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Community Partners

In November 2013, United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County (UWHR) unvelied its Community Action Plan to Advance the Common Good, the result of comprehensive planning and engagement of community leaders across the area.  

To breathe life into that plan, we align with the local organizations we believe deliver the highest-quality programs that align with our three initiatives of education, income, and health.  


How to Become a Funded Community Partner

In order to become a funded partner with UWHR, organizations must become certified as a United Way organization. Then they submit an application for funding which is evaluated by more than four dozen community leaders serving on UWHR community impact teams. Funding is determined by the recommendations of these volunteers and approval of the UWHR board of directors.

The funds we distribute to our community partners are provided by generous donors like you.  So, in every way, United Way's impact in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is an investment by our community for our community. 



2016-2017 Early Childhood Readiness Community Partners

Goal: Children start school ready to learn

Generations Crossing:  Child Day Care Scholarships $8,000 - Enabling children from infancy through preschool in lower income working families to benefit from an intergenerational learning environment in a new facility where children's natural sense of wonder and curiosity are cultivated and nurtured. 540.434.4901

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Child Day Care Center:  Sliding Fee Scale - $28,000 - To make high-quality childcare affordable for all families, regardless of income, enabling parents to work or attend school. 540.434.5268

Plains Area Daycare Center: Childcare Tuition Assistance - $44,000 - The purpose of this program is to provide a high quality early childhood education that is accessible to all families regardless of income. 540.896.4622

Roberta Webb Child Care Center:  Bridging the Gap - $41,000 - Enabling parents to be employed and productive with the knowledge that their child is in a safe, stimulating environment. 540.434.8699

Sentara RMH Family Connection: Parenting Education and Support (PEAS) and GrandPEAS - $5,000 - Providing parents with parenting education, support, and referrals in order to give their children the best start in life. 540.564.7006



2016-2017 Grade Level Reading and High School Graduation Community Partners

Goals:  Students succeed in school and are prepared for college and work.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County: Enhanced School-Based Mentoring Program - $24,000 - Providing one-to-one mentoring relationships to children facing adversity in order to increase the percent of third-grade students testing at grade level in reading.  540.433.8886

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County: Summer Reading Program -  $10,000 - Providing children with an opportunity to develop their reading skills through small-group reading instruction so that they are more likely to meet third-grade reading proficiency levels and prevent the loss of reading skills that often occurs during the summer months.  540.434.6060

Harrisonburg Education Foundation: Project 4T: Teaching Teens and Tots Together - $11,000 - Overcoming the educational barriers of teen parents at Harrisonburg High School by offering child-care and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for their infant and preschool children. 540.433.9916


Office on Children and Youth: The Reading Road Show - Gus Bus - $4,000 - Providing high-quality literacy programming to children and families in at-risk neighborhoods. 540.568.4113  


Office on Children and Youth: Future Forward - $11,500 - Supporting limited English proficient (LEP) students in reaching their maximum potential through year round advocacy and supplemental instructional and enrichment activities that foster academic and social success. 540.568.6007 

On the Road Collaborative and Scholars Latino Initiative: 8th Grade Academy: Bridging High School and Beyond - $10,000 - Preparing underserved 8th grade youth to successfully make the transition to high school and be on track for graduation and postsecondary pathway. 540.360.1123 

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On the Road Collaborative and Second Home: Career Enrichment Projects for Middle School Youth - $10,000 - Providing safe, supervised care and academic assistance with a strong focus on reading and health education through daily learning opportunities to improve academic performance, reduce at risk behaviors, and bridge the 6000 hour learning gap proven to affect children growing up in poverty for students grade k-4. 540.360.1123

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Second Home: Affordable Before & After School Care - $16,000 - Providing a safe, affordable place where academic enrichment, character building and recreational activities are offered to at risk children so that they will not be home alone before and after school. 540.432.7989




2016-2017 Financial Stability Community Partners

Goal:  Everyone has opportunities to be financially stable and independent

Community Partner LogoBlue Ridge Legal Services: Legal Assistance to Low-Income Families in Crisis - $40,000 - Ensuring that low-income families and individuals in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have meaningful access to high quality legal assistance in civil (not criminal) matters of critical importance affecting their ability to be self-sufficient, including such basic needs as shelter, protecting their limited income and resources, accessing sources of financial assistance and public benefits, and attacking conditions that hinder their ability to be economically and socially self-sufficient. 540.433.1830 

Community Partner LogoElkton Area United ServicesEmergency Assistance - $14,000 - Aiding families and individuals who are in crisis and facing hardship by providing financial and non-monetary need through housing, heat, electricity, medical needs, food, education and transportation. 540.298.8685

Community Partner LogoFriendship Industries: Employment Transportation Program - $13,000 - Increasing employment success with better transportation opportunities for adults with disabilities. 540.434.9586 

Community Partner LogoMercy House: SAFE-at-Home - $11,000 -  Helping recently homeless families with dependent children become established in their community and become increasingly self-sufficent by assisting with unmet needs which would otherwise de-stabilize their housing placement. 540.432.1812 

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Community Partner LogoCommunity Partner LogoMercy House, Open Doors, and First Step: Centralized Housing Intake Program - $16,000 - This is the regional emergency response to housing crises; it serves as the primary vehicle for coordinated assessment and referral of clients to emergency shelter, homeless prevention, and rapid re-housing providers within the Central Shenandoah Valley.  540.432.1812

Community Partner LogoNew Bridges Immigrant Resource Center: Case Management Services - $15,000 - To empower low-income immigrants and refugees to establish and maintain economic stability and access to health care, through working relationships that honor dignity and encourage self-sufficiency. 540.438.8295

Community Partner LogoOpen Doors: Open Doors Shelter Resource Program - $4,000 - To go beyond food and shelter and empower or guests to move beyond homelessness and into permanent housing. 540.578.3868

Community Partner LogoSkyline Literacy: Empowering Adults Through Literacy - $12,000 - Providing individual, goal-centered literacy instruction to non-literate or low-literacy community members to improve self-sufficiency and independence. 540.433.0505 

Community Partner LogoWay to Go: WorkCars: Down Payments to Help Low-Income Working Families Purchase a Good Used Vehicle - $6,000 - Assuring that low-income working families have safe, affordable, and legal transportation to work and other essential destinations. 540.705.620 

Community Partner LogoWay to Go: WorkCars: Assistance with Urgent Vehicle Problems for Low-Income Working Families - $9,000 - Keeping low-income working families mobile so they can remain employed and care for their families. 540.705.6201




2016-2017 Community Health and Wellness Community Partners

Goal:  People are physically, mentally and emotionally healthier

Autumn Valley Guardianship - $6,000 - Providing guardianship and conservatorship services to legally incapacitated and indigent adults when no other option exists for the individual. 540.421.5107 

Community Partner LogoCASA for ChildrenCourt Appointed Special Advocates for Children - $7,000 - Providing trained volunteer advocates for children victims of abuse or neglect before the 26th Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to represent the best interests of the child and provide them with a voice in the courtroom, school systems, and the community at large. 540.213.2272 

Center for Marriage & Family Counseling: Sliding Fee Scale - $8,000 - Providing affordable, professional mental health services including individual, group, and family counseling for the low-income and Spanish-speaking populations. 540.433.1546

Community Partner LogoCollins Center: Sexual Abuse, Response, Treatment and Prevention - $32,000 - Providing a comprehensive, trauma-informed system of care to child victims of sexual abuse and their families, while offering community education to prevent future abuse from occuring. 540.432.6430

Community Partner LogoCrossroads to Brain Injury Recovery:  Circles of Support - $7,000 - Increasing the quality of life for persons with brain injury in our community by increasing independence and self-sufficiency, increasing participation in meaningful, productive activities, and ensuring physical, mental and emotional well-being.  540.568.8923

Community Partner LogoFairfield Center: Family Mediation Services- $8,000 - Empowering parents in crisis to listen, talk, and make plans cooperatively in the best interest of their children and families. 540.434.0059

Community Partner LogoCommunity Partner LogoFairfield Center and New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center - InterMediators - $8,000 - Bringing alternative dispute resolution techniques to the Hispanic community through mediation training in the Spanish language and the offer of a limited number of scholarships. 540.434.0059

Community Partner LogoFirst Step: Safety, Shelter and Support for Victims of Domestic Violence and their Children - $20,000 - Providing support, safety and emergency shelter to adult victims and their children who have been physically, mentally, sexually, economically and/or verbally abused by an intimate partner or household member, to help them break free of the violent relationship. 540.434.0295

Generations Crossing: Adult Day Care Scholarships - $12,000 - Giving frail, elderly, and disabled adults a safe, supervised and stimulating environment while their caregivers can continue their employment. 540.434.4901

Hand-in-Hand Resource Mothers Program:  Hand-in-Hand Resource Mothers Program - $16,000 - Supports pregnant and parenting teens with limited resources or access to prenatal care, connecting them to a variety of services that will ensure a  healthy pregnancy and well-being for a healthy baby and mother and achievement of educational goals giving them opportunities for life long success. 540.564.7151

Harrisonburg - Rockingham Free Clinic:  Free Clinic Comprehensive Health Program - $19,000 - Providing comprehensive health care to uninsured, low-income adults with multiple chronic diseases. 540.437.4962

Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services: Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic - $5,000 - Providing transportation services for homeless clients to access medical, dental, and behavioral health services. 540.568.6007

Office on Children and Youth: Teen Pregnancy Prevention - $3,000 - Equipping teens, parents and community members with education and skills that allow young people to make the healthiest decisions for themselves when it comes to sex and relationships. 540.568.6007

Office on Children and Youth: Youth Data Survey - $2,500 - Examining the current and longitudinal trends around local youth risk behaviors and produce data that enables the community to develop priority areas around youth issues. 540.568.6007

Community Partner LogoRebuilding Together: - $7,000 - Enabling low-income homeowners, who are elderly or who have a disability, to remain in their own safe, accessible and healthy home for as long as they are able. 540.830.7759

Sentara RMH Family Connection:  Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge - $10,000 - Providing first time, at-risk parents with education and support utlizing national evidence-based home visiting protocol as well as an evidence-based parenting curriculum designed to promote positive parent-child interaction, optimal child health and development. 540.564.7151

Sentara RMH Medical Center: Towards No Tobacco - $7,000 - Prevention and reducation of tobacco by youth and adults in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham community.  540.564.7004

Community Partner LogoThe Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham: The GOLD Team (Growing Opportunities for Lifelong Development) - $6,000 - Maximizing the independence of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and meeting the needs of local organizations/businesses through mutually beneficial community-based activities. 540.437.9214

Community Partner LogoThe Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham: The Kids on the Block - $3,000 - Providing community education and change attitudes among child participants through scripted puppetry programs which address various disabilities, differences, safety and social concerns in a variety of community organizations. 540.437.9214

Community Partner LogoValley Program for Aging Services: Respite Care Program - $6,000 - Enabling low-income caregivers of frail, elderly or disabled adults to have times of respite. (540) 217-0474

Community Partner LogoValley Program for Aging Services: Meals on Wheels - $12,000 - This program addresses the nutritional risks of persons 60 years of age and older who are unable to secure adequate nutrition due to mobility, health, and / or financial constraints thereby improving health, quality of life, and independence of older adults in their homes and communities. (540) 217-0474

Community Partner LogoValley Program for Aging Services: Chronic Disease Self-Management Education - $4,000 - Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) is designed to empower adults to better manage their chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain and heart disease with the goal of giving individuals confidence and skills to allow them to actively manage their health care and reduce unnecessary visits to the Emergency Department or the physician. (540) 217-0474


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