The 2-1-1 system allows local calls to be made to an information and referral system nationally sponsored by the United Way. Using 2-1-1 helps put resources in the hands of the people who need them most. It is a data bank of agencies supported by the United Way funds.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) works to provide an advocate for one child or group of siblings involved in the court system through no fault of their own. CASA offers a one-on-one relationship between a volunteer and a child (or children) as they move toward establishing permanency in the lives of children.

Citizens Advocacy / York
Citizens Advocacy (CA) matches community volunteers with individuals who are isolated, disabled or living at risk, providing them friendship and support. Advocates serve as friends and develop a relationship with the individual with a disability.

Cornhusker Council Boy Scouts of America Troops
Provides area scouting programs with needed staff and materials for scouts, leaders and families in the York area. Beginning with Tiger Cubs and working their way up to Boy Scouts, young boys and men learn about patriotism and service through the scouting experience.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) This program is taught to fifth and sixth grade students, helping them to become positive members of the community. DARE helps children say no to drugs, build self-esteem, look for positive role models and look for alternatives to drugs.

Diabetes Support Group
Provides support for families coping with diabetes.

End of Life Coalition
A program to help enhance the quality of the end of the life process for York County Citizens.

Epworth Village, Inc
Epworth Village provides therapy and services to families in Nebraska whose children have been identified as emotionally distrubed, and who concurrently experience extreme difficulties in traditional education programs. Epworth Village is a theraputic facility serving boys in both institutional and group home settings.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nuturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. Forty girls are members of Girl Scouts in the community of York. United Way supports their troops by providing funding for programs like camp, supplies and materials.

Girl’s On The Run
Character development program grades 3-5.  Gives girls the tools needed to prepare for adolescence by life skills lessons, goal setting and training for a 5K run or walk.

P.L.A.Y. -York County Head Start
Head Start serves the low income children of York County by providing a 3 and 4 year-old pre-school program which meets their developmental needs. Families benefit as Head Start prepares children for classroom learning. York County Head Start operates a full day, full year program along with a more traditional center based preschool program.

Project Search
A program to help young adults with disabilities in the York area transition from the high school setting to the work setting.

The Salvation Army
The local agency of the Salvation Army brings aid to the York community for those who find themselves in desperate situations due to disaster or misfortune.

TeamMates is a mentoring program organized through the York Public Schools. TeamMates matches a mentor from the community with a student mentee. Mentors provide at least one hour per week of one-on-one time with their mentee, building positive relationships and offering friendship as an adult role model. Time is spent tutoring, playing games, or talking. Mentees then become eligible for a college scholarship which is provided by the program.

York Adopt-A-Pet
Adopt-A-Pet cares for sick, injured, abused and abandoned animals, working to place animals in the best environment for their particular needs. York Adopt-A-Pet is a no-kill facility, operated by volunteers who provide compassion and love to the animals in their care. United Way of York funds are used by the organization to assist with the veterinary costs, spaying and neutering and general pet care.

York Area Children’s Museum
A hands on, fun and educational experience for children and families. Kids learn through play as they enjoy interactive exhibits.

Yorkshire Playhouse Children’s Theatre
Yorkshire Playhouse Children’s Theatre provides an opportunity for children in the York area to participate in a live theatre production. Kids learn by working in all aspects of the theatre, from stage management, lighting and make-up, to performance before an audience. This year, the Children’s Theatre presented the classic version of “Peter Pan” to sold out audiences.

York Boy’s Baseball Association
Provides summer entertainment in the form of baseball for over 280 youths, ages 7-12.

York Busy Wheels
Provides dependable, accessible transportation services for the dependent and elderly in York County and the City of York. Busy Wheels operates Monday through Friday within the city limits. A Handi-bus provides trips to Lincoln and Grand Island on an alternating schedule. Residents of Gresham and Henderson take advantage of Handi-bus trips into York.

York Community Center
As the city’s recreation and physical fitness facility, the York Community Center offers swimming, basketball, racquetball, cross training, children’s activities and houses the Anna Bemis Palmer Museum.

York County Food Pantry
Serving York County, the food pantry accepts and distributes food to families experiencing an emergency need for food. An average of 50 requests for assistance are received per month by the agency. Volunteer Jean Gaver says United Way funding some quarterly at a good time for the pantry, it is funding the organization can count on and often helps the food bank get through slow donation periods.

York Dolphins Swim Team
Between 75 and 100 swimmers take part each season, working to develop skills and teamwork. Swimming provides young people the opportunity to participate in a sport, regardless of abitlity to pay. Swim meets take place at the York Family Aquaic Center as well as out of town venues.

York Fusion Softball Association
More than 125 girls, ages 6-18, benefit from the opportunity to play organized softball through this league. Leadership, responsibility, basic skills and teamwork are gained by participating girls. United Way funds are used to off-set the cost of equipment, allowing participation fees to be kept to a minimum. Games take place at Miller Park in York, and in surrounding communities.

York Knights Baseball
Promotes youth sports and educational activities.

York Meals on Wheels
York Meals on Wheels provides home delivery of nutritious hot meals to the elderly, disabled or shut-ins. Meals are delivered by volunteers from area churches and service organizations. Bag ‘n Save Deli is the provider for the well rounded meals which include foods such as; turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and peaches.

York Ministerial Alliance
An alliance of churches working in conjunction with the York Police Department to help transients, stranded motorists and local families in need of aid. York Ministerial Alliance also sponsors the National Day of Prayer held annually on the Courthouse square in York.

York Optimist Baseball
The York Optimist is a community based service club that provides children with the opportunity to play in an organized baseball league. United Way helps fund uniforms, equipment and umpire fees. Seventh and eighth grade boys participate in Optimist Baseball which is a member of the I-80 League. Games are held in York at Beaver Creek Park, out of town games take place in other surrounding communities.

York Youth Football Association
Guides character development of participants within an atmosphere of sportsmanship, strength, endurance, ability and motor skills through instruction of basic fundamentals of football.

Youth Leadership York
Youth Leadership York is a structured program that identifies and builds leadership skills and abilities in the young people of York County. Leadership York challenges young adults to recognize and use their leadership skills for the betterment of the communities in which they live. Youth Leadership York is an offshoot of the Leadership York program available to adults within the community.