Partnership receives funding from United Way for collective impact collaborations
Posted on 09.04.2015, Friday

We are pleased to announce that the Partnership has been named a United Way of the Greater Triangle Community Impact Partner, receiving funding for 3 collaborative partnerships serving children and families in Durham. UWGT has made a dramatic shift in how its funds are invested, placing the majority of its funding (88%) in partnerships striving for long-term solutions and collective impact.

The overall UWGT community investment of $7.3 million in 2015-16 supports:

  • 24 collaborative partnerships with a two-generational approach—working with children and their families together—to significantly improve current circumstances and future opportunities for low-income households and;
  • Partnerships working across the region on reducing childhood hunger and increasing access to health care.

Studies show generational success begins with families in financially stable households; with children prepared for educational achievement; with family health and well-being. United Way’s model, Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children, includes five strategies:

  • Partnerships for Families of Very Young Children (0-5)
  • Family Crisis Support
  • Neighborhood-based Solutions
  • Family and Child Literacy
  • Youth Success.

“This shift to a more collaborative approach is vital to working toward long-term solutions to the Triangle’s pressing social issues,” said Mack Koonce, President and CEO of UWGT. To read the full press release from UWGT, please click here.

The Partnership is proud to be participating in the following 3 collaborative partnerships. We’re excited to continue working with many of our existing partners, develop relationships with new partners, and advance innovative approaches to serve Durham’s young children and their families.

Durham’s Early Learning Two-generation Alliance (DELTA)
DELTA provides a web of intensive supportive services for low-income children and families living (or attending child care) in the attendance zone of Glenn Elementary School. This target zone was selected based on data demonstrating significant risk factors in the areas of economic security, family well-being, and school readiness/success. Working together in a coordinated and focused manner, the combined expertise of the DELTA team will meaningfully impact the lives of these vulnerable young children.
Partners: Child Care Services Association, Exchange Clubs Child Abuse Prevention Center, Center for Child & Family Health, Communities in Schools of Durham, Durham Public Schools (unfunded)

East Durham Children’s Initiative
Within the 120 blocks of Northeast Central Durham, adult residents experience high rates of crime and unemployment and low rates of home ownership. Unfortunately, children in this zone also experience high rates of food insecurity and child maltreatment; lack of access to high quality childcare and preschool; high rates of childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and disconnectedness. The common long-term vision for the EDCI is that all families with children living in the “Zone” are stable, confident and prepared for college or career.
Partners: East Durham Children’s Initiative, Center for Child & Family Health, KidZNotes, Child Care Services Association, Dress for Success, Durham Regional Financial Center

Durham’s Collaborative to End Family Homelessness
Durham has over 10,000 households paying 50% or more of their income on housing expenses. These households are at-risk of becoming homeless due to an unexpected health episode, job loss, or reduction in hours with their current employer. This partnership was created to form a data-driven system of services for homeless families to quickly move into permanent housing.
Partners: Genesis Home, Urban Ministries of Durham, Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, Housing for New Hope