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
 
Abilities Enrichment Readiness Opportunities (AERO)
The AERO Program works to give transition-age students the skills they need 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.  
 
Adult Day Health Services
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.  
 
Adventures
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 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 Butler County, 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 (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. 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
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
Childcare Scholarships began as a way to help 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 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. This provides low income families access to quality child care programs so they can work towards self-sufficiency and their children can develop socially and emotionally in an early education program.  
 
Employment Initiative
United Way of Butler County, collaborating with Butler County Community College and Priority2Work
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]
 
Inclusive Childcare
Butler County Children’s Center’s Inclusive Childcare program provides quality childcare and services to children with special needs. The program accepts many children 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
The Connecting2Tomorrow Mentoring Program is offered as part of the curriculum for students at the Center Avenue Community School and in other schools throughout the County. 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 simply require an alternative education experience. This program teaches independent living skills to Butler County 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
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.
 
Transition…The Next Step 
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 aims to meet basic needs in order to empower self-sufficiency. 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 (UISPOC)
The Utility Integrated Single Point of Contact (UISPOC) 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 also coordinating private assistance through BERI and other funders for approximately 250 households annually.  The assistance provided educates the individual on budgeting, utilizing natural supports, and connects them with additional resources to assist with other essential needs. 
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 
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.  This program operates at four sites across Butler County; and completed more than 2,000 returns in 2017-2018.  [Learn More]
 
YWCA Under Our Wing 
Under Our Wing was developed through a partnership between YWCA and PA Housing Finance Agency.  This program provides government subsidized housing for low-income elderly, ages 62 and older.  All residents must meet income guidelines (annual income within 150% or 140% of the poverty threshold).  Many residents have physical disabilities.  YWCA provides supportive services to Under Our Wing residents including building management, activities and maintenance/janitorial services; and ensures the building is 100% occupied, clean and well-maintained, providing a safe residence for vulnerable individuals.