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 2020-2021 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 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

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.

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

Partnering with volunteers, donors and people in need towards a vision where everyone has a decent place to live; funded to pay for credit reports used to provide financial literacy counseling for potential applicants to help them become financially prepared to own a home.

Ruth’s House

An emergency and transitional shelter with supportive services for women and children in the Rice County area facing homelessness due to traumatic life circumstances, and helping families work toward stability and self-sufficiency.

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.

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.

Community Cafe

Providing a free, hearty, nutritious meal to Faribault residents every Tuesday night, normally at the Guild House of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior but currently packed for takeout and delivered to some locations. (Request for 2020-2021 funding was withdrawn as they received funding from another source; United Way continues to consider Community Cafe a partner agency.)

Faribault Public Schools

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 Diversity Coalition

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

Faribault Youth Investment

Working to ensure that all of Faribault’s young people thrive, and positively impacting youth outcomes through community collaboration.

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. 


Lonsdale-Montgomery-Le Center Area

Tri-City United Schools Community Education

For scholarships to provide more families with the opportunity to send their children ages 3+ to TCU’s Little Titans school readiness program.


Northfield Area

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

Community Action Center of Northfield

Supporting the basic needs of families throughout the Northfield community. The CAC served 3,600 individuals last year and demand for its services has grown rapidly during the pandemic.

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.

Northfield Community College Collaborative

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

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

Connecting youth to each other, caring adults and the community, with a focus on providing a safe and nurturing space and services for Northfield’s most at-risk and disenfranchised youth.


Providing after school and summer enrichment to over 850 Northfield children in grades K-8.

Project Friendship

Matching Northfield-area children in grades 2-7 with mentors from St. Olaf or Carleton Colleges.

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.