist them in becoming successful throughout their lives. [Learn More]
 
Career Exploration 
The Career Exploration program is offered as part of the curriculum for students at the Center Avenue Community School. Many of the students at the Center Avenue Community School were referred due to attendance problems that resulted from homelessness or major health issues, behavioral problems, teen parenthood, or they may simply require an alternative education experience. Connecting2Tomorrow’s Career Exploration program works to bring in a variety of presenters to help these students learn about different opportunities and roles in the workforce and community. One of the primary goals of the program is to help support these teens and young adults as they face the transition into post-secondary education or employment. [Learn More]
 
Childcare Scholarships
Childcare Scholarships are available for children living in Butler County who meet certain qualifications. This program began as a way to help bridge the gap for families who may be on the waiting list for CCIS or may not meet the income eligibility requirements to receive CCIS funding but who are still unable to afford child care.  Caregivers must also be in need of the scholarship in order to maintain employment or education. The scholarship can be used at any state-certified childcare center in Butler County. 
 
Employment Initiative
United Way of Butler County, Butler County Human Services, Pittsburgh Marriott North, St. John’s Lutheran Senior Life
The Employment Initiative is working to help individuals in Butler County transform their lives by finding meaningful, sustainable employment. The program is designed to pair an individual who may need additional support with a local employer willing to give back to the community and hire individuals who might struggle to find employment elsewhere.  Individuals in the program may have a criminal background, a disability, are homeless, or are veterans who may need additional assistance to find employment. [Learn More
 
FamilyWize
FamilyWize is a free prescription savings card that is available to everyone with no registration or sign up required. Cards can be used by those who have no insurance, those buying medication not covered by their insurance, or those who have high medication costs. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card can be used at over 60,000 pharmacies throughout the nation for any FDA-approved prescription medication. [Learn More]
 
Future What? 
Future What? Is a mentoring program that began as a project by UWBC’s Women United group, but is now operated by Connecting2Tomorrow. The program offers mentoring to high school students that aims to help them better themselves by developing skills like self-confidence, manners, financial literacy, interview skills, resume building, and more. [Learn More]
 
Inclusive Childcare
Butler County Children’s Center’s Inclusive Childcare program provides childcare and services to children both with and without disabilities and special needs. The program also accepts many children that would not be accepted at other childcare centers. While the parents benefits by being able to maintain employment or continue their education, the children also benefit from an inclusive environment that is overseen by staff that has received extensive training in caring for children with special needs. [Learn More]
 
NAMI PA Butler County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 
NAMI PA Butler County’s goal is to bridge the gap to services for those struggling with mental illness. Additionally, NAMI strives to educate the community on mental illness, and to provide support and advocacy for those struggling with a mental illness. NAMI provides support groups and education classes for those struggling with a mental illness as well as family members of individuals with a mental illness. 
 
Primary Healthcare for the Uninsured
The Community Health Clinic serves uninsured or underinsured adults at no charge, and provides many medical as well as dental services at their location. Additionally, staff work with patients to help them find and obtain insurance that suits their needs and lifestyle. Health and wellness education resources are also provided. [Learn More
 
The Inn (Life Choices) 
The Inn is a temporary housing program for pregnant and/or single mothers eighteen and older. It is a structured residential program designed to provide shelter for and to equip young mothers in crisis to make the best decisions for their future. [Learn More]
 
Transition…The Next Step 
The Lifesteps Transition Program provides opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them achieve their personal potential in independent living and employment. Customized plans are developed for each student based on their interests and aspirations. Skills are developed through classroom activities and real-life work experiences at community business partner’s locations. In addition to increases in individual’s self- worth and self-confidence, benefits include individuals become more self-reliant, become contributing members of their communities, become tax payers and rely less on their families and long term supports. [Learn More]
 
Transitional Housing 
The Lighthouse Foundation aims to meet basic needs in order to empower self sufficiency. Through the Transitional Housing Program, they work to identify and overcome barriers which are holding people back from gaining and maintaining permanent housing. Clients in the program may stay up to twenty-four months as they work to improve their life situation and overcome the issues that led them to need transitional housing. The staff of the Lighthouse Foundation works with clients to help them navigate other services and to assist them in making a lifestyle change versus just providing a temporary place to stay. [Learn More
 
Utility Integrated Point of Contact 
The Utility Single Point of Contact fields over 4,000 calls annually, completes full intake assessments on approximately 1,300 households, and provides case management and assistance with applications for government and private utility company programs while coordinating private assistance through BERI and other funders for approximately 250 households annually. Agencies once inundated with calls, now refer callers to USPOC and can focus on more intensive case management in housing, financial literacy education, and employment preparation and placement. 
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 
Center for Community Resources, United Way of Butler County 
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The program operates at four sites across Butler County and completed more than 2,000 returns in 2015-2016. [Learn More]