UWH Awards Funding to Area Organizations
Through its Annual Grants Process


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360 Communities
Lewis House and Partners for Success® https://www.360communities.org/school-success/partners-success/

360 Communities is the innovator of changing lives and strengthening communities to a new degree by empowering and engaging people to courageously create a successful and healthy community.

Lewis House in Hastings provides shelter for sexual and domestic abuse victims. Trained advocates offer emotional support, safety planning, referrals to community resources and help in navigating the court system.

Partners for Success® supports educators and families with the implantation of home based strategies that not only improve children's academics but also connect families to the community resources found throughout Hastings! Partners for Success® social workers are currently located at Kennedy Elementary and Hastings Middle School.

Boy Scouts Northern Star Council
Leadership and Activities
http://www.northernstarbsa.org/

Boy Scouts of America's mission is to provide young people with the knowledge and resources to make moral and ethical decisions throughout their lives. The 100-year history of serving young people is a testament to the powerful combination of outdoor activity, interest exploration, and youth leadership.

UWH funding for boy scouts in Hastings helps offset the costs volunteer training, program scholarships, full-time professional program staff support, youth and volunteer recognition, a regular newsletter, reference materials, audiovisual supplies, program and activity aids, liability insurance, and opportunities for camping at one of the Northern Star CouncilˇÇs camps.

DARTS
Household Services and Learning Buddies
www.darts1.org

Established in 1974 DARTS is a community-based nonprofit organization in Dakota County that connects people to services that improve their quality of life, helps them age well and enables them to engage in their community. Their goal is to help seniors remain independent and live fulfilling lives as well as create connections that enrich aging.

DARTS in Hastings provides a helping hand at home with household services that allow seniors to live in their home and stay connected to their community. DARTS provides support with a free information service line for seniors and their caregivers, as well as provides transportation for seniors. Seniors may also volunteer with DARTS for the Learning Buddings program which helps students with reading, math, and science.

Friends of the Mississippi
Environmental stewardship with youth and adults
www.fmr.org

Friends of the Mississippi's goal is to engage citizens to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities Region.

With funding from United Way of Hastings, Friends of the Mississippi are able to conduct further research on the river itself, while also providing programs that teach community members the importance of keeping the Mississippi River clean for generations to come.

Hastings Community Education
Disabilities Program
http://hastingscommunityed.com/

Hastings Community Education is part of Hastings Public Schools, encompassing over 170 square miles, geographically one of the largest school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Their belief is that community education is for everyone at any stage of life, that community education can happen anywhere, it should embrace diversity and be inclusive, and it should be responsive to the ever changing needs of the community.

The Community Education Disabilities Program actively seeks to improve the quality of life for learners with disabilities by providing equitable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities. These programs include social, recreational and enrichment programs.

Hastings Family Service
Food Shelf and Summer Lunch Program
hastingsfamilyservice.org

Hastings Family Service's mission is "The people of the Hastings area reaching out as Family in support and Service to one another". HFS has made a significant impact for over 45 years in the community by helping families with basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing and transportation.

UWH funding will help pay for restocking the food shelf and providing lunches during the summer.

Hastings Elementary Schools – The Empower Me Program
The mission of the Hastings Public Schools, working in partnership with the family and the community, is to educate individuals to be responsible, lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and ethical values necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society.

With UWH funding, Children will learn about personal safety in this interactive session with a speaker from The Jacob Wetterling Foundation to present the Empower Me program for all elementary students at each school (McAuliffe, Pinecrest, and Kennedy). Topics covered are: the buddy system, checking first, secrets vs. surprises, 5 trusted adults, listening to your "uh-oh" feeling, and body ownership. Never fear-based, this material is covered in a way that empowers children. (This presentation is often combined with Teachable Safety Skills presentation for parents.)

Hastings Elementary Schools – Summer Snack Program
The mission of the Hastings Public Schools, working in partnership with the family and the community, is to educate individuals to be responsible, lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and ethical values necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society. With this UWH funded program, it provides healthy snacks to our students while they attend summer school (July 9-27, 8:30am – 12pm, Mon.-Friday).

Hastings Middle School
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
http://ms.hastings.k12.mn.us/

Hastings Middle School is a diverse community working cooperatively, to learn and grow in a safe and caring environment.

School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) allows kids to learn and perform well both academically and behaviorally through a variety of programs. The goal is to provide a safe, positive, consistent and predictable learning environment for all students and staff.

Hastings Middle School
Summer Wedge Program

Summer Wedge creates points of connection for fun activities, other students and caring adults. These students will be developing relationships with one another, gain awareness and empathy of those around them, as well as be provided breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the summer.

Hastings High School
Field Biology Class
http://hs.hastings.k12.mn.us/

Hastings High School is a student-centered environment, a bridge connecting students to other students, and students to teachers, staff and administrators.

The goals of the Field Biology are to describe the ecology of local ecosystems including wetlands, prairies, forest and rivers and have students learn outside in an active manner, networking with local biologists and agencies.

Hastings Middle School and High School
Special Friends Program
http://ms.hastings.k12.mn.us/

Hastings Middle School is a diverse community working cooperatively, to learn and grow in a safe and caring environment. Hastings High School is a student-centered environment, a bridge connecting students to other students, and students to teachers, staff and administrators.

The Special Friends program provides students with disabilities the opportunity to work on transition goals for employment, home living, community participation, and recreation/leisure skills. They provide positive work experiences for students to earn compensation for work completed and as a result are better prepared for employment experiences after high school. This all leads to a life of financial independence and stability as an adult.

Legal Assistance of Dakota County
Legal Services
http://www.dakotalegal.org/

Legal Assistance of Dakota County believes access to justice is a fundamental value of our democracy.

Free legal services are provided to low-income residents of Hastings, primarily in the area of family law. Their services help stabilize low-income families, long-term, by resolving custody disputes, providing protection from abuse, equitably distributing property, and establishing child support orders that provide economic stability and reduce reliance on public benefits.

ProAct Incorporated
Job and Life Skill Training
www.proactinc.org

ProAct is a non-profit organization that provides job training, employment, life skill training and community integration opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

ProAct in Hastings provides individuals with disabilities, men and women ages 16 and older, with skills necessary in the workplace and beyond.

United Heroes League
United Heroes League is a national nonprofit that empowers military families to stay healthy and active by battling the financial burden associated with sports.

United Heroes League provides free sports equipment, skill development camps, financial grants and sporting event tickets to military families at ZERO cost to the service member. UWH funding will provide several families within the Hastings community last year with free sports equipment, free skill development camps, financial assistance grants, tickets to sporting events, and special experiences.

Our Work

We work to create and support programs, collaborations, and initiatives that bring together community members, agencies, government, businesses local churches and foundations with the goal of addressing the root cause of the needs in our community.

We work to Meet Basic Needs and Support Individuals and Families as well as address needs in three impact areas:

  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Financial Stability

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