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 2021-2022 partner agencies, including school-sponsored programs, 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 nearly 1,000 children from birth to age five.

Serving Rice County or Multiple Communities

Community Action Center

Community Action Center (CAC) empowers the entire community to live out neighbors helping neighbors. Providing help in the moment and hope for the future, CAC supports the basic needs of families throughout the community.

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

Enhancing community connectedness and developing leadership among low-income, immigrant and refugee neighborhoods in Rice County.

HealthFinders Collaborative

A community health center providing comprehensive health and wellness services on a sliding fee scale to marginalized families in Rice County and engaging communities in their own health.

Healthy Community Initiative

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

HOPE Center

An advocacy agency providing direct services for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Rice County, collaborative support to other organizations serving victims, and educational support to the community.

IRIS (Infants Remembered in Silence)

Helping bereaved parents, family, friends and professionals cope with the loss of a child, in Rice County and beyond.

KCQ, Inc.

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

Minnesota Reading Corps

Supporting AmeriCorps volunteers in several area schools who apply the science of how children learn to read to help struggling K-3 students become confident readers.

Project ABLE

Providing social, recreational and educational opportunities for adults with disabilities in Rice County and surrounding areas; a collaboration between the Community Education departments of Faribault Public Schools and Northfield Public Schools. 

Rice County Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity wants to empower home owners to enhance the health, safety, and livability of their homes by partnering with Rice County Habitat for Humanity and their Aging in Place program. Our program helps low income homeowners with needed projects like roof repairs, handicap accessibility ramps, and more, to ensure a safe and healthy home, along with an affordable repayment plan.

Ruth’s House

Ruth’s House is a nonprofit Emergency and Transitional Shelter with supportive services in Rice County for women and children experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence and other traumatic life circumstances. Ruth’s House provides safe shelter, food, basic needs, supportive programming, and the resources women and families need to overcome barriers to self sufficiency and stable, permanent housing.

Semcac Senior Dining

Serving well-balanced, low-cost noon meals, normally in a congregate setting but currently packed for takeout, to people age 60+, Monday through Friday in Faribault and Northfield.

Somali Community Resettlement Services

Somali Community Resettlement Services is an immigrant-led non-profit that serves the East African and Latinx immigrant/refugee communities of Rice County.

Three Rivers Community Action

Providing home-delivered meals to people in the Faribault area who are age 60+ or under 60 and disabled, and advocacy for older adults and caregiver support services for Rice County residents


Faribault Area

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

Faribault Adult Education 

Faribault Adult Education provides adults with opportunities to acquire and improve the literacy skills needed to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members and citizens

Faribault Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education is a program for Minnesota families who have young children ages 0-5. Licensed professionals work with families to support a child’s growth and development.

Faribault Youth Investment

Faribault Youth Investment (FYI) works to ensure all of Faribault’s young people thrive.
FYI’s overall goal is to positively impact youth outcomes on a population level through
community collaboration and systems change.

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

Supply Our Children aims to eliminate the financial burden of purchasing school supplies for Faribault’s struggling families, giving ALL of Faribault’s youth tools to succeed. 


Lonsdale-Montgomery-Le Center Area

Tri-City United Schools Community Education

TCU Little Titans Preschool is a School Readiness, public program for children 3 years of age and up for ALL children regardless of family income. The TCU Preschool Scholarship Program will provide families with the opportunity to send our earliest learners to a school setting in preparation for Kindergarten Readiness.


Northfield Area

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

Northfield Community College Collaborative

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

Northfield Union of Youth

The Northfield Union of Youth exists to give power and voice to youth through the creation of a caring
and enriching community. Each program offered – from enrichment to social service – is initiated and
implemented by young people alongside caring adults and completely free for participants.


PRIMEtime (Preparing Responsible Individuals through Mentoring and Enrichment) provides low-income and at-risk Northfield children with free tutoring, skill-building workshops, and cultural enrichment programs after school and over the summer. Serving children in grades K-8, PRIMEtime programs will provide afterschool and summer enrichments to over 850 Northfield children next year.

Project Friendship

Project Friendship matches youth in grades 2-7 with a well-trained, caring mentor for one-to-one intentional mentoring opportunities to provide positive and ongoing support to increase confidence, improve youth self-worth, and guide youth in making healthy choices. The goal is to foster long term relationships that will leave both the mentor and the youth a better person for having each other in their lives.

Northfield Public Schools Student Support Services

Addressing the social and emotional well-being of students with chemical and mental health services provided by Omada Behavioral Health to students and their families.


Providing academic assistance, college and career advising, and social-emotional support to over 600 Northfield Public Schools students and graduates who identify as low-income, first-generation and/or students of color.