The following programs are currently funded through the United Way of North Idaho, Kootenai County Community Care Fund.
Meals on Wheels: Continue to service those seniors that need Meals on Wheels. The specific activities of this project will be to help purchase food, trays, heated bags, and snacks for the Meals on Wheels program. Funding will also develop the “Everyone Has a Story” outreach project.
Resource Advocacy: Provides a proactive bridge for people with a need to crucial social services in Bonner and Boundary Counties through the organization of local and statewide service information, and through the development of an active network of service providers.
Grocery Rescue Program: The Grocery Rescue Program collects, processes, and distributes food products for the direct benefit of those we serve to provide hunger relief. It includes the safe handling of food and requires vehicle fuel and utility overhead for compliance with food safety regulations.
Seniors in Motion: Serves the needs of home-bound seniors by providing transportation to and from the Hayden Senior Center for nutritious meals and activities, and occasional field trips. The program promotes active, healthy, and independent life styles for older adults.
Hand-Up Scholarship Program: Rent scholarships for prospective and current tenants, who are adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Programs also include Life Skills Education, social outings, and group learning activities.
Weekend Nutrition Backpack Program: Community partners and resources come together to fight hunger and increase learning potential in school-age children who lack food security. Each week, volunteers deliver pre-assembled food kits to elementary schools where they are placed in backpacks and given to children who lack a nutritious food source during the weekend.
CDA Food Bank: The Coeur d’Alene Food Bank serves as a safety net designed to provide stability and security for elderly and disabled individuals and those faced with critical needs associated with unemployment, serious or chronic medical conditions, and other life emergencies.
Senior Companions: Volunteers of Panhandle Health District’s Senior Companion Program are trained to go into the home of a homebound senior and provide friendly ongoing visits, advocacy, and education of local resources. Companions also provide access to transportation for food and healthcare and light assistance with day to day in-home activities, allowing seniors to remain independent in their own homes.
Workplace Excellence Series: To compete in today’s workplace, employers depend on a strong workforce made of individuals who possess both the “hard” technical skills as well as “soft” skills like dependability, effective communication, and attitude. The Workplace Excellence Series is a comprehensive, career-focused approach to bridge the skills gap and cultivate essential employee characteristics.
Future Story Initiative: Helps individuals with a lack of resources build the needed resources to reach their goals of financial and family stability. The Initiative is a comprehensive network of support that begins with 20 hours of training and continues with ongoing job and family coaching to support individuals in achieving their goals. Outcomes include increased income, savings, and reduced debt.
Career Pathways to Self-Sufficiency: The Professional Workforce Scholarship provides financial support to North Idaho College students pursuing careers in healthcare and the trades/industry sectors. Many of these students are among the “working poor” who make too much for federal assistance but not enough to fund their education and improve their economic situation. Scholarships help students achieve education and training which leads to more robust employment opportunities.