Our Work

Your support of the Salina Area United Way improves the lives of your friends and neighbors, making your community a better place to live. Your contributions are invested wisely and locally – with a direct and immediate impact. Your dollars Strengthening Our Community through Health, Education, and Financial Stability:

Make A Difference Grants 2021

Thanks to the generosity of our community, funding is awarded to 13 programs:


Ashby House

Financial Fitness Initiative, 100% of Ashby House program directors, case managers, and support staff members will complete the Financial Peace University training and then develop and begin administering the new Financial Fitness Program to clients.

Belleville First United Methodist

Belleville First United Methodist Belleville Children's Program, Educate students about relationships, loving others, and look for ways to serve others while also providing education and activities for students to learn lessons about life and activities to promote healthy choices.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Community Based Mentoring, Increase Community Based Matches and support/retain these matches for the first year.


Ottawa/Saline County CASA, document in CASA Manager, monitor, and communicate information related to the foster child’s health more efficiently to the Magistrate Judge by recruiting, training, and supporting community volunteers to speak up for children who are thrust into the court system through no fault of their own.

Catholic Charities

Mobile Outreach - Reaching Out to Our Rural Neighbors in Need, Bring social services to low-income individuals in rural communities of the CCNKS 31-county service area to alleviate financial hardship and stabilize family situations. (basic needs)

Communities in Schools

Student Supports in Lakewood Middle and Salina Central High Schools, Through school-wide and individual student programming, Site Coordinators will address specific needs and reduce personal and systematic barriers to success. (basic needs)

Independent Connection

Youth Services, providing career development and independent living skills training to students and youth with disabilities in Saline County by increasing youth’s job skills knowledge prior to graduation as well as increasing their hire ability right out of, or even while still attending high school.

Salina Child Care Association

Salina Child Care Association, Children will have the skills they need to be successful upon entering kindergarten.

Salina Housing Authority

Family Self-Sufficiency, Assist participating families in achieving goals to help them in advancing to self-reliance by reducing or eliminating the need for welfare assistance. (basic needs)

Saline County Department of Senior Services

Transportation for Homebound Seniors, Provide any Meals On Wheels homebound senior that have limited resources with a transportation pass. (basic needs)


Southeast of Saline Aquaponics, SES Students will learn about and develop a passion for growing fresh produce, giving them the opportunity to eat locally grown food through hands-on application to STEM-related subjects.

St John's Missionary

Kid Kare Child Development Center, Provide a high-quality early childhood program in a safe and nurturing environment to challenge and stimulate each child through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and to enhance language literature, music and movement, creativity, and socialization.

Workforce Solution

OCCK Career Closet - Clothing & Hygiene Kits, Purchase professional business clothing for job-seeking customers who need to attend interviews and hygiene items to help with the full appearance to aid in that ever-important first impression. (basic needs)