United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) is moving beyond its traditional role of fundraiser and serving as a funder, partner, convener and catalyst for positive, lasting community change within the four counties UWGT serves —Durham, Wake, Orange and Johnston.
UWGT is now funding 17 collaborative partnerships, made up of 56 nonprofit agencies, all of which are putting families at the center of their services. UWGT is leading the way with a two-generational approach that works with children and their families, together, to meet their immediate needs and give them the resources and skills they need to thrive.
The goal of UWGT and its collaborative partners is to ensure families get the YES they so desperately need. YES is about ensuring families achieve Y-Youth Success, E-Early Childhood Success, and S -Stable Homes.
Here is a description of UWGT’s 17 collaborative partnerships:
Five Durham agencies provide intensive support services targeted to and provided within the Glenn Elementary School Attendance Zone.
Making Connections: OCEC
The Orange County Comprehensive Early Childhood Initiative surrounds families with services that help relieve issues that lead to toxic stress.
Parents and Children Together
Two Wake County agencies work to embed the Positive Parenting Program into existing programs serving children with special needs.
Close the Gap
Three agencies and two school systems work together in Durham and Orange Counties to prevent summer learning loss and improve grade-level reading by providing books and literacy support to students and families.
WAKE Up and Read
This collaborative, based in the Wake County School System, connects public, nonprofit and corporate organizations to ensure every child is inspired, equipped and empowered to read.
East Durham Children’s Initiative
Collaborative partners provide support from cradle to college or career in the EDCI Zone, a 120-block zone in Northeast Central Durham.
Greater Futures: Family Plus Initiative
Five Johnston County agencies provide an integrated system of support to families facing the stress of poverty.
Family Success Alliance
10+ partners in Orange County create a pipeline of support, concentrated in two zones where there is a greater incidence of poverty, for children and families from birth to career.
Durham’s Collaborative to End Family Homelessness
A collaborative of four providers serves homeless families in Durham with holistic support including housing, employment, case management and special attention for young children.
More Than a Roof
Five Wake County partners help hardworking homeless families living in hotels receive a home and much more.
Multidisciplinary Team Supporting Vulnerable Families
An integrated response, serving vulnerable families and children who have experienced abuse, to provide assessments, medical evaluations, treatment and prevent further traumatization.
The Family Table
Five partners empower families to overcome barriers preventing them from becoming employed or improving their employment by providing training programs, a primary medical home, after-school care and assistance finding quality child care.
Wake County Family Violence Prevention
Six Wake agencies work to ensure victims of domestic violence have the support they need to become and remain independent and violence-free.
Adolescent Parenting Transitions
Four partners in Johnston County work collaboratively to transition adolescent parents into college/career & adulthood.
Durham Futures Action Team
A partnership of education, business and community leaders with a shared vision: all Durham youth complete a post-secondary credential and begin a career by the age of 25.
Fostering Family Solutions
Partners in Wake County focus on young families in which one of the parents has a history in the foster care system and are now parenting a child between the ages of 0-8, meeting the needs of the parent and the child both individually and together.
Fostering Youth Opportunities
15+ agencies across the Greater Triangle work to increase the stability of young people leaving foster care so they become successful adults.