United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area brings together nonprofits, businesses, community leaders, and individual community members to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be healthy, educated, financially stable, and have their basic needs met.
Health, education, and financial stability across Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson Counties
UWLCA works with a network of 34 formal, nonprofit partners, businesses throughout the area, local coalitions, and individual community members to create collaborative solutions to issues surrounding poverty in our area. We create opportunities for programs to advance in their service to our neighbors, reduce duplication of services, and work to create innovative solutions in the community as a community.
Greater Helena Area Housing First unites organizations focusing on housing instability to reduce homelessness and secure safe, stable, housing for all our neighbors. UWLCA funds access to software that makes this effort easier, hosts and facilitates housing meetings, and advocates for housing opportunities throughout the area.
Free Tax Help is an annual effort that brings together organizations focused on financial security to give qualifying households the opportunity to prepare and file their taxes online for free with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. This effort brings back nearly $1 million in tax returns to Helena alone each year. United Way unites these organizations, manages promotions, and also provides funding for these efforts.
Montana 211 is a comprehensive, online resource guide available to any person in Montana. Local United Way teams collect information, update the system, and promote it in their service areas to ensure communities like ours access and utilize the information. (Housing, Employment and Education are consistently the top three most-accessed areas of the Montana 211 website in Lewis and Clark County.)
Other programs also fall under the UWLCA umbrella, though these are the current highlights.
UWLCA runs its annual fundraising efforts from September through December each year. This four-month window is when the bulk of all fundraising occurs, though UWLCA is looking to interact with the community more throughout the year and create more options for those who wish to donate to support its work and impact in its service area.
Any funds raised from AFCN would go into the Community Impact Fund, which is where United Way looks to cover the costs of programs like Housing First, Montana 211, Free Tax Help, and provide grants to local nonprofits that formally partner with its team.