Partner Agencies

A man and four women representing United Way partner agencies in the atrium of the Northfield Public Library

Programs and Agencies Receiving United Way Funding

Our partner agencies play an essential role in our commitment to advancing health, education and financial stability (basic needs) in our community. Our 2019 partner agencies, currently receiving grant funding from Rice County Area United Way, are listed below. 

In addition to the partners listed here, Rice County Area United Way is the regional sponsor for Imagination Library, promoting early childhood pre-literacy and literacy by sending a free, age-appropriate book each month to children from birth to age five.

Serving Rice County or Multiple Communities

Exchange Club Center for Family Unity

A child abuse prevention agency serving Rice County and other nearby counties, providing supportive and educational in-home services to families at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a parent mentoring program.

Growing Up Healthy

Working with partner organizations and immigrant and refugee families to transform communities through cultivating neighborhood leadership, fostering social connectedness, and collectively advocating for change within neighborhoods and systems.

HealthFinders Collaborative

Providing quality health care, advocacy and wellness education to people in Rice County who have limited healthcare alternatives, and implementing a unique community-embedded care coordination program to extend the reach of the clinical team and support patients to be healthy.

Hope Center

Offering essential, 24-hour services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Rice County.

IRIS (Infants Remembered in Silence)

Providing bereavement advocate services free of charge to bereaved parents (serving Rice County and other nearby counties; currently receiving United Way funding for residents of the Faribault area).

Neighbors United

An advisory, advocacy and action group for the most vulnerable in Rice County, receiving funding for a Financial Inclusion project designed to help participants learn strategies to promote financial well-being.

Project ABLE

Providing social, recreational and educational opportunities for adults with disabilities in Rice County and surrounding areas. (A collaboration between Faribault and Northfield Community Services.) 

Rice County Habitat for Humanity

Partnering with families who otherwise may be unable to achieve the dream of home ownership by establishing partnerships among God’s people to build simple, decent and affordable homes.

Ruth’s House

Providing safe shelter and supportive services for women and children in the Rice County area who are experiencing homelessness, with the goal of helping families work toward stability and self-sufficiency.


Faribault Area

The following agencies are receiving United Way funding for programs that currently serve primarily those in the Faribault area.

Community Cafe

Providing a free, hearty, nutritious meal to Faribault residents every Tuesday night at the Guild House of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior.

Faribault Public Schools

  • Adult Education, supporting evening child care services to help adult students stay in and complete Adult Education classes
  • Neighborhood Homework Help offered at the Community Trailer at Cannon River Mobile Home Park and the Community Room at Evergreen Estates
  • Service Learning

Faribault Diversity Coalition

Working to create an inclusive community where all are welcomed and respected. Their Welcome Center program works with resettlement agencies to assess needs of newly arrived refugees and immigrants and connect them with the resources they need. 

Faribault Youth Investment

Supporting after-school programs in Faribault with infrastructure and systems to aid in data collection, staff training, increasing student participation, and implementing continuous improvement plans and program quality assessments.

Lutheran Social Services

Offering a Foster Grandparent program in southern Rice County to provide children and youth with one-on-one support to help them achieve academic, emotional and social development goals.

KCQ, Inc.

Providing long-term supported employment services to individuals with mental illness and other disabilities in the Faribault area, helping them maintain employment to provide income and the opportunity to feel included in and contribute to the community where they live.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Volunteer-run organization providing free food, clothing, furniture, ESL class & financial assistance to people in the Faribault area.

Supply Our Children

A small, grassroots, volunteer-supported committee providing free backpacks and school supplies to 1,200+ in-need Faribault youth in grades K-12 every year. 

Three Rivers Community Action - Meals on Wheels

Meals delivered by volunteers to the homes of people in the Faribault area who are age 60+ or under 60 and disabled, are unable to regularly prepare hot, nutritious meals, and are homebound.


Northfield Area

The following agencies are receiving United Way funding for programs that currently serve primarily those in the Northfield area.


Providing social, recreational and educational programming in the summer for Northfield-area middle school and high school students with disabilities. 

Community Action Center of Northfield

Offering emergency assistance, advocacy, case management, employment assistance and supportive relationships to people in crisis in the Northfield area who have limited income.

Minnesota Reading Corps

Combining the people power of AmeriCorps with the science of how children learn to read, to help struggling readers become confident learners. Reading Corps volunteers are currently serving in Northfield Public Schools.

Northfield Community College Collaborative

Striving to provide an accessible and supported environment for students to pursue their post-secondary education

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

Serving as a backbone organization for youth and family efforts in the Northfield area and striving to identify needs for youth and families in the community, build coalitions to develop and run programs, and write and manage large collaborative grants to bring additional resources into the community.

Northfield Union of Youth

Giving power and voice to Northfield area youth by creating a caring and enriching community for youth, and working to diminish the isolating effects of poverty on youth through a combination of enrichment activities and supportive services.


Providing low-income and at-risk Northfield-area children with free mentoring, tutoring, skill-building workshops and cultural enrichment programs after school and over the summer.

Project Friendship

Pairing more than 130 Northfield-area youth in grades 2-7 with college-age mentors who work to instill confidence, cultivate positive self-esteem and provide guidance to their mentees in making healthy life choices.

Semcac Senior Dining

Serving well-balanced, low-cost noon meals in a congregate setting to people age 60+, Monday through Friday at the Northfield Community Resource Center.

Northfield Public Schools

  • Chemical and mental health services addressing the social and emotional well-being of students. Services are provided by Omada Behavioral Health to students and their families.
  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support initiative to meet the complex needs of chronically absent students.


Seeking to increase the graduation and post-secondary attendance rates of Northfield’s students of color, students from low-income families and those who will be first-generation college students.