Programs & Initiatives

Learn more about our programs and initiatives:
 

Abilities Enrichment Readiness Opportunities (AERO)
ARC of Butler County 
The AERO Program works to give transition-age students the skills needed to live and work independently in the community.  Skills such as budgeting, job application/resumes, interviewing, finding a job, technology, cooking, socialization, appropriate communication, and behavior are just a few of the focus areas.  [Learn More]
 
Adult Day Health Services
Lifesteps
Lifesteps Adult Day Health Services provides a strategic, long-term opportunity for families caring for older adults to avoid poverty or financial ruin by offering care to seniors in need of physical, social, and mental stimulation through daily activities, healthy meals, and nursing care to monitor medication and vital signs. This program helps relieve employment absenteeism for caregivers and mitigate early nursing home admittance which can rapidly eliminate savings.  [Learn More]
 
Adventures
Glade Run Lutheran Services 
Glade Run Adventures provides specialized summer camps for children with autism, mental and behavioral diagnoses, and physical disabilities. Activities include riding lessons, gardening skills, field trips, a variety of classes and hands on education, camps, and other individualized experiences. Many community youth who participate in these activities and camps are at/below the poverty level necessitating scholarship assistance for their attendance.  [Learn More]
 
After School Tutoring 
XTO Energy, United Way of Southwestern PA Butler Region, 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)
United Way of Southwestern PA Butler Region, Center for Community Resources
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 with Teen Camp Apple
Community Care Connections
Camp Apple aims to work with children both with and without disabilities to provide an inclusive 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. The primary goal 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]
 
Care Delivery Services
Jean B Purvis Community Health Center of Butler County
Community Health Clinic serves uninsured or underinsured adults at no charge.  Care Delivery Services provides primary care, dental care, diabetes management and wellness education. Staff also works with patients to help them find and obtain insurance that suits their needs and lifestyle. [Learn More
 
Childcare Scholarships
Butler County Children’s Center
Childcare Scholarships helps bridge the gap for families who may be on the waiting list for CCIS or who may not meet the income eligibility requirements to receive CCIS funding but are still unable to afford child care. Caregivers must also need the scholarship to maintain employment or education. The scholarship can be used at any state-certified childcare center in Butler County. This provides low income families access to quality childcare programs so their children can develop socially and emotionally in an early education program.  [Learn More
 
FamilyWize
United Way Worldwide, 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]
 
Food Pantry
The Lighthouse Foundation
The Lighthouse Food Pantry serves individuals and families experiencing food instabilities by providing biweekly “shop through” opportunities. Clients receive samples, educational materials, and learn price comparison to assist them in allocating their funds towards other financial responsibilities.  [Learn More]
 
Getting Ahead in a Just Getting' By World
Butler YWCA
Based on Ruby Payne’s Bridges out of Poverty model, Getting Ahead is a 15-week workshop that empowers women in poverty to build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.  Participants examine where they are now and develop a plan for economic self-sufficiency broken down into manageable and achievable steps.  
 
Inclusive Childcare
Butler County Children’s Center
Butler County Children’s Center’s Inclusive Childcare program provides quality childcare and services to children with special needs that would not be accepted at other childcare centers. While the parents benefit 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]
 
Mentoring Program
Connecting2Tomorrow
The Connecting2Tomorrow Mentoring Program is offered as part of the curriculum for students in Butler County schools. Many of the students are referred due to attendance problems that resulted from homelessness or major health issues, behavioral problems, teen parenthood, or they simply require an alternative education experience. This program teaches independent living skills to teens ages 12 and older. The skills and resources provided through this free mentoring program assist young people in preparing for employment and post-secondary education and becoming responsible members of our community.  [Learn More]
 
Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services
Catholic Charities - Butler County 
Pregnancy and Parenting Services are designed not only to help struggling families survive the first two years of parenting by providing tangibles, guidance and education, but to put families on a path toward long-term economic stability.  Together with clients, issues are examined and strategized; long-range goals are set, including essential components such as finances and employment.  [Learn More]
 
Transition…The Next Step 
Lifesteps
Transition… The Next Step assists teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparation to live independently. The program focuses on providing individuals, ages 18 to 28, with improved independent living skills, vocational and employment skills, and ongoing education and training. [Learn More]
 
Transitional Housing 
The Lighthouse Foundation
The Transitional Housing Program works to identify and overcome barriers which are holding people back from gaining and maintaining permanent housing. It is designed to alleviate the immediate crisis of homelessness, while providing individuals and families with programs, education, and resources to break the cycle of poverty.  [Learn More
 
Utility Integrated Point of Contact (UIPOC)
Center for Community Resources
The Utility Integrated Point of Contact (UIPOC) 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.  Individuals are educated on budgeting, utilizing natural supports, and connects them with additional resources to assist with other essential needs.  [Learn More
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 
Center for Community Resources
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 provides financial literacy instruction and connects individuals to needed services. [Learn More